Andrew Harmon


 

   
 

Mr. John Barber and Come Kleen Productions

by Faith Fox

Come Kleen Productions LTD, began in 1995 when a group of high school friends decided they were tired of the sorry choices for live urban music in one of the greatest and most musical cities in the world, Philadelphia. Driving up and down 95 to neighboring states for basic Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, House or Reggae performances was no longer acceptable to John Barber and his crew. They collectively decided enough was enough. What started as an intense brainstorming session about what the city needed musically, has evolved into a multi-faceted and powerful production company with the force of longevity and a strong reputation for bringing the industry’s hottest acts to the Philadelphia and Tri-State area stages. This momentum pushes the founder still and 16 years later John Barber is forever moving forward.

The main CKP event was Blue Funk. Any Philly local can tell you Blue Funk was THE place to see the ‘next big star’ before they were selling out major arenas and venues all over the world. For 13 years, Blue Funk was sought after by promoters and artists alike to take the mic on one of the city’s most coveted stages. Recording artists included John Legend, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Jaguar Wright, Kindred, Terrance Howard, Jazzy Jeff, Floetry, and Faith Evans to name a few. In addition, Blue Funk often hosted comedy shows featuring Kings of Comedy’s Cedric The Entertainer, Fridays Mike Epps, and the latest heir to the comedy throne Kevin Hart. Blue Funk is set to return to the Philadelphia cityscape in 2013 with a formal awards show format set to rival the red carpet of any of its kind in LA or NY. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, locals have reveled in the ability of CKP to attract and book today’s hottest groups for Philly Live Pod, a weekly event which started in 2007 featuring artists such as Lyfe Jennings, Common, De La Soul, The Roots, EPMD, Method man, GhostFace, Rakim, Kelly Rowland, Mario, Fabulous, Mya, as well as a very successful unsigned artist showcase entitled “UnDiscovered”. Out of the cities need for stellar R&B performances John Barber has created what some might categorize as a local empire. In a time when crime seems to steal the headlines, CKP’s seeks to take back the streets though “Pheel-Good” music. CKP pledges a percentage of weekly profits to the Peace & Love Initiative. This Non-Profit organization embodies the spirit of encouraging and inspiring all people to think differently, live differently, and believe the harmony of Peace and Love can be achieved.

Not in at least 20+ years has the City of Brotherly Love experienced such consistently good musical programming with a purpose.
 


 

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