When music legend Gil Scott-Heron passed away last May, his fans paid tribute in a myriad of ways from playing his classic albums, reminiscing about his incredible live performances and penning their own poetry.
Now, some of Scott-Heron’s musical peers, including Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Questlove, Bilal, Jimmy Scott, Cecil Taylor and Gary Bartz, are coming to town for an all-star tribute to his creative genius. On Friday night, they will all be performing at New York City’s Highline Ballroom in a show also dedicated to groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks. The INDELIBLE FESTIVAL, created and produced by Jill Newman Productions and “dedicated to those who inspire and influence young people and, by their example, make a difference in the world,” starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7).
Scott-Heron’s influence continues to influence and inspire new generations. He will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Grammys and released a new album, “I’m New Here” to rave reviews in 2010. And until the end of his life he continued to perform around the world, including a captivating show with the Mos Def Big Band at Carnegie Hall in 2008.
And later this month, Grove Press will publish Scott-Heron’s memoir, “The Last Holiday,” which details his involvement in the civil rights movement and his time touring with Stevie Wonder in the early 1980s in a successful campaign to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday.
[Source: The Huffington Post]