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The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith

by Angelo Parra

Yes, they've often called the blues "The Devil's Music." And the legendary Bessie Smith-no angel, it's true-wore them well, working and living as an ambassadress for the music in the 1920s and 1930s. In this show, a critically-acclaimed biographical tribute halfway between one-woman show and musical, the multidisciplinary Miche Braden (pronounced "Miki") uses her voice and presence, beautifully supported by a trio of musicians, to bring to life the woman known forever as "The Empress of the Blues."

This musical, by Angelo Parra, was originally presented by Penguin Rep Theatre (artistic director Joe Brancato & executive director Andrew M. Horn) in Stony Point, NY. It was produced Off Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre by Penguin Rep Theatre & Edmund Gaynes in association with Lizanne & Don Mitchell.

The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
Monday, July 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cinquième Salle - PdA
175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
$68.87 taxes and fees included
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cinquième Salle - PdA
175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
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Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cinquième Salle - PdA
175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
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Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
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Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cinquième Salle - PdA
175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Cinquième Salle - PdA
175 Ste-Catherine St. West Google Map
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André Ménard (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)
This off-Broadway pocket musical transports us into the ambience of the Chicago speakeasys of the 1920s. Bessie Smith, a truly great singer, is the foundation of modern blues.
 
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I have seen clips of this performance on youtube and it looks amazing. Miche Braden's interpretation of Bessie Smith in such an intimate location as the Cinquiemme Salle, I'm sure will be one of this year's highlights and it's a welcome addition to just straight music shows at the festival.

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