Josh White Jr. is a Tony Award winning actor, Grammy nominated recording artist, and an educator. “Cultural Heroes,” which opens tomorrow at the LeQuire Gallery is an exhibit that features portrait busts of important, well, cultural heroes from the 20th century civil rights battle like Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, and Bessie Smith. The newest addition to the collection is a bust of Josh White Sr., legendary blues guitarist and the father of the special guest.
I guess you can probably see the connection by now, right? Josh White Jr. is coming to honor his father as well as 35 others who are honored by the collection. But what exactly is Josh doing to honor these people? Well, he’s having a concert. He’ll be performing in the Little Theatre at Fisk University on Sunday, May 2nd at 4pm. The program will consist of Josh dedicating individual thematically connecting segments to each of the Heroes. He will give a brief highlight bio of each, some personal stories about each, and then a performance of a song identified with that Hero and their struggle in the civil rights movement. Among the songs heard in the program will be “Freedom Road,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Bourgeois Blues,” “Joe Hill,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” “Strange Fruit,” “Uncle Sam Says,” “The House I Live In,” and “This Land is Your Land.”
It sounds like a great way to pay tribute to some great people. Check it out.
What: Josh White Jr. Performance
Where: Little Theatre at Fisk University
When: Sunday May 2nd at 4pm