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Catalyst Radio: Ebony Road Players named beneficiary of Monday's WYCE@Wealthy Concert

The first performance of the new WYCE@Wealthy concert series features Malian musician Vieux Farka Toure, with donations going to Ebony Road Players.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Ebony Road Players held its first dramatic readings in May and June.

Ebony Road Players held its first dramatic readings in May and June. /Ebony Road Players

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A new WYCE@ Wealthy concert series kicks off on Monday evening, Sept. 8, with Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.

Each concert in the series benefits a local nonprofit, and Monday’s concert is raising money for the new local Black theatre arts organization Ebony Road Players.

Joining me in studio is Edye Evans Hyde, founder and president of Ebony Road Players. Edye Evans Hyde, also known for her art as a jazz musician, will tell about the new theatre organization, the plans for educational programing and performances, and she will also share how inspiration for the new effort comes in part from a previous Black theatre group called Robeson Players, and will even talk a bit about her own history in the theatre arts world.



Music featured throughout this episode of Catalyst Radio is that of Vieux Farka Toure, who will be performing live at the Community Media Center’s venue Wealthy Theatre in the WYCE@Wealthy concert benefiting Ebony Road Players.

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