Via St. Louis American editor Chris King's personal blog Confluence City, there's news of a weekend of events next month celebrating the musical and artistic legacy of St. Louis' original Black Artists Group.
"BAG and Beyond," a production of the Nu-Art Series, will take place Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14 at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2946 Locust St. in downtown St. Louis. The weekend kicks off Friday evening with an opening reception for an art exhibit featuring the work of BAG co-founder Oliver Jackson. (See K. Curtis Lyle's article in last week's American for more on Jackson.) A VIP reception, which costs $20 per person, will begin at 5:00 p.m., with the doors opening to the general public at 6:00 p.m.
At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, "BAG and Beyond" continues with a concert featuring trumpeter Rasul Siddik with pianist Katy Roberts, saxophonist Freddie Washington, trumpeter Marlon Bonds, poets Eugene Redmond and K. Curtis Lyle, and more. And at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, the weekend wraps up with a concert featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake (pictured), who will perform with percussionist Tayammum Falah and poet Shirley LeFlore on a bill that also includes Lake's fellow BAG and World Saxophone Quartet co-founder, baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, plus poet and author Quincy Troupe and others.
Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday concerts are $20 per person for each show, and will be available at the door. If you attend the reception on Friday evening, you can purchase a combined ticket for both the Saturday and Sunday concerts for $35. For more information about "BAG and Beyond," call 314-535-6500.