The Virginia African American Cultural Center and The Z present a concert performance of Cross That River, featuring an extraordinary score that mixes jazz, blues, country, and R&B. Award Winning Jazz artist Alan Harris's new musical tells the untold story of the Black West and aims to empower Americans with an inspiring story of freedom. The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes from slavery to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.
Durand Jones & the Indications aren’t looking backwards. Helmed by foil vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and The Impressions. Though their aesthetic is steeped in the golden dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.