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Vieux Farka Touré to perform at Wealthy Theatre

Opening night of WYCE: Live at Wealthy kicks off with Vieux Farka Touré, the "Hendrix of the Sahara." Proceeds from the concert will benefit Ebony Road Players, a local theatre troupe presenting performances that focus on the Black experience.
Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré /Courtesy of Vieux Farka Touré

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WYCE: Live at Wealthy fall Concert Series

The series continues October 16 with Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo featuring Keith Cotton; My Brightest Diamond, November 12; and The Bad Plus, December 12. Season passes are available for only $75 through September 8, and all tickets are available online at http://wealthytheatre.org and by phone though Wealthy Theatre Box Office at 616-459-4788 ext. 130 or in person at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wealthy Theatre

Wealthy Theatre /Eric Tank

Community Media Center announces opening night of the WYCE: Live at Wealthy Fall Concert Series, featuring internationally-touring artists in fundraising concerts for local nonprofit organizations. 

Opening night brings “The Hendrix of the Sahara” Vieux Farka Touré to the beautiful listening room setting of Wealthy Theatre to create a unique, curated concert experience. Segments from the performance will be broadcast live on WYCE, and GRTV will be on site to capture the concert for later broadcast and website content.

Mali-born Boureima “Vieux” Farka Touré is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré. His live performances are highly energized and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences in spite of any language barriers, though Vieux speaks eight languages. While remaining true to the roots of his father's music, he uses elements of rock, Latin music, and other African influences to create a sound all his own.

The concert benefits WYCE and Ebony Road Players, launched in 2013 with a mission to inspire, educate and engage the cultures of our community with high quality, professional performances that focus on the Black experience. Ebony Road produces black-themed plays and the works of black playwrights with the understanding that the organization's main purpose is to create a theatre culture in West Michigan that includes black historic and contemporary theatre art.

The series continues October 16 with Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo featuring Keith Cotton, My Brightest Diamond on November 12 and The Bad Plus on December 12. Season passes are available for only $75 through September 8, and all tickets are available on the Wealthy Theatre website and by phone though Wealthy Theatre Box Office at 616-459-4788 ext. 130 or in person at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, MI.

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