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Martha Redbone Roots Project

Martha Redbone Roots Project
Thursday, April 28 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27695


  • $30 Public | $8 NC State Students | $15 NC State Faculty/Staff | all tickets general admission
  • Tickets are available for purchase online and at the box office one hour prior to the show.
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Don’t miss the final mainstage show of our 2021-22 season! Martha Redbone Roots Project connects Martha’s Native and African-American Kentucky roots with fiery old-time mountain gospel singing and the eclectic grit of Brooklyn.


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to all people. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at


Curious to learn more about Martha’s inspirations and musical journey? Join us at 7pm in Talley Student Union, 3rd Floor Outdoor Terrace (adjacent to Stewart Theatre) to meet Martha before the concert.


It’s the final t-shirt giveaway of the semester! The first 15 NC State students to check in at the NC State LIVE table in the lobby and show us your tickets to Martha Redbone Roots Project will get a free t-shirt designed by Alum George Hage.


An organic, gorgeous feast for ears and minds.

-The Huffington Post

Native and African-American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator, Martha Redbone, is known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as a Native and Black woman and mother in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions from past to present, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit.

Her album The Garden of Love- Songs of William Blake, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder/Grammy Winner John McEuen is an unexpected twist — “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker) — Redbone’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words, and a masterful cornucopia of roots music (blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional Southeastern Woodlands). Featured on All Things Considered, the album released on her own imprint Blackfeet Productions rose to the Top Ten on Amazon Folk Charts for many weeks and has become the bedrock of her live shows bringing audiences to their feet with her fiery old time mountain gospel singing and foot-stomping energy.

Redbone and her long-term collaborator/husband, composer/pianist/producer Aaron Whitby are called “the little engine that could [by their] band of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians” (Larry Blumenthal/Wall Street Journal). From grassroots beginnings at powwows across Indian Country and in the underground clubs of NYC Redbone has built a passionate fan base with her mesmerizing presence and explosive live shows. Her debut Home of the Brave — “Stunning album, the kind of woman who sets trends” (Billboard) — garnered extremely positive critical attention while her sophomore album Skintalk — described as the soulful sound of “Earth, Wind and Fire on the Rez” (J Poet, Native Peoples Magazine — took her music to Europe and the Far East. Albums Skintalk and The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake are recognized in the Library Collection and “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture” exhibits in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

Redbone is Composer for the Public Theater’s 2019 production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuff, a revival/re-imagining of the 1976 classic choreopoem by the late Ntozake Shange. Redbone joined the all-women-of-color Creative Team to celebrate the author’s historical work and legacy, and enjoyed a 4-week extended run through December that received rave reviews with notable mentions for their team’s original compositions and score — “supreme music…brilliant” (NY Daily News).

Martha Redbone wears a tan cowboy hat and and lace shirt. She looks into the camera.


NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. As of February 28, face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. Our seating for upcoming shows will be general admission to allow folks to find a seat where they feel most comfortable. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.