Stew and the Negro Problem

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The Living Room
134 Metropolitan
Brooklyn, NY  11249
These days any cultural institution smart enough to commission mono-monikered Stew and musical-theatrical partner Heidi Rodewald is practically guaranteed a tour-de-force of the why-didn't-anyone-think-of-this-before? variety. The Passing Strange duo — who have also performed as the Negro Problem since their Nineties punk-rock origins in Los Angeles — recently premiered a new work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Wagner, Max! Wagner! reflects on the Wagnerian connection to the blues, slavery, anti-Semitism, racism, Yiddish, and probably Volkswagen, too. The pair will perform songs from it here with their frequent sitar-slinging collaborator Chris Rael and his longtime Indian-influenced art-rock outfit Church of Betty. Both bands combine big smarts with large-hearted emotion, canny wit, and distinctive sounds.
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