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Introducing TEDxUniversityofNevada’s 2019 Performers

In addition to the impressive set of both local and non-local speakers who will be giving talks at TEDxUniversityofNevada on February 23, 2019, we also have five incredible performers to announce! Among those gracing the stage are actress and comedian Anjelah Johnson, Grammy-nominated blues singer Ruthie Foster, Nashville-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe, and Southern California-based singer/songwriter Sarah Rogo.

Anjelah Johnson is an actress, comedian and former NFL cheerleader who is most often found touring around the country performing at her sold out comedy shows. She became an internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon” which led to many standup, television and film opportunities. That same year she joined the cast of “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, “Bon Qui Qui.” This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 65 million people worldwide. After recording and releasing three songs and two music videos as Bon Qui Qui, Anjelah signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records to release a full album.

The small rural town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Foster’s life and career – marching to the beat of her own drum. Having been nominated three times for a Grammy, Ruthie has received seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. Hear more from Ruthie Foster here:

Larkin Poe is an American roots rock band fronted by the Georgia-bred, Nashville-based sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell. Unbound by tawdry embellishments, Larkin Poe infuses pop sensibilities into their sound, blending old-school elements of rock and soul with drum samples, hip-hop production elements and resonant lyrics. Steeped in the traditions of Southern roots music, Larkin Poe showcases their mastery in orchestrating, harmonizing and breathing new life into the musical heritage of their upbringing. Their 2017 album, Peach, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album. On Nov. 9th they released a new album, Venom and Faith.

Sarah Rogo has long blond hair, loves to surf and play the blues on her National guitars. While she may look and sound like your prototypical Southern Californian, the 25-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter was born in New England. She moved to the seaside beach town of Encinitas, Calif., less than two years ago, and has taken the local San Diego music scene by storm. A nominee for Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, Rogo first picked up a guitar at 13 as a way of performing the songs she’d already written. Growing up, Sarah spent hours listening to music in the local public library, where her tastes ran from klezmer and Middle Eastern sounds to a 1991 live album recorded by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Alone and Acoustic, which changed her life.


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