Toshi Reagon: 26th Anniversary Birthday Concerts
Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely
Thursday, January 27th - Saturday, January 29th @ 9PM
Toshi Reagon: Sacred Music Show with special guest Bernice Johnson Reagon
Sunday, January 30th @ 7PM
The 26th anniversary of singer Toshi Reagon's annual birthday celebration, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with her band Big Lovely and a Sunday Sacred Music show that's not to be missed is an NYC tradition filled with genre-shattering musical highlights. Toshi's amazing band includes some of New York's finest musicians, Judith Casselberry, Fred Cash, Catherine Russell , Adam Widoff, and Robert Burke, collectively known as Big Lovely. The event promises extra-special surprise guest appearances from her many friends and collaborators, plus gifts from Toshi for her fans. Sunday evening continues the birthday celebration with an evening of sacred music sung by Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely with special Guest Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Toshi Reagon has been described as "a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana--from folk to funk, from blues to rock" by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody). "She masters each of these genres with vocal strategies that easily spiral and swoop from the expressively sinuous to the hard-charging, a combination of warmth and mischief." Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon. Yaa Asantewaa writes, "Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you've been lucky enough to be in Toshi's presence, you know you can't walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less."
Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women's History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic's Heritage Award.
Joe's Pub archival artist, Michael Arthur, will be drawing live with Toshi on the 27th only