Amidst socio-political unrest and lingering pandemic unease, The Harlem Gospel Travelers sing about hope and resiliency in a style that draws on the gospel quartet tradition of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Their debut LP, He’s on Time, landed a spot on the 2019 Billboard charts. While the album could be classified as “retro” or “vintage,” the truth is that The Harlem Gospel Travelers aren’t just reviving sounds from the past, they’re revitalizing them for the present and reminding us just how relevant this music is (and always has been) in times of hardship and uncertainty. Continue your celebration of Juneteenth at this joyous show.
Please bring your own seating for this performance on Friends Field. Picnics are encouraged!
Summer Season Shuttle / Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every summer afternoon and evening concert. No need to RSVP to get on the shuttle, it will be there when you arrive (in the parking lot side of the station). And if it’s not there, that means that it just left and will be back in 5-10 minutes!
Things are looking up for The Harlem Gospel Travelers, who have a new album, a new lineup, and a new lease on life. Produced by Eli Paperboy Reed, Look Up! marks the group’s first full-length release as a trio, as well as their first collection of totally original material, and it couldn’t have come at a more vital moment. The music still draws deeply on the gospel quartet tradition of the ’50s and ’60s, of course, but there’s a distinctly modern edge to the record, an unmistakable reflection of the tumultuous past few years of pandemic anxiety, political chaos, and social unrest. The songs are bold and resilient, facing down doubt and despair with faith and perseverance, and the performances are explosive and ecstatic, fueled by dazzling vocal arrangements punctuated with gritty bursts of guitar and crunchy rhythm breaks.
Born out of a non-profit music education program led by Reed, The Harlem Gospel Travelers —singers Thomas Gatling, George Marage, and Dennis Bailey — released their debut LP, He’s On Time, to rave reviews in 2019, with Pop Matters hailing the album’s “musical transcendence” and All Music praising it as “dreamlike and joyous.” The record charted on Billboard, earned them some high-profile fans like Elton John (who invited them to appear on his Rocket Hour radio show on Apple Music), and landed them festival slots everywhere from Pilgrimage to Telluride Jazz.
To learn more about the Harlem Gospel Travelers, please visit their website (harlemgospeltravelers.com).
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