Thursday, May 12
Loosen The Bible Belt Tour in Asbury Hall
Tickets: $50 VIP (includes great seats and a meet and greet), $12 general admission advanced, $15 day of show, on sale at Ticketweb.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), Rust Belt Books, Terrapin Station, or charge by phone 866-777-8932
7pm Doors 8pm Show
Comedian Kristen Becker (Founder, Dykes of Hazard Comedy) and Pastor Jay Bakker ( Founder, Revolution Church, Host of This is Radiocast Podcast) are teaming up in the name of equality. Becker, an outspoken lesbian comedian, stumbled across a copy of the documentary “ One Punk Under God” which features Pastor Bakker and his church, Revolution Ministries. Becker was enthralled with Pastor Bakker’s personal revelation that the LGBTQ community was unfairly being shut out of the Evangelical church. Seeing his genuine interest in doing what was right and knowing a large percentage of the southern friends were being raised Evangelical, but then shut out of their own churches, Becker reached out to Bakker. A few Twitter messages and emails later, “Loosen the Bible Belt” was born. This spring, the duo are kicking off a 15-city tour in Buffalo at Asbury Hall.
Courageous and innovative, The Loosen the Bible Belt tour reflects the attitude of the Rust Belt City where Becker spent most of her formative years. Throughout the years that Becker called Buffalo home she used comedy as a vehicle for social change. She started the incredibly successful and still operating Open Mic comedy night at Nietzsche’s; also she was responsible for bringing the nationally established Helium Comedy Club to Buffalo. This may not seem like social justice work but when there are limited outlets for creativity, Becker’s achievements provided a light house to people who were marginalized and pushed out to the fringe of society in the Western New York region. With all of the talk of revitalization of the Buffalo economy in the past couple of years, the culture here never took a down turn, and thought provoking entertainment has always been the hemoglobin in the rusty blood that flows in our veins. Featuring the heavenly Chillbillies, who formed their unique blend of rockabilly and country infused blues in Buffalo and garnered a loyal WNY fanbase, and Sarah Rose, another Buffalo ex patriot, the Loosen The Bible Belt Tour is certainly a Buffalo born project.
Date(s) - 05/12/2016
341 Delaware Avenue