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Contemporary Arts Center to Host Soundtrack ’63

The Contemporary Arts Center and Junebug Productions will host Soundtrack ’63, a multi-media cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement from 1963 to the Black Lives Matter Movement at the CAC Warehouse on Martin Luther King weekend.

The event, combining a 3-screen multi-media installation with live music and edutainment, will feature untold stories of New Orleans’ civil rights history, acts by local artists, commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Sonia Sanchez and a guest performance by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets.

“The music of 1963 was the soundtrack to a transformation. It inspired generations of African descendants to reclaim their humanity,” said Chen Lo, creative director for Soul Science Lab and curator of Soundtrack ‘63, in a press statement.

“The spirituals of the past brought faith and courage; pop tunes were an escape from harsh realities; and truth-tellers sang with a soulful defiance that electrified the Civil Rights Movement. The music of ’63 still resonates with piercing clarity.”

Other guest performances will include saxophonist/flutist Quay Frazier,  trumpeter Troy Sawyer, violinist Donald Surtain, cellist Gary Washington, trombonist Thomas Grant, percussionist Shaka Zulu and poet Sunni Patterson, McDonogh 35 Senior High School Gospel Choir and poet Sunni Patterson.

The Soundtrack ‘63 organizers will also host an open conversation on “The Social Responsibility of Art” with Candy Chang and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh on January 7, a screening of Soundtrack for a Revolution with the New Orleans Film Society on January 10, and an After-Party with DJ Dave Soul on January 16.

The event will take place on the evenings of January 16, 2016, through the 18, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. $25 in advance and $30 at the door for CAC Members. More information can be found at