Weekend of Events Include: Concert + Art Exhibition + “They Say I’m Different” Artist Talk
This March, during Women’s History Month, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the jess Care moore Foundation present the 12th Annual Black WOMEN Rock! Concert Weekend. In addition to a live music concert on Saturday, March 5, this year’s events include a five -day art exhibition opening Thursday, March 3, free, with an all-ages artist talk and panel discussion Sunday, March 6.
Since 2010, BWR! has been a staple of Women’s History Month at The Wright Museum, with sell-out crowds for the concert each year. A showcase of independent women artists of color who make a living in the Rock & Roll genre, this year’s headliners include: Kimberly Nicole (The Voice), Ideeyah, Nik West, Divinity Roxx, Steffanie Christ’ian, Shelly Nicole, Kisma, Mama Sol, and jessica Care moore. Despite initially selling out last week, a limited number of additional tickets for Saturday’s BWR! Concert have been made available for $35 at thewright.org. An overflow area with vendors and a live-stream of the show will take $5 donations for the children of Flint. Doors open at 6:30 PM; show begins at 7:30 PM.
On Sunday, March 6 at 12 PM, BWR! performing artists come back to The Wright for an artist talk titled after funk singer Betty Davis’ second studio album, “They Say I’m Different.”
“[Recently] Betty Davis wrote to me and thanked us for keeping her music alive,” said moore, Executive Producer of BWR! “The Sunday conversation is the foundation of Black WOMEN Rock! It’s about not being silenced by the industry, by anyone, ever again, and telling our fearless stories.”
Parents and caretakers are encouraged to bring their children to the talk, which will include workshops, video presentations and a panel discussion. Admission is free and open to the public
On Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM an opening reception for “Nasty Gal,” a BWR! visual art exhibition curated by Detroit artist Sabrina Nelson, will be held at The Baltimore Gallery, located at 314 E. Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202. The gallery’s hours are 12 – 9 PM Monday – Friday and 1 – 9 PM on Saturdays. The exhibition will run through Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Exhibit admission is free and open to the public.
In 2004, renowned poet and performer, jessica Care moore created Black WOMEN Rock!, a tribute to rock icon Betty Davis, in conjunction with The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. BWR! aims to defy stereotypes of what a Rock & Roll artist looks and sounds like; featured artists have spent their careers breaking down barriers of image, politics and sexuality in the music industry. Past BWR! headliners have included: Dionne Farris, (Arrested Development), Martha Redbone, Ursula Rucker (The Roots), Kat Dyson (guitar player for Prince), Canadian Rocker, Saidah Baba Talibah, Res, Julie Dexter, and more. In honor of Women’s History Month, BWR! debuted in Detroit in March 2010.
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit TheWright.org.