Harlem 100 featuring Mwenso & the Shakes

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Venue Matthews Theatre

OVERVIEW

100 years after one of the most culturally-significant periods in human history, Harlem is in the midst of a resurging creative movement sparked by the centenarian embers left by the wildfire that was the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance has since proven to be an unrivaled period of brilliance in both profound intelligent expression and preeminent entertainment.

The performance features Mwenso and the Shakes, a prolific music collective based in Harlem, who encounter an unexpected journey when a power outage leads them to discover their connection to the historical figures and great American artists that inspire them today. The musicians bask in the merits and tidings of their ancestral forbearers such as Fats Waller, Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington, who once lived in the very same neighborhood as they do. 

This show, created collectively through a devised process with the cast, invites audiences to enjoy and take part in this interactive, high energy, music experience celebrating the rich history of the Harlem Renaissance. 

 

Featured Artists

Bandleader: Michael Mwenso

Vocals: Vuyo SotasheBrianna Thomas

Drums: Kyle Poole

Bass: Russell Hall

Piano/Keys: Mathis Picard

Saxophones: Julian LeeRuben Fox

Tap: Michela Marino Lerman

 

 

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