Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Suggested donation of $10 per person.
With a NYC Council Initiative grant called “Community Theatres of Color”, BRAC has been able to expand its performing arts productions into its new “Black Box” Event Space with renewed vigor. This year’s “Bronx River Sounds” festival will feature African American composers and performers from a range of musical styles including legendary jazz guitarist and Bronx resident, Ed Cherry (Dizzy Gillespie) and veteran guitarist, bassist vocalist Jerome Harris (Sonny Rollins, Jack DeJohnette) as well as emerging artist, trumpeter Wayne Tucker and his funk/soul/jazz band the Bad Mothas. Energetic, young pianist/composer/drummer Anton Kot will bring a quartet of like-minded firebrands to play his original modern jazz compositions. Keyboardist Gino Cashie will perform with his gospel group Global Praise and Deliverance and Alegba and Friends will perform their infectious groovy blend of African World Fusion music. The series kicks off on May 22 in conjunction with a photography exhibition “Honoring Black Lives Matter” and special performance by “Sounds of the Movement” – a concert performed by Black and Brown artists showcasing voices from the Black Lives Matter protests whose mission is to amplify the messages of The Movement for Black lives while creating a platform and opportunity for marginalized artists who also dedicate their time and talent to activism. ‘Sounds of The Movement’ is a collaborative community effort by activists, organizers and members of the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly the Black Trans lives matter faction. BRAC is delighted to host Sound of The Movement’s first performance with a live audience, following their successful debut screening in April.
Opening Launch – May 22 7-8:15pm – Sounds of the Movement (voices from the BLM protests), and BLM Photography Exhibition
June 5, 4-5:15pm – Anton Kot and Friends
June 5, 7-8:15pm – Ed Cherry Trio
June 12, 4-5:15pm – Global Praise and Deliverance
June 12, 7-8:15pm – Alegba and Friends
June 19, 4-5:15pm – Jerome Harris Quartet
Closing Night – June 19, 7-8:15pm- Wayne Tucker and the Bad Mothas