Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalNona Hendryx
From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages that enabled the trio to break the traditional girl-group mold. Their stage show was the forerunner of the epic productions we expect today, and they were the only contemporary black group to take their Wear Something Silver show to New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and to major theaters and opera houses across the world. Labelle racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for a 2008-2009 tour.