Monday, July 22, 2024

Shri Rajuli, belly-dancing founder of the Black Butterfly Dance Troupe, is scheduled to be one of the performers Friday at Harvard Square’s Oberon. (Photo: Daniel J. Lavoie)

If 4/20 means anything to you, chances are you’ll want to spend the high holidays at Harvard Square’s Oberon.

It’s there, on Friday, that Mali Sastri of the band Jaggery is presenting another Org event, this one with the theme “Intoxication” and dedicated to “art under the influence.” But this show will be nothing so commonplace as a Hunter S. Thompson reading, some Grateful Dead dirges and a Cypress Hill sing-along. Singer Mali promises a lineup of performing and visual artists providing a far more original dose of high art. As she describes the night:

“Enter the hookah bar of your imagination, and be prepared to get into an altered state via music, dance, film, magic and more.”

The artists so far:

Performers Billy & Bobby, The Wonder Twins, six-time winners at the world-famous Apollo theater and two-time New York Alliance Dance champions; Shri Rajuli, belly-dancing founder of the Black Butterfly Dance Troupe; and Dezrah the Strange, a magician, juggler and escape artist.

Musicians Cirkestra, described as “a circus pit band who stayed together”; Brooklyn’s Shana Falana, performing “abstract and impressionistic cathedral psychedelia”; Honey Circuit and its “electro-acoustic tribal trance”; Molly Zenobia, called “soulful, visceral, vast”; and Singer Mali herself with brother and longtime collaborator Raky Sastri (of You Won’t) on drums, Tony Leva on upright bass and other guest musicians to be announced.

The show is 18-plus and begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 seating or $15 standing and can be bought here.

This post took significant amounts of material from press releases.