UPCOMING: BRC Orchestra Salutes Richie Havens — January 18-19

@brcnewyork salutes a rock giant and a great voice for social change m4s0n501

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The BRC Orchestra will mine the vast musical career of one of the most under-appreciated and consistent figures in all of rock ‘n roll and social change as part of BAM’s weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. programming.

For over 45 years, Richie Havens has played the most legendary music festivals that ever were, and most of the world’s greatest concert venues.  You recognize the names: Woodstock ,The Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, the Fillmore Auditorium; Royal Albert Hall; Carnegie Hall.  About 18 months ago, he had kidney surgery and has not regained enough strength to stay on the road the way he once did.  As of last March, he announced that he would no longer tour.  Richie Havens is a giant, and it’s great to see the BRC honoring him while he’s still with us.

Featuring STEW (The Negro Problem/PassingStrange), Maritri Garrett, V. Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand), King Julia (Fifth Nation), Kelsey Warren (Pillow Theory), Akie Bermiss (Aabaraki), LaFrae Sci, Lisette Santiago, Andre Lassalle and more!

Musical direction by Darrell M. McNeill

WHEN: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 at 9PM

WHERE: BAMcafé Live (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue between St. Felix and Ashland Places (Ft. Greene)

HOW MUCH: FREE!

INFO: (718) 636-4100; Click here for info.

Here’s Richie’s iconic performance of “Freedom” at Woodstock in 1969.

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