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It’s a big name for a not-so-big cause.

Funky folkster Toshi Reagon will headline a benefit for the queer youth organization Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE!) on May 4 at Southpaw.

Reagon, a Crown Heights resident, learned about merging activism and music from growing up surrounded by the groovy gospel of her mother’s celebrated a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock. But Reagon added in influences of her own — including Stevie Wonder, Prince and even Kiss — since she dropped out of college to open for Lenny Kravitz on his first world tour.

Reagon might have a polished pop resume, but she’s no stranger to a fight, having lent her voice to causes as diverse as Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and Women’s Health Care in New Orleans.

Toshi Reagon will perform at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave., at Sterling Place in Park Slope) at 8 pm on May 4. Tickets are $20. For information, call (718) 230-0236 or visit

Updated 4:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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