This captivating 5 act musical chronicles the journey of 1 woman who struggled diligently to get the fuck out of Babylon. On the way, she meets a plethora of peculiar personalities, including the ill-fated, confused, yet righteously indignant inhabitants of Babylon, the clever, conniving Neo Negro, some wayward revolutionaries, an existential spider, and other disillusioned hitchhikers traipsing along the dry, blustering road (or wet if you're in Portland). In her pointed interactions with friend and foe, our adorable anti-hero learns a few lessons, shares a few laughs, and discovers that the journey of a million miles always lands you right back where you started...with yourself. As is customary on any hitch-hike, the traveler is strapped with her trusty guide which actually talks!! Amazing? Only one way to find out... BUY THE ALBUM
The Cat Song from BREAKAGE: A HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO BABYLON, THE MUSICAL, performed live at the BLU retreat in Los Angeles, CA. Special thanks to the women of BLU, Jeannette Bronson, and interpreter Kyla Wilkenfeld.
Photo by Dail Chambers
"I've done a lot. I've given a lot. I've taken a lot. I've hurt. I've healed. I've gained weight, I've lost weight. I've lived a little, I've died a little, I got sick and did the show anyway. I cussed people out and hurt people's feelings. I've gotten paid and gotten stiffed. I've built bridges, burnt bridges and crossed bridges. I've made friends and lost them. I've been judged, ridiculed, denied, rejected, ostracized, lied about, worshiped, smiled at, and forgiven. I've risen and fallen. Pushed forward and fell backward. I've fought and resisted. I've cowered and surrendered. But in all of it. I created."
Authentic, unapologetic, badass - producer, songwriter, and educator, Blue, began creating at age 6, playing various instruments in jazz bands, ensembles, and orchestras at A.M. Jackson Elementary (E. St. Louis, IL), Woodruff High School (Peoria, IL), and Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO/ Madrid, Spain) where she studied music composition and production. At age 20, while performing and attending college in Madrid, she gained an appreciation for Spanish, Kenyan, and Portuguese folk music. Upon returning to the States, Blue continued developing as a writer, singer, producer, and musician, working alongside KD Brosia, Case, Nodzilla, Floyd Boykin Jr., The Last Poets, and Charlie King among others. In February 2010, Blue released her first single “Stay in the Car” , produced by her indie label, BattleCry of the ButterFly (BOB) Productions. The EP “New Growth: The Prelude” was released that summer, followed by the LP Nappy Kitchen (2011), ingenious by BLUE (2012), Famous Negro Athletes, featuring various artists (2012), Ancient Lapis, featuring various artists (2013), and Breakage: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Babylon, The Musical (2013). BOB has produced/ co-produced for over 30 artists in music and film earning Blue a role in independent film "The Bus" and such accolades as "Artist in Action" by A Child of Karma (2011) and "Best Sound Design 48hr Film Project" for Best of Portland (2012).
In July 2012, after receiving her doctorate from Saint Louis University, Blue and business partner Molly Ross founded Discovering a Voice to introduce the songwriting process to people in communities throughout St. Louis, MO, Portland, OR, and California's Bay Area. When asked by screenwriter Monica Foucher "How'd you do it?", Blue simply replied "Not lovin' these hos."
God: through which all things are possible
My Parents: Without their awkward interactions, I wouldn't be here
My Family: I am not listing all of ya'll, but you know who you are. Thank you.
Spoken Word Groove: First place I got on the mic (DAN Jackson, Tracy Mitchell, Floyd Boykin, Enoch, Starlite, Spoken, Invisible Man, MisInterpretation, BROTHER TING, D. Brown, Khalil, Cheeraz, Charlie at the grill, Mr. Nicks, Mrs. Nicks, and the list goes ON AND ON)
Angela R. Lewis: A great friend who's helped me through a lot.
Sista Speak and Proud Flower Productions
NGOMA St. Louisman.cookie.dead.productions
Wild Mann: My first producer whose computer crashed and we lost everything... good times.
Tony Sims: My co-producer for "Nappy Kitchen"
Dail Chambers: Road dog, visual artist, and photographer for "Nappy Kitchen"
Raquita Henderson: Made me vegetarian stuffing and kept her family away from it. Photographer for "New Growth: The Prelude" and "Ingenious by Blue".
The rest of the Hendersons (including Adam, Spoken and Justin: honorary Hendersons)
The Cast and Crew of "Stay in the Car": (April Wilson, Angie Lewis, Tendai Morris, James "Needles" Gates, Adam, Justin, Jerry, Starlite, etc. etc.)
A List- the Band and Cafe Soul
Blacque Butterfly PDXThe MollyRoq Agency