The Public Theater to Celebrate Toshi Reagon at Joe's Pub, 1/19-26
This month, The Public Theater will honor composer, musician and songwriter Toshi Reagon with five concerts at Joe's Pub and a special engagement during the Public's annual Under the Radar festival. Reagon will be joined by her band BIGLovely, featuring Judith Casselberry, Adam Widoff, Robert Burke, Fred Cash, Stephanie McKay and Marcelle Davies Lashley. Tickets are on sale now at www.joespub.com.
The first concert is January 19 at 8:00 PM during UTR in The Public's Martinson Theater where Reagon will perform Sacred Stories, a retrospective of the composer's opera repertory. The evening features selections from Robert Wilson's The Temptation of St Anthony and Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter, as well as Lines, an opera commissioned by Joe's Pub in 2011 as part of its inaugural New York Voices series. Sacred Stories includes twelve guest vocalists and the BIGLovely Orchestra.
From January 22 - January 26 at 9:00 PM, the celebrations continue at Joe's Pub where Reagon will perform five more shows as part of her 30th Annual Birthday Concerts with BIGLovely. The Joe's Pub shows will include music written by Reagon while a 2013 Fellow with Brooklyn Philharmonic, an all-women line up of BIGLovely (this show will benefit the Atsraea Foundation) and special guests such as Nona Hendryx, sketch artist Michael Arthur and Lizz Wright. Reagon's mother Bernice Johnson Reagon will help close the week with a sold-out performance of their Sacred Music Show.
"We are thrilled to celebrate Toshi's career and success at Joe's Pub and Under the Radar," said Joe's Pub director Shanta Thake. "Her history and music are deeply rooted in the music of the Civil Rights movement, and she continues to use her voice to promote equality in all of its myriad forms. It's only fitting that these concerts begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend."
Toshi Reagon has been described by Vibe magazine as "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" and by PopMatters as "a treasure." She is widely recognized as one of the best practitioners of progressive American music, skillfully combining rock, folk, blues, traditional sacred music forms, soul and rhythm and blues with her signature vocals, guitar and powerful lyrics. For more information on Toshi Reagon, visit www.toshireagon.com.
Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Anniversary Celebrations:
Sun, Jan 19 at 8:00 PM
Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely at Under the Radar
The Public's Martinson Theater
Sacred Stories: Featuring Selections from the Temptation of St Anthony, Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter and Lines
Guest Vocalists: Stephanie Battle, Helga Davis, Carla Duren, Randy Jeter, Karma Mayet Johnson, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Josette Newsam Marchak, Stephanie McKay, Carl Hancock Rux, Jason C Walker, Christalyn Wright and Imani Uzuri
Wed, Jan 22
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely: 30th Anniversary Concerts
Joe's Pub at The Public
All Women All The Time: All Women version of BIGLovely
Special Guests: Allison Miller, Ganessa James, Alex Nolan, Elena Canlas, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Judith Casselberry and Stephanie McKay. This show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice.