North Minneapolis performance artists at Capri theater open mic
Lee-Hoon Benson, TC Daily Planet
The young woman sauntered onto the stage, cracked a half smile then pulled the mike almost to her lips. The lights dimmed, music piped in and the spotlight turned onto her. The smoky voice that emerged from this girl was surprising as was the melody. Here on the Capri Theater stage in North Minneapolis, an African American girl was singing a jazz song popularized by Billie Holiday, an American cultural icon of the 1940s. The audience of about 50 young students, teens and middle aged folks hooted and howled encouragement when this aspiring singer ended her rendition. She glowed with a big smile, waved, and bounded off into the wings.
"One of the central themes of African Americans is the exploration of the diversity of ethnic origins of the people from Africa and their descendants whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies and beliefs, and religious and social institutions that the African American people have created....
Lizz Wright and Raul Midón join forces on the Ordway stage
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' Target World Music and Dance Series opens on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with performers Lizz Wright and Raul Midón.
The singer-songwriters share the Ordway Stage with their combined talents to present an intoxicating collection of contemporary songs that deftly span the genre of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel.
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