Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
“Take Harlem’s heartbeat, Make it a drum beat.” - Langston Hughes
Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements of our country and pays homage to the presentations made famous in the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance.
Hosted by Michael Mwenso and the Shakes accompanied by guest vocalists Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, this multimedia show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the U.S. during the Roaring 20s!
Tickets: $28-$50 (eligible for Arts Center subscriber discounts)
About Michael Mwenso and the Shakes:
Michael Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii the Shakes all now call Harlem their home.
Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends - Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”