The upcoming HBO film Bessie, which chronicles the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, is making some serious noise on the movie circuit. This film stars Queen Latifah as Smith — as well as Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, Charles S. Dutton, Oscar winner Mo’Nique and more.
This week, MissInfo.TV was invited to check out the newly launched Bessie 81 Theater Tour in New York City. The invite-only concert series is showcasing local music acts in each city (NY and LA) — and gives buzzing musicians and students the chance to work with Stacy Barthe and Brian Michael Cox in a private workshop. However, there’s also influencer dinners and surprise performances on deck for each city.
On Tuesday evening (Apr 28), we witnessed rising artists Devah Mahal, Adeline Michele, Gabriel Garzon-Montano and Phony Ppl take over the Bessie 81 stage in the Big Apple. With a combination of undeniable star power, musical talent and sheer will, these group of musicians tore the house down to monstrous applause. Stay tuned as we continue on the Bessie 81 tour and bring you exclusive coverage.
Check out photos from the event below…