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    Nona Hendryx and Vernon Reid to Perform in Original Berklee Student Musical About B.B. King

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    April 30 - May 1, 2011


    Nona Hendryx and Vernon Reid to Perform in Original Berklee Student Musical About B.B. King

    Berklee students write and produce an original musical each year honoring an American music icon. This year's musical tells the story of the life and work of B.B. King. The show will feature two special guest performers -- Grammy-nominated vocalist Nona Hendryx (Labelle, solo) and Grammy-winning guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour) -- and the musical talents of more than 20 Berklee students. B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues takes place on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 p.m. in the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston. Tickets are $10 and are available online through ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com. The BPC is wheelchair-accessible. The musical traces King's life from his humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to his place as an internationally beloved entertainer and icon of blues music. The show will feature some of his most popular songs, such as "Sweet Sixteen," "Rock Me Baby," "Why I Sing the Blues," and "The Thrill is Gone." Grammy-nominated drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will serve as ensemble director. The musical is directed by Associate Professor Rebecca Perricone, and produced by Associate Professor Amy Merrill. Nona Hendryx is an ambassador of artistry in education at Berklee. She performed at the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and Skin Diver, her futuristic rock opera, was recently workshopped by Berklee students. From her beginnings with LaBelle, followed by a stunning solo career, and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. With Labelle, she racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle for a 2008-2009 tour. Vernon Reid is best known for his lightning-fast guitar solos, leading the pioneering multi-platinum rock band Living Colour, and founding the Black Rock Coalition, a collective promoting the creative freedom and development of black rock musicians. Born in London, Reid and his family emigrated to Brooklyn while he was a child. He began playing guitar at 15, initially studying jazz and progressing quickly. In 1980, he joined drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, a cutting-edge jazz group with whom he appeared on six albums. Over the course of the decade, Reid went on to work with a wide variety of experimental musicians -- Defunkt, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.

    Berklee Performance Center

    136 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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    General Day and Time Info:

    Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

    Phone: 6177472261


    By "T": Take the Green Line to the Hynes Convention Center stop. Exit left onto Massachusetts Avenue and cross Boylston Street. The Berklee Performance Center is about 30 yards from the corner. Consult the MBTA Web site for bus routes and schedules.

    Limited metered parking is available on the streets surrounding the Berklee Performance Center and Berklee College of Music.

    Parking is also available at nearby parking garages. For a full list go here: www.berklee.edu/BPC/directions_parking.html

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