The “charismatic indie-soul diva” (Time Out New York) Martha Redbone is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, and African-American descent. Martha explores traditional and modern variations of folk, roots, blues, tribal, and soul music. She launched the Martha Redbone Roots Project in 2012 with release of The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake, a collection of 18th-century poems set to the music of Appalachia. Her latest project, Bone Hill, is an interdisciplinary theater work that brings to light an important piece of American history. “Bone Hill is the true account of my ancestors, of post-slavery, and people of color working in the coal mines of Appalachia amid the laws of Jim Crow and our survival as the original people of that land as the world changes around us through the generations,” explains Redbone. The music is radically wide-ranging — from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass to blues, gospel, jazz, rock and roll, R&B, and funk — all powered by her magnificent voice. In the words of collaborator Roberta Uno, “Martha’s music is ancestral, soul-shaking, and elevating.”
Friday, Sept. 25
Pictura / Old National Bank Tent on 6th Street, 7:15-8:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 26
Lotus in the Park, Main Stage from 12:50-1:35pm
Pictura / Old National Bank Tent on 6th Street, 7:15pm-8:30pm
Presented in partnership with Women of Lotus.