Songs of Black Folk 2024 @ Paramount Theatre

A Black musical masterpiece ♫

📸: STG / Paramount Theater

📆 Sunday, June 16th
🎟 Tickets start at $40
📍 Paramount Theatre: 911 Pine St, Seattle

Craving that Sunday serenity without the pew time? Songs of Black Folk (SBF) puts gospel music on the Paramount Theatre stage, with a full orchestra at the ready. In its third year, SBF is a concert that pays tribute to African American heritage and cultural contributions. Throughout the evening, performers will introduce the audience to the history of how the resilience of enslaved Africans took shape in the sounds that make up multiple genres, such as blues, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. Emcees honorable T’Wina Nobles and radio personality Gee Scott are hosting as soloists, and special guests sing songs highlighting how music became so important to the Black community.

Over seven performers will take the stage, including singer/songwriter/pianist Chandler Williams, vocalist and America’s Got Talent semifinalist Kenisha Blackman, and emerging gospel/R&B phenomenon Zhanea June. Special guest John Stoddart, who has worked alongside Céline Dion and Diana Ross, will bring the audience the soulful gospel rhythms that led to his Grammy nominations. Also, expect an intergenerational choir of 40 from across the community, which will back up the soloists—and a 50-piece orchestra and a 7-piece rhythm section will accompany them.

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.