Weirdo Workshop Brings 'Love Takeover Tour' To Nashville's War Memorial During Black Music Month In Music City

Weirdo Workshop Brings 'Love Takeover Tour' To Nashville's War Memorial During Black Music Month In Music City

Progressive R&B Bands, Louis York and The Shindellas set to perform on same historic stage as Aretha Franklin, LaBelle, the African American Theater Circuit, and more.   

Nashville-based collective Weirdo Workshop announced today a very special performance in Nashville presented as the Love TakeOver, featuring an unforgettable night of original musical works from progressive band Louis York along with its sister band The Shindellas on June 22, 2019. The show offers a genre-bending, colorful musical experience designed to bring together communities and celebrate originality and love. Specifically set to perform at the War Memorial, in Music City during Black Music Month, to celebrate the historic importance of genres (R&B, Soul, Jazz and Blues) Nashville has been home to for years.

“We’ve been dreaming of a way to connect our brand of music and performance to Music City in a way that is meaningful, historic and impactful. When we learned the history of the War Memorial Auditorium, the vibe and energy was just too overwhelming to ignore,” shared Louis York pianist/musical director and Weirdo Workshop co-president Chuck Harmony. “We need to tell the story, as American Griots, to celebrate the impact African Americans have on this city’s story.”

Weirdo Workshop was created by Kelly and Harmony in response to their frustration with the music industry. Designed to help create a community of open-minded intellectuals who advocate and practice self-acceptance, Weirdo Workshop offers a platform to generate conversation through art, bring together communities and celebrate originality, quirkiness and differences. Embracing the things that make you weird, which are likely your best qualities, Weirdo Workshop advocates: Be a dreamer. Be an individual. Be unapologetically you.

The popular band Louis York is made up of two talented musicians behind some of the biggest names and most popular songs of the last decade. The GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning songwriters and producers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony have worked with artists who include Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Michael and Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston. As Louis York, vocalist Claude Kelly and multi-instrumentalist Chuck Harmony bring their wealth of talent and experience to the stage for a unique musical experience. The group’s name originates from the band members’ hometowns, St. Louis and New York City. 

“People have experienced pieces of us through the lenses of amazing artists like Rihanna, Bruno and Miley. Now we’re serving up the sound of the weirdos through our own music,” shared Louis York vocalist and Weirdo Workshop co-president Claude Kelly.

Weirdo Workshop’s new female group The Shindellas, which is made-up of talented vocalists Stacy Johnson, Tamara Williams and Kasi Jones will perform as well. The group’s debut single “Reconsider” and their recent hit “Ain’t That The Truth” were both written and produced by Harmony and Kelly. The Shindellas offer a sassy, fun sound, with songbird vocals and harmonizing lyrics. 

Weirdo Workshop Presents: The Love TakeOver happens in Nashville on June 22nd at the War Memorial Auditorium. To purchase tickets to each event, visit: or