with REV SEKOU
North Mississippi Allstars: The Prayer For Peace Tour
with REV SEKOU
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Mississippi blues-rock band composed of actual blues brothers, Luther and Cody Dickinson known for their 2013 album release "World Boogie Is Coming" and 2015's "Freedom & Dreams."Buy Tickets
Genre: Southern Rock / Jam Band
Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved seating
North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees North Mississippi Allstars continuing to think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING. That album, the band’s seventh studio recording, proved the planetary sensation its title promised, with The Guardian simply declaring it the North Mississippi Allstars’ “best yet.” Now North Mississippi Allstars weave their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with a potent message of positivity, inclusion, family, and hope. As ever, songs like the powerhouse title track and “You Got To Move” – the latter featuring accompaniment from Hill Country Blues guitar hero Kenny Brown and award-winning singer/bassist Danielle Nicole – pay homage to the band’s long lineage of musical heroes, celebrating the blues’ extraordinary legacy while reshaping and pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.
The majority of PRAYER FOR PEACE was recorded at Memphis’ famed Royal Studios with the great Boo Mitchell behind the board. The hard-touring band also recorded as they traveled the country, lighting up studios in St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Austin, and of course, their legendary father Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in the Allstars’ own Hernando, MS. A number of old friends join the congregation, among them bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shardé Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner. Simultaneously master curators, expert revivalists and forward-thinking visionaries, the Dickinson brothers have crafted their most daringly creative and provocatively topical collection to date. PRAYER FOR PEACE stands tall as yet another milestone marking North Mississippi Allstars own unique place in the American musical tradition.
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. He is the Pastor for Formation and Justice at The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. Rev. Sekou is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spare Change News—the nation’s oldest continuous homeless street newspaper. Considered one of the foremost religious leaders of his generation, Rev. Sekou published a collection of writings, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy. His forthcoming book, Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop, and the Meaning of the London Riots (Hamilton Books, 2013) is based on his exclusive interviews in the aftermath of the 2011 riots that swept the United Kingdom.
Raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, he is a third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ (Pentecostal). Rev. Sekou has served as the Special Assistant on social justice to the Bishop for the Church of God in Christ in New York. At Judson Memorial Church in New York, he served as a Senior Community Minister. He managed a food pantry, HIV-AIDS,
and a homeless feeding program as the Social Justice Minister at Middle Collegiate Church. He authored the critically acclaimed Urban Souls, which takes a refreshing approach to the spiritual crisis in America. He delves into Hip-Hop, religion, homophobia, sexism, race, and politics with organic insight. Princeton Professor of Religion Cornel West penned the preface, writing: “Rev. Sekou has the most in depth and concise analysis of youth that I have ever heard." Rev. Sekou was a fellow-in-residence at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. As an Ella Baker Fellow at New York Theological Seminary's Micah Institute, he served a chief strategist for organizing clergy for economic justice in New York City.
Rev. Sekou has given over 1000 lectures throughout the country and abroad, including Harvard Divinity School, Princeton University, University of Virginia, and the University of Paris IV- La Sorbonne, and Vanderbilt University for the African American Lectionary Conference. He has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, and is currently studying religion at Harvard University. Rev Sekou is a contributing editor of The Fellowship Magazine. He was also a Freeman Fellow with the historic Fellowship of Reconciliation.
He served on Platform Committee for the National Political Hip Hop Convention, as well as Senior Adviser on Urban Public Policy for the Kucinich for President 2004 Campaign. Rev. Sekou directed a community center in the notorious Cochran Housing Project in St. Louis, MO. Rev. Sekou is a Professor of Preaching at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education in the Graduate Theological Urban Studies Program in Chicago, IL.
In response to the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Sekou moved to New Orleans for six month and founded the Interfaith Worker Justice Center for New Orleans. Rev. Sekou was the founding national coordinator for Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq (CALC-I). CALC-I
represented over 300 faith based institution and organization around the country working to end the war and occupation in Iraq. On September 26, 2006 CALC-I led a civil disobedience action opposing the war and occupation of Iraq at the White House. Over 370 people were arrested including sixty religious leaders.
As an "International Ambassador" for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Rev. Sekou is a Statesman for peace and justice throughout world. He co-led an interfaith delegation to Haiti one month after the tragic earthquake. He built toilets alongside the Haitian people. Based on a Lecture he delivered in Beirut, Lebanon, his short documentary film, Exiles in the Promised Land: The Quest for Home focuses on the plights of Palestinians, Iraqi, and post-Katrina New Orleans. The film was accepted at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. Rev. Sekou was a delegate to the People's World Climate Change Conference in Bolivia. He was a delegate to the Interdependence Day Conferences in Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany. He has played a key role in civil and interfaith diplomacy negotiations with the Iranian government.
Recognizing his distinguished work as public intellectual, the Institute for Policy Studies-the nation's oldest multi-issue progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. appointed Rev. Sekou as the first Associate Fellow in Religion and Justice. Recently, Rev. Sekou received the Keeper of the Flame Award by the National Voting Rights Institute and Museum in Selma, AL.