Dom Flemons & Victory Boyd, Grace McLean, & More Coming to The Sheen Center This Week
This week, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, NYC) presents three special live music events on the stage of the Loreto Theater. Tickets are available at SheenCenter.org, by phone at (212) 925-2812, or in-person at The Sheen Center box office.
Indie Band Series
PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
Thursday, April 19 & Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7:30PM in The Loreto Theater
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut album, Bremen, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post's 2012 Grammy preview sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, "The Way I'm Running," in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba's Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, "Whole Sun," performed at Mumford & Sons' return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival, and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. PigPen is currently adapting The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo into a stage musical in partnership with Universal Theatrical.
Inspirations: Women And Their Muses Series
GRACE McLEAN & THEM APPLES
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30PM in The Loreto Theater
Fresh from a ten-city, State Department good will tour of Russia, Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is an actress-singer-writer-teacher with a sound that's quirky, jazzy, irreverent, sassy and full of rhythm. Inspired by women as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Ella Fitzgerald, Liz Swados, and St. Hildegarde von Bingen, Manhattan User's Guide writes, "[She has] seriously infectious melodies with seriously antic lyrics ... her voice can raise the roof, or ... break your heart."
Back On Bleecker Street: Music For Social Change Series
DOM FLEMONS and VICTORY BOYD
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30PM in The Loreto Theater
Spend an evening with Dom Flemons, Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter and co-founder, with Rhiannon Giddens, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flemons mixes traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, creating new sounds for wider audiences. Flemons draws from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, fife and drum music, string band music and jug-band music. Victory Boyd's music is a fusion between soul and folk music. Some people describe her as in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. Beyond them, Victory brings a new youthful element to her music, rooted and grounded in jazz. Tickets: $35
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (www.sheencenter.org) is a New York City arts center located in NoHo that presents a vibrant mix of theater, film, music, art and talk events. An initiative of the Archdiocese of New York, The Sheen Center serves all New Yorkers by presenting performances and artists that reflect the true, the good, and the beautiful. Named for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best remembered as an inspirational author, radio host and two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality, The Sheen Center reflects his modern-day approach to contemporary topics. The Sheen Center is a state-of-the-art theater complex that includes the 270-seat off-Broadway Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition TV and live-stream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat off-off-Broadway Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.