Music in Common, a local nonprofit that strengthens, empowers and connects communities through the universal language of music, launched The Black Legacy Project (LP), a groundbreaking musical collaboration that celebrates Black history and builds solidarity to advance racial equity and belonging. The Black LP spotlights songs that reflect significant eras of the Black American experience, revisited and re-recorded by Black and White artists and artists of all backgrounds.
Their world premiere concert is this Sunday, March 6, at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA.
In November 2021, more than three dozen local musicians joined forces to reimagine and record present-day interpretations of songs central to the Black American experience with strong connection to the Berkshires, as well as compose and record originals addressing the pressing issues and calls for change of our time. On March 6, many of these musicians including Wanda Houston, Billy Keane, Gina Coleman, Annie Guthrie, Matt Cusson, Eric Reinhardt, Diego Mongue and others will take The Colonial Theatre stage to perform these songs live for the first time ever. The event will also include a screener of a documentary short of the project created by OUTPOST and conclude with a community conversation. The event is free and open to all.
The Black LP is a national project produced in partnership with community stakeholders at the local level, and after the Berkshires it will travel to Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Mississippi Delta, Denver, the Arkansas Ozarks, and Boise in 2022 – 2023.