with Toshi Reagon, Joan As Police Woman, Roya Marsh, Nona Hendryx, Onliest, Tamar-kali, Morley, Be Steadwell, Nappy Nina, Judith Casselberry, Tatiana Adeel, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Kofy Brown, Jadele McPherson & more
Sat September 22nd, 2018
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $20
Day of Show: $25
WORD*ROCK*SWORD: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives VIII, All Are Welcome!
Toshi Reagon, Joan As Police Woman, Roya Marsh, Nona Hendryx, Onliest, Tamar-kali, Morley, Be Steadwell, Nappy Nina, Judith Casselberry, Tatiana Adeel, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Kofy Brown, Jadele McPherson, backed by All Women All the Time Band (Christelle Durand, Lyris Hung, Juliette Jones, Maya Kronfeld, Allison Miller, and Alex Nolan) plus more guests TBA
Is the heart of WORD*ROCK*SWORD: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives VIII ( wordrocksword.com ) an 8 Day community festival founded in 2011 by Toshi Reagon ( toshireagon.com ) . This musical celebration has become a dedicated meeting ground for audience members and musicians alike. It is held together by a band features Allison Miller– drums, Christelle Durandy– percussion, Alex Nolan– guitar, Ganessa James-bass, Maya Kronfeld– keys, Lyris Hung and Juliette Jones– Violin. Nona Hendryx, Tamar-kali, Joan As Police Woman, and Morley are the root artist that everything else circulates around. It is 3 hours of a continuous congregational voice. Always amazing, Always full of surprise, Always just what you needed.
WORD*ROCK*SWORD: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives VIII is made up of several community events or actions created by people who have something they want to share with their community. It is home grown artist made. We have collaborated with all kinds of practitioners, artist and venues throughout NYC. We carve out 8 days in September. The focus on Women came as an action answer to the 2010 midterm elections candidates attacks on women’s rights and women’s bodies. After that election and continuing to this day there is a strong focus to criminalize women’s bodies. The attacks on all self identified Women sits side by side with the attacks on the LGBTQI community, attacks on Children, Race based violence and murder, the outrageous violence against people trying to find a home in the US at our borders and the disregard for the planet. WRS creates congregation using what the community has to offer to move against and end the many challenges we as living breathing beings face today.
We are extremely honored to celebrate 8 years with Le Poisson Rouge this year.
Word*Rock*& Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives VIII
WRSVIII is an 8 day community festival founded and curated by Toshi Reagon. It takes place in venues in NYC. Anything goes, music venues, clubs, community centers, churches, parks, yoga studios, bars, museums and sometimes Toshi’s house. Each place a sanctuary to be in conversation with each other.
Toshi Reagon started the festival with the intention of, “responding creatively, showing our lives, our work, our activism and our talent. We struggle in a political climate that still tolerates and actively encourages systemic discrimination against women–from the workplace to the doctor’s office. We witness Congressional attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood; the harassment and murder of abortion providers; the denial of access to affordable health care; the constant vulnerability of women and girls to violence and sexual abuse; the daily struggle of women to hold families together in our ailing economy. We will come together to share our gifts and focus our intentions for the 21 Century.”
The festival’s flagship event is the capstone concert on September 22, 2018 at Le Poisson Rouge. Over 20 musicians and artists will come together to share their gifts and celebrate women’s lives. Artists confirmed to perform include Reagon herself, Morley, Tamar-kali, Be Steadwell, Joan As Police Woman and many more.
Toshi Reagon, Joan As Police Woman, Roya Marsh, Nona Hendryx, Onliest, Tamar-kali, Morley, Be Steadwell, Nappy Nina, Judith Casselberry, Tatiana Adeel, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Kofy Brown, Jadele McPherson & more
Brooklyn based. Music. Music. Music…
Joan As Police Woman
Joan As Police Woman, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Damned Devotion is her latest recording and it’s fantastic.
blk/wmn/tchr/actvst/shwr sngr/wrtr/lvr above all things, she is gold.
Twins Tiffany James and Ganessa James have been singing together since they realized they had voices. In 2000, they formed their band ‘Onliest’
Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina.
With her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full band, her message is consistent and clear; love, justice and inspiration.
A blend of soul, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP.
Nappy Nina is an Oakland bred Brooklyn based emcee. Bars for beats and stanzas for stages, she is a writer of multiple disciplines. The east coast hustle has only made her west coast chill a little jealous. Both temperaments making their appearance known on her sophomore EP Extra Ordinary.
EDUCATOR | ARTIST | FEMINIST
Tattiana is a singer-songwriter and herbalist native to Washington, DC. Her music reflects on topics of love, identity, and justice, and she intends to foster good health through her artistry, herbs, and farming.
Marcelle Davies Lashley
The sultry sound of the warm musical instrument of her voice will melt your heart and feed your soul.
Kofy Brown has thrived by following her own creative path. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.
My sound is healing, vibration, IandI, love.
And many more…
All Women All the Time Band