Next week: Tamar-Kali plays one venue, three nights, three different shows. Obviously, longtime readers of this site know how much love and admiration we have for her. And why not? That voice, those songs!
So here’s the deal:
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:30pm: Psychochamber Ensemble with special guest Joan as Police Woman
For those unfamiliar, Psychochamber Ensemble is Tamar-Kali’s group that reimagines music through the sonic lens of an all-female string ensemble. For example, here’s the ensemble performing Kate Bush’s “Runnin’ Up That Hill”:
Pseudoacoustic add drums, keys and guitars to the mix, but not fully turned up. So, yeah, it stays kind of acoustic, and Tamar will focus on torch songs (think the aforementioned Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, and Jacques Brel, to name a few). Tamar-Kali has a long history of collaborating with both Ticklah and Toshi Reagon, so get ready for all kinds of awesome at this show.
Check out Pseudoacoustic doing “Bitters”:
Saturday, June 9 at 7:30pm: 5ive Piece
Tamar-Kali’s 3-night stand kinda builds to this. This will be like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat, only you’re really going to love all that sonic power of this tight band coupled with her fiery, soulful vocals. As the description says, this band “packs the punch of a thousand ex-girlfriends.” And some of you know exactly what that means.
Here, she performs on of our faves, “Warrior Bones” which was released on her album Black Bottom:
Tickets for these show are $16 for HarlemStage members and $20 for everyone else. If you plan to see all three shows (which would be an excellent way to spend three nights!) it’s $39 and $48, for members and the general public, respectively.
The Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave. (@W. 135 St.)
- Tamar-Kali official (where there will be more announcements about special guests!)