Next Saturday, Nov. 11, The Old National Centre will feature two well known musical acts. Kirk Franklin and Ledisi will both be stopping for a night in Indianapolis for their “The Rebel, The Soul, and The Saint Tour.”
As a highly successful and acclaimed gospel musician from Fort Worth, Texas, Franklin’s profile modestly displays the success of his career so far. With nine Grammys, an American Music Award, two BET music awards, and numerous others, Franklin has cemented his place as a major gospel influence in the world today. The New Yorker had this to say about Franklin, “Franklin, forty-six, is the most successful contemporary gospel artist of his generation, but he isn’t a singer.”
It goes on to describe Franklin as more of a “hype-man” who is “always and unquestionably the locus of its [the music’s] energy and intention.” During his performances, Franklin plays the piano, but chooses not to sing, giving that job to the hired choirs he enlists. Franklin is more of a conductor than a true hype man, though. Or maybe the two aren’t so distant after all.
To find out more about Franklin, you can visit his Facebook page.
Accompanying Franklin on “The Rebel, The Soul, and The Saint Tour” will be r&b artist, Ledisi. This nine-time Grammy-nominated artist has had the honor of playing at the White House during the Obama administration. According to her website, “Ledisi is one of our favorite people,” said President Obama. But Ledisi is much more than a singer — she is an advocate of the arts, an educator, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, songwriter, producer, and innovator.”
Ledisi’s most recent album, “Let Love Rule” came out earlier this year. Additionally, Ledisi also dabbles in acting. She portrayed Mahalia Jackson in the Academy-Award-nominated “Selma.” A truly multi-talented performer, her act won’t be one to miss.
So obviously, the concert next Saturday at The Old National Centre will appeal mostly to the more religiously-inclined. But I wouldn’t go so far as to call that a prerequisite. Gospel has more to offer music than its religious message. If you venture to go, you might just find that out.
The show on Saturday, Nov. 11 starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$75.