LPR X: Stew & The Negro Problem: The Total Bent/Native Song Double Record Release Party LPR X: Stew & The Negro Problem: The Total Bent/Native Song Double Record Release Party

Mon June 18th, 2018


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $25

Day of Show: $30

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Stew & The Negro Problem: The Total Bent/Native Song Double Record Release Party – June 18th, 2018

Fronted by longtime collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the genre bending powerhouse duo behind the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Passing Strange (the subject of Spike Lee’s 2009 film of the same name), acclaimed indie band Stew & The Negro Problem will present a live set with a song list culled from their two new albums in an intimate, one-night-only, special concert performance at (le) Poisson Rouge.

Developed at The Public Theater, the legendary incubator that spawned Hamilton and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Total Bent has been hailed by the New York Times as “blazingly entertaining with a sensational score which blends elements of the blues, gospel, funk and throbbing guitar-driven rock; an ecstatic combination of revival meeting and rock concert.” This companion album features twenty-seven songs from the acclaimed production performed by Stew & The Negro Problem.

Defying genres and expectations, the explosive score and galvanizing lyrics of Notes of a Native Song explore the darker and more complicated aspects of inspirational literary rock star James Baldwin’s life and work. Combining Stew’s incisive, hilarious, and harrowing storytelling with Jazz, blues riffs, and driving rock, the eleven tracks featured on this new recording become “meditations on Baldwin’s themes—of the comfort of exile, of the anger and pain that being black in America can inspire, of work that blends myth, mystery and imagined history.” (The New York Times).

Joining Stew and Heidi at (le) Poisson Rouge will be Marty Beller, Ato Blankson-Wood, John Blevins, Kenny Brawner, David Cale, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Dana Lyn, Art Terry, Brad Mulholland, Urbano Sanchez and Curtis Wiley.

Ticketing Policy


Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.

A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.

All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.

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THEATER: Book, Co­Composer and Lyricist for Passing Strange (2008 Tony—Best Book, 2­time 2007 Obie (Best New Theater Piece and Best Ensemble), Family Album(2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Notes of a Native Song (Spring 2015 Harlem Stage), Wagner, Max! Wagner!! (Fall 2015 Kennedy Center) The Total Bent (Public Theater 2016), Making It (Spring 2010 St. Anne’s Warehouse), Brooklyn Omnibus (Fall 2010 Brooklyn Academy of Music) Resurrection City (2016 Studio Theatre),Chicago Omnibus (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2012) FILM: Spike Lee’s Passing Strange. ROCK AND ROLL: Stew and The Negro Problem. Albums: “Post Minstrel Syndrome”, “Joys and Concerns”, “Guest Host” and “The Naked Dutch Painter” (both called Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly), “Welcome Black”, “Something Deeper than These Changes”, “Making It” and the cast album of “Passing Strange”. Numerous Lincoln Center appearances, United Nations, Symphony Space. Guest Host and Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly TV: Stew is co­composer (w/ Heidi Rodewald) of “Gary Come Home,” for SpongeBob SquarePants. ARTS EDUCATION: Doctor of Humane Letters, Oshkosh University, Wisconsin; California Inst. of the Arts; New School; Stanford; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of the Arts, Philly. Stew is a Sundance Institute Alum.


HEIDI RODEWALD is the Tony Award nominated, Obie Award winning co-composer of the musical Passing Strange, which transferred from The Public Theater to Broadway in 2008. Rodewald composed music for Karen Kandel’s Portraits: Night and Day (2004); Brides of the Moon by The Five Lesbian Brothers (2010); and co-composed music with Stew for Shakespeare’s Othello and Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (2010-12). Rodewald joined the band The Negro Problem in 1997, where she began a longtime collaboration with Stew. She has collaborated with him in a range of capacities – as a co-composer, producer/arranger and performer. She is the co-composer with Stew of the musical Family Album which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the 2014 season, Notes of a Native Song, at Harlem Stage in 2015,Wagner, Max! Wagner!! at the Kennedy Center in 2015, and The Total Bent at The Public Theater, 2016.  Heidi scored the film I Dream Too Much which had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and is currently working on her second short film score for director Leigh Silverman.  She is the composer of The Good Swimmer, with librettist Donna DiNovelli, which will have its world premiere at the BAM Next Wave Festival in November 2018.

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