Community Calendar 6/30 - 7/6
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/30/2016, midnight
Greetings! As African American Music Appreciation Month 2016 comes to a close, we sadly acknowledge the passing of one of the pioneering architects of funk. New Jerseys own Bernie Worrell, cofounder of Parliament-Funkadelic has died at at the age of 72 from Stage IV lung cancer. Worrell, a songwriter and synthesizer wizard acknowledged as the “Jimi Hendrix of the keyboards,” was an inductee of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the New England Conservatory of Music.
“Shuffle Along,” on Broadway starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. “Shuffle Along” is a musical revival of the 1921 sensation featuring the show’s original music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, with choreography by Savion Glover, Music Box Theatre, 238 W. 45 St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit shufflealongbroadway.com
“Turn Me Loose,” a new comedic drama by Gretchen Law, tells the story of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. At the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., until July 3. Starring Tony Award nominee, Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Joe Morton who plays Rowan Pope on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal,” as Dick Gregory. Also featuring an original song by John Legend. Tickets are now on sale via www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.TurnMeLoosePlay.com.
“Eclipsed,” written by Zimbabwean playwright and actress Danai Gurira, directed by South African, Liesl Tommy, featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For tickets and information, visit EclipsedBroadway.com.
“The Color Purple,” a Tony winner on Broadway, featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.
“Hamilton: An American Musical,” the multiple Tony Award winner continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.
Blue Note Jazz Festival Presents Maxi Priest, June 30 at 8:30 p.m,, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Mint Condition, Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m., State Theater, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For information, call 732-246-7469 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Maxwell, Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For ticket information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Lauryn Hill, Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford, Conn. For information, call 203-265-1501 or visit livenation.com.
For The Love of Hip Hop Concert Series, Friday, July 8 at 11 p.m., featuring Kool G. Rap, Nice and Smooth, Brand Nubian, Lil’ Mo and Roxanne Shante, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.