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The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub presents Queen Esther sings Black Americana 425 Lafayette St.  (at Astor Place) April 28th Doors at 6PM Show at 7PM TICKETS:$15 Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and The ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician, and solo performer Queen Esther lives in Harlem and continues to perform internationally with her mentor, harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer, in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path. Known for her solo performance projects The Moxie Show and Queen Esther: Unemployed Superstar, Queen Esther received an AUDELCO award nomination (2002) for her star turn in George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song and returned to The Apollo Theater with a performance residency for her jazz musical The Billie Holiday Project. A special Drama Desk Award (2001) was given to Tribeca Playhouse for their production of Queen Esther’s Stagedoor Canteen, a weekly hour-long USO-style variety show that welcomed performers to entertain Ground Zero relief workers for free. Her discography as a vocalist, songwriter and/or producer includes Mighty by Hoosegow, an alt-blues duo formed with guitarist Elliot Sharp, Blues & Grass by The 57th St. Blues Project, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! by The Dirtbombs and The Harlem Experiment, along with four critically acclaimed self-released albums. Recent highlights: a 2018 TED Talk about the erasure of African-Americans in country and bluegrass; headlining at Dizzy’s in Lincoln Center with Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday: The Lost Classics; a Black Americana performance at the 2018 Obama […]

Gettysburg National Military Park All Media Artist Residency Gettysburg, PA February 15th – March 12th Queen Esther,  award-winning vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, librettist, playwright, actor is artist-in-residence February-March 2020 at Gettysburg. Gettysburg Pennsylvania—The National Parks Arts Foundation and the National Park Service, and all media welcomes Queen Esther. During her residency, Queen Esther will be presenting her work to the public March 6th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum and Visitors Center. During her residency, she wants to show the world a glimpse of Gettysburg from an African-American perspective. Something that is rarely addressed by historians and Civil War scholars. This is a microcosm of the African’s  history of America, one that desperately needs to be included with the history of Gettysburg as a museum installation, exhibit, and more. Through solo performance, live music, original songs, soundbites/testimonials and imagery, she would tell the story of the community of free African-Americans in Gettysburg and juxtapose the battles that raged on this infamous and blood-soaked battlefield with the fight held against Southern rebels in the more porous areas of south Pennsylvania, a fight that threatened to take them back to the Deep South as contraband. The unraveling of this part of Gettysburg’s history will end with a real rebel’s story, Cathay Williams, a newly freed slave from Independence, Missouri. Unable to find gainful employment in the wake of the Civil War’s demise,  disguised herself as a soldier, switched her name to William Cathay, and was the first African-American woman to join the United States Army. […]

Female Forward Festival at Royal Family presents Revolutionary New Works by Female Playwrights Blackbirding — Queen Esther’s new solo show February 7th at 1pm February 8th at 6:30pm February 10th at 7:30pm 145 W. 46th St. 212 837 1756 The Plays:  Queen Esther: Blackbirding After the transatlantic African slave trade was banned in 1807, blackbirding – capturing free African-Americans and fugitive slaves above the Mason-Dixon Line and selling them into slavery – was all the rage. Blackbirding uses sound, vision, and storytelling to recontextualize the concept, bringing it into the present. What happened in the 19th century (The State of Missouri vs. Celia) is juxtaposed against what’s happening now (Kalief Browder) until a wider net is revealed, drawing parallels to the Missing and Murdered Children in Atlanta and the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that blackbirding never really ended, and that – then as now – black folk are criminalized and dehumanized for the color of their skin. ​ Rosa Arredondo: Journeys Why would someone leave everything they know, to start again, with nothing?  Journeys is an intimate look at the personal experiences of six immigrants, in their pursuit of happiness.  Why they came, what they left behind and how their lives were changed, for better or worse.  From the perspective of young and old, male and female, Journeys takes us on a voyage that is both, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.   ​ Iman Schuk: This Open Earth This Open Earth is a 75-minute play that encourages us to discover the rich texture of […]

SWEETHEART SOIREE 2020 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2020 DOORS AT 9PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM 9:30PM – 1AM EARLY BIRD ADMISSION: $75 GENERAL ADMISSION: $85 ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21 AND OVER FORMAL EVENING ATTIRE IS ENCOURAGED CELEBRATING A DECADE OF ROMANCE SWEETHEART SOIREE 2020 Our 10th Anniversary! Even though it’s been 10 years, we assure you the thrill is still brand new.  And again, our hearts are a-flutter to host at the only rendezvous befitting: NORWOOD – “A home for the curious”. This landmarked 1847 Victorian mansion is a private club. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this bohemian hideaway as our guest.  Whether with an amour, wedded to one you adore, or there’s someone you’re looking for, this promises to be an evening of enchantment and intrigue.  Plush seating, room for dancing, decadent cocktails and sweets assure a most divine affair. A passionate programme of entertainment will be featured over three floors of this lavish manse:  MICHAEL ARENELLA and sextet, your devoted host and beloved bandleader. Jazz royalty, QUEEN ESTHER and trio. Enjoy a dance lesson for both singles and doubles at 9:30pm with ever-dapper and adorable RODDY CARAVELLA. Capture a complimentary portrait in our SWEETHEART KISSING BOOTH. Cupid-approved cocktails, wine and beer are available for purchase at two unique bars.              Complimentary sweet treats and canapes will be served throughout the evening. Tickets to this event are quite limited and available only in advance at

Le Poisson Rouge presents Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Queen Esther Shelly “The Singing Siren” Watson Tiger Bay Calamity Chang Puss n’ Boots Topher Buesquet Samson Night Minnie Tonka Qualms Galore Minimum Age: 18+ Doors Open: 6:30PM Show Time: 7:30PM Advance: $20 GA | $35 SEATED GA | $55 VIP | $70 FILTHY GORGEOUS VIP | Day of Show: $25 GA | $40 SEATED GA | $65 VIP | $80 FILTHY GOREGOUS VIP | Join Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson and a bevy of burlesque beauties,  Thursday February 14th at Le Poisson Rouge for the Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Live jazz music with Queen Esther, and steamy burlesque & circus performances by Miss Coney Island 2017, Tiger Bay, the cat who comes when you call Puss N Boots,  the bendiest boy in burlesque, Topher Bousquet, the Asian Sexsation, Calamity Chang, The Chocolate Charmer of Burlesque, Samson Night, the one woman riot, Minnie Tonka, The problem you wish you had, Qualms Galore! TABLE SEATING POLICY  Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations. A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area. All ticket sales […]