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Waterboy and the Mighty World

Part live concert, part concept album, Waterboy and the Mighty World examines the relationship between people of color and law enforcement in America. Who is being policed? Who is being protected? Who and what kind of people are enforcing the laws of the land?

Through a reinterpretation of traditional songs made famous by the legendary Odetta Holmes and original compositions, this piece tells the story of Bass Reeves and connects to the issues of this era. We re-imagine and re-mix the songs into mantras, dirges, and contemporary modes, touching on a wide array of vocal traditions including Korean pansori, gospel, and experimental R&B — all the while inspired by the brilliance of her Odetta's delivery. Taking cues from concept albums like Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, Archie Shepp's “Attica Blues”, and Janelle Monae’s “Archandroid”, Waterboy and the Mighty World is presented as a live recording session and discussion.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:00PM

NACL Theatre

110 Highland Lake Rd - Highland Lake, NY 12743


See the show for $12, or pay $32 and stay for a Salon Supper with the artists, prepared by Cafe Adella Dori with provisions from Willow Wisp Organic Farm.

If you plan to stay for supper, we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance so you get the discount and so we can prepare an appropriate amount of food to avoid waste.


Purchase tickets online* or at the door on the day of the show for $15 (show only) and $40 (show + supper). *Online sales close at 4pm, day of show; tickets will be available at the door if seats remain.

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More a performance trio than a band, Justin Hicks and the HawtPlates make conceptual live vocal works by breaking down folk and vernacular musical forms and reconstituting them into other modes of performance. In hearing their work, there is a sense that the music is specific to them as a family, and that it can only be made by them. While they maintain that “soul music” is what they are true to, they employ highly improvisational means, as well as their own sagacious formulas, to concoct curatives to the symptoms and traumas of being working class citizens in the modern world. By amassing a pantry of sights, ideals, persons, and places, they produce potent tonics and “one pots” hearkening the spirit of the family heirloom recipe.

JUSTIN HICKS is a multidisciplinary artist, collaborator, and performer who uses music and sound to investigate themes of identity, labor, American dream aesthetics, and instinctual value systems.

His work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performance Space New York, The Public Theater, JACK, National Black Theatre, MoMA, Dixon Place, festival Steirischer Herbst (Graz, Austria), Western Front Society (Vancouver, BC), MASS MoCA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK), The Highline, The Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts among others. Check out JUSTIN HICKS’ website