Sounds of the City / Queen City Queens and Kings
Three electic and intimate shows offer soulful sounds
Drea D’Nur is performing at Shea’s 710 Theatre.
D’Nur photo by katie addo
This month provides several opportunities to catch up with some of Buffalo’s most cherished homegrown talent. Each has a devoted following, so snatch up your tickets ASAP.
“I am not an entertainer,” this powerhouse performer, composer, and activist announces on her website. “I am a master healer through music and sound.” It’s a bold claim, but if anyone can live up to it, it’s D’nur, whose intense live shows represent only one facet of her public work. (In addition to performing, she has played a crucial role in several community-based organizations and launched an intimate sound/movement workshop called “Healing Songs in Beautiful Spaces.”) For the last several years she has been honing her electrifying, multi-dimensional Nina Simone project, which has included concerts with multiple configurations of musicians and dancers, along with documentary films and visual art. Now she’s unveiling something new in an intimate theatrical setting; details are sketchy, but we can assume the production will showcase her own soulful compositions along with her powerhouse voice and sheer presence—and we know we’re not about to miss it. Curtis Lundy and Giveton Gelin open.
Theresa Quinn and Randy Kramer
Friday, February 14 at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater
433 Locust Street, Lockport
What better way can there be to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with, as this concert’s title has it, “A Guy, A Girl, [and] A Piano”? The “guy” is Randy Kramer, Artistic/Executive Director of MusicalFare, and the “girl” is Theresa Quinn, the theater’s Musical Director and a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, who also happens to be married to Kramer. Together and on their own they are each masters of cabaret as an art form, and they have been staging ever-evolving performances of this collaboration around the country for a while now. The Kenan version promises a songbook including romantic classics marrying the worlds of Broadway (from the Gershwins to Sondheim) and pop (the Beatles, Carole King, and Ray Charles, among others) ideally suited to their voices and, yes, a single piano.
Will Holton and company
Saturday, February 8 at the Tralf
622 Main Street
Saxophonist Holton presents the sixth annual incarnation of his Valentine’s Day-adjacent “Love Cadenza” showcase this month, which this year doubles as his fortieth birthday party. As in previous editions, Holton has carefully curated a selection of both established and up-and-coming Buffalo-based musicians from the worlds of jazz, soul, hip hop, gospel, and R&B; in many cases, his support of the newcomers has gone far beyond this one-night booking, as he has helped them make connections on the national scene. The 2020 event will be cohosted by Salley Crews and features vocalists Kissena, D Mott, Jetaun Louie, Ms. Keya, Juanita Simmons, and Carel, along with instrumentalists Brian Freeman, Kevin Hall, and Bruce Wojick.
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