blackbox: Queen Esther

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May 11, 2024, 8:00 pm to 9:30 PM
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BroadStage
1310 11th St
Santa Monica, 90401
blackbox: Queen Esther

BroadStage’s signature series of blues rhythms returns to light up the night. Dance, drink, and dare to be a regular at their Friday night series on the plaza and in The Edye. Curated by The Reverend Shawn Amos.

Making her BroadStage debut, the “brutal, original, explosive singer” (Vanity Fair) Queen Esther performs selections from her substantial body of alt-country, jazz, and Black Americana to fearlessly subvert all-too-common historical narratives, revealing the powerfully triumphant resolve of Black folk in the 19th century and now. On vocals, guitar, ukulele, she leans heavily on her latest release, “Rona,” a pandemic album that explores themes about love: those we hold close, near, and far, the ever-evolving landscape of a desolate city, and finding a place to call home in a changing and restless world. Queen Esther is joined on stage by guitarist Jeff McLaughlin whose “solos glowed and flashed… an aurora borealis of guitar” (Indianapolis Star).

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blackbox: Queen Esther