Hamilton Actor Will Offer The Jam to Benefit Orlando Tragedy

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Daniel J. Watts
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Hamilton’s Daniel J. Watts, also seen in Vinyl and Motown the Musical, and WattsWords Productions, in association with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will present Watts’ The Jam: Love Terrorists (A Benefit for Orlando) July 31 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the Marlin Room.

Doors will open at 7 PM; the performance begins at 8 PM.

“In light of the recent events, most notably the horrendous mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando that rocked the world last month, we need to galvanize the masses to speak openly, honestly, and sincerely about our fears and differences so that ultimately we can come together as a society,” said poet/performer/activist Watts. “I aim to do that with this original The Jam: Love Terrorists. It is paramount that we support each other and use our talents to the betterment of humanity.”

A play-on-words, The Jam, press notes state, “pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she was unable to consume herself. The Jam is Watts’ continuation of that legacy featuring his original spoken word, often set to music and/or dance. … [It] is a veritable call to arms, demanding any and all to terrorize with love. The final lines of the title poem read: Life is a blessing and then you die./ What better way to die than from loving to death?/ Love is a weapon of mass construction./ Use it at your leisure./ These are our demands.”

Watts will be joined by his band The InnerView, including lead vocalist Derrick Baskin, Hamilton’s Ephraim Sykes on drums and vocals, Taharqa Patterson on guitar and vocals, Hamilton’s Voltaire Wade-Greene on bass and vocals and Taylor Williams on keys, with Preston Dugger III, aka DJ Duggz, spinning through the evening. Beyoncé’s music director and bassist Divinity Roxx will be part of the bill, as well as special performances from the casts of Hamilton, On Your Feet! and Shuffle Along. The official after party features DJ Duggz.

Advance tickets range from $20-80 and can be purchased at Websterhall.com. Tickets at the door will be $30-90. Profits from all ticket sales will benefit Equality Florida and the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

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