Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
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Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade) | 773 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
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Saturday, September 8, 2018
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2018 | SF
Marcus Shelby, YBG Festival’s resident composer, is a masterly bassist, charismatic bandleader, and award-winning composer. But it’s probably most accurate to describe him as an American griot whose music explores the stories too often overlooked and diminished in the history books. In his latest YBG Festival commission he delves into the glorious, uplifting and heartbreaking story of African-Americans and the national pastime during the Jim Crow era with “Blackball: The Negro League and the Blues.” An 80-minute composition written for the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, vocalists, and narrator, “Blackball” is inspired by the character, love, courage, brilliance, failure, and humor of Negro League players who made far-reaching but oft-overlooked contributions to American life during the years from Reconstruction through the 1950s.
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