Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Honors Gil Scott-Heron–1/14

E xplore the range and power of the late poet, author, musician, composer, orator, social critic, activist, humorist and humanitarian.

Get ready, NYC!

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, under the direction of Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, will explore the range and power of self-styled renaissance man, the late Gil Scott-Heron. An all-star cast will tour the complexities of the noted poet, author, musician, composer, orator, social critic, activist, humorist and humanitarian.

Performers will include Vernon Reid, Nona Hendryx, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Sandra St. Victor & V. Jeffrey Smith of The Family Stand, Roger Guenevere Smith, Carl Hancock-Rux, Martha Redbone, Felipe Luciano, Alkebulan, Duriel E. Harris, Gordon Voidwell, Kimberly Nicole, R. Dwanye Betts, Hanifah Wadilah, LaFrae Sci, Aaron Whitby, Booker King, Val-Inc, Ben Tyree, Lisette Santiago, and Dave Smoota (TV On The Radio). Video art will be provided by Michael P. Britto, Zach Fabri and Aichlee Bushnell.

Extra Special Guest: Long time Gil Scott-Heron musical partner Brian Jackson.

Additionally–and equally important–the BRC is in the middle of its first Kickstarter campaign to raise production funds for this show.  In true DIY fashion, the show is self-produced, self-financed, and self-realized.  If you can’t make it to the show, please consider a few dollars for the cause via the Kickstarter campaign, which ends Monday, January 9.  Not familiar with the BRC Orchestra? Then check this out:

Since 1987, The Black Rock Coalition has employed our evolving BRC Orchestra to pay tribute to many remarkable and deserving artists—Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Otis Blackwell, Jimi Hendrix, Betty Davis, Garry Shider, and Stevie Wonder among them. We’ve sold out or packed venues as prestigious as Central Park SummerStage, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Whitney Museum, BAMcafé, and Harlem Stage. From NYC to Atlanta to France to Italy and back again.

Donate here via Kickstarter.

Show details:

WHEN: Saturday, January 14 at 7PM

WHERE: Symphony Space, 2957 Broadway at 95th Street (NYC)

HOW MUCH: $45/$35/$25 advance, depending on seating (see Symphony Space website for details)

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