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Be uplifted by the jubilant harmonies, rhythmic grooves, and unabashed optimism of Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble as they electrify the historic Lincoln Theatre stage.
Evolving from Chicago-based artist and activist Damon Locks’s sound collage solo project, the Black Monument Ensemble (BME) is a powerful, intergenerational collective—ranging from 10 to 52 in age—that draws from the diverse wellspring of Black excellence in Chicago. Locks’s work, including BME, explores “The Black nod”—the unspoken exchange between Black people to acknowledge one another in public.
Featuring a rotating cast of creatives that has included Angel Bat Dawid, who last graced the Wex stage in 2019, BME’s street-level gospel weaves together sampled speech, electronic beats, dance, and live music—including vocals, horns, and drums—to form an improvisational tapestry unique to each performance.
Black Monument Ensemble on the artist’s website
Black Monument Ensemble on Instagram
Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble, photo: Eli Johnson.
Damon Locks, photo: Eli Johnson.
Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble, image courtesy of the artists.
Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble recorded their debut album, Where Future Unfolds (International Anthem, 2019), live in Chicago at the Garfield Park Botanical Conservatory. This marked the first time that Locks translated his poetry, collages, and compositions into large-scale, experimental performance. BME’s most recent album, NOW (International Anthem, 2021), was also recorded live as a means of communal resistance against the darkness brought on by the pandemic and social unrest of 2020. Fun fact: Damon Locks designed the cover art for Lonnie Holley and Wex alum Brian Harnetty’s The Star-Faced One, performed at the Wex in 2013.
Copresented by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.
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Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble