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African American Arts Institute

Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

IU Soul Revue's spring concert May 1 will show how 'soul speaks' to everyone

April 20, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The IU Soul Revue at Indiana University will present its annual spring concert on Saturday (May 1), 8 p.m., at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. in downtown Bloomington.

IU Soul Revue

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IU Soul Revue

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The theme of this year's concert is "Soul Speaks." This premise is based on the fact that black popular music always has provided commentary on the social conditions of African Americans. The IU Soul Revue is one of three student performance ensembles in IU African American Arts Institute, which turns 35 this year.

The concert will feature the Soul Revue performing music of various genres such as rhythm and blues, funk and other current popular songs, which are all under the heading of soul music.

Acting director Tyron Cooper said, "This show might prompt the audience participant to dance, clap, stomp, shout, laugh, cry and reflect on the myriad ways that soul music expresses a spectrum of meanings and definitions for African Americans and the broader society."

He said the Soul Revue will bridge the gap between entertainment and enlightenment, as the audience will enjoy and realize the grooves and deep implications of black popular music.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students with ID (limit two per student). They are available at the Sunrise Box Office, located adjacent to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.