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The Soul Experience
January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20
When Aretha Franklin died this summer, former president Barack Obama captured the Queen of Soul’s eminence.
“Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R. & B., rock and roll—the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope,” Obama wrote.
Franklin, along with other soul luminaries Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson will be central to a program on Friday, January 18th at The Hoffman Center in Manzanita, exploring the history of soul music and the black experience in America.
LaNicia Williams–who, like Franklin, learned to sing in church–will perform songs of these trailblazing women while also paying homage to her own upbringing. “I’ll also give some oral history of each person,” says Williams. “I’ll share how they fought through the intolerance of their time and how they were able to help give life to a movement of civil rights and soul music.”
Indeed, soul’s cultural effect is profound. As Obama noted, “Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.
The evening program, Friday January 18th, begins at 7 PM. It takes place at The Hoffman Center in Manzanita (594 Laneda Ave.). Tickets for the event are $20.
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