In this National Sawdust+ evening, Maria Popova curates a celebration of cultural and personal heroes. Musicians perform original compositions paying homage to luminaries, from Amelia Earhart to James Baldwin, and covers of songs by their own greatest musical heroes. Popova hosts an intriguing lineup including singer-songwriters Dawn Landes, Warren Malone, and Morley, and an appearance by 13-year old guitarist Gibson Malone. The program will feature an original piece by composer Mohammed Fairouz in collaboration with Popova, who also worked with Ben Folds and his daughter, singer/pianist Gracie, on a piece that she will debut that evening.
Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings, which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow. She is on Twitter as @brainpicker.