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Aaron Abernathy: Wall of Sound Series

Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Aaron Abernathy, is a pianist/soul singer and multi-talented entertainer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abernathy comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert. Abernathy has toured the globe as a vocalist and musician with various acts for over a decade, though many first discovered his talents via the 2016 album Monologue--a concept album with themes of love, personal relationships, and family.

His new album Dialogue, released Oct. 16th, marks a distinctly different conceptual approach, where the artist lays flat his vulnerabilities as an American black man in 2017, discussing hot-button issues of economics, segregation, and racial politics. The album is composed, produced, and arranged by Abernathy, and creates a modern take of the classic soul sounds of the 1970s, with a nod to the socially conscious themes found on albums such as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin On, or Curtis Mayfield’s eponymous debut album. Abernathy's vulnerability and ability to capture audiences on record as well as in live performance is a skill set that Soul music has been missing.

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