Performed by Black Rock Coalition Orchestra
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, artistic director
Part of the 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival
Soul-jazz pioneer, poetic hip-hop inspiration, and self-proclaimed “bluesologist” Gil Scott-Heron, best known for the unforgettable fury of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” was a documentarian of the American experience and radical rabble-rouser on par with Woody Guthrie and Lenny Bruce.
Vocalists: Martha Redbone, Sandra St. Victor, Alkebulan, Gordon Voidwell
Poets: John Murillo, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Willie Perdomo, Hanifah Walidah Robinson, Carl Hancock-Rux, Sapphire
Band: Brian Jackson, special guest; Aaron Whitby, musical director, keys; Ben Tyree, guitar; Fred Cash, bass; Dave “Smoota” Smith, trombone, keys; Chris Eddleton, drums; Lisette Santiago, percussion; Val-Inc, electronics; V. Jeff Smith, saxophone, guitar, flute
Sponsored by Toyota. Roots of American Music is presented in association with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation. Pardon Our Analysis is presented in collaboration with the Black Rock Coalition and Poetry Society of America In cooperation with the Estate of Gil Scott-Heron. (LCOOD)