Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!
Imani Uzuri curates
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts!
(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)
WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!
THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA
At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon
FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!
Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!
SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!
TICKETS are only $10 each night and $30 all Festival Passes are also available! Advance purchase is recommended. #bliss
(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)