Looking for something fun to do in the Pike District/White Flint area? AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose has the entertainment you crave.
Joe Zimmerman got his start as a member of the Southern stand-up group The Beards of Comedy. Although his beard has been kept in check, his career has just kept growing. BuzzFeed described this West Virginia native’s “calming vocalization and inventive writing” as a “thing of magic.” Paste Magazine called him one of “10 Great Comics from the South.” We call him hilarious! You may have seen Zimmerman open for Brian Regan or Ricky Gervais. Or you may have caught his sets on Conan, The Late Late Show, or The Tonight Show. Don’t miss Zimmerman as he headlines AMP’s first comedy night of 2019! Erica Spera opens the show with her sharp, observant, and clever comedy. Named a 2017 TBS Comic to Watch, you may have seen Spera on TLC’s Cake Boss and AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live!
James “Blood” Ulmer is a true original. Celebrated by many as an avant-garde innovator, this blues guitarist draws upon the full spectrum of African American music. He began his career playing in funk bands before settling in New York City in 1971. It was in New York that Blood first collaborated with Ornette Coleman, who had a profound effect on his sound. In the decades since he has explored free jazz, soul, be-bop, avant-garde, and rock. Rolling Stoneheralded Blood as “the most original guitarist since Jimi Hendrix,” and Detroit Free Pressgushed that Blood is a “wildly original guitar hero.” His guitar chops are even more stunning when paired with his rich, baritone vocals and powerful lyrics.
It’s time to show some r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the memory of the Queen of Soul. A tribute in the truest sense of the word, tonight’s performance is a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s monumental career. No one artist could possibly capture the full power Franklin brought to the stage, but we have a string of mesmerizing front women who are up to the challenge. Shayna Blass and Ines Nassara share the spotlight, singing “Son of a Preacher Man,” “A Natural Woman,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and other beloved classics Franklin made famous. Only a chain of fools would miss this!
Fink, Marxer & Gleaves combines the talents of Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with those of Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves. The trio forms a powerhouse of vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. The Bluegrass Situation called their collaboration “a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds—and musical melds… Messages of social justice, feminism, working class empowerment, and activism through music are so viscerally powerful because the trio shows that anyone can connect with each other across the rifts and barriers that many would assume were insurmountable.” Rhiannon Giddens remarks that the trio’s album, Shout and Shine, includes “themes and music for now, more needed than ever.”
VICTOR PROVOST & JOSANNE FRANCIS
STEELPAN! CELEBRATING THE DIVERSITY OF SOUND
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019
The sounds of the steelpan may conjure images of a sunny day in the Caribbean, but this versatile instrument is capable of a wide spectrum of genres and moods. Celebrated steelpan phenoms Victor Provost and Josanne Francis take you on an international journey that explores steelpan music from all hemispheres and the role of the percussive powerhouse in everything from jazz to Hindustani music.
Provost is a dazzling soloist whose improvisational voice and style earned him honors as “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” by Washington City Paper six years running and praise for his most recent album, Bright Eyes. Francis, known for her unique mix of Calypso, jazz, Indian, funk, rock and classical styles, is an alumna of Strathmore’s prestigious Artist in Residence program and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and numerous festivals around the world. Together Provost and Francis bring a diverse blend of genres to the AMP stage, rarely seen for the steelpan.