The first night of the Black Speculative Art Movement – St. Louis (#BSAMSTL2019) features a dynamic line-up of musical acts.
Legendary radio personality, CEO of the National Black Radio Hall of Fame and Wolff Jazz Institute will provide the Welcome Address.
Drum Troupe: Sean Nichols & Friends
This vocal group presents an explosive production that takes its audience on an emotional journey via music, narration and songs! “Songs of Protest” takes you on a musical ride from the devastating times of slavery and lynchings to the stuggles of the ’60’s Civil Rights Movement as well as the national pain and unrest of the ’70’s. See actual news footage that shocked our nation! This is a powerful presentation written and directed by Marcia Williams of Gifted Productions.
The Lady J Huston Show: Blues to Rhythm & Blues
Lady J is a trumpeter, vocalist &, multi-award winning artist who held title as the Las Vegas Queen of the Blues prior to returning to her roots of St. Louis. Her band will trace the development of these musical genres to highlight its influence in American culture.
Alonzo Lee & Friends: Hip-Hop
This Grammy winning songwriter and producer provides a look at the future using Hip-Hop.
Dr. Robert McNichols, Jr.: From Opera to Hip-Hop
This HSSU professor will discuss opera presented with contemporary hip-hop influences, and perform newly arranged selections by national recording artist, Ntegrity.
Sir Ervin Williams III: Spoken Word
Known in St. Louis for his outstanding one-man plays, Sir Ervin Williams will be delivering some of his outstanding poetry.
The George Sams Experience:
This performance provides a progressive look at Jazz with an original avant-garde treatment of a spoken word presentation. George Sams on trumpet, featuring Shirley LeFlore, poet Lyah Le Flore, and bassist Claude Montgomery.
Sponsors: Missouri Humanities Council, National Black Radio Hall of Fame, Wolff Jazz Institute, Harris-Stowe State University