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Theatre & Performing Arts

Experimental Blues Series With Diunna Greenleaf & Marvin Tate

Join us for the final Blues event of Logan Experimental Blues Series. Apart of Blues@Logan, our Experimental Blues performances are designed to mimic the feeling of sitting on a porch listening to the Blues but in the intimate setting of our Performance Penthouse.
The vibe feels like you’re attended a Tiny-Desk concert and we saved the best one for last by bringing together Blues songstress from Texas, Diunna Greenleaf and our own local vocalist and poet, Marvin Tate.
Diunna will bring us on a musical tour of the Blues and highlight its connection to Negro Spirituals while Marvin will take us on his journey/interpretation and affiliation with the Blues. Laced with personal-narratives, and off-kilter-observations. He will be joined by long-time collaborator and bandmate; multi instrumentalist/experimentalist, Hunter Diamond.

Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed “Diunna’s style of Blues” in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride. Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally.
Marvin Tate is a visual artist, vocalist/poet, and improviser. Tate is known locally and Universally, as a ‘Musician’s Poet’ because of his ability to improvise and utilize his voice like an instrument. Thus, providing texture and color unpredictability . He has recorded and performed with various artists including the late Jamie Branch’s, Jazz Drummer, Pitch-Fork Music Founder, to name a few. Their 3 vinyl box set (American DreamRecords) was voted ‘The Best Of’ in Pitchfork magazine, Band Camp, and The NY Times in 2022. Presently, he is the vocalist and lyricist for the band, ‘Mike Reed’s Separatist Party’.
The Logan Center’s Blues programming is made possible with the generous support of The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation with additional support provided by friends of the Logan Center. This mainstage blues concert is sponsored by WDCB and the MOJO Museum with additional support provided by WVON.


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