Addie Mahmassani is a poet based in Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark and is currently an MFA student in creative writing at San Jose State University. There, she is a Teaching Associate as well as the lead poetry editor of Reed Magazine, California's oldest literary journal. She also surfs, sings and loves a part-sheepdog named Lou.
Vocalists Brianna Thomas and Charenée Wade lead a stellar cast in a performance that is not only entertaining but also evocative of the largely erased impact of Black music on American culture. It’s a perfect way to introduce families of all ages to such themes.
Brazilian composer Marco Pereira leads the pack as a seasoned tour member. A new generation fills the slots with Vietnamese luminary Thu Le, country-electric wonder Minnie Marks and Italian virtuoso Luca Stricagnoli.
Though he seems to prefer the online format (doable from his kitchen in South Africa with his cat nearby), he is emerging for a run of live shows. He is proudly “your favorite alternate life coach”—and who doesn’t need one of those these days?