Music

Shirlette w/ Sookee, Southern Femisphere

When: Sat., March 9 2013

A fundraiser for Girls Rock Charleston, 8 p.m

Twilight for Gladys Bentley, the debut solo hip-hop album by Durham-based poet and musician Shirlette Ammons, was inspired by the biography of a Harlem Renaissance blues singer and lesbian, Gladys Bentley. “My approach was to place myself in the lineage she created, particularly as a queer artist who wears my sexuality and gender identity on my sleeve when I’m on stage,” Ammons explains. “I’m not as overt as Gladys was by any means, but I do see myself as being able to present myself so comfortably and confidently because folks like Gladys paved the way.” One track off of Twilight for Gladys Bentley, “Take a Chance,” was named one of the best songs of 2012 by North Carolina alt-weekly IndyWeek, and the tune has a really serious Missy Elliot vibe going on. Ammons is on tour with Sookee, a queer hip-hop artist from Germany who’s playing the U.S. for the first time, and they’ll come to the Tin Roof to play a benefit show for Girls Rock Charleston. “We queer rappers are at the forefront of conversations about what’s new and innovative in hip-hop,” Ammons says. —Susan Cohen SATURDAY

Price: $5, $10/door

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