"I knew immediately that this woman was playing a different kind of music. It was gospel, but the way she put it across, in her bluesy-jazzy style, was a real ‘revelation’... a real ‘bad’ groove."
– Etta James
Jamecia Bennett and Rajane Katurah Brown (Star Tribune “9 Artists to Watch in 2019”) present an encore tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight with the music from Park Square Theatre’s production of “Marie and Rosetta.”
Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. It’s easy enough to look at Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s life and conclude that her innovative, genre-bending musicianship was “ahead of its time.” Throughout her rise, she was activated by and reactive to the sanctity and secularism that marked her world.
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