"The FREEDOM CABARET at the Stratford Festival is a Stunning and Poignant Celebration of Black Music"
After a brief delay due to weather, the FREEDOM CABARET opened at the Stratford Festival on Saturday night and it had the audience captivated from start to finish. The show may not have begun until the lightning passed, but the mood under the Festival Theatre canopy was certainly electric. This cabaret offers an exploration and celebration of Black music and its undeniable contribution to the very fabric of the music industry and to society in general. In addition to performing, Beau Dixon is the Curator, Director, and Music Director of this superb cabaret and he has assembled some incredible talent. From the vocalists to musicians, everyone has their moment to shine.
Singing a diverse series of numbers including spirituals, music made forever iconic by Mahalia Jackson, a celebration of the musical and social contributions of Bob Marley, and much more, the vocalists - Dixon, Alana Bridgewater, Camille Eanga-Selenge, and Robert Ball allow us a glimpse into their souls with absolutely stunning performances. The equally excellent band behind them includes Dixon, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Paul Antonio, and Joe Bowden.