No-No Boy is an immersive multimedia work that blends original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images to illuminate hidden American histories
About the Project
Taking inspiration from his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors and other stories of Asian American experience, Nashville born songwriter Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral research at Brown University into an innovative project bridging a divide between art and scholarship. By turning archival study and fieldwork into a large repertoire of folk songs and visuals Saporiti has been able to engage audiences with difficult conversations through song and storytelling, performing with a revolving cast of collaborators everywhere from rural high schools and churches to New York City’s Lincoln Center.
Doors Open at 7 PM
June 5th 2021
No-No Boy in Concert
All are welcome!
In the spring of 2019, Saporiti embarked on a trip to the Mexican border. Playing concerts for asylum seekers and aid workers in Laredo, Crystal City (former home of a WWII Internment Camp), and Dilley, TX (current home to the largest family detention center), the experience was jarring and formative. After this trip, No-No Boy eschewed traditional touring focusing instead on performing in spaces where this work can connect with audiences holding wide ranging points of view.
Offering music and service, No-No Boy has continued to travel along the southern border working with a school for refugee children in Tijuana, serving as scholars/artists in residence in Shishmaref, Alaska, and collaborating with dozens of diverse organizations across North America.Tweet
Purchase A Ticket
Tickets Go On Sale: May 5th, 2021
Suggested donation of $25 per ticket or $225 per virtual table of 10.
All proceeds to benefit New England Justice For Our Neighbors.