Six decades of music, sixty-five years of song, generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful Black women. This is the African-American gospel group The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by Maggie Ingram (who passed away in 2015) as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by her daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller as a way to continue Maggie’s legacy. Inspired by the Black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 50s, now known as Richmond, Virginia's "First Family of Gospel Music" The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof-raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women backed by a rock-solid house-shaking rhythm section.
Join the procession led by New Orleans' premier traditional brass band! The Treme Brass Band is a marching brass band from New Orleans, Louisiana, led by snare drummer Benny Jones Sr. A core mission of the Treme Brass Band is to facilitate the continuity of traditional brass band music. The “Treme” in the band’s name references the Faubourg Tremé, one of the oldest New Orleans neighborhoods and an important center for African-American and Creole culture. By acknowledging the Tremé, the band displays pride in Black and Creole New Orleans history. In order to maintain the tradition, band members wear the standard uniform of band cap and white shirt, practice traditional musical techniques, and participate in rituals such as the jazz funeral. The band is a recipient of a 2006 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends - Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”