Martha Redbone Roots Project


WHEN February 3, 2021
8 PM WHERE Streaming on Facebook, YouTube, and The Arts Center website Part of "Barzakh Festival" WHO The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

A unique gumbo of blues, jazz, and soul music: Online concert and artist talk.

The Martha Redbone Roots Project will perform songs that look beyond our immediate challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrate our resilience, giving hope in the face of the historical challenges faced by oppression with music as our elixir for healing.

In the years since the Martha Redbone Roots Project was formed with their folk-infused album The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake, the band has evolved to create an evermore inclusive and expansive take on American Roots music, pulling together the Southeastern musical traditions of Martha’s matriarchal lineage with the Appalachian mountain music of her childhood and the blues, jazz and soul music that grounds all modern American music. The songwriting team of Redbone and Whitby has looked to write a new body of protest music that speaks to our current times with a clear and profound vision of the land on which we stand.

Martha will be joined for this performance by long-time collaborator Aaron Whitby on piano, keys and beloved stalwarts, New York master musicians Charlie Burnham on violin, Marvin Sewell on guitar, Fred Cash on bass, and Rocky Bryant on drums.

The performance, recorded live at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will be followed by a live online talk with the artist.

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