Feel like getting your groove on and shakin’ a tailfeather? Come and see African American roots music that rocks!
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, a Grammy-nominated, percussion-driven vocal ensemble from California, brings its infectious live show to Courtenay this Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s own Blue Circle Series.
From the rich traditions of African-American roots music, the Cultural Heritage Choir is on a mission to preserve and share a musical history with Deep South, West African, and Caribbean origins. This group of vocalists, who are talented enough to be stars on their own, are world renowned for their pulse-pounding and exhilarating performances.
Tillery and her group of singers weave field shouts, spirituals, blues, gospel, work songs, R&B, funk , and jazz together into a joyous cultural exploration that’s perfect for the whole family. They use song, dance, and story to transport the audience on a musical journey beginning when American popular music was in its earliest stages of development in the minds of West African slaves.
Tillery is a musical veteran with a career spanning nearly 50 years in the business as a vocalist, percussionist, and Grammy- nominated producer. She’s worked with popular musicians such as Kenny Loggins, Bobby McFerrin, and Huey Lewis.
Her voice is flawlessly smooth and incredibly powerful; a combination that creates a dynamic symphony with the voices of the choir.
A recent concert-goer shared, “This music makes it impossible to sit still and just listen to, if you’re not tapping your foot, bobbing your head, snapping your fingers or something, you should check for a pulse.”
Exclaim.ca says “[They] show why the human voice will always be essential to music.”
Jonathan Widran of The Huffington Post says, “This business is irresistible.”
For audio samples, videos, and more information about Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.
Tickets for this Blue Circle Series performance are at the ticket centre Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, by phoning 250-338-2430, or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com.
— Sid Williams Theatre