Jamila Woods comes to Fort Greene
Jamila Woods comes to Fort Greene
BRIC presents the once-in-a-generation soul and R&B performer and poet Jamila Woods, in concert with genre-blurring opener Jazze Belle on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 8pm.
The performance continues Spring 2018’s BRIC House Sessions, a series of world-class concerts reflecting the diversity of Brooklyn that bring the ethos of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival to Fort Greene. Spanning two stages, each show begins with local DJs and musicians on the BRIC House Stoop overlooking the Gallery, where we invite guests to explore the contemporary art exhibitions. The featured artist will then perform in the BRIC House Ballroom, one of the best spaces for live music in Brooklyn. Come through and discover your new favorite music Thursdays at BRIC House.
A frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world with the likes of Chance The Rapper, Macklemore, and Noname, Woods released her debut solo album HEAVN in 2016, to vast acclaim. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, her lyrically powerful and sonically playful music is the best representation of Jamila herself: strong in her roots, confident in her ideas, and attuned to the people, places, and things shaping her world.
Woods’ HEAVN draws from influences as varied as Lucille Clifton’s poetry to bell hooks’ 2001 book Salvation: Black People And Love to the infectious late ‘80s post-punk of The Cure. Says NPR, “Heavn may be influenced by black feminist scholarship and Afrofuturism, but it doesn't feel dense or academic in the slightest… After all, plenty of Heavn is simply about love: falling in and out of it, trying to maintain it, trying not to lose track of oneself in it. Woods wrote an album that never lost track of her own multitudes.” Pitchfork raved, in a Best New Music review of the album, “As with her previous work, Woods utilizes what’s functional—clapping games, lullabies, Paula Cole, headlines, statistics—to make music that defies categorization but not meaning. The result is unmistakable: HEAVN is protest music that sounds like a children’s playground.”
Prior to Woods’ performance in the BRIC House Ballroom, Jazze Belle, the Harlem-based group headed by producer/instrumentalist Jett Carter and singer/songwriter Taylor Simone, will perform on the BRIC House Stoop. With influences ranging from Jill Scott to SBTRKT, the two bring a sound of jazzy vocals and edgy production, as heard in their most recent EP, Go to Bed Standing Up.
Tickets may be purchased online at BRICartsmedia.org or via phone at 877.987.6487. The Box Office at BRIC House is open on performance days, one hour prior to the event. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. BRIC House is open weekdays and Saturday at 8am and Sundays at 10am.
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