Pittsburgh—Hotel Indigo East Liberty was the site for a very rare solo performance by legendary blues/folk artist, Josh White Jr. Sept. 27.
White came to Pittsburgh direct from performances at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to be presenting Josh, in partnership with Calliope Folk Music Society, following his performances at such a very historic event as the dedication of the new national museum that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our country,” said Alexander ‘Nick” Nichols, Chairperson of The Bridge Music Hall. “We’re looking forward to hearing about Josh’s accounts of the dedication weekend.”
Sponsors of the concert are Hotel Indigo East Liberty and Wallace’s TapRoom.
Born Nov. 30, 1940, in New York City, one of five children, to Joshua Daniel White, famed singer/guitarist/actor/social leader. Josh White Jr., became, a “hit” literally over night at the age of 4, by performing with his legendary father one night at New York’s famed “Café Society” night club (America’s first integrated nightclub). In 1949, White Jr. landed his first role on Broadway, and as Josh says, “It was type casting…” he played his father’s son in “How Long Til Summer?” with Dorothy Gish and Don Hanmer.
White Jr. attended New York’s famed Professional Children’s School, along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Brandan de Wilde, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken, and, among others, Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote Josh’s first solo recording for Decca in 1956, “See Saw.” His “Do You Close Your Eyes” continues to be a most requested Oldie in Pittsburgh.
As a concert artist, White Jr. has performed on the world’s greatest stages of four continents, including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Odeon Hammersmith Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden to name a few. He has recorded or been included in over 30 albums.
“Hotel Indigo is very pleased to host this iconic entertainer and sponsor this free concert,” said Jordan Bartels, Hotel Indigo general manager. “This type of concert is a wonderful extension to our ‘Live Music Thursdays.’”
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