Edie Brickell & New Bohemians in partnership with The Kessler Theater are donating 100% of the ticket proceeds to La Rondalla in Oak Cliff. The free after-school program teaches guitar, bass, drums, voice, and piano to students from elementary to high school. Now in its sixth with over 130 kids, the program has grown under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Dennis Gonzalez and his team of instructors, who are all professional musicians.
The New Bohemians were one of the first of many Dallas-area artists who attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts (then referred to as Arts Magnet High School) as music students, and then went on to sign a major label recording deal and ultimately perform all over the world.
Lead vocalist Edie Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, so this show represents a homecoming and an opportunity to give back to her childhood community. Lead guitarist Kenny Withrow is currently a guitar instructor at La Rondalla Oak Cliff, percussionist John Bush, bassist Brad Houser and original drummer Brandon Aly all currently live in the Austin area, and they too will be on board for this very special evening.
Their debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (Geffen Records, 1988), was critically acclaimed and sold over a million copies. Top Ten hit “What I Am” revealed not only Brickell’s songwriting ability but shined a spotlight on the Dallas music scene. After a second release (Ghost of a Dog, 1990) failed to deliver the same response, the group disbanded to pursue other endeavors. 1999 saw a reunion of sorts, where the New Bohemians traveled to Long Island to write and record live a special album called The Live Montauk Sessions. In 2006, the original New Bohemians reunited to release their first studio album in 16 years, Stranger Things. They periodically reunite for special shows - and The Kessler is excited to host!