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We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration


We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration
Saturday, January, 19th, 2019 at 3pm
The Museum of the American Revolution

101 S 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration is an engaging intermingling of spoken word, singing and instrumental music paying tribute to one of America’s greatest citizens and thinkers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Utilizing brief excerpts from King’s speeches and sermons as inspiration and a combination of Gospel, Jazz and Blues music, this piece explores the inner workings of a mind and body in struggle.



MLK Speaking

We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration is a different approach to the MLK presentation.

It is an affirmation.

A statement that emerges out of the will for self-determination.


We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration will be a combination of poetry, song and improvisation.

It will be a faith song.

...a praise song.

...a fight song.

... a love song.


Kareem Idris - vocals

Toby VEnT Martin - vocals

James Solomon - vocals

Kendrah Butler-Waters - piano

Jocko McNelly - bass & guitar

Kimpedro Rodriguez - drums

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. These tactics were in line with his Christian beliefs, and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.


King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957, he became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In March of 1968, King went to Memphis, Tennessee, in support of the black sanitation workers, who had been on strike for 17 days for higher wages and better treatment. This would be his final campaign. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.


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The Museum of the American Revolution is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum was opened to the public on April 19, 2017, the anniversary of the first battle of the war, Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775 and features and unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution.


This Performance Is Free with Museum Admission

(Admission: $21 for Adults; $18 for Students, Seniors, Active & Retired Military; $13 for Children 6 & up).


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Kendrah ButlerKendrah Butler-Waters is a pianist, composer, violinist, and vocalist from the outskirts of Philadelphia. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Temple University and in Elementary Education from Drexel University. Kendrah has been a featured artist on radio station WRTI and her music is on current rotation. She has been a music director for the Philadelphia Jazz Project, a Jazz Artist in Residence (2015-2016) with the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the pianist for the entire National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando. She has performed on both domestic and foreign soils, and most recently performed with Actor/Director LeVar Burton for his “LeVar Burton Reads” Tour. This Spring, Kendrah will be releasing her first solo album, titled “Faith Walk”! 



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Remedy - Kareem Idris Kareem Chappelle who performs under the name Kareem Idris is a world traveling social worker, educator and performer. He has worked in the Mental Health field for the past 12 years. He has worked populations with diagnosis ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ODD, and ADHD. His current position is Case Manager for the Focus on Fathers Program via the Health Promotion Council at the Public Health Management Corporation. Fluent in Arabic, Chappell has served as an English professor in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and in Cairo, Egypt. Currently Chappell, an initiated priest in the Yoruba/Lukumi tradition, Kareem Idris utilizes his experience and expertise to create a bridge musically and a platform of awareness and healing through words to positively impact the listener and utilize music as a therapeutic tool.



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Jocko McNellyJocko McNelly is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and teacher. Though he considers the Blues and Soul Music to be his "base camp," he takes great joy in covering a range of styles: Jazz, R&B, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, country, Bluegrass, various styles from Brazil and Africa, Arab and Jewish music, along with European classical music. He has performed with such diverse talents as Billy Eckstine, Lou Donaldson, Phyllis Diller, Archie Bell, A House of Freaks, the Richmond (Va.) Symphony, Carter Beauford and Tim Reynolds. Since 1981, Jocko has been teaching in colleges and universities, both in the classroom and to instrumental students of bass and guitar. Former students have gone on to work with national acts including Herbie Hancock, Widespread Panic, Duke Robillard, and the SNL band.








Remedy - Kim PedroKimpedro Rodriguez is product of the culturally diverse Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Rodriguez is a visual artist and musician with 20 years of experience. Rodriguez created Kimpedro's NU GRuV Network in 2012. NU GRuV Network is a diverse collective of artists. Kimpedro has worked with artists like, Pheralyn Dove, Tyrone Brown, DM Hotep, Robert Kenyatta, Byard Lancaster, Raphael Xavier, Marcell Bellinger, Monica Herzig, Reut Regev, Kendrah Butler, Adam Faulk and Tony TNT Jones. Kimpedro has performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, World Café Live, The Kimmel Center, The Planetarium of The Franklin Institute, Welcome Americas Festival and many other venues.





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Remedy - James SolomonJames Solomon is a Philadelphia songwriter who began his career in the mid 1960’s working with singer Eddie Holman. In 2017, he collaborated with Alfie Pollitt and Walter Sorey to create the Juneteenth song, “No Longer Bound.” Solomon has contributed songs to several Philadelphia Jazz Project productions including The Philly Song Book, Love Notes, Feathers, Celebrating Ted Curson & Bill Barron and more recently The John Henry-Sounds Of Progress Suite. James Solomon worked for 20 years as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration. As a Claims Representative he took several disability claims daily and learned first hand through extensive interviews how wide spread and debilitating any number of illnesses can be. James Solomon is a co-producer of the Remedy Project Mixtapes.




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tobymartinToby VEnT Martin is the lead singer and lyricist of VEnT, an alternative rock/soul band from Philadelphia. While VEnT has many great influences, their sound is unparallel to anything the industry has heard. VEnT fuses Soul with Alternative Rock, while dabbling in acoustic rock, jazz, funk, contemporary christian, R&B, soft rock, gospel and  other genres. VEnT has opened for artists such as Marsha Ambrosius, Syleena Johnson and Monifah and has sharied the stage with other great performers. VEnT currently has three albums: Out the Box (2010), Beautifully Broken (2011), and Just Leftovers (2012). VEnT has performed at many venues in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, as well as numerous venues in Connecticut, Chicago and New York.



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We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration
Saturday, January, 19th, 2019 at 3pm
The Museum of the American Revolution

101 S 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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