3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Diane Ferlatte, Afia Walking Tree, MC Sterling James

Saturday, April 27th

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert
3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert
For almost 40 years The Meadows Livingstone School has provided educational experiences for Bay Area-based children of color. Help keep the tradition going by supporting the 3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Linda Tillery, a native to San Francisco is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, speaker, and self-taught ethno-musicologist. She has shared the stage with artists like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Sheila E., Kelly Joe Phelps, Boz Skaggs and many more.

For the past 16 years she has dedicated her artistic life to the research, teaching, and performance of the great African-American oral tradition of song, stick, and story - the ancestor of today's American popular song.

In 1992,Tillery founded the Cultural Heritage Choir – a Grammy nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Their music is rooted in the deep south and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins. More than a gospel choir, their repertoire includes spirituals, field songs, blues, jazz and work songs from all over the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. They create dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy on stage. Their vocals are lush and vibrant; their performances are poignant and uplifting. They have been known for rousing endings that will have everyone glued to their seats.
Diane Ferlatte
Diane Ferlatte
"Diane Ferlatte's charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you. "

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other’s stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award, The Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Award, as well as the California Arts Council’s highest ranking. In addition to receiving a 2008 Grammy nomination, all of her recordings have received other awards including multiple Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, Children's Music Web, and Storytelling World Awards. Among her most exciting performances are her numerous appearances at both the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the Internationales Storytelling Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal, and performing for President Clinton at his first inauguration.
Afia Walking Tree
Afia Walking Tree
Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed. Percussionist, Educator, Ritualist is a world-class cultural drummer, ambassador, spiritual activist, leadership development advocate and trainer.
MC Sterling James
MC Sterling James
Sterling James was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and has spent ALL 30 years of her radio career right here in the Bay Area. Having grown up listening to KBLX, Sterling was honored to come on board back in 2006 and loves hanging with you! Of her DJ style, she says, “I’ve always wanted to be seen as the cool girl next door who has an awesome record collection, whether we’re chilling or bumping it loud, the music is always good.” Along with her work in radio, Sterling enjoys supporting local youth poets, clothing designers, artists and live musicians and, of course, raising “Baby Girl” to be a proud, third generation, Bay Baby!