Wednesday November 7, 2012

Stew and the Negro Problem will perform at Williams College at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, on the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available online at or by contacting the theater box office, (413) 597-2425, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Stew, a Los Angeles-bred musician, launched the Negro Problem in the early ‘90s. Stew and his collaborator, Heidi Rodewald, aim to challenge racial preconceptions through their music. They lead two critically acclaimed bands: the Afro-Baroque band The Negro Problem, and the multi-disciplinary ensemble Stew.

Stew is a two-time Obie winner and four-time Tony nominee. He is also well-known as the composer of "Gary Come Home" from "SpongeBob Squarepants."

Rodewald has spent more than a decade as a performer, arranger, and producer. She also wrote and performed with the female punk band Wednesday Week.

The event is sponsored by Africana Studies, American Studies, and the Lecture Committee.