On Sunday May 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm, Elevated Places Arts will present Ozara Odé, Soul/Jazz Vocalist, in a tribute to Nina Simone. After sold out presentations in Atlanta and in Ozara’s hometown of Milwaukee, Elevated Places Arts will deliver their fourth installment of Ozara in The Key of Nina, a One-Woman Show depicting the numerous sides to the complex, yet often controversial Nina Simone. Now set to grace the stage in New York, the tribute will take place at the historical Theater 80, located at 80 St Marks Place Greenwich Village, New York City.
An established artist and renowned talent, Ozara Odé is an international Soul/Jazz singer, who has released 2 solo projects to critical acclaim, gaining a cult following in the process. After being introduced to Nina Simone’s music in 2005, she began to research her life and was devastated to learn Simone was robbed of her royalties and disrespected by the classical world. In 2010, Odé was requested to do a Reading of her play at the sanctioned Nina Simone Ten Day Tribute given by her estate, at which time she met Simone’s daughter, granddaughter, and sister. Since then, it has been Ozaras’ desire to tell the story of this great woman so we can understand the sacrifices she made as an artist, and a human for our society. Ozaras’ performance is a unique mix of soul, jazz, and theatrical flair that is sure to set the stage for a night of pure joy and entertainment.
Receiving rave reviews from the Atlanta production of Ozara in The Key of Nina, Lady Odé left the audience spellbound. “Ozara Odé held me captive from beginning to end. At one point she became Nina!”- Joseph Otway- Attendee. Other attendees and media described her performance as Riveting, “I usually wear my directors hat when watching a performance, but I quickly became a theatre patron and was engrossed by her performance.” Toni Henson Atlanta Black Theatre Festival.
Lady Odé is reaching for the stars, but taking it one step at a time, “With the tribute now set to be in New York City, we want to raise the bar a bit, and while not on Broadway yet, we are making our way!” Says Ms. Odé.
Come be a fly on the wall as Ozara Odé takes you on a musical and theatrical journey. Watch Ozara transform into the essence of Nina Simone, The Diva herself, The High Priestess of Soul! The evening will reel you in with haunting lyrics of protest and deep longings for love, soul stirring storytelling, & her take on the civil rights movement via a breathtaking performance. You may sing a bit, dance a bit, laugh, and maybe even cry, but one thing is for sure, you will leave feeling full of vigor and determination to overcome all obstacles that life may bring your way.
A show not to be missed, the evening will commence with a casual networking experience at 6:30p, followed by a mini acoustic concert and poetry reflective of some of her most controversial and passionate songs by Def Poet Talaam Acey. Attendees will also participate in giveaways.
Ticket prices are $25.00 in advance using the early bird code at checkout and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are also available at $35.00 -(Gold Ticket Includes a signed copy of Ozara Ode’s Latest CD) and $50.00 (Diamond Ticket Includes a signed copy of Ozara Odés’ latest CD and Ozara in the Key of Nina T-Shirt). Early Bird Specials are currently in effect thru May 15th. Simply Enter the Code “EARLYBIRD” at checkout to receive the discount. Hurry Early Bird Special ends soon!!
For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ozara-in-the-key-of-nina-tickets-24378441575. For more information, email: [email protected]
View a portion of the Atlanta performance here: