A Celebration of and by T. Mychael Rambo
“Party with a Purpose:” Benefiting Save Our Sons & The Circle of Peace
- Sunday, Sep 30, 2018
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Performers: Jamecia Bennett, Aimee K. Bryant, Julius Collins, Ginger Commodore, Brittany Delany, Debbie Duncan, Keno Evol, Pavielle French, Tonia Hughes, Patricia Lacy, Thomasina Petrus, Robert Robinson
Open Myke Night Band: Uncensored
Daryl Boudreaux: Percussion
Soloman Parham: Trumpet
Kevin Washington: Drums
Thomas West: Piano/Keyboards
Jay Young: Bass
Stage, television and film veteran T. Mychael Rambo is turning personal misfortune into a call for community wellbeing.
After being carjacked in St. Paul, the Emmy Award-winning actor now wants us to “Party with a Purpose.” The event comes after Rambo was robbed and pistol-whipped one evening in late July by five teens who flagged him down on University Avenue, ostensibly hitching a ride to the next light rail train station.
They left him concussed and staggering on the side of the road with a head wound requiring six stitches. He finally found help at a nearby club, the name of which he doesn’t recall. “I’m glad they were there,” he said.
So, when Lowell Pickett, co-owner of noted Minneapolis nightspot the Dakota, heard the news, he approached Rambo about producing a benefit for his recovery costs. Rambo took it as an opportunity to help others, as well.
It’s his intent to hopefully see some good come out of this by supporting young men like those who attacked him in efforts to turn their lives around. With the help of singers Ginger Commodore and Lana Harris, the party will raise funds for Save Our Sons and The Circle of Peace, two organizations that mentor and support at-risk African American youth.
“Ginger and Lana are primary players in seeing that all I would like to see happen does happen,” he said, “and benefit two organizations that do work in transforming, inspiring and motivating…young African American males to make better lives for themselves.”
He added, “The lion’s share [of proceeds] goes to these organizations. The reality is our young people need more help than me. I’ll make my way through this. It’s important to help young men who are perhaps homeless, are in transition. [It’s to help] young men who have lost their way, or have chosen to forfeit their way, to find a way out.”
– Dwight Hobbes, MN Spokesman-Recorder
About T. Mychael Rambo
Regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer; T. Mychael Rambo has made an indelible mark in the Twin Cities performing principle roles at such theaters as Penumbra, the Guthrie, Ordway, Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre and Minnesota Opera, to name a few. Nationally and internationally his stage credits include Carnegie Hall and performances abroad in Africa, Europe and South America. He has appeared in local and national television commercials, feature films, HBO mini-series, and other television programming.
T. Mychael is an accomplished residency artist and an affiliate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. As a recording artist, T. Mychael has released two popular CDs: Simply, a collection of jazz standards, and The Gift – A Christmas With Love, a selection of original and holiday classics. T. Mychael had the great honor of singing the national anthem for both President Barak Obama and former President Jimmy Carter. He is also the proud recipient of the 2009 Sally Award in Education presented by the Ordway and the 2010 Minnesota Black Music Award. His other honors and awards include Young Audience Artist of the Year with his dear friend and teaching partner Anita Ruth, McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, Bush Finalist and both the University of Minnesota Century Council Community Award and Outstanding Community Service Award.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“It’s one of the most beautiful, heart-warming gifts anyone can get. It’s personal, it’s individualized and it’s T. Mychael Rambo.”
– Cordelia Anderson
“I value his craft, his talent, and all the work he’s put into it… I think part of what’s so special about him is his ability to first listen and take things in. Being lifted up by his voice, by his ability to touch you to the core, is a beautiful thing in a world where a lot of things can get you down.”
– Serena Wright