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Blues guitarist and composer Chic Street Man to perform at Vassar's Martel Theater on April 21, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- The Vassar Drama Department presents a solo performance by the multi-talented blues guitarist and theatrical composer Chic Street Man on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00pm in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. This concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and are available beginning April 5 through the Drama Department box office at (845) 437-5599 or boxoffice@vassar.edu. 

Hailed by Billboard Magazine as having “a voice like an angel’s,” Chic Street Man strives to transcend cultural and attitudinal barriers in his performances and brings home a message of equality and racial harmony through acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms, and jazzy upbeat originals. His many international stages have included the Paléo, Montreux Jazz, and Bern Jazz festivals, the United Nations General Assembly International Day of Peace in New York, as well as benefit concerts for the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva.

Chic Street Man is a prolific composer as well, who wrote and performed A Black History of the Blues for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. His theatrical productions have included the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe; the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle; the Denver Center Theater Company's It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues; the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of A Lesson Before Dying; and the McCarter and Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County, for which he won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction. Chic Street Man is also on the faculty at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Heifetz International Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Further information about the artist is available at www.chicstreetman.com.

Additional sponsors for this event include The Beatrice Snyder Foundation and Vassar’s Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Campus Life and Diversity Office, ALANA Student Cultural Center, Africana Studies Program, as well as the Music and English Departments. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the campus can be found athttp://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.


Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 4, 2011