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Martha Redbone presents Bone Hill-The Concert

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30pm

Martha Redbone singing
Martha Redbone on stage. Photo: Craig Bailey

Music & Lyrics by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby; Written by Martha Redbone, Roberta Uno and Aaron Whitby

"It isn't tripped up by the uncomfortable truths and unresolved conflicts...(Bone Hill--The Concert) asks with a coy wink and a stern stare: What is native to American music?"--Larry Blumenfeld, contributor to the Wall Street Journal

In Bone Hill--The Concert, 2 singer/actors and 6 musicians become the characters from four generations of women in a Cherokee family living high on a mountain top in Appalachia. In telling their stories Ms. Redbone travels back in time to her own childhood and beyond into the memories and tales of her ancestors, taking the audience on an epic, unexpected American exploration of family, history, and identity. It is a story about the family's connection to the land--the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it.

The story is told in a narrative style driven by songs that span a swathe of American music from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock & roll, R&B and funk. The music is radically wide ranging; the story is simply radical.

Originally commissioned by NY Voices/Joe's Pub and the Public Theater, Co-commissioners Lincoln Center for the Arts, Miami Light Project, Pa'i Foundation, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts.

Supported by grants from NEFA NTP and NPN Creation Fund.

To purchase tickets to see Martha Redbone presents Bone Hill-The Concert at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, follow our purchase tickets link to the right. Single tickets for this performance will go on sale September 13, 2016.

  • Advance Sales/At the Door General: $25/$30
  • Advance Sales/At the Door Discount: $20/$25
  • Advance Sales/At the Door Children 17 & under & UH Hilo/HCC Students: $12/$17