Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING CONCERT Tuesday at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street) In partnership with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the Foundation for Louisiana and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host a concert as part of the National Day of Racial Healing. It takes place Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Admission is free. A concert of music and poetry, the event brings together a diverse group of artists for a call to action – to celebrate our common humanity, seek racial healing and ask for collective movement toward a more just and equitable world. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
Among the performers at the Jazz & Heritage Center on Tuesday will be:
- Sunni Patterson, New Orleans native often described as a visionary poet, singer and activist. She began her career as a full-time high school teacher, and much of her life since has been devoted to serving as a cultural worker and grassroots activist, using art and poetry to encourage dialogue and healing. She has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, performed at major spoken word venues throughout the country and is a certified instructor of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Her appearance at the 2017 TEDWomen conference led to a widely viewed video of her performance.
- Tanya Huang, a violinist and popular French Quarter street performer. The character Annie Tee from the HBO series “Treme” is believed to have been based on her.
- Donney Rose, a poet, teaching artist and community activist from Baton Rouge. This year he was one of five artists selected from throughout the country for a 2018-19 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellowship.
- The Harbinger Project, a New Orleans-based duo specializing in jazz/soul piano infused with beatbox looping.
- Grayhawk Perkins, a well known musician and cultural figure in Louisiana. Born in New Orleans, he is of Native American Choctaw and Houma Nation descent. He has been performing for decades, including with such artists as Dr. John and the late bluesman Coco Robicheaux.
- Antonio Garza, a poet and faculty member at the University of New Orleans who studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.
- José Fermin Ceballos, a New Orleans-based musician, songwriter and composer from the Dominican Republic who plays the accordion, keyboard, guitar and vocals. He was born in Jamey, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, a small town within a remote mountain range.