PARDON OUR ANALYSIS is a multimedia, multi-performer, multi-disciplinary celebration of the inimitable Gil Scott-Heron. An inspiration to artists from Chuck D to Radiohead, Kanye West to Gordon Voidwell, Scott-Heron left behind a body of work that continues to broaden both genres and minds. It is our intention, with the help of the Kickstarter community, to make this material breathe again with a spirited performance on January 14, 2012 as Scott-Heron was instrumental in securing support for the national observance of the MLK holiday.
Since 1987, The Black Rock Coalition has employed our evolving BRC Orchestra to pay tribute to many remarkable and deserving artists—Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Otis Blackwell, Jimi Hendrix, Betty Davis, Garry Shider, and Stevie Wonder among them. We've sold out or packed venues as prestigious as Central Park SummerStage, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Whitney Museum, BAMcafé, and Harlem Stage. From NYC to Atlanta to France to Italy and back again.
But this will be THE FIRST TIME we are endeavoring to produce an Orchestra event of this magnitude COMPLETELY ON OUR OWN. We are renting the venue, the gear, the everything else, which includes paying a Who's Who of progressive performers without the safety net of a guaranteed budget.
And when we say Who's Who, we mean...Brian Jackson (long-time Gil Scott-Heron collaborator), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Abiodun Oyewole (Last Poets), Felipe Luciano (Last Poets), Gordon Voidwell, Nona Hendryx (LaBelle), Roger Guenveur Smith, R. Dwayne Betts, Carl Hancock-Rux, KimberlyNichole, Martha Redbone, Dave Smoota Smith (TV On The Radio), Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand), V Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand), Duriel E. Harris, Booker King, Hanifah Walidah, Val-Inc, Ben Tyree, Alkebun, Lisette Santiago, and backbone drummer LaFrae Sci. All under the musical and curatorial direction of poet and performer LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs with additional direction from Aaron Whitby.
This is why we need your help! Funding this project will help us involve (and pay) additional artists and poets, rehearse them to perfection, promote the event extensively, provide discounted seating, archive the performance, and secure travel and lodging for artists traveling from other coasts and countries. If we exceed our funding goals (hope, hope), we will put the money toward sharing Gil's work and that of other deserving, but often overlooked artists, to venues outside of lucky NYC.
Please feel free to check out some of what we've done in the past 27 years at blackrockcoalition.org, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Rock-Coalition/83748180988, or search us out on youtube.
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