Get to know rock and blues artist Toshi Reagon!

Nov 17, 2015

We here at Northrop love dance - don’t get me wrong - but we are extra excited about this season because of the number of dance performances that will be accompanied by LIVE music!

Toshi Reagon, a renowned folk and blues composer, with her band, BIGLovely, will be gracing the Northrop stage to provide exciting music for The Blues Project. The name BIGLovely came from a love-letter her girlfriend wrote to her addressed “To My BIGLovely,” which is pretty adorable.

Reagon is the daughter of Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, who founded the incredibly popular music group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. She toured with Lenny Kravitz on his first world tour, and has since been on stage with many of the greats, including Elvis Costello and Ani Difranco. 

Reagon is also known for her community work, including her founding of the “Word, Rock and Sword” festival. She created the festival with the intention of “responding creatively, showing our lives, our work, our activism and our talent.” The National Woman’s History Project honored her work, praising her “amazing intelligence, talent, courage, and tenacity to the myriad of ways that generations of women have moved history forward.”

It will be an incredible performance you won’t to miss, and we feel extremely lucky to have Toshi Reagon gracing the Carlson Family Stage. Be sure to check it out Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!

And, if you’re as excited as we are, you may as well just check out some of her awesome music now. It’s pretty fantastic. 

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