The Sound of (Black) Music

2023sat11nov7:00 pmThe Sound of (Black) MusicAn American classic through an Afrofuturistic lens

The Sound of (Black) Music | the Long Center


(Saturday) 7:00 pm


Hartman Concert Lawn

701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704



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Event Details

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The¬†Sound¬†of (Black)¬†Music is a dynamic and groundbreaking production that reimagines one¬†of¬†America’s most beloved musical classics through an Afrofuturistic lens. The electrifying score, featuring elements¬†of¬†jazz, soul, funk, and hip-hop, celebrates the rich cultural heritage¬†of¬†black¬†music and its impact on American popular culture. The show stars a spirited band¬†of¬†leading BIPOC performers, including celebrated vocalists¬†Brianna Thomas¬†and¬†Chareene Wade, and musical director¬†Vuyo Sotashe. Co-directed by¬†Shariffa Ali¬†and¬†Kamilah Long, this production reclaims the legacy¬†of¬†black¬†music and its central role in shaping American culture.

Originally created for the¬†Fisher Center @ Bard’s¬†BLACK¬†ROOTS SUMMER in 2021,¬†this groundbreaking production was subsequently listed among the Best New Theater¬†of¬†2021 by¬†The New York Times. The uplifting spirit¬†of¬†Black Roots music is masterfully curated by Michael Mwenso¬†and¬†Jono Gasparro¬†in association with¬†Electric Root¬†and ripples through every aspect¬†of¬†this show.

Conceived as a central production within a platform to create a creative healing space for a troupe¬†of¬†predominantly BIPOC artists, the community engagement behind this follows the same intention as previous tours like “HARLEM 100” and “WE SHALL OVERCOME.” In addition to their riveting performances, Mwenso & Gasparro will provide their nuanced anti-racism education and workshops, bringing healing and awareness to each community. The cast will also provide masterclasses and other music-related residencies for students and communities¬†of¬†all ages. With beautiful voices, dazzling arrangements, and a powerful message¬†of¬†unity and resilience, The¬†Sound¬†of¬†{Black} Music is a must-see production that celebrates the power and beauty¬†of¬†black¬†music in all its forms.

Special thanks to our community partners Austin Justice Coalition, Austin NAACP, Origin Studio House, Saffron Trust, and Six Square.


Member Lounge

All Long Center Members and their guests have access to the Member Lounge before and during the show. The Lounge includes access to a private bar and the West Pincer Terrace with skyline views of downtown Austin. Learn about Membership

What To Expect

  • This is an outdoor event. Please bring your own lawn chairs/ blankets.
  • All patrons, regardless of age, require a ticket to attend the performance.
  • Prohibited items include but are not limited to: Outside food or drinks, weapons of any kind including pocket knives, Professional cameras (cameras with detachable lenses), Video cameras, illegal or illicit items of any kind, tents, vending of any kind and soliciting of any kind.
  • Animals and pets are not permitted except for properly identified service animals.

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