Starting May 7th and continuing through the end of the year, the newly revived, iconic jazz venue Minton’s Playhouse is hosting the JC Hopkins Biggish Band each Wednesday from 7pm – 11pm. Featuring special guest vocalists Queen Esther and Charles Turner as well as a host of New York City’s hottest jazz musicians — including Claire Daly on baritone sax, Julian Pressly on tenor sax, trombonist J. Walter Hawkes, and legendary drummer Warren Smith — the home of bebop comes alive in fresh and unexpected ways. From the Wall Street Journal (May 29th, 2014): “The birthplace of bebop, Minton’s on 118th Street, has been reborn as a venue that is as classy as it is historic. The long-neglected room has now been remodeled into one of the most attractive venues in the city, with a menu that puts most Midtown clubs to shame. The combination of pianist-bandleader JC Hopkins and vocalist Queen Esther expertly recapture the vitality and energy of Harlem jazz and blues of 70 years ago without slavishly imitating anyone and are thus a perfect fit, and they should help the relaunched room attract the attention of dancers as well as diners.” Minton’s — 206 W. 118th Street at St. Nicholas Doors open at 6:00pm. Performances at 7pm – 11pm. Music charge: $10 at the bar, $20 at a table. Dinner reservations are recommended. For more information: 212 243 2222 Photo: Tanya Braganti
The 6th Annual Brooklyn Americana “Long Distance !” Music Festival in partnership with Americana Music Association UK September 10th – 13th 2020 The watch parties will take place via Facebook Events. ‘Like’ the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival Facebook page to view and join the events. Watch links will be provided there at the scheduled times. Thursday 9/10 AMA UK Opening Day Noon – 2:30pm GMT / 5 – 7:30pm EDT Jalopy Theatre Opening Night 7:30pm – 10pm ‘Gangstagrass’ Special Feature 10pm. Friday 9/11 Dumbo Archway. Lock Down Local All Stars 5 – 10pm Sunnys Bar 10pm – Midnight Saturday 9/12 Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge. Special Guest Venue in Madison, Tennessee! Honky Tonk Happy Hour. 3 – 5pm Dumbo Archway ‘Carousel’ Stage 5 – 10pm Lovingly Dedicated to Jane Wolentas 68 Jay St Bar All Star Locals 10pm – Midnight Sunday 9/13 Story Time at Superfine with Melanie Hope Greenberg ‘Mermaids On Parade!” 10:30am Superfine Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. 11am – 3pm Brooklyn Bridge Park Women’s Stage 3pm – 9pm Superfine After Party 9pm til late More 2020 Online Festival Event Announcements Coming Very Soon! Hooray!
Preorder Leesta Vall Recordings Session October 10th SONG LIST When I See You Again My Grumpy One The Whiskey Wouldn’t Let Me Pray I Love You Blow, Blossoms Baby, I Don’t Cry Over You We’re thrilled to welcome Harlem’s Queen Esther to Live Sessions on October 4th, 2020. And this session is available exclusively via preorder! Here’s how it works: We’ll cut a 7″ lathe cut vinyl record of a song of your choosing for each person that orders between now and the session date. No two records will be the same and only one copy of each will be made. Your record will include a one-of-a-kind performance from Queen Esther, cut specifically for you. And, you choose the song! Just choose from the list above, and she will even deliver a personal message right on the record before she goes into your performance …pretty special! Quantities and time are limited, so don’t sleep on this one…. Our limited edition lathe cut record releases are made on a modified antique record cutting lathe from the 1950’s. Each record is handmade, one at a time, in real time, by a real person. Learn more about our lathe cut records here. Estimated ship date: 10/10/20
The Salon: Quarantine Speakeasy #3 Saturday, May 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm ** To attend, register anytime (it’s free & easy!) ** https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tn_1dR7eRXCRHv88PzqrcQ Please join us this Saturday for our swinging All Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy! Saturday, May 9th // 6:00-8:30pm EST * Professor Cunningham and his Old School * Corentin Giniaux w. Hot Sugar Band from Paris * washboard master Stéphane Séva from Bordeaux * The Hot Toddies w. Hannah Gill, Queen Esther, & Gabe Terracciano (album preview) * classical & Portuguese guitar by Pedro da Silva * Ask la Cour (principal, New York City Ballet) * dance performance by Gaby Cook & Nathan Bugh * tap dancer Caleb Teicher * whisky musings by Simon Brooking – Laphroaig brand ambassador * DJ Andrius Sc We’re thrilled to return with a stellar lineup following last weeks successful shows w/viewers from over 20 states and 12 countries… a heartfelt thanks for everyone’s donations and comments! DONATIONS * $5 suggested donation (split amongst all performers). * PayPal to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd * or pay by Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or by Zelle to “email@example.com” DETAILS * Dj & “doors” at 5:45pm EST // show starts 6:00pm EST * Each performers / segment will be aprox 15 min long. * Schedule is below & on registration page (subject to change) * streamed live on ZOOM with enhanced audio and other features for a smoother viewing experience. It’s setup as a […]
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 […]