Hey Nonny Presents Journey Through Black American Music
Black History Month is more than a calendar note for Arlington Heights music venue and bistro Hey Nonny.
Music essential to the wide range of genres presented at Hey Nonny will be celebrated on Feb. 23, with a special Journey Through Black American Music concert.
The show will be anchored by singer/actress Alysha Monique, who has appeared twice before at Hey Nonny performing the music of Ella Fitzgerald.
In the Journey show, Monique will, with her supporting band The Family Divine, usher concert goers through an entertaining tour of the history of Black American Music, from Bessie Smith to Louis Armstrong to the gospel music born in Chicago, and on through modern rhythm and blues, hip-hop and neo-soul.
"This show is going to be incredibly fun," said Hey Nonny co-owner, Chip Brooks. "Alysha is a great singer who magically and immediately builds a rapport with every audience."
The Family Divine will include trumpet player Bobby Wonderfull, who has also previously played at Hey Nonny performing the work of Louis Armstrong; bass player Isaiah Wess; drummer Wes Julien; multi-instrumentalist Alfonzo Jones; and others.
"Black American Music is the root of almost everything that's popular in music today," said Brooks. "What we call rock music came out of white kids worshipping the sound of Black Chicago electric blues players."
Tickets are still available at www.heynonny.com for the Feb. 23 show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hey Nonny is a bistro and music venue located at 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights.
For more information, visit heynonny.com.
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