Singin’ in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration will feature live performances from notable musical artists, including iconic Houston hip-hop artist Bun B, popular jazz singer, songwriter, and actress Kat Edmonson, blues singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland, and a special presentation choreographed by Oliver Halkowich featuring Houston Ballet Dancers. The musical numbers will be unique renditions of songs from the iconic Gene Kelly film, which celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2017, and will be accompanied by energetic dance routines. A portion of the proceeds will go to the WOMH Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Rapper Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) rose to fame in the duo UGK. Based in Port Arthur, Texas, UGK signed with Jive, and with 1992’s Too Hard to Swallow began a series of Southern gangsta rap albums that were successful sellers. After 2003, Bun B carried on solo, making numerous appearances on other artists’ tracks and then in 2005 releasing both the mixtape Legends and his debut album, the Rap-a-Lot release Trill, a Top Ten hit. His second solo album, II Trill, arrived that same year with his third, Trill O.G., following in 2010. In 2013 he closed the Trill series with the fourth and final effort, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue. (David Jeffries, AllMusic)
Jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson may have had no formal training, but the young vocalist possesses one of the most authentic voices to ever croon selections from the Great American Songbook. One listen to the Houston native’s ethereal purr is enough to hook even the most casual music fan… An audition for American Idol in 2002 landed Edmonson a trip to Hollywood and a spot in the Top 48… Edmonson began honing her chops at open-mike nights and eventually made the transition to a full-time performer. Her debut album, 2009’s Take to the Sky, was a mix of classic and modern songs, and proved Edmonson was more than ready for her jazz ascension. Three years later, she returned with the Kickstarter-funded Way Down Low. In 2014, Edmonson released the Mitchell Froom–produced The Big Picture. (Todd Sterling, AllMusic)CA
Singin’ in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration
Sat, November 11, 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
White Oak Music Hall