Please join us at three exciting events March 2 and 3, as Zig Zag Power Trio visit Brown University.

ABOUT: Zig Zag Power Trio harnesses the formidable creative energy and versatility of three extraordinary musicians: Will Calhoun (Living Colour, BB King, Mos Def, Mick Jagger, Wayne Shorter, Dr. John), Melvin Gibbs (Rollins Band, Femi Kuti, Eddie Palmieri, Bernie Worrell, John Medeski), and Vernon Reid (Living Colour, Public Enemy, Jack Bruce, The Roots, DJ Spooky). As members of Living Colour, Calhoun and Reid received two Grammy Awards.

  • RECEPTION: Friday March 2, 4:00 PM, Barus & Holley Lobby
    Join us for light hors' d'oeuvres and lively discussion with Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun, Melvin Gibbs, and Stephon Alexander.
  • TALK: Friday March 2, 6:30 PM, Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
    Percussionist Will Calhoun, most widely known as the drummer for the multiple Grammy-winning rock/funk band, Living Colour, will discuss his extensive travels across the Global South, focusing on his innovative use of percussion not only as a means of bridging cultures but also as a surprisingly effective tool for conflict resolution. Calhoun will be joined by his Living Colour bandmate, the guitarist Vernon Reid, and also by the bassist Melvin Gibbs, whose vast oeuvre features ethnographically-rich research on the cultures and music of the African diaspora in Brazil and across the Caribbean.
  • PERFORMANCE: Saturday, March 3, 8:00 PM, Fête Lounge, 103 Dike Street, Providence
    Zig Zag Power Trio will be joined on saxophone by special guest, Stephon Alexander, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, musician, and author known for blending the worlds of theoretical physics and jazz music at Fête Lounge. For tickets and further information about this performance, please see:

Co-sponsored by: Department of Physics, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Africana Studies, and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.