The third concert in the series of six went down in the OtB wood shop on Christmas Eve at 11pm. Thanks to everyone who attended and made this a most excellent holiday experience. Photos by Chelsea Williams and Bruce Clayton Tom. Scroll down for piece sources.
Check out this video by Jenise Silva at our last Studio Supper. Look at the list of upcoming suppers and reserve your spot for the next one!
The second free concert in the series of six went down on Sunday, Nov 30th at 5pm. The audience was seated in the dark rehearsal room with the performance happening in the voms and back hallway.
People throw the word “transcendent” around pretty lightly these days but Now I'm Fine by Ahamefule J. Oluo is specifically and exactly that. I don't mean that the show is very good, although it is, or that it's beautiful, which you can't deny, or that he finds comedy in the low places of life, which he does swimmingly.
When your reality is, or has at some point been, a surrealist fever dream in comparison to your peers, being able to talk about it without othering yourself any further than the experiences themselves have already othered you is a profound talent.
If there is one thing I want from a piece of performance it’s the feeling that what I just saw could never be done again. I want to walk out and think “I know what I saw will be done again tomorrow night and then again the next night and again all weekend, maybe all month.
I'd never fainted in a performance before, and last night, I did, classic southern lady style, with face fanning and a whispered "oh my." I won't tell you exactly where I fainted save for that it perhaps was at the climax, at the point where I felt an information transfer.
The Stranger's Brendan Kiley talks with Oluo about his life, words, and music:
OtB heads to the Streamline Tavern to interview Ahamefule Oluo and Frank Boyd, two artists working with Jazz and Theater at On the Boards this season. In this clip Aham talks about why he loves his work as an artist.
READ MORE ABOUT AHAM'S WORK Now I'm Fine
Journalist/saxophonist Steve Griggs profiles drummer D'Vonne Lewis at Earshot.org:
Ahamefule Oluo and kplu.org's Florangela Davila break it down on kplu's blog:
Seattle Magazine's Brangien Davis talks to Oluo about his upcoming performance: