Q’s, Quincy Jones’ first-ever bar and lounge featuring world-class live music, is set to welcome its latest act on 11th April. Handpicked by Jones, the soulful XRISS, and her accompanying trio will be performing at the Q’s Bar and Lounge in Palazzo Versace Dubai through 26th May.

Originally from Lebanon, and now residing in Los Angeles, XRISS has worked very closely with Jones for several years. After becoming a semi-finalist on the debut season of The Voice: Ahla Sawt in 2012, she went on to win Dubai Music Week in 2013, which was judged by acclaimed producers will.i.am., Timbaland, and Quincy Jones. Timbaland credited XRISS’ bravery for choosing a vocally intensive Beyoncé song and noted that "As soon as she walked out on stage, you…knew what she wanted to do." The judges were all blown away by her performance, and Jones’ time-tested ability to spot talent proved to be correct once again: immediately leading him to offer her a management contract.

Since then, XRISS has worked closely with Jones and continues to use her music as a vehicle to raise awareness for social injustices. Namely, her cover of Michael Jackson’s, “Care About Us” comments on the garbage crisis and political dysfunction that is occurring throughout Lebanon in order to lend a voice for the “You Stink” movement.

Soon to grace the stage at Q’s Bar and Lounge in the Palazzo Versace Dubai Hotel, guests can look forward to an array of jazz and soul standards as well as a fusion of modern-pop and vintage genres. Expect to be transported back to the early 20th century as XRISS puts her own spin on swing, ragtime, and jazz alongside her accompanying guitarist, bassist, and drummer. XRISS’ EP is set to release later this year, and she will be embarking on a local tour upon the close of the residency.

“The Middle East should be so proud of XRISS for leading the brigade. She’s got the vocal chops and will undoubtedly tear. It. Up! Your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being, and she is quite the human being!” – Quincy Jones

“Her name is Xriss Jor, she’s got one hell of a voice” – Huffington Post
Guests will be drawn into the intimate living room space, which is decked out with plush furniture and mahogany tables facing the vibrant stage. Q’s offers high-quality comfort food stirred by New York and New Orleans culinary culture, and a wide selection of rare beverages in the FROW to the world’s finest music acts complemented by unmatched acoustics.

Quincy Jones, the maestro behind Q’s Bar and Lounge, needs no formal introduction. With a career spanning six decades, he has collaborated with legendary music icons including Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan and of course, Michael Jackson. With twenty-seven Grammys, seven Academy Award nominations, an Emmy, a Tony, and an induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Quincy Jones is unarguably the most influential individual in the business and has now brought a slice of his legacy to Palazzo Versace Dubai.

Located in Palazzo Versace Dubai’s West Wing, Q’s Bar and Lounge is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 7pm to 2am.

Dress code: Smart casual
Entry: Individuals below the age of 21 will not be permitted
Reservations: 04 556 8865 / Qs@palazzoversace.ae

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