Photo by Dawoud Kringle
Date: January 2, 2017
Venue: Bowery Electric
Concert review by Dawoud Kringle
On the cold damp night in the second day of 2017, I left the comfort of my home, and ventured downtown to the Bowery Electric where Lindsey Wilson and the Human Hearts Trio was playing.
8 pm: Singer/Songwriter Lindsey Wilson and the Human Hearts Trio –Reggie Sylvester (drums) and Michael Trotman (bass), with Special Guest spoken word artist, Rachel Righteousluv, this dynamic trio offers a musical versatility to “Wilson’s biting commentary on many great issues of our time – police brutality, cultural dignity for African Americans, and myraid forms of structural violence as they have manifested in the US today” saysJazzRightNow.com.
9 pm: Heroes are Gang Leaders
Fronted by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, this large ensemble combines elements of poetry, spoken word, jazz, and their own brand of stage theatrics in its performances.
Thomas Sayers Ellis (voice, poems)
James Brandon Lewis (tenor saxophone)
Janice Lowe (piano, voice)
Luke Stewart (bass)
Heru Shabaka-ra (trumpet)
Randall Horton (voice, poems)
Devin Brahja Waldman (synthesizer)
Warren “Trae” Crudup III (drums)