The Revolution Vol. 35: Queen Esther, Hornē Electric Band, & Mizan
9:30pm doors • 10pm show
Much of the charm of a place like Brooklyn comes from discovering what secret events hide inside seemingly mundane brick buildings with colorful street art plastered on their walls. Wandering the streets of Brooklyn’s culturally booming neighborhoods you may ask yourself, “What exclusive functions could I attend if I were lucky enough to be in-the-know?” -Soundigest
THE REVOLUTION is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre.
This local musical movement empowers community, change, and activism through performance and unity amongst the arts. Once a month, three different artists showcasing three different genres have a chance to spread love, light, and awareness through their music and their stories. This series supports revolutionary artistry and how important music is to healing, in all aspects of life.
As a part of VOL. 35, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists:
Queen Esther, Hornē Electric Band, & Mizan
Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther resides in Harlem and continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects -- including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey -- as she forges her own sonic path.
Paste describes her most recent Black Americana album The Other Side (2015) as – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year,” while Vanity Fair goes further, saying "This album is amazing. And very difficult to classify. Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer."
Recent highlights include: a TED Talk about the erasure of African-Americans in country and bluegrass; headlining at Dizzy’s/Lincoln Center with her project Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday: The Lost Classics; a Black Americana performance at the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Ill; Under The Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF):Burnt Sugar Arkestra Freaks Prince’s Post Purple Rain Songbook at The David Rubenstein Atrium/Lincoln Center; and performing a suite of vaudeville blues at the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
With a whimsical grin and a contagious beat, the Hornē Electric Band brings horn driven electro-funk to the stage.
On the eve of their debut record, the HEB has long tantalized audiences with dozens of shows in New York City.
Recently featured on BRIC TV and Blue Note NYC among other places, they can be caught out after curfew regularly at The 55 Bar in the West Village.
With vigorous trumpet sparkles, luscious saxophone dances and otherworldly electronic adventures over potent grooves, the groups’ spirit and energy is nothing short of infectious.
Mizan, born in the U.S. and raised between Ethiopia and New York, is known for making music with deeply considered lyrics and self-directed DIY music videos that expand the limits of convention. Along with her long time collaborator Brownghost, she presents an intimate music aesthetic experience featuring hand-built animated LED visuals synced with deeply human songs. Mizan will be performing music from her critically acclaimed debut Dark Blue EP (Terrible Records) and previewing new music from her highly anticipated album in the making.