Founders of the new women-centric theater company Firebrand Theatre (from left) Harmony France and Danni Smith (photo courtesy of Firebrand Theatre).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
On Monday, July 25 at 9 p.m. at The Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Firebrand Theatre will present Juke Joint, an evening of gritty blues songs performed by some of the city’s best female talent. Conceived and directed by Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Jimmy Morehead, the benefit concert will feature songs by celebrated artists including Nina Simone, Nikka Costa, Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Jill Scott and many others.
The benefit concert will feature Chicago performers Angela Alise, Karla L. Beard, Lili-Anne Brown, and Elisa Carlson, along with a host of other emerging and luminary artists.
"The juke joint is where you can go and get yourself a drink or four, and hear some low-down, gutbucket musical truth administered by funky soul priestesses,” notes director Lili-Anne Brown. “You'll want to dance a dirty boogie, or testify, or both. I hear there might be Harold's Chicken if folks act right and don't start no mess.”
Adds Firebrand co-artistic director Harmony France, “Lili-Anne Brown has built a legacy in Chicago of high quality stage work that illuminates under-represented voices. She is a natural fit for Firebrand and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with her.”
Proceeds from Juke Joint will support Firebrand Theatre, Chicago’s first musical theater committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage.
Tickets for Juke Joint ($25 general admission, $20 industry) are available at the door or in advance at firebrandtheatrejukejoint.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Firebrand will be announcing its first full season in weeks to come, with the first performance slated for spring 2017. The new company is currently focused on fundraising, including an. For additional information on Firebrand Theatre, visit firebrandtheatre.org.