The Blues Hip Hop Experience
Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Join us for a dynamic evening exploring the rich blues legacy of our region and its parallels to hip-hop. This multi-generational concert combines poetry, performance and perspective in one unforgettable evening.
Music has long served as a vehicle to give voice to the plight of the people, and to their triumphs. Two all-American genres have played a critical role in sharing stories of African Americans and everyday people: Blues and Hip Hop.
The evening is co-hosted by three-time Grammy-nominee and hometown harmonica hero, Billy Branch, and award-winning journalist and PBS TV personality, Sylvia Ewing. Billy's band, The Sons of Blues will be joined by an all-Chicago collection of vocalists, hip-hop artists and performance poets. Guest vocalists include blues artist Melody Angel, hip-hop collective artists avery r. young, international music star Ugochi, and hip hop artists FM Supreme, Sense, and HSHBRWN. Author and poet Jose Guadalupe Olivarez and Urbanized Music featuring Amina Norman Hawkins and Coolout Chris make a special appearance!
“These African-American oral traditions bridge generational and cultural divides, uniting people from all backgrounds for a shared experience that brings the rich musical legacy of Chicago and our production from Millennium Park to life in the southland” comments Sylvia Ewing. “Theater is an opportunity to entertain and educate and find new ways to look at the world. This is our chance to show that the Blues is a relevant vibrant art form and hip-hop is more than controversial music videos and questionable rap lyrics."
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.