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Friday, Oct 16,  7pm / Virtual Performance



With the vibrant sound of drums, Ase: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers welcomes all to “Celebrate, Meditate and Rejuvenate.” This will be the organization’s first virtual storytelling concert. It will occur on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Ase’s Annual Concerts have been graciously hosted for several years at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. This year, however, all will be welcomed to enjoy the concert from the comfort and safety of your homes on Zoom. It will be most appropriate for guests 16 and older. This is a FREE concert. (Any and all support to ASE, however, can be made  by clicking the DONATE button at the top of the page.)


Highlights will include engaging performances by Ase members Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong, Marcia Ann Berry, Baba Tony Brown, Velma Gladney, Dolores “Ms. Dee” Gordon and Dhamana Shauri.  There will be traditional folk tales, original, personal and historical stories as well.



For more than 20 years, Ase has provided concerts and performances in various Chicagoland venues throughout the year. They have been highlighted at the African Festival of the Arts, the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, eta Creative Arts Foundation, the Black Theater Ensemble, the DuSable Museum of African American History and more. Many Ase members provide performances across the country and around the world. They now again look forward to bringing a bit of the world to story lovers everywhere.


Guests of Ase’s concerts have said:

“I never knew before that storytelling could be done like that! I’ll come back every year!”

“I felt like that story was told just for me!”


Click here to register for the event.


For more concert information, contact Dolores Gordon at (312) 330-2069 or email



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The November conference pre-festival gala is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.