Mwenso & the Shakes: Hope, Resist & Heal

Sunday March 28, 2021 8:00 pm

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Mwenso & the Shakes: Hope, Resist & Heal
Georgia Tech Arts Skyline Series | Live Music
Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Musician, artist, and social commentator Michael Mwenso offers his unique and ancestral perspective on Black music and its ability to heal us through original compositions and arrangements powered by the Harlem-based Mwenso & the Shakes. In describing the fusion of styles and energy of their work, vocalist Briana Thomas calls it “theater meets opera meets James Brown meets jazz meets total improvisation."

New York-based Michael Mwenso is a musical polymath who spent his teens as James Brown’s understudy. In 2007, he organized a late-night jam session at the famed London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, which led to Wynton Marsalis handpicking him to be a musician and curator at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Entrenched in the company of a few dozen talented Harlem-based musicians, Mwenso soon found the musicians that became The Shakes.

“Mwenso & The Shakes specialize in musical code-switching, freely adopting and repurposing the drama, whimsy, and spirit of the Great American Songbook, African beats, funk, modern jazz, dance pop, Delta blues, and cabaret theater with equal, effortless verve...”
— Eric Tullis

Read about Michael in the March 26 issue of The Technique.

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Public pricing is $50 for a 2-person pod and $100 for a 4-person pod.

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**While Georgia Tech Arts is proceeding with planning for the Skyline Series events to continue as scheduled, it will follow the lead of the Institute, the University System of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, the State of Georgia and public health experts to determine when it is safe and appropriate to resume public gatherings. All programming subject to change.

Photos by Elizabeth Leitzell

Mwenso wears black frame classes and and a velvet floral suit. He sits in a dressing room in front of a mirror with one leg propped up on the table, while he looks straight at the camera.
The seven members of Mwenso and the Shakes are all smiles as the lean into together for a photo.