Monday February 24, 2014
From The Maryland Gazette
Legendary group Sweet Honey in the Rock to perform anniversary show at Strathmore
By: Will C. Franklin
…“Forty & Fierce,” is the first fully-scripted show with a storyline for the group. Archived photos will be projected on screen while each member will share their personal stories.
Maillard, who said the group had no idea they would still be together after 40 years, said the show at Strathmore is going to be a really wonderful experience for the audience…
For years, Sweet Honey in the Rock has entertained worldwide, including performances for the United Nations. For Maillard, though, one concerts stands out among the rest.
“I think it was really nice when the group … [was] invited by Michelle Obama to come to the White House,” Maillard said.
Back when President Obama was just Sen. Barack Obama from Illinois, Sweet Honey in the Rock wanted to present him with some of the group’s music. Maillard presented him with a shopping bag full of music from the group, not expecting the senator to really know much about the ensemble.
“When he got on stage, he looked over to us and said, ‘You’re giving me Sweet Honey in the Rock music? Like I don’t know who Sweet Honey in the Rock is?’” Maillard laughed. “I said, ‘Brother, I don’t know what you know, but we’re giving you this music!’”
Obama then proceeded to sing a verse from “Ella’s Song,” one of Sweet Honey in the Rock’s songs.
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