Following Saturday night’s performance of Notes of a Native Song.
Join us for a special tribute to James Baldwin as Mykia Jovan evokes the spirit and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance.
Food and bar on site. Hold on to your performance ticket because the first drink is on the house!
Mykia Jovan is a new innovative vocalist, stepping on the New Orleans music scene, with an eclectic sense of sound. She is an artist that shifts into genres so lucidly that it almost seems absurd to harness her into a box. Yet, if one must, it would be a treasure chest of jazz, blues, soul, and funk. Her honest lyrics and penetrating emotion captivates everyone in earshot.
As a student of Eleanor McMain High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Art, Mykia Jovan had only one career goal: to be an actress, until the fateful day her fellow classmates convened in the N.O.C.C.A. auditorium to view Ken Burns' documentary of Jazz. It was not until then that she realized all of those scribbled ideas on the backs of old bus tickets and brown napkins were lyrics. And that awkward voice she shamelessly belted out in the shower was her key. That same night, a trip to Snug Harbor to listen to Donald Harrison and schoolmate/friend Christian Scott ignited a fire. She began recording her melodies on a hand held cassette player for her friends and family’s enjoyment. It would be years later that she would work up the nerve to perform with a band in front of a live audience.
Initially, struck with overwhelming stage fright, she performed a cappella sets hidden behind Mardi Gras masks, using her melodies to transition from monologues or poetry she would recite. Her one-woman show blossomed and caught the attention of musicians willing to add instrumentation to her act. She began a residency at The Blue Nile on Frenchman Street with keyboardist Jason Butler. Straying away from theatrics, she embraced her voice and the stage. She has had the privilege to open for world-renowned acts, including Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers. After hearing Mykia perform, Kermit Ruffins invited her to join the Barbeque Swingers on tour.