Symphony Space Presents ENDLESS SUMMER LIVE! June 21-22
On June 21 and June 22, Jomama Jones returns to NYC on the heels of her critically-acclaimed show RADIATE, presented at Soho Rep last December. Jomama Jones's ENDLESS SUMMER LIVE!, an exclusive two-night, four-concert engagement at New York City's famed Symphony Space, is an intimate and festive night of music celebrating Summer Solstice with songs of passion, resilience, transformation, and just plain ol' fun.
Jones and Musical Director Bobby Halverson will be joined by the Sweet Peaches (Helga Davis and Sonja Perryman) and musicians Ted Cruz, Sean Dixon, Brandon Lewis, and Michael O'Brien to play songs from Jones's albums, RADIATE and LONE STAR along with a few musical surprises. The 7:30
shows will be introduced by Rhonda Ross; the 9:30 shows will be introduced
by Chris Wells.
Presented Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22, 2011 at 7:30 and 9:30pm, at Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at symphonyspace.org or by calling 212.864.5400.
BACK IN NYC BY POPULAR DEMAND - Soul Superstar Jomama Jones!
Symphony Space presents ENDLESS SUMMER LIVE!
Tues & Wed, June 21 & 22, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Created by artist Daniel Alexander Jones, 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 and her acclaimed comeback show presented at New York City's Soho Rep theater last December.
Daniel Alexander Jones is an award-winning independent American artist whose practice includes performance, writing, composition and direction. Daniel has performed across the U.S., notably in New York City, Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle and internationally in London, Manchester, Leeds and Dublin. Daniel's other performance pieces include the multichapter autobiographical work The Book of Daniel - in collaboration with musician Walter Kitundu, with one chapter directed by Tea Alagic.
Jones was also a member of Grisha Coleman's vocal performance group HotMouth and he toured widely in their piece IsaywhatyoumeanbutwhatyoumeanisnotwhatIsaiD. Jones has appeared several times as a reader for Selected Shorts at Symphony Space and on tour; he also appears on the Selected Shorts audio CD, Family Matters. Jones is a noted contributor to the evolving method of theatre making known as the jazz aesthetic and his plays have been produced in several US Cities including Austin, Minneapolis, Boston and Atlanta.
Bobby Halvorson (Music Director) is a Los Angeles-based composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has composed two musicals with librettist, David Murray, the most recent entitled, BERMUDA. Bobby holds a BFA from UC Santa Barbara, and an MFA in Music Composition from CalArts.
Symphony Space traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by Isaiah Sheffer and Alan Miller. The music marathon then drew hundreds of visitors and has since become one of the organization's signature events.
Today, Symphony Space presents over 600 events during a year, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings. Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories hosted by Isaiah Sheffer, one of the most popular series on the airwaves; the Thalia Follies, one of the funniest and most engaging political cabarets presented in the city; the Thalia Film Club, a trendy film club hosted by Marshall Fine, featuring pre-release screenings and behind-the-scenes conversations with film stars; and Just Kidding, one of the most popular family entertainments around town, and much more. www.symphonyspace.org