Join us for a very special performance by Kamara Thomas – a singer, songspeller, mythology fanatic, and multidisciplinary storyteller based in Durham, NC. Her storytelling for film and stage is multi-faceted— weaving together musical and theatre performance, community art-making, ritual, and visual elements including masks, archival material, and photography.
Kamara also spearheads Country Soul Songbook, a creative community and online platform featuring performances, interviews, conversations, and cultural offerings rooted in the mission to amplify historically marginalized voices in Country and Americana.
In 2021 Kamara will release “Tularosa: An American Dreamtime”, a song-cycle exploring the mythology of the American West. She is currently developing a companion storytelling work with Denver theatre company Band of Toughs. The music video for her band Aquarian Devils screens at Cucalorus this year before the feature film We’re All In This Together on Thursday at 7:30PM / Thalian Main.
As a songwriter and musician, Kamara spent over a decade in New York fronting numerous bands and touring internationally with hard rock trio Earl Greyhound. She also founded Honky Tonk Happy Hour, a seminal cult favorite of the early-aughts NYC alt-country scene.
Kamara has been a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education’s repertory season and a resident at Yaddo artist colony. She was named one of the “14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real” by Paste Magazine in 2017. She has been commissioned for work by Cassilhaus, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina, and has been a guest speaker at Duke, Princeton, and Indiana Universities.
This event is FREE and open to the public. No ticket required.