Alverno Presents commissions a one-of-a-kind, one-night-only collaboration between a diverse company of local artists brought together by 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee DJ Tarik Moody to respond to and reimagine Marvin Gaye’s deeply personal double album from 1978, “Here My Dear” through various musical genres including electronic, hip-hop, folk and rock. This singular performance will take the audience through an ‘Unlooped’ version of the album from start to finish, tracking and retelling the story of Gaye and Anna Gordy: their courtship, marriage, and painful divorce. Performers include Choir Fight, Mark Waldoch (Celebrated Workingman), Christopher Porterfield (Field Report), Zachary Pluer (Herman Astro), Kiings, Alida LaCosse, Klassik, and Dasha Kelly, Chris Crain, Barry Clark, Devin Drobka, Christian Shebesta, Sarah Fierek.
1976: Marvin Gaye is at his professional peak. But his personal life is in crisis. His marriage to Anna Gordy (boss Berry Gordy’s sister) is over. Gaye is low on money, making alimony and child support impossible. The solution? Anna will receive the royalties from Gaye’s next and as-of-yet unrealized album. This inspires Here, My Dear, Gaye’s most artistically challenging work chronicling his and Anna’s courtship, marriage and break-up. 1978: Here, My Dear is released. Critics hate it, Gaye’s fans reject it, and Anna considers suing for invasion of privacy. 1994: Ten years after Gaye is fatally shot by his father, the reassessments begin. Here, My Dear is voted one of the greatest albums in music history by Mojo Magazine (1995) and Rolling Stone (2003).