Soho Rep Presents JOMAMA JONES RADIATE, 12/29
Off-Broadway's eleven-time Obie Awardwinning Soho Rep - which the New York Times calls the "downtown powerhouse" - continues its 2010-2011 season with JOMAMA JONES? RADIATE - a once in a lifetime performance event, featuring soul super star Jomama Jones and the Sweet Peaches, directed by Kym Moore with music direction by Bobby Halvorson. Previews of JOMAMA JONES? RADIATE begin December 29 prior to an official press opening of January 4 at Soho Rep. (46 Walker Street) in Manhattan.
Jomama Jones - the dynamic and legendary soul singer/songwriter last seen in NY at Joe's Pub - makes her U.S. comeback next month at Soho Rep and kicks off a national tour with her newest show, JOMAMA JONES? RADIATE. A tale that speaks to the "comeback" in all of us, JOMAMA JONES? RADIATE combines Jomama's unique style of story and song, inviting theatre goers to share her journey into the unknown. Jones' bewitching, emotional and hilarious performance transcends mere hope or cynicism as she sets out on her own to seek authenticity, love and strength of soul.
Jomama's latest CD, RADIATE will be released in tandem with the show. Radiate is a 14-song album recorded in LA and NYC, produced by Halvorson with songs by Halvorson, Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Grisha Coleman and Rhonda Ross Kendrick. Jomama Jones first burst on to the scene in the early 1980's with R&B hits like "Ghetto (In My Mind)" and "Afromatic" -making her an instant fan favorite. She graced the cover of magazines and made the rounds of the hip TV shows of the day (her appearances on Soul Train and Solid Gold are the stuff of legend). She starred in the science fiction cult classic SISTER SOUL AND THE COLONIZERS FROM MARS. But her conflict with the politics of the day led her to renounce her US career and leave the country in pursuit of other dreams. She spent the next several years traveling extensively - both without and within. Then, in 2009, Jomama began laying the groundwork for her return to the US. She collaborated with wunderkind musician, Bobby Halvorson and crafted the album, LONE STAR. She convened a new backing group, the Sweet Peaches. She made select appearances in the States, building her momentum with Standing-Room-Only gigs including her sold-out LONE STAR CD release concert at Joe's Pub in New York City.
Directed by Kym Moore with music direction by Bobby Halvorson, JOMAMA JONES?RADIATE features Jomama Jones and her Sweet Peaches. The JOMAMA JONES?RADIATE band is led by Bobby Halvorson and features: Ted Cruz, Sean Dixon, Michael O'Brien and Kelly Rossum.
Scheduled December 29 through January 15, performance schedule for JOMAMA JONES varies (see end of release for specifics). Tickets are $25 general admission, $35 premium reserved seats, and $15 day-of student rush. Tickets for the December 31st performance of JOMAMA JONES ? RADIATE will be $50 and include a special New Year's Eve Show & Party. Tickets can be reserved by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101 or online at www.sohorep.org. For additional information about Soho Rep., call 212- 941-8632 or visit www.sohorep.org.