Black Rock Coalition Orchestra presents State of Grace

April 8, July 18

Joe's Pub

Doors at 9PM
Show at 9:30PM

A Grace Jones Retrospective

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra (BRCO) is the repertory company of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), some of the most accomplished progressive artists of color paying homage to significant bodies of work by noted progressive artists. In varied iterations, BRCO has performed in some of the world's most respected venues and festivals, honoring such artists as Nina Simone, James Brown, WAR, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis, Black Women Songwriters, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron and more. The BRC is the nation's only non-profit, member-supported organization founded to facilitate the maximum empowerment, exposure and expression of Black alternative artists.

Grace Jones is what so many others try to be—multidimensional, international, masculine, feminine, musical, visual, global, iconic, unexpected, irrepressible, undeniable, and Black.

In short, everything the Black Rock Coalition has whole-heartedly supported since its founding almost 30 years ago.

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, as part of its residency at Joe's Pub, will present 'STATE OF GRACE,’ a freak-flag waving retrospective of the musical genius behind such enduring anthems as 'Pull Up To The Bumper', 'My Jamaican Guy', 'Slave To The Rhythm', among many others.  Gordon Voidwell, whose latest project, Bad Etudes has been drawing universal critical raves, will serve as creative director.

Expect booties to shake and minds to shimmy in this sultry, sonic salute to the larger-than-life siren whose appeal crosses genres and generations alike.

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra (BRCO) has been the official performance arm of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC) since 1986. Through its ever-evolving, ever-revolving incarnations, some of the most accomplished progressive artists of color have paid homage to significant bodies of work by noted progressive artists in some of the world's most respected venues and festivals—honoring such artists as Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis, Santana, Gil Scott-Heron and others. The BRC is the nation's only non-profit, member-supported organization founded to facilitate the maximum empowerment, exposure and expression of Black alternative musicians as artists.

The BRC’s tribute shows have been a great fact of New York life since the activist group’s founding in 1985. The BRC has long been rich in underestimated talent.” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone