You are invited to the hottest new jazz scene in town! Once a month, across the entire season, The Edye will be transformed into a club scene featuring up-and-coming jazz & blues artists you’ll want to get to know. The Reverend Shawn Amos and the house band to perform at select blackbox @ the edye shows.
In celebration of African American History Month, blackbox curator, The Reverend Shawn Amos, returns to the stage for an evening of songs and storytelling — presenting songs from his album, Harlem, for the first time in ten years. The American roots song cycle tells the story of 1920s black Americans’ migration from the south to Harlem. Amos’ album was inspired by the artists, songs and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance.
From West Coast clubs, to Deep South joints, to European festivals, to YouTube, to the podcast universe, the Reverend Shawn Amos’ message of joyful blues is reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R & B, and stripped down rock n’ roll brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, for connection. Growing up as the son of entrepreneur and William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos, Shawn says, “I grew up on the A & M lot.”
Prior to his creation of the Reverend persona in 2013, folks knew Shawn Amos as producer (Solomon Burke’s Live in Nashville, and Shout! Factory box set Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones), content creator for companies looking for ways to tell their stories on the internet, and Americana singer-songwriter who’d grown up in a dramatically dysfunctional L.A. home, a story the Rev serialized as Cookies & Milk in the Huffington Post. Back in his producer days, the Rev oversaw the reissue of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ catalog, and a remix of the classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights album. At Vibrato, the Reverend Shawn Amos regularly performs, and curates everything from jazz, to Great American Songbook evenings.
The Rev brings it all back to the people in 2018, supporting TheReverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down with his biggest tour yet, from West Coast, to Europe, to East Coast. With new episodes of his Kitchen Table Blues podcast and web series to boot, the Rev will be plenty busy sharing the vision, keeping the faith, and spreading the gospel of his joyful blues.
The Reverend Shawn Amos - VOCALS/HARMONICA/ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Vikram Devasthali - TROMBONE
Jennifer Leitham - UPRIGHT & ELECTRIC BASS
Sandra Booker - VOCALS
Randy Mallory - DRUMS
Anthony Marinelli - PIANO
Patrick Milligan - ACOUSTIC GUITAR/BANJO
Ben Peeler - LAP STEEL/DOBRO
Barbara Schucko - VOCALS
Jazz & Blues is made possible by a generous gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall. blackbox @ the edye at The Broad Stage is made possible in part by a generous gift from Ann Petersen.