Harlem 100 featuring Mwenso & the Shakes
with Special Guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman, and Vuyo Sotashe
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019
Venue Matthews Theatre
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.
Bandleader: Michael Mwenso
Vocals: Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas
Drums: Kyle Poole
Bass: Russell Hall
Piano/Keys: Mathis Picard
Saxophones: Julian Lee, Ruben Fox
Tap: Michela Marino Lerman