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California, San Diego -   The San Diego Black Film Festival  -  The San Diego Black Film Festival was established in 2002 and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African American and African Diaspora cinema as well as the education of media arts. Held each year in late January, the San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest black film festivals in the country.

Conneticut, Trumbull -   Empowering Through Beauty Expo -  Beauty visionary and creator of Empowering Through Beauty, Tanisha Akinloye has birthed the most influential beauty expo of its kind. Empowering through Beauty Expo is designed to celebrate the intelligence, strength, courage and determination of women and girls, and the dynamic beauty professionals who inspire our community.

Florida, Eatonville -   Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities  -  Will feature Jazz, Latin rhythms, and Spoken Word performances.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   The Grown & Sexy Cruise -  5 nights of theme parties and events.


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Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise  -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise is proud to present The Greatest Party at Sea and even prouder to present this amazing lineup of hosts, stars and special guests.

Florida, Tampa Bay -   Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival  -  Celebrating the heart and soul of Tampa Bay.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Honda Battle Of The Bands -  The Honda Battle of the Bands (sometimes abbreviated The Honda or HBOB) is an annual marching band exhibition in the United States which features performances by bands from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sponsored by the American Honda Motor Company, the Invitational Showcase takes place in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia in late January.

Iowa, Des Moines -   I'll Make Me a World in Iowa -  A Gala with a Goal. Held in January at Polk County Convention Complex, Des Moines, Iowa non-stop performances on three stages, culture, art, history, displays, entertainment, soul food, kids activities and much more.

Michigan, Boyne Falls -   The Black Ski Weekend  -  All day and all night partying! The largest Urban Professional ski event in the world! The event covered 4 days and 3 exciting nights - There was no sleeping, only passing out. 20 themed activities, snow and fun on the slopes! Other activities at Boyne Mountain Resort include: Snow Mobiling, Tubing, Ice Skating, horseback riding, Sleigh Ride, Zip-Line, Cross Country Skiing, Spa/Massages, Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, Games, bonfires, hot tubbing, and more!!!

New York, Harlem -   Harlem Fine Arts Show -  The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the premiere showcase for modern and contemporary African Diasporic art. Next year, we're extending to the voice and reach of the show with the addition of the Harlem Fine Arts Show Magazine. The magazine will premiere as an insert in the Sunday edition of the New York Times.

Tennessee, Gatlinburg -   Winter Ski Fest  -  The BIGGEST Ski Trip In The South-East... There is only one Winter Ski Fest.

Tennessee, Memphis -   International Blues Challenge  -  International Blues Challenge will feature Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.



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California, Long Beach -   Aquarium of the Pacific Event  -   The festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more.

California, Long Beach -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   Held at the Long Beach Arena. Long Beach Ca. (310) 515-3322

California, Los Angelas -   Pan African Film Festival -   The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation in Los Angeles, California that states its goal to promote "cultural understanding among peoples of African descent" through exhibiting art and film. It hosts a film festival and an arts festival in Los Angeles in February of each year. The Los Angeles Times in 2013 called the film festival "the largest black film festival" in the United States.

California, Mammoth -   Mammoth BlackOut  -   Party on Mammoth Mountain with over 600 professionals from across the country at California's premier winter resort.


Mammoth BlackOut Urban Professional Ski Weekend - Fellas on West Coast Ski Trip




California, Oakland -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   The Annual Ragga Muffins Festival. The Fox Theater, Oakland.

California, Pasadena -   The NAACP Image Awards  -   An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. The award ceremony was first presented in 1967 and was first nationally televised in 1994 on the Fox Network. The first live broadcast of the event, also on the Fox Network, occurred in 2007 for its 38th edition (up until 2007, the ceremony had been broadcast with tape delay) and the annual ceremonies usually take place in or around the Los Angeles, United States area, in February or early March. The 44th edition aired on NBC.

California, San Diego -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   The Annual Ragga Muffins Festival. Valley View Casino Center.

California, San Francisco -   Black Choreographers Festival -   Honoring the Legacy & Celebrating the Next Generation is theme of the Annual Black Choreographers Festival.

DC, Washington -   DC Fashion Week  -   DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February & September. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK (DCFW) was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation's capital as a center of international fashion.

Florida, Boca Raton -   Black Enterprise Women Of Power Summit  -  Gain access to and learn from industry leaders about how to optimize your potential for professional advancement. Participate in interactive workshops and sessions that examine corporate trends, leadership and management skills, and small business issues.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   Sistrunk Historical Festival  -   Sistrunk Historical Festival is a cultural organization that celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent. The organization is named in honor of Dr. James Sistrunk, one of the first African-American Physicians in Broward County.

Georgia, Conyers -   Black Heritage Art Show -   The Black Heritage Art Show is the largest African American celebratory event held in the Mid-Atlantic region in February.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Black Heritage Art Show  -   Features original works by African American artists from across the nation.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Charlotte African American Festival -   The festival will include gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and hip- hop artist, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a marching band competition, speakers, vendors, special awards and recognitions and much more.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Charlotte Black Film Festival -   The Goals of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to: Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding, Promote and display works that express the African-American experience.

North Carolina, Durham -   Hayti Heritage Film Festival -   SJHF is dedicated to advancing cultural understanding through diverse programs that examine the experiences of Americans of African descent — locally, nationally and globally.

South Carolina, Charleston -   Lowcountry Blues Bash -  14 days, 25 venues, 59 acts, 100 shows.

South Carolina, Hopkins -   Annual Strong Threads African American Festival -   The ever popular STRONG THREADS event is a unique opportunity to celebrate and educate the community through entertainment about their African American History, the people, and the rich heritage of Lower Richland County.

South Carolina, North Charleston -   Charleston Blues Festival -   2013 will feature Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters, TK Soul, Latimore, Theodis Ealey, and The Klass Band.

South Carolina, Savannah -   Savannah Black Heritage Festival -   Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Memphis Black Expo  -  The goal of the Memphis Black Expo is to address the needs of the community by serving as a catalyst to improve conditions in the African-American community by creating a family-oriented environment that celebrates, empowers and cultivates the community including small businesses, nonprofits, community based organizations and corporations.



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California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

California, San Jose -   San Jose Winterfest Music Festival -  The “cool” counterpart to our wildly popular Summer Fest, our winter jazz festival features a genre-busting mix of young artists taking jazz beyond the expected.

Florida, Miami -   Ultra Music Festival -  Ultra Music Festival Miami is the world's premiere electronic music festival. It is like the Olympics for electronic dance music (EDM)


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Florida, Miami Gardens -   Jazz in the Gardens -   A stellar line-up, great exotic foods, affordable ticket prices and amazing weather. Miami Gardens, Florida.

Georgia, Atlanta -   National Black Arts Festival  -   A celebration of culture.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Comedy Festival  -   The nations premier bi-annual progressive & urban comedy showcase.

Georgia, Savannah -   Savannah Music Festival -   SMF gives attendees a chance to hit the dance floor with four dance parties - Cuban, Cajun, Funk, and Zydeco music - scheduled throughout the festival.

Louisiana, Lake Charles-   Black Heritage Festival -   Mouthwatering food, terrific music and great family fun.

Michigan, Southfield -   Annual I'm Every Woman Expo -  All women, regardless of their race, age, or social class, will have the opportunity to experience what our exhibitors, attendees, speakers, sponsors, and committees experience.

Mississippi, Greenwood -   The Mississippi Blues Fest  -  The Mississippi Blues Fest is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving blues music in the birthplace of the art form - the Mississippi Delta. Each March and October the concert draws blues lovers from all over the world.

New York, Brooklyn -   Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival -   New York Citys longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to classic jazz.

North Carolina, Wilmington -   North Carolina Black Film Festival -   Celebrating years of fine film.

Pennsylvania, Reading -   Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest -   One of the largest jazz festivals in the U.S., including over 130 scheduled events!

South Carolina, Charleston-   Charleston Black Expo -   Taste of Black Expo. South



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Baltimore Brings Big Musical Talent to Light City During US’ First Large-Scale Light + Innovation Festival

Baltimore Large-Scale Light  Innovation Festival


Baltimore, MD (February 2016) – Light City Baltimore is a festival of light, music and innovation. The inaugural event will light up Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from March 28 – April 3 with art, music, performances, and an innovation conference.

Central to the event, will be the 1.5-mile BGE Light Art Walk, with 50 illuminated experiences and art installations, musical performances, street theater and concerts, all free and open to the public. The event will kick off with the Light City Lantern Parade coordinated by the Creative Alliance on March 28 at 7 p.m., beginning at the Maryland Science Center Maryland Science Center and following the BGE Light Art Walk. Each night, from 7 – 11 p.m., Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will come to life with light art installations, interactive activities for the whole family, and concerts and performances. The festival will be open until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Concert headliners include:

· Dan Deacon, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· DJ Jazzy Jeff, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Robert DeLong, Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10:45 p.m.
· TT The Artist, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Rob Garza, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· DJ Spank Rock, Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Thomas Dolby, Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10 p.m.

Strolling along the BGE Light Art Walk, festival–goers can enjoy 28 lighted art installations on the Inner Harbor Promenade, floating in the harbor waters and projected on area buildings. Colorful illuminated projects include: Diamond Light Baltimore by Cheon Kroiz collaborative of Baltimore, comprised of 15 diamond-shaped structures; Peacock by Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller of Baltimore, a 20-foot tall light automated peacock; The Pool by Jen Lewin of Colorado, interactive giant circular pads of light; and Voyage by Aether & Hemera of England, a rainbow colored flotilla of lighted “paper” boats in the harbor.

Other installations include thought- provoking works such as Water Will Be Here by Eric Corriel of New York, an interactive projection about rising sea levels; Walking in the Light of a History, a collaboration between Paul Rucker and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum chronicling the history of the slave trade in Baltimore; and Luminous Intervention of Baltimore, which uses animation, images, etc. to chronicle social concerns such as education, police violence and housing issues.

Families can visit Mini Light City in Pierce’s Park for hands-on, illuminated craft activities in a youth makers’ tent, whimsical snacks such as lighted cotton candy and children’s entertainers including magician David London, Baltimore Dance Crews Project and Baltimore Free Hoops School. The park is home to an interactive sound garden by artist David Hess. Located near Pier 5, Mini Light City is open nightly from 7pm-9pm with an extended hour on Saturday until 10pm.

Along with the festival, Light City U will be the site of a series of four innovation conferences exploring the theme of “powering social change” at Light City Baltimore.

Light City U is a series of seminars focused on four key themes: sustainability, social innovation, creativity, and health. Each of the subject areas will be discussed in a conference setting featuring thought leaders and speakers from Baltimore and across the country. All conferences, with the exception of Creative Innovation, will be held at the Columbus Center. Creative Innovation will be held at City Garage, an innovation hub planned for entrepreneurs and startup companies, and owned by Sagamore Development — a real estate firm owned by Kevin Plank.

“Baltimore is the perfect location for Light City U, at a time when the entire nation is engaged in a dialogue about social justice and change,” said Brooke Hall, founding partner, Light City Baltimore. “Baltimore has long been a city of innovation, and was even recently acknowledged by Inc. as a hub for tech startups. That recognition is just a starting point. Light City Baltimore will establish Baltimore as home to entrepreneurs, thinkers, business leaders and artists who have the same goal – to stay in constant, forward motion, building and improving on the foundation of the past, and dedicated to using the arts and technology as agents for social change.”

Innovators and change-makers including co-founder of AOL Steve Case, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, Alex Laskey, founder of OPower, Design Matters’ Debbie Millman, Wes Moore and Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will join thought leaders across the Sustainability, Health, Creative, and Social innovation fields during Light City U to tackle the complicated issue of how to become a more responsible and equitable society.

Baltimore Gas & Electric is the lead founding partner of Light City Baltimore and the major sponsor of the Sustainability Innovation conference. CEO Calvin G. Butler, Jr. said of their involvement, “energy and sustainability are central to any conversation around the issues facing America -- particularly urban areas. It is important to bring thought leaders together. This conference will provide a stage for discussion around energy and sustainability as key factors to create a fair and equitable society.”

For more information on Light City Baltimore, visit www.lightcity.org or call 410-752-8632. Stay connected via Facebook: Light City Baltimore, Twitter: @LightCityBmore and Instagram: LightCityBmore.

Scholarships to Light City U are available for those who should be a part of this conference, but cannot afford a ticket. Applications are open at www.lightcity.org/scholarship.

About Light City Baltimore
Light City Baltimore is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The event is sponsored by Leading Founding Partner: BGE; Founding Partners: Visit Baltimore and What Works Studio; Government Partners: City of Baltimore and Maryland Department of Commerce; Leadership Partners: Abell Foundation, Brown Advisory, Kaiser Permanente, Whiting-Turner Construction Company; Major Sponsors: Baltimore Development Corporation and PNC Bank; Official Sponsors: Constellation, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Loyola University Maryland, M&T Bank, Meyerhoff Family Charitble Funds, Maryland Institute College of Art, Transamerica, UMBC, Under Armour; and Festival Sponsors: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore Ravens, Caves Valley Partners, Ellin & Tucker, Generosity, Inc., ICF International, Johns Hopkins University (President’s Office and Office of Technology Ventures), Lifebridge Health, and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

About Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts (BOPA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large- scale events such as Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.


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Alabama, Mobile -   Mobile Crawfish Festival  -  Eating Tails & Slurping Heads inside the waterfront crawfish festival located in Mobile Bay. The Ragin Cajun Crawfish Festival is a fun summer family destination.

Arizona, Litchfield Park -   Arizona Jazz Festival  -  Arizona Jazz Festival April at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. A great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite Smooth Jazz artists. This Smooth Jazz Festival is star studded and should not be missed!

Arizona, Glendale -   Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival  -  Glendale’s award-winning Jazz & Blues Festival will feature an equally phenomenal lineup of headlining acts when music takes center stage in downtown Glendale.

California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

D.C., Washington -   African American Family Celebration -  The event is open to all, come join us for a day of fun, learning and celebration.

D.C., Washington -   Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival -   Celebrates 25 Years of World Class Jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. A hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time.

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Delaware Black Expo  -  A FREE day-long event for the entire family will feature entertainment by local artists and fun-filled activities for the kids while spotlighting the products & services of African American businesses and organizations.

Florida, Jacksonville -   Jacksonville Jazz Festival  -   The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held every April and is the second-largest jazz festival in the nation. Springing the Blues is a free outdoor blues festival held in Jacksonville Beach.

Florida, Tampa -   The Tampa Bay Blues Festival  -   The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is one of the world’s finest blues music events, staged in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival  -   The Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, delivering Cinema in True Colour. Audiences can expect to be entertained and moved by films that showcase a plethora of untold stories.

Louisiana, Baton Rouge -   Baton Rouge Blues Festival -   The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest blues festivals in America.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   French Quarter Festival  -   FQFI is a nonprofit corporation supported by the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. All French Quarter festivals are free and include the French Quarter Festival, Christmas New Orleans Style, and the Satchmo SummerFest.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  -   This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration.

Mississippi, Clarksdale -   Juke Joint Festival -   Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates our past AND living history by presenting over 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend.

Mississippi, Vicksburg -   Alcorn State University Jazz Festival  -   The Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is a masterpiece rich in tradition and talent.

Nevada, Henderson -   The Indie Music Fest -   A unique and special event, with a special element of celebration for the indie artist.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz/Rhythm & Blues Festival  -   The spirit of your festival is in Las Vegas and doing well.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Annual Best Bachelorette Auction  -   100% of the proceeds of this event to benefit Children affected by Domestic Violence.

Ohio, Cleveland -   Tri-C JazzFest  -   Tri-C JazzFest is the largest music festival in Ohio, and the largest educational jazz festival in the country.

South Carolina, Kiawah Island -   Blues by the Sea -   Enjoy a full spring afternoon and evening of blue-chip blues by some of today?s finest artists at Freshfields Village on beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival  -   Africa In April Cultural Awarenss Festival during the month of April designed to celebrate the arts, history, culture, and diversity of the African Diaspora.

Texas, Austin -   Austin Reggae Festival -   A celebration that brings together incredible music, tasty foods, arts & crafts, plus premium people-watching.

Texas, Houston -   Houston International Festival -   The Houston International Festival is an annual event that celebrates diversity and allows you to learn about different cultures. Check out the culture being celebrated this year!

Washington, Seattle -   Langston Hughes — African American Film Festival  -   This annual event provides provocative films from independent Black filmmakers and works about the African American experience.


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(BPRW) Prudential Financial Presents The First Annual My Sister’s Keeper Expo April 16, 2016 At The San Francisco Marriott Marquis

This Bay Area Women’s Empowerment Event Will Feature The Legendary Rapper and Entrepreneur, MC Lyte, as Keynote Speaker, PLUS Dynamic Local and National Panelists Discussing Topics Ranging From Entrepreneurship to Beauty.

(Black PR Wire) Oakland, California: The first annual My Sister’s Keeper Expo presented by Prudential Financial launches April 16, 2016 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis- 780 Mission Street. Produced by CEO Tina Brown of Tina Brown Productions, this dynamic women’s empowerment event will focus on Entrepreneurship, Financial Wellness, and Health & Beauty. Guests can expect a vendor tradeshow and panel discussions including a keynote address by legendary rapper and entrepreneur, MC Lyte. Tickets are available now: www.MySistersKeeperExpo.com

Other notable speakers include CentricTV executive Michele Thornton, Egami Consulting Group CEO Teneshia J. Warner, BOSSpreneur Becky A. Davis, Tee Marie Hanible of FOX’s American Grit, Therapist Briana Moore, Motivational Speaker Valori Thomas, Entrepreneur Frances Nevarez, and Psychologist Dr. Rosche Brown! Bay Area locals will also appreciate the hometown element by hearing from powerhouses: Suga T, Tracie Collins, Nikki Thomas, Tess Drake & Meko White!

“Our long standing to diversity and to women is why we are proud to support the My Sister’s Keeper Expo,” Dorinda Walker, VP of Consumer Strategy & Key Initiatives Multicultural Marketing, Prudential U.S. Business. For Tina Brown, CEO of Tina Brown Productions, this event is a manifestation of a long time vision. “I have had my share of experiences in high profile event production, such as the American Black Film Festival, the BET Awards, and the American Music Awards, but nothing moves me more than the opportunity to serve my community with a needed resource.”

The My Sister’s Keeper Expo invites a diverse group of women to attend, though a heavily African American female audience between the ages of 25-60 years, is expected. African Americans make up roughly 7% of the Bay Area, with a $48,000 median income.

Tina Brown Productions is a multi-faceted full service entertainment company based in San Francisco, California providing Event Management, Concert Promotions, Artist Management, Artist Development, Recording Productions, Film Screenings and Launches.

The First Annual My Sisters Keeper Expo





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Baltimore Brings Big Musical Talent to Light City During US’ First Large-Scale Light + Innovation Festival

Baltimore Large-Scale Light  Innovation Festival


Baltimore, MD (February 2016) – Light City Baltimore is a festival of light, music and innovation. The inaugural event will light up Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from March 28 – April 3 with art, music, performances, and an innovation conference.

Central to the event, will be the 1.5-mile BGE Light Art Walk, with 50 illuminated experiences and art installations, musical performances, street theater and concerts, all free and open to the public. The event will kick off with the Light City Lantern Parade coordinated by the Creative Alliance on March 28 at 7 p.m., beginning at the Maryland Science Center Maryland Science Center and following the BGE Light Art Walk. Each night, from 7 – 11 p.m., Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will come to life with light art installations, interactive activities for the whole family, and concerts and performances. The festival will be open until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Concert headliners include:

· Dan Deacon, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· DJ Jazzy Jeff, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Robert DeLong, Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10:45 p.m.
· TT The Artist, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Rob Garza, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· DJ Spank Rock, Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10 p.m.
· Thomas Dolby, Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10 p.m.

Strolling along the BGE Light Art Walk, festival–goers can enjoy 28 lighted art installations on the Inner Harbor Promenade, floating in the harbor waters and projected on area buildings. Colorful illuminated projects include: Diamond Light Baltimore by Cheon Kroiz collaborative of Baltimore, comprised of 15 diamond-shaped structures; Peacock by Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller of Baltimore, a 20-foot tall light automated peacock; The Pool by Jen Lewin of Colorado, interactive giant circular pads of light; and Voyage by Aether & Hemera of England, a rainbow colored flotilla of lighted “paper” boats in the harbor.

Other installations include thought- provoking works such as Water Will Be Here by Eric Corriel of New York, an interactive projection about rising sea levels; Walking in the Light of a History, a collaboration between Paul Rucker and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum chronicling the history of the slave trade in Baltimore; and Luminous Intervention of Baltimore, which uses animation, images, etc. to chronicle social concerns such as education, police violence and housing issues.

Families can visit Mini Light City in Pierce’s Park for hands-on, illuminated craft activities in a youth makers’ tent, whimsical snacks such as lighted cotton candy and children’s entertainers including magician David London, Baltimore Dance Crews Project and Baltimore Free Hoops School. The park is home to an interactive sound garden by artist David Hess. Located near Pier 5, Mini Light City is open nightly from 7pm-9pm with an extended hour on Saturday until 10pm.

Along with the festival, Light City U will be the site of a series of four innovation conferences exploring the theme of “powering social change” at Light City Baltimore.

Light City U is a series of seminars focused on four key themes: sustainability, social innovation, creativity, and health. Each of the subject areas will be discussed in a conference setting featuring thought leaders and speakers from Baltimore and across the country. All conferences, with the exception of Creative Innovation, will be held at the Columbus Center. Creative Innovation will be held at City Garage, an innovation hub planned for entrepreneurs and startup companies, and owned by Sagamore Development — a real estate firm owned by Kevin Plank.

“Baltimore is the perfect location for Light City U, at a time when the entire nation is engaged in a dialogue about social justice and change,” said Brooke Hall, founding partner, Light City Baltimore. “Baltimore has long been a city of innovation, and was even recently acknowledged by Inc. as a hub for tech startups. That recognition is just a starting point. Light City Baltimore will establish Baltimore as home to entrepreneurs, thinkers, business leaders and artists who have the same goal – to stay in constant, forward motion, building and improving on the foundation of the past, and dedicated to using the arts and technology as agents for social change.”

Innovators and change-makers including co-founder of AOL Steve Case, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, Alex Laskey, founder of OPower, Design Matters’ Debbie Millman, Wes Moore and Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will join thought leaders across the Sustainability, Health, Creative, and Social innovation fields during Light City U to tackle the complicated issue of how to become a more responsible and equitable society.

Baltimore Gas & Electric is the lead founding partner of Light City Baltimore and the major sponsor of the Sustainability Innovation conference. CEO Calvin G. Butler, Jr. said of their involvement, “energy and sustainability are central to any conversation around the issues facing America -- particularly urban areas. It is important to bring thought leaders together. This conference will provide a stage for discussion around energy and sustainability as key factors to create a fair and equitable society.”

For more information on Light City Baltimore, visit www.lightcity.org or call 410-752-8632. Stay connected via Facebook: Light City Baltimore, Twitter: @LightCityBmore and Instagram: LightCityBmore.

Scholarships to Light City U are available for those who should be a part of this conference, but cannot afford a ticket. Applications are open at www.lightcity.org/scholarship.

About Light City Baltimore
Light City Baltimore is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The event is sponsored by Leading Founding Partner: BGE; Founding Partners: Visit Baltimore and What Works Studio; Government Partners: City of Baltimore and Maryland Department of Commerce; Leadership Partners: Abell Foundation, Brown Advisory, Kaiser Permanente, Whiting-Turner Construction Company; Major Sponsors: Baltimore Development Corporation and PNC Bank; Official Sponsors: Constellation, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Loyola University Maryland, M&T Bank, Meyerhoff Family Charitble Funds, Maryland Institute College of Art, Transamerica, UMBC, Under Armour; and Festival Sponsors: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore Ravens, Caves Valley Partners, Ellin & Tucker, Generosity, Inc., ICF International, Johns Hopkins University (President’s Office and Office of Technology Ventures), Lifebridge Health, and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

About Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts (BOPA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large- scale events such as Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.


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The articles on this site are provided as a public service and to be used for information purposes only. BlackCityinfo.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content. Use at your own risk.

No Endorsement:
BlackCityinfo.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. Resources and links included in said articles are only suggested as sources for further exploration, but we cannot vouch for or take responsibility for information contained in these resources. The opinions and views of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackCityinfo.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackCityinfo.com.


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California, Bakersfield -   Bakersfield Jazz Festival  -   An exciting event. With the support of students, faculty, administration and ardent jazz fans in the community, the jazz program at CSUB has grown and flourished.

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Spoleto Festival USA’s Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program

- 40th Season of America’s Premier Performing Arts Festival Takes Place May 27 – June 12 in Charleston, South Carolina -


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Highlights of the 2016 Festival:
First Spoleto Festival USA production of opera Porgy and Bess, directed by David Herskovits with visual design by artist Jonathan Green, featuring Alyson Cambridge and Lester Lynch in the title roles, conducted by Stefan Asbury

World premiere of Grace Notes: Reflections for Now directed by visual artist Carrie Mae Weems featuring music, spoken word, and video projections reflecting on grace and democracy

World premiere of “African romance” Afram ou La Belle Swita by Charleston-born composer Edmund Thornton Jenkins with stage direction by David Herskovits and performed by cast members from Porgy and Bess.

US premiere of opera The Little Match Girl by contemporary German composer Helmut Lachenmann, co-directed by Mark Down and Phelim McDermott, featuring sopranos Heather Buck and Yuko Kakuta, and conducted by John Kennedy

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US premiere of comic baroque opera La Double Coquette by Antoine Dauvergne with revisions by contemporary composer Gérard Pesson performed by early music specialists Ensemble Amarillis US premiere of a new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, directed by Patrick Mason US premiere of Golem by innovative theater company 1927 40th-Season Celebration Concert featuring the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Westminster Choir, artists from the Bank of America Chamber Music series and Wells Fargo Jazz series, and special guests to be held in the newly renovated Charleston Gaillard Center conducted by former Festival Music Director Steven Sloane

Bank of America Chamber Music series led by Geoff Nuttall to feature the St. Lawrence String Quartet in residence for the duration of the Festival and works by 2016 composer-in-residence Osvaldo Golijov The Westminster Choir, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy in the new Charleston Gaillard Center conducted by Joe Miller Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform a 40th-anniversary performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, a chamber orchestra program, and Music in Time concerts in addition to performing in Porgy and Bess, The Little Match Girl, and two Charleston Gaillard Center concerts

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to the Festival, and the Aakash Odedra Company (UK), L.A. Dance Project, Sadler’s Wells’s Havana Rakatan, and choreographer Amy O’Neal’s hip hop work Opposing Forces make their Spoleto Festival USA debuts in the 2016 dance series Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet and René Marie to perform Wells Fargo Jazz series concerts in the Charleston Gaillard Center; jazz series also features singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, pianist Jason Moran and his Fats Waller Dance Party, and The Freddy Cole Quartet Cuban culture celebrated with performances of Havana Rakatan showcasing Cuban dance, and Wells Fargo jazz series concerts by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Bohemian Trio featuring saxophonist Yosvany Terry Special Festival-eve and opening-night concerts by bluegrass luminaries Old Crow Medicine Show in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard on May 26 and 27

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Three critically acclaimed theater productions Ada/Ava, The Gambler’s Guide to Dying, and Every Brilliant Thing to be performed in Charleston following international festival appearances City-wide activities planned around Porgy and Bess to celebrate the production’s origins and history in Charleston including daily walking tours throughout the Festival Wells Fargo Festival Finale held at Middleton Place to feature eight-piece soul band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on June 12

January 4, 2016 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Festival General Director Nigel Redden has announced the program for the 40th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 27 through June 12, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. The 2016 Festival features over 150 performances and events held in 13 venues, including the Festival’s return to the Charleston Gaillard Center that re-opened in October after an extensive three-year renovation.

“For Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th year, we wanted to make the program extraordinary,” says Redden. “Producing our first Porgy and Bess—a work based on Charleston-born DuBose Heyward’s novel, set in Charleston, and about Charleston’s people—was a celebratory choice. It is especially appropriate that this opera will be our first performance in the spectacular new Charleston Gaillard Center. A 1970 production of Porgy and Bess staged in the then-new Gaillard Auditorium is a long-remembered civic event representing unity, pride, and artistic achievement that we hope to emulate. Beyond Porgy and Bess, there is a celebratory feeling throughout the entire program that features the signature Spoleto Festival USA blend of new works and young artists alongside established international visionaries encompassing opera, music, dance, and theater. I hope people will find many reasons to be part of this landmark 40th year.”

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Although a time of celebration for the Festival, June 2016 will also be a time of reflection and remembrance for the city of Charleston. June 17—five days after the Festival ends—will mark the first anniversary of the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street. Several performances will acknowledge the event and commemorate the victims including the world premiere of a multi-media project conceived and directed by acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems called Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. Curated by author and assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University Sarah Lewis, Grace Notes will include music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection posing the question “what is the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy?” and inspired, in part, by President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney. The artists, intellectuals, composers, and musicians include James Newton, Geri Allen, and Craig Harris, along with poet Aja Monet, writer Carl Hancock Rux, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Esai Davis. Grace Notes will be performed Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre. A concert by jazz singer René Marie in the Charleston Gaillard Center on Sunday, May 29 will also acknowledge the tragedy featuring a Spoleto Festival USA-commissioned song “Be the Change” inspired by the community’s response and show of unity.

“Spoleto Festival USA ends just days before the first anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church murders and several artists felt compelled to reflect upon the event and on the times we live in,” says Redden. “As a Festival that has proudly called Charleston home for 40 years, we wanted to provide an outlet for these reactions to demonstrate how art can help people to heal as well as provide an important voice in times when it can be difficult to find words.”

Full details of the 2016 program and an event calendar follow. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00am by phone 843.579.3100 and online at spoletousa.org. A donor pre-sale begins January 5; details can be found online and in the ticket-purchasing information below.

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2016 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OPERA
Porgy and Bess
Charleston-born writer DuBose Heyward’s inspiration for Catfish Row will be brought to life on the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall stage, just blocks from the historical Cabbage Row in this world premiere production of Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin. David Herskovits, artistic director of New York’s Target Margin Theater, and whose 1998 production of Mamba’s Daughters by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward won an OBIE award and sold out at Spoleto Festival USA in 1999, returns to direct this landmark production. Visual Designer Jonathan Green, an internationally acclaimed visual artist, will take audiences on a journey from the streets of the Charleston they know to a Charleston that reveals the roots, strength, and character of South Carolina’s Gullah community, a community in which Green himself grew up and one that inspired George Gershwin when he began composing the opera at Folly Beach in 1934. Noted for his “ravishing, rolling baritone with power to spare” (Opera News), Lester Lynch plays Porgy; soprano Alyson Cambridge, whose performances are “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (The Washington Post), makes her role debut as Bess. Conductor Stefan Asbury leads members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and members of the Charlotte-based Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir in this celebration of Charleston and its people. There will be six performances of Porgy and Bess on May 27, 30, June 1, 3, 8, and 12.

Presented to the community by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Additional support for Porgy and Bess is generously provided by The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Albert Sottile Foundation, The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, and The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc.

During the Festival, Porgy and Bess-themed walking tours of downtown Charleston will be offered daily. Many of the city’s arts and historical organizations will present events related to Porgy and Bess including lecture series presented by the College of Charleston Libraries and the College of Charleston Avery Research Center. The Charleston Museum will present special exhibitions and programs, including displaying the piano Gershwin used at Folly Beach when composing the opera. Details of ancillary events can be found at spoletousa.org. Events and additional details will be added as confirmed.

The Little Match Girl
The well-known Hans Christian Andersen tale of the little match girl depicts a poor girl on a snowy street, lighting matches for a few seconds of fleeting warmth in her final hour. In his opera, German composer Helmut Lachenmann explores the girl’s last moments as she gazes into the flames. Co-Directed by Phelim McDermott (The Metropolitan Opera’s Satyagraha and The Enchanted Island) of award-winning improvised theater makers Improbable, and Mark Down of master-puppeteers Blind Summit Theatre, this US premiere will feature 106 members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra elevated on a platform and encircling the audience to perform the evocative score, full of clicks, crackles, knocks, and hisses, under the baton of Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. Featuring sopranos Heather Buck and Yuko Kakuta, The Little Match Girl departs from traditional performance techniques in order to create a frigid atmosphere—a nearly meteorological effect—both animating the match girl’s world and contemplating the coldness of a society that would let a child freeze. “The sounds are extraordinary, and the dramatic intensity they generate hard to pin down, yet totally absorbing” (The Guardian).

Helmut Lachenmann, who marked his 80th birthday in 2015, will attend the US premiere performance on May 29, and will speak at a Music In Time concert on Friday, May 27.

La Double Coquette
Spoleto Festival USA will present the US premiere of this charming revision of Antoine Dauvergne’s 1753 opéra comique, La Coquette trompée in which contemporary French composer Gérard Pesson’s 32 additions and Pierre Alferi’s cheeky new libretto seamlessly complement the original score. A story about a good-looking, double-crossing cross-dresser who sets out to win her lover back from a young seductress, La Double Coquette is directed by Fanny de Chaillé with spectacular costumes designed by Golden Lion Award-winning French visual artist Annette Messager. Celebrated period musicians Ensemble Amarillis will perform the opera on the Dock Street Theatre stage with sopranos Isabelle Poulenard and Maïlys de Villoutreys, and baritone Robert Getchell.

La Double Coquette is a Spoleto Festival USA co-production with the Festival d’Automne in Paris; the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles; Festival Le French May / Hong Kong; Festival de Sablé; Metz en Scenes - Arsenal; Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; and Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.

THEATER
Dublin’s Gate Theatre makes its 10th appearance at Spoleto Festival USA with a new production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s joyous social satire chronicles the escapades of dashing men-about-town—the irrepressible Algernon Moncrieff and the mannerly John Worthing—and their courtship of the ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are hilariously complicated by the gallants’ deceptions and the interference of Gwendolen’s formidable mother, Lady Bracknell. Boasting what the company’s Artistic Director Michael Colgan calls “a dream cast,” this new production is directed by Patrick Mason and will be performed in the Dock Street Theatre.

Hailed as “a Frankenstein for the 21st century” (The Times, London) Golem is the newest creation from innovative UK-based company 1927. Written and directedby Suzanne Andrade, Golem is loosely based on the Jewish folklore myth about a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him, but is an original story told via 1927’s characteristic blend of live performance and stunning sets brought to life through film, animation, and claymation designed by Paul Barritt. Golem follows the company’s successful productions—and sold-out Spoleto Festival USA shows—The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (2012) and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2008).

Two one-man shows that touch upon themes of death and loss while making you laugh come to Spoleto Festival USA following successful runs at the Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. In Every Brilliant Thing, a man looks back at a list he began as a child to help his depressed mother rediscover joy—a list of “every brilliant thing” worth living for. Performed by Jonny Donahoe and directed by George Perrin as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series, the play has been described as “a piece that demonstrates why life is worth living—you’ll leave feeling elated” (The Scotsman). Meanwhile, in A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, writer and performer Gary McNair recounts the story of his garrulous gambling grandfather whose winning bet on the 1966 World Cup final made him his fortune and forged a family legend. When diagnosed with cancer, his grandfather decided to bet all of his accumulated gambling winnings on living to see the year 2000. Awarded The Scotsman’s Fringe First award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying has been described as “. . . a beautifully written, deceptively simple, warmly comic piece that accumulates layers of meaning through the act of storytelling itself” (The Guardian).

Death also casts a shadow over Ada/Ava by Chicago-based Manual Cinema and directed by Drew Dir. Using shadow puppets, Ada/Ava is the story of twin sisters who have lived their whole lives together until, suddenly, Ava dies. When a traveling carnival comes to town, Ada visits a mirror maze that sends her on a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Featuring three musicians performing an original score live and more than 300 flat paper and acetate puppets manipulated by five puppeteers, and set within a New England gothic landscape, Ada/Ava is described by The New York Times as “. . . an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty. . .”

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DANCE
Two contemporary American companies, a rising star of the UK dance scene, an innovative hip-hop collective, and an internationally acclaimed Cuban show from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre make up the 2016 dance series. The performances encompass a “who’s who” of contemporary choreography, including two works by award-winning Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

On opening weekend, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to Spoleto Festival USA with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music featuring an octet of musicians from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performing live music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The program features Jones’s award-winning “D-Man in the Waters”, “Spent Days Out Yonder”, and “Continuous Replay”, highlighting the exhilaration of musicians and dancers working together. These performances will be held in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre.

Britain’s Aakash Odedra Company makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut with Rising, a program of four solo works performed by Odedra, who is trained in the Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharata Natyam. A testament to the esteem in which he is held, Rising features works choreographed especially for him by three of the world’s finest choreographers—Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, and Russell Maliphant—performed alongside a work of Odedra’s own in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theater at the College of Charleston.

L.A. Dance Project makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut in the Charleston Gaillard Center with a program of three works. New York City Ballet soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s Murder Ballades is based on the American folk tradition of songs about crime. Bright and athletic on the surface, dark undertones slowly creep through, augmented by a score by Bryce Dessner (The National) and visuals by artist Sterling Ruby. In Harbor Me by award-winning Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a trio of dancers explores the role of the harbor as a place of shelter, offering protection, but also as a border that can turn you away. Hearts & Arrows by L.A. Dance Project founder, Paris Opera Ballet director of dance, and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied, is set to Philip Glass’s String Quartet no. 3 and sees eight dancers move through numerous patterns where “everything is unexpected, and everything feels serendipitously right” (The New York Times).

Breakdancing, live beats, and hip hop collide in Opposing Forces created by Seattle-based choreographer, dancer, and educator Amy O’Neal. Five world-class B-Boys—Alfredo “Free” Vergara Jr., Brysen “Just Be” Angeles, Fever One, Michael O’Neal Jr., and Mozes Lateef Saleem—use their distinctive physical language to examine the value systems of race and gender within the environments of battling, commercial dance, contemporary performance, and rap culture performed to an original score by Waylon Dungan, also known as WD4D.

The dance series exuberantly concludes in the Charleston Gaillard Center with Havana Rakatan, which brings salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha, and rumba together for a dazzling display of Cuban passion. Exploring the country’s rich history through dance, Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra’s whirlwind of movement is underpinned by the loose, syncopated rhythms of Cuba’s well-known eight-piece son band Turquino performing live on stage. Havana Rakatan made its hugely successful debut in London, where Time Out London proclaimed it “rip-roaring entertainment.” The show subsequently completed four successful West End runs and has toured the world as one of Sadler’s Wells’s most successful productions.

The 2016 Dance Series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Additional support for the 2016 dance series is provide by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Master classes will be held during the festival with Aakash Odedra, Amy O’Neal, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Janet Wong. Information on participating can be found at spoletousa.org.

MUSIC
40th-Season Celebration Concert
The full Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, musicians from the Bank of America Chamber Music and Wells Fargo Jazz series, as well as other friends—more than 140 strong—come together to celebrate 40 years of music making in the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall on Saturday, May 28. Opening with the overture to Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades—the Festival’s inaugural opera in 1977—the program includes works by composer and Festival Founder Gian Carlo Menotti; Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, performed by Chamber Music Director Geoff Nuttall and series musicians; selections from choral and operatic performances by the Westminster Choir; and the premiere of Blessing the Boats—a new work by Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, as well as a few surprises. Former Festival Music Director Steven Sloane conducts, and Mayor emeritus Joseph P. Riley, whose enthusiasm for Spoleto Festival USA helped make it a reality in Charleston, narrates this four-decade celebration.

Choral Fantasy
In another show of musical force, the Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will combine to present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, as well as Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cité Celeste for piano, winds, and percussion in the Charleston Gaillard Center on Tuesday, June 4, showcasing the acoustics of the renovated hall. Pianist Lori Sims will be featured in the latter two works. The Beethoven works emerged from his “heroic” period, a time when he strayed from classical convention, heading instead toward the lows and highs of struggle and celebration. In the Choral Fantasy, many hear early sketches of the melody made famous in Beethoven’s ninth symphony—full of hope, fraternity, and joy. This concert will be conducted by Director for Choral Activities Joe Miller.

Always in great demand, the Westminster Choir Concerts in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul’s feature a program titled Angel Band. The choir will perform Poulenc’s Messe en Sol Majeur; Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans; and Brahms’s colorful vocal quartet An Die Heimat, along with traditional favorites conducted by Joe Miller, the Festival’s director for choral activities.

The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is comprised of young professional musicians selected anew each year through national auditions and led by the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. The orchestra performs in many capacities, including opera, symphonic, choral, chamber, and contemporary concerts. In addition to the 40th-Season Celebration Concert and Choral Fantasy concerts in the Charleston Gaillard Center, members of the orchestra will perform two programs. The first celebrates the 40th anniversary of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians in Memminger Auditorium on Friday, June 3. A landmark work of the 20th century, this work helped to define the minimalist movement with its revolutionary style. The second concert will feature a chamber orchestra ensemble conducted by Norman Huynh, assistant conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, to demonstrate the youthful virtuosity of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra members and featuring Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes—an expressive work with improvisatory character that features every instrument as a soloist. This concert will be performed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Monday, June 6.

Ninety years after the composer’s untimely death, Spoleto Festival USA proudly presents the world premiere of “African romance” Afram ou La Belle Swita by Charleston-born Edmund Thornton Jenkins. Edmund was the seventh son of Reverend Daniel Jenkins, who, born a slave, founded the Jenkins Orphanage on King Street; the world-renowned Jenkins Orphanage Band accompanied every Broadway performance of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward’s Porgy, the play on which Porgy and Bess was based. Edmund was the Ross Scholar at London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning awards in performance and composition before his premature death in Paris at age 32. Jenkins’s last composition, Afram ou La Belle Swita travels from Africa to the American South, encountering a prince and princess, a lounge lizard, banjos under the moonlight, and possum hunts; he intended this work to be performed by the likes of Florence Mills, the winsome “Queen of Happiness” from the Harlem Renaissance and a member of his coterie of friends. . Reconstructed in what is believed to be its first performance, Afram is a cabaret revue with songs, fox trots, and such evocations of Charleston as “Underneath the Palmettos and Pines.” It will be performed as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series by cast members of Porgy and Bess and special guest performer pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe with stage direction by David Herskovits.

John Kennedy’s Music in Time series features five concerts that explore contemporary music. Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation on Friday, May 27 at the Simons Center Recital Hall gives people the opportunity to hear German composer Helmut Lachenmann, whose opera The Little Match Girl receives its US premiere at the Festival, talk about his philosophies of musical and social engagement. Also on the program will be Lachenmann’s 2008 song cycle Got Lost—a deconstruction of text and sound in which music reflects upon itself in, as he says, “a constantly changing field of sound, reverberation, and movement.” Got Lost will be performed by soprano Yuko Kakuta and pianist Stephen Drury. Ein Kinderspiel and Spoletudes on Saturday, June 4 is a playful program featuring Lachenmann’s Ein Kinderspiel (Child’s Play) for solo piano, played by Renate Rohlfing. Virtuosic musical portraits for musicians who have had a long association with Spoleto Festival USA will be revealed in the premiere of John Kennedy’s Spoletudes. And with his new Verplichtet II, Gleb Kanasevich—a young composer and member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra—creates a tapestry of chamber orchestra dialogue, complete with abstract references to Kanye West and an amplified milkshake. The third Music In Time concert in the Simons Center Serynade With An Automated Sunrise on Tuesday, June 7 continues the celebration of Helmut Lachenmann featuring his piano solo Serynade played by Stephen Drury and closes with Oscar Bettison’s 2014 work for small ensemble, An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell). The Music In Times series also includes two evening concerts presented as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series. Ancient Voices of Children on Wednesday, June 1 is named for George Crumb’s song cycle on texts by Federico García Lorca, considered a contemporary-music classic. The performance features soprano Heather Buck with pianist Stephen Drury and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Sharing the program is Pierre Boulez’s haunting Dialogue de l’ombre double (Dialogue of the Double Shadow) for clarinet and spatial electronics, performed by Gleb Kanasevich. A second Woolfe Street Playhouse concert on Thursday, June 2 called A Maze (With Grace) is named for Thomas Albert’s ode to memory in which the hymn “Amazing Grace” is unfolded note by note. Other new works on the program include Hong-Da Chin’s …the clock is ticking… and Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath performed by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Outside the classical realm, the Festival offers special Festival-eve and opening-night performances by energetic six-piece bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard May 26 and 27. Inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and two-time Grammy-Award winners, Old Crow Medicine Show has won the enthusiastic support of every kind of bluegrass lover since its discovery by folk icon Doc Watson 15 years ago; members Ketch & Critter and friends performed an exciting show at the Festival in 2012.

BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC
Under the direction of violinist Geoff Nuttall, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music, the Bank of America Chamber Music series features 33 concerts of 11 programs performed twice daily in the historic Dock Street Theatre. To celebrate Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th season, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will be in residence for the duration of the Festival, also joined by pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, violinist Benjamin Beilman, oboist James Austin Smith, baritone Tyler Duncan, and many others. Violinist Pamela Frank will make her Festival debut, and Osvaldo Golijov returns to the series as composer in residence. The full program will be announced in April. Known for its party-like atmosphere and ingenious programming, the series is heard beyond Dock Street Theatre, being broadcast nationally and internationally via the popular Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA radio series produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

WELLS FARGO JAZZ
The 2016 program for the Wells Fargo Jazz series illustrates the Festival’s mission to present acclaimed masters alongside rising stars with a stellar array of artists encompassing the rich history of American jazz and, this season, exploring the Afro-Cuban music tradition.

Over opening weekend, May 27 and 28, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will bring their eclectic sound to the College of Charleston Cistern Yard. The winner of multiple Grammy awards, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill inherited a powerful legacy from his father, the legendary Cuban composer and bandleader Chico O’Farrill. Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, he was also deeply influenced by experimental jazz. O’Farrill’s 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra embodies the promise of a lasting bond between Cuba and the United States, invigorated this year by a changed political context—a decision affirmed in O’Farrill’s latest CD title, Cuba: The Conversation Continues that has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Equally drawn to the idea that a blend of traditions would speak to the true voice of the Americas, Cuban musician Yosvany Terry (saxophone and chékere), and his musical friends Orlando Alonso (piano) and Yves Dharamraj (cello) formed the Bohemian Trio in 2013. Together, they intertwine earthy, Afro-Cuban rhythms with sweeping classical melodies, jazz improvisation, and the celebration of Latin dance. The trio will perform six concerts in the Simons Center Recital Hall May 28, May 30, and May 31.

Audiences are invited to find out more about Cuban music and the historic bond between the US and Cuba at a special conversation called “The Conversation Continues: The US, Cuba, and Jazz” with musicians Arturo O’Farrill and Yosvany Terry, and The Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld on May 29.

The Wells Fargo Jazz series continues with two stellar performers and their esteemed ensembles in the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall in the Charleston Gaillard Center. On Sunday, May 29 Festival favorite René Marie, known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness, presents her signature blend of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel with her five-piece band featuring Charleston’s own Quentin Baxter on percussion. On Thursday, June 2 it will be Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet’s turn to take to the Gaillard stage, showcasing the mastery of a pianist and composer who, at almost 90-years old, has lived through much of the music’s history and helped author jazz’s story. Named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2001, Weston is credited with exemplifying a uniquely American art form. Throughout his career, in formats ranging from solo piano to jazz orchestra, Weston has delved more deeply and with more profound insight than any other musician into jazz’s African roots.

Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to the Festival on Friday, June 3 for the first time since her exceptional 2012 debut performing in the Cistern Yard. An artist who has been turning heads since she won the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition in 2010, Salvant brings to the Festival the fruits and success of the last several years, marked by theatrical portrayals, fresh interpretations, and a handful of original compositions—heard on her 2015 Grammy Award-nominated album, For One to Love.

Pianist Jason Moran has made a career—and earned a MacArthur “genius” fellowship—out of digging into storied histories and breaking new ground, whether performing with one of his acclaimed ensembles, leading The Kennedy Center’s jazz program as artistic director, or crafting ingenious new projects. With his Fats Waller Dance Party that takes over the Cistern Yard on Saturday, June 4, Moran—who has lived in Harlem for 20 years—celebrates a sound forged in that neighborhood nearly a century ago. Performing in a spectacular papier-mâché mask of Waller’s head and fronting a raucous band, Moran deconstructs and reimagines Waller’s swinging songbook.

The Wells Fargo Jazz series concludes with a series of intimate performances by The Freddy Cole Quartet, June 8 ? 11. One of the most respected lyrical storytellers in jazz today, Cole was raised in an exceptionally musical family in Chicago, growing up in a home that saw visitors like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He and his three older brothers—Nat King Cole among them—were all musicians taught by their mother; Freddy continued his music education at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music before developing a vast repertoire and flourishing career in Manhattan bistros. Cole now performs with a quartet including bassist Elias Bailey, percussionist Quentin Baxter, and featuring guitarist Randy Napoleon, and has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form.

The popular Wells Fargo Festival Finale brings the 40th season to a close at Middleton Place, a historic plantation and gardens located 14 miles from downtown Charleston. The day includes gourmet picnic fare, a beer garden, and regional bands playing throughout the afternoon. The Festival will conclude with a concert by eight-piece band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats that blends soul and rock and roll and has been hailed as “one of rock’s best new acts” by Rolling Stone.The Festival will conclude­—as it has done for 40 years—with a spectacular fireworks display.

BEHIND THE GARDEN GATEAfter its sold-out success in the past three seasons, the Festival will again collaborate with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy to present Behind the Garden Gate—self-guided tours through 16 of Charleston’s beautiful private gardens, many of which have never been open to the public.

CONVERSATIONS WITH
The Festival continues its Conversations With discussion series—interviews with Festival artists conducted by Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner. This season, the series will feature: Director David Herskovits and Visual Designer Jonathan Green talking about Porgy and Bess; Co-Directors Mark Down and Phelim McDermott on The Little Match Girl; Visual artist and Director Carrie Mae Weems talking about Grace Notes: Reflections for Now; and Music Director Duane Davis and artist Tuffus Zimbabwe talking about Afram ou La Belle Swita. The Porgy and Bess conversation will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston. The others will take place at the Charleston Library Society.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 14 at 10:00am online and by phone 843.579.3100.

For contributors of $100 or more, Spoleto Festival USA is offering a donor pre-sale January 5 ? 13, providing exclusive access to tickets and premium seating for the 2016 season. Access is based on giving levels; more information on the donor pre-sale and how to donate can be found at spoletousa.org.

On-site box office operations will again be located at the Charleston Visitor Center at 375 Meeting Street beginning Monday, March 14. Additionally, Spoleto Festival USA tickets will be available from the Charleston Gaillard Center beginning Monday, May 2.

The Festival offers subscription packages to the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Subscribers choose from three packages—one including all 11 programs, one for six programs, and one for five programs. Subscribers have access to premium seats in a consistent location for every performance. Other benefits include special exchange privileges and early program announcements. To purchase a subscription, contact the patron services manager at 843.720.1114.

Go Spoleto! accommodation and ticket packages are available in partnership with four premium Charleston hotels. For more information, visit spoletousa.org/gospoleto.

Festival gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and used towards performance tickets, merchandise such as Festival posters, or towards a charitable contribution to Spoleto Festival USA. To purchase gift certificates, order online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100.

Spoleto Festival USA is made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

This 2016 season is made possible in part by First Citizens Bank, BMW Manufacturing Co. American Express, The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, City of Charleston, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Albert Sottile Foundation, The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, South State Bank, The Dewberry, The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc, County of Charleston, South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sherman Capital Markets, LLC, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House, Foundation for the Carolinas, Carolinas HealthCare System, SunTrust Bank, Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation, French-American Cultural Exchange, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Charitable Trust, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel.

2016 EVENT CALENDAR May 26–June 12

26 MAY: THURSDAY
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest (preview) DST
9:00pm Old Crow Medicine Show CIS
27 MAY: FRIDAY
12:00pm Opening Ceremonies OPN
1:00pm Chamber I DST
5:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
5:00pm Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation REC
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
7:30pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm Old Crow Medicine Show CIS
28 MAY: SATURDAY
10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4:00pm)
11:00am Chamber I DST
1:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
1:00pm Chamber I DST
3:00pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
3:00pm Conv | Mark Down and Phelim McDermott CLS
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
6:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm 40th-Season Celebration Concert CGC
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
8:30pm 40th-Season Soirée
8:30pm La Double Coquette DST
9:00pm Arturo O’Farrill CIS
29 MAY: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber II DST
1:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
1:00pm Chamber II DST
3:00pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
3:00pm Conv | Jonathan Green and David Herskovits ROB
3:30pm La Double Coquette DST
5:00pm The Conversation Continued REC
7:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm René Marie CGC
7:30pm The Little Match Girl MEM
8:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm Arturo O’Farrill CIS
30 MAY: MONDAY
11:00am Chamber II DST
1:00pm Chamber III DST
3:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
5:00pm Westminster Choir Concert CTL
7:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:30pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
31 MAY: TUESDAY
11:00am Chamber III DST
1:00pm Chamber III DST
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
8:00pm La Double Coquette DST
1 JUNE: WEDNESDAY
11:00am Chamber IV DST
1:00pm Chamber IV DST
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm La Double Coquette DST
9:00pm Ancient Voices of Children WSP
2 JUNE: THURSDAY
11:00am Chamber IV DST
1:00pm Chamber V DST
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
7:00pm Randy Weston CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm A Maze (With Grace) WSP
3 JUNE: FRIDAY
11:00am Chamber V DST
1:00pm Chamber V DST
5:00pm Westminster Choir Concert CTL
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Music for 18 Musicians MEM
9:00pm Cécile McLorin Salvant CIS
4 JUNE: SATURDAY
10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4:00pm)
11:00am Chamber VI DST
1:00pm Chamber VI DST
2:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
5:00pm Ein Kinderspiel and Spoletudes REC
7:00pm Grace Notes SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
9:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
9:00pm Jason Moran CIS
5 JUNE: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber VI DST
1:00pm Chamber VII DST
1:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
3:00pm Conv | Carrie Mae Weems CLS
5:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
5:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
7:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Grace Notes SOT
6 JUNE: MONDAY
11:00am Chamber VII DST
1:00pm Chamber VII DST
3:00pm Conv | Duane Davis CLS
5:00pm Chamber Orchestra Concert STM
7:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
7 JUNE: TUESDAY
11:00am Chamber VIII DST
1:00pm Chamber VIII DST
5:00pm Serynade with an Automated Sunrise REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Choral Fantasy CGC
8 JUNE: WEDNESDAY
11:00am Chamber VIII DST
1:00pm Chamber IX DST
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9 JUNE: THURSDAY
11:00am Chamber IX DST
1:00pm Chamber IX DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
10 JUNE: FRIDAY
11:00am Chamber X DST
1:00pm Chamber X DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:30pm Havana Rakatan CGC
9:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
11 JUNE: SATURDAY
11:00am Chamber X DST
1:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
1:00pm Chamber XI DST
2:00pm Golem SOT
2:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
5:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
12 JUNE: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber XI DST
1:00pm Chamber XI DST
1:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
2:00pm Golem SOT
2:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
3:30pm Festival Finale MID

VENUES

CGC Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St.
CIS College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St.
CLS Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.
CTL Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.
CVC Charleston Visitor Center/Spoleto Festival USA Box Office, 375 Meeting St.
DST Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
GIB Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
MEM Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.
MID Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd.
OPN Opening Ceremonies, City Hall, 80 Broad St.
REC Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.
ROB Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.
SOT College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
STM St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.
WSP Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.



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Alabama, Hoover -   The Preserve Jazz Festival  -  The Preserve Jazz Festival is an early summer, world-class, outdoor jazz festival at The Preserve in beautiful Hoover, Alabama.

Alabama, Huntsville -   Jazz-N-June Festival -  Annual Jazz-N-June Festival takes place in the Huntsville-Tennessee Valley area, June with a variety of activities and artists’ performing some of the Southeast’s best jazz.

Arizona, Tucson -   Tucson Annual Juneteenth Festival -  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Gospel Jubilee celebration.


Hollywood Black Film Festival




California, Healdsburg -   Healdsburg Jazz Festival -   The Healdsburg Jazz Festival continues to promote live performances and education in Jazz in the schools, vineyards and venues in Northern California.

California, Hollywood -   Hollywood Black Film Festival  -   Dubbed "The Black Sundance," the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

California, Hollywood -   H&H Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series  -   Free live jazz under the stars paired with fine wines and cheeses. June-August.

California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

California, Monterey -   Monterey Bay Blues Festival  -   A non-profit supporting students and the arts. Festival features over 100 performers annually.

D.C., Washington -   Capital Jazz Festival Preview  -   It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won't see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival -   A free jazz music festival held annually in June at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware. The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

Florida, Miami -   American Black Film Festival  -   Join us in Miami with live performances, bangin' dj's, actors, actresses, producers, the sexiest women, models, with a host of celebrities, entertainers, superstar athletes from the NBA & NFL.

Florida, Miami -   Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival -   Location: Coconut Grove in Miami Florida, Grand Ave/Douglas Rd (S.W. 37 Avenue) through Margaret Street, in Coconut Grove. Admission: Free to attend.

Florida, Tallahassee -   Florida African Dance Festival  -   A 3-day conference that features internationally renowned artists in dance and drum workshops and an exciting performance concert.

Illinois, Chicago -   Chicago Blues Festival  -   The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event that features 3 glorious days of entertainment by the best blues musicians in the world.

Illinois, Chicago -   Chicago Gospel Music Festival  -   This event is he largest outdoor, free admission event of its kind. 3 days of Gospel entertainment with more than fifty performances.

Illinois, Chicago -   Taste of Chicago  -   Chicago’s tremendous array of culinary delights are located in one place at the ten-day lakefront festival where food choices range from ethnic to exotic to Chicago specialties.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals  -  Celebrate every weekend of the summer with festivals featuring music, food, crafts, dance & live entertainment.

Maryland, Columbia -   Capital Jazz Fest  -  Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest.

Massachusetts, Cambridge -   Cambridge River Festival  -  Join us for this one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. Along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances.

Nevada, Lake Tahoe -   Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival  -  All day/night event. Door open at 1:30pm with music, food, vendors, and more. All Ages. Special kids pricing.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Reggae In The Desert  -  Showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music & the Caribbean lifestyle.

New York, Bronx -   The North Bronx Juneteenth Festival  -   The North Bronx Juneteenth Festival held June at Comras Mall at Bronx Park, Lydig Avenue and Bronx Park East.

New York, New York -   Rhythm & Soul Music Festival  -   Rhythm & Soul Music Festival features primarily independent and unsigned artists with a few headliners. It takes place twice a year-June in NYC and November in Atlanta.

North Carolina, Charleston -   Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival  -   Wear a wonderful costume and dance through the streets of Charleston.

Ohio, Canton -   Canton Blues Fest! -   Boogie woogie your way to Northeast Ohio’s premier Blues Festival for a lineup that’s sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small!

Ohio, Columbus -   Juneteenth Ohio Festival  -   Why is Juneteenth Celebrated? It symbolizes the end of slavery. Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for all Americans -- Freedom.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   ODUNDE Festival  -   ODUNDE attracts UP TO 500,000 people annually and is one of the largest community- based street festivals held in the country.

South Carolina, Greenville -   Greenville Black Expo -   Taste of Black Expo. South

Tennessee, Memphis -   Sisterhood Showcase  -  The Sisterhood Showcase was established to create, promote and facilitate programs which foster health and education for women of color. Sisterhood Showcase offers an experience filled with entertainment, shopping, fashion and beauty, health screenings and informative panels.

Texas, Houston -   National Black Book Festival -   Dozens of authors, thousands of readers all under one roof.

Texas, Linden -   T-Bone Walker Blues Fest -   The festival is a celebration of "The Blues" that brings music lovers together in the birthplace of musical giants – Linden, Texas. Linden is the home of native sons Scott Joplin (Ragtime Jazz), T-Bone Walker, and Don Henley (The Eagles Band). The festival is sanctioned by the Estate of T-Bone Walker and is hosted by his daughter, Bernita Walker.

Virginia, Hampton -   Hampton Jazz Festival  -  The Hampton Jazz Festival has a 3 day exciting lineup of top blues, soul, pop and jazz talent from all over the world.

Washington, Seattle -   Festival Sundiata - African-American Celebration  -   The festival celebrates the arts and educates the community about people of African descent who form a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.



Spoleto Festival USA’s Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program

- 40th Season of America’s Premier Performing Arts Festival Takes Place May 27 – June 12 in Charleston, South Carolina -


Spoleto Festival USA 2016


Highlights of the 2016 Festival:
First Spoleto Festival USA production of opera Porgy and Bess, directed by David Herskovits with visual design by artist Jonathan Green, featuring Alyson Cambridge and Lester Lynch in the title roles, conducted by Stefan Asbury

World premiere of Grace Notes: Reflections for Now directed by visual artist Carrie Mae Weems featuring music, spoken word, and video projections reflecting on grace and democracy

World premiere of “African romance” Afram ou La Belle Swita by Charleston-born composer Edmund Thornton Jenkins with stage direction by David Herskovits and performed by cast members from Porgy and Bess.

US premiere of opera The Little Match Girl by contemporary German composer Helmut Lachenmann, co-directed by Mark Down and Phelim McDermott, featuring sopranos Heather Buck and Yuko Kakuta, and conducted by John Kennedy

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US premiere of comic baroque opera La Double Coquette by Antoine Dauvergne with revisions by contemporary composer Gérard Pesson performed by early music specialists Ensemble Amarillis US premiere of a new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, directed by Patrick Mason US premiere of Golem by innovative theater company 1927 40th-Season Celebration Concert featuring the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Westminster Choir, artists from the Bank of America Chamber Music series and Wells Fargo Jazz series, and special guests to be held in the newly renovated Charleston Gaillard Center conducted by former Festival Music Director Steven Sloane

Bank of America Chamber Music series led by Geoff Nuttall to feature the St. Lawrence String Quartet in residence for the duration of the Festival and works by 2016 composer-in-residence Osvaldo Golijov The Westminster Choir, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy in the new Charleston Gaillard Center conducted by Joe Miller Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform a 40th-anniversary performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, a chamber orchestra program, and Music in Time concerts in addition to performing in Porgy and Bess, The Little Match Girl, and two Charleston Gaillard Center concerts

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to the Festival, and the Aakash Odedra Company (UK), L.A. Dance Project, Sadler’s Wells’s Havana Rakatan, and choreographer Amy O’Neal’s hip hop work Opposing Forces make their Spoleto Festival USA debuts in the 2016 dance series Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet and René Marie to perform Wells Fargo Jazz series concerts in the Charleston Gaillard Center; jazz series also features singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, pianist Jason Moran and his Fats Waller Dance Party, and The Freddy Cole Quartet Cuban culture celebrated with performances of Havana Rakatan showcasing Cuban dance, and Wells Fargo jazz series concerts by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Bohemian Trio featuring saxophonist Yosvany Terry Special Festival-eve and opening-night concerts by bluegrass luminaries Old Crow Medicine Show in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard on May 26 and 27

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Three critically acclaimed theater productions Ada/Ava, The Gambler’s Guide to Dying, and Every Brilliant Thing to be performed in Charleston following international festival appearances City-wide activities planned around Porgy and Bess to celebrate the production’s origins and history in Charleston including daily walking tours throughout the Festival Wells Fargo Festival Finale held at Middleton Place to feature eight-piece soul band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on June 12

January 4, 2016 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Festival General Director Nigel Redden has announced the program for the 40th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 27 through June 12, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. The 2016 Festival features over 150 performances and events held in 13 venues, including the Festival’s return to the Charleston Gaillard Center that re-opened in October after an extensive three-year renovation.

“For Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th year, we wanted to make the program extraordinary,” says Redden. “Producing our first Porgy and Bess—a work based on Charleston-born DuBose Heyward’s novel, set in Charleston, and about Charleston’s people—was a celebratory choice. It is especially appropriate that this opera will be our first performance in the spectacular new Charleston Gaillard Center. A 1970 production of Porgy and Bess staged in the then-new Gaillard Auditorium is a long-remembered civic event representing unity, pride, and artistic achievement that we hope to emulate. Beyond Porgy and Bess, there is a celebratory feeling throughout the entire program that features the signature Spoleto Festival USA blend of new works and young artists alongside established international visionaries encompassing opera, music, dance, and theater. I hope people will find many reasons to be part of this landmark 40th year.”

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Although a time of celebration for the Festival, June 2016 will also be a time of reflection and remembrance for the city of Charleston. June 17—five days after the Festival ends—will mark the first anniversary of the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street. Several performances will acknowledge the event and commemorate the victims including the world premiere of a multi-media project conceived and directed by acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems called Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. Curated by author and assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University Sarah Lewis, Grace Notes will include music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection posing the question “what is the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy?” and inspired, in part, by President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney. The artists, intellectuals, composers, and musicians include James Newton, Geri Allen, and Craig Harris, along with poet Aja Monet, writer Carl Hancock Rux, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Esai Davis. Grace Notes will be performed Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre. A concert by jazz singer René Marie in the Charleston Gaillard Center on Sunday, May 29 will also acknowledge the tragedy featuring a Spoleto Festival USA-commissioned song “Be the Change” inspired by the community’s response and show of unity.

“Spoleto Festival USA ends just days before the first anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church murders and several artists felt compelled to reflect upon the event and on the times we live in,” says Redden. “As a Festival that has proudly called Charleston home for 40 years, we wanted to provide an outlet for these reactions to demonstrate how art can help people to heal as well as provide an important voice in times when it can be difficult to find words.”

Full details of the 2016 program and an event calendar follow. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00am by phone 843.579.3100 and online at spoletousa.org. A donor pre-sale begins January 5; details can be found online and in the ticket-purchasing information below.

Spoleto Festival USA 2016


2016 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OPERA
Porgy and Bess
Charleston-born writer DuBose Heyward’s inspiration for Catfish Row will be brought to life on the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall stage, just blocks from the historical Cabbage Row in this world premiere production of Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin. David Herskovits, artistic director of New York’s Target Margin Theater, and whose 1998 production of Mamba’s Daughters by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward won an OBIE award and sold out at Spoleto Festival USA in 1999, returns to direct this landmark production. Visual Designer Jonathan Green, an internationally acclaimed visual artist, will take audiences on a journey from the streets of the Charleston they know to a Charleston that reveals the roots, strength, and character of South Carolina’s Gullah community, a community in which Green himself grew up and one that inspired George Gershwin when he began composing the opera at Folly Beach in 1934. Noted for his “ravishing, rolling baritone with power to spare” (Opera News), Lester Lynch plays Porgy; soprano Alyson Cambridge, whose performances are “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (The Washington Post), makes her role debut as Bess. Conductor Stefan Asbury leads members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and members of the Charlotte-based Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir in this celebration of Charleston and its people. There will be six performances of Porgy and Bess on May 27, 30, June 1, 3, 8, and 12.

Presented to the community by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Additional support for Porgy and Bess is generously provided by The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Albert Sottile Foundation, The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, and The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc.

During the Festival, Porgy and Bess-themed walking tours of downtown Charleston will be offered daily. Many of the city’s arts and historical organizations will present events related to Porgy and Bess including lecture series presented by the College of Charleston Libraries and the College of Charleston Avery Research Center. The Charleston Museum will present special exhibitions and programs, including displaying the piano Gershwin used at Folly Beach when composing the opera. Details of ancillary events can be found at spoletousa.org. Events and additional details will be added as confirmed.

The Little Match Girl
The well-known Hans Christian Andersen tale of the little match girl depicts a poor girl on a snowy street, lighting matches for a few seconds of fleeting warmth in her final hour. In his opera, German composer Helmut Lachenmann explores the girl’s last moments as she gazes into the flames. Co-Directed by Phelim McDermott (The Metropolitan Opera’s Satyagraha and The Enchanted Island) of award-winning improvised theater makers Improbable, and Mark Down of master-puppeteers Blind Summit Theatre, this US premiere will feature 106 members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra elevated on a platform and encircling the audience to perform the evocative score, full of clicks, crackles, knocks, and hisses, under the baton of Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. Featuring sopranos Heather Buck and Yuko Kakuta, The Little Match Girl departs from traditional performance techniques in order to create a frigid atmosphere—a nearly meteorological effect—both animating the match girl’s world and contemplating the coldness of a society that would let a child freeze. “The sounds are extraordinary, and the dramatic intensity they generate hard to pin down, yet totally absorbing” (The Guardian).

Helmut Lachenmann, who marked his 80th birthday in 2015, will attend the US premiere performance on May 29, and will speak at a Music In Time concert on Friday, May 27.

La Double Coquette
Spoleto Festival USA will present the US premiere of this charming revision of Antoine Dauvergne’s 1753 opéra comique, La Coquette trompée in which contemporary French composer Gérard Pesson’s 32 additions and Pierre Alferi’s cheeky new libretto seamlessly complement the original score. A story about a good-looking, double-crossing cross-dresser who sets out to win her lover back from a young seductress, La Double Coquette is directed by Fanny de Chaillé with spectacular costumes designed by Golden Lion Award-winning French visual artist Annette Messager. Celebrated period musicians Ensemble Amarillis will perform the opera on the Dock Street Theatre stage with sopranos Isabelle Poulenard and Maïlys de Villoutreys, and baritone Robert Getchell.

La Double Coquette is a Spoleto Festival USA co-production with the Festival d’Automne in Paris; the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles; Festival Le French May / Hong Kong; Festival de Sablé; Metz en Scenes - Arsenal; Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; and Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.

THEATER
Dublin’s Gate Theatre makes its 10th appearance at Spoleto Festival USA with a new production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s joyous social satire chronicles the escapades of dashing men-about-town—the irrepressible Algernon Moncrieff and the mannerly John Worthing—and their courtship of the ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are hilariously complicated by the gallants’ deceptions and the interference of Gwendolen’s formidable mother, Lady Bracknell. Boasting what the company’s Artistic Director Michael Colgan calls “a dream cast,” this new production is directed by Patrick Mason and will be performed in the Dock Street Theatre.

Hailed as “a Frankenstein for the 21st century” (The Times, London) Golem is the newest creation from innovative UK-based company 1927. Written and directedby Suzanne Andrade, Golem is loosely based on the Jewish folklore myth about a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him, but is an original story told via 1927’s characteristic blend of live performance and stunning sets brought to life through film, animation, and claymation designed by Paul Barritt. Golem follows the company’s successful productions—and sold-out Spoleto Festival USA shows—The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (2012) and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2008).

Two one-man shows that touch upon themes of death and loss while making you laugh come to Spoleto Festival USA following successful runs at the Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. In Every Brilliant Thing, a man looks back at a list he began as a child to help his depressed mother rediscover joy—a list of “every brilliant thing” worth living for. Performed by Jonny Donahoe and directed by George Perrin as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series, the play has been described as “a piece that demonstrates why life is worth living—you’ll leave feeling elated” (The Scotsman). Meanwhile, in A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, writer and performer Gary McNair recounts the story of his garrulous gambling grandfather whose winning bet on the 1966 World Cup final made him his fortune and forged a family legend. When diagnosed with cancer, his grandfather decided to bet all of his accumulated gambling winnings on living to see the year 2000. Awarded The Scotsman’s Fringe First award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying has been described as “. . . a beautifully written, deceptively simple, warmly comic piece that accumulates layers of meaning through the act of storytelling itself” (The Guardian).

Death also casts a shadow over Ada/Ava by Chicago-based Manual Cinema and directed by Drew Dir. Using shadow puppets, Ada/Ava is the story of twin sisters who have lived their whole lives together until, suddenly, Ava dies. When a traveling carnival comes to town, Ada visits a mirror maze that sends her on a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Featuring three musicians performing an original score live and more than 300 flat paper and acetate puppets manipulated by five puppeteers, and set within a New England gothic landscape, Ada/Ava is described by The New York Times as “. . . an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty. . .”

Spoleto Festival USA 2016


DANCE
Two contemporary American companies, a rising star of the UK dance scene, an innovative hip-hop collective, and an internationally acclaimed Cuban show from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre make up the 2016 dance series. The performances encompass a “who’s who” of contemporary choreography, including two works by award-winning Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

On opening weekend, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to Spoleto Festival USA with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music featuring an octet of musicians from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performing live music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The program features Jones’s award-winning “D-Man in the Waters”, “Spent Days Out Yonder”, and “Continuous Replay”, highlighting the exhilaration of musicians and dancers working together. These performances will be held in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre.

Britain’s Aakash Odedra Company makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut with Rising, a program of four solo works performed by Odedra, who is trained in the Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharata Natyam. A testament to the esteem in which he is held, Rising features works choreographed especially for him by three of the world’s finest choreographers—Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, and Russell Maliphant—performed alongside a work of Odedra’s own in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theater at the College of Charleston.

L.A. Dance Project makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut in the Charleston Gaillard Center with a program of three works. New York City Ballet soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s Murder Ballades is based on the American folk tradition of songs about crime. Bright and athletic on the surface, dark undertones slowly creep through, augmented by a score by Bryce Dessner (The National) and visuals by artist Sterling Ruby. In Harbor Me by award-winning Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a trio of dancers explores the role of the harbor as a place of shelter, offering protection, but also as a border that can turn you away. Hearts & Arrows by L.A. Dance Project founder, Paris Opera Ballet director of dance, and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied, is set to Philip Glass’s String Quartet no. 3 and sees eight dancers move through numerous patterns where “everything is unexpected, and everything feels serendipitously right” (The New York Times).

Breakdancing, live beats, and hip hop collide in Opposing Forces created by Seattle-based choreographer, dancer, and educator Amy O’Neal. Five world-class B-Boys—Alfredo “Free” Vergara Jr., Brysen “Just Be” Angeles, Fever One, Michael O’Neal Jr., and Mozes Lateef Saleem—use their distinctive physical language to examine the value systems of race and gender within the environments of battling, commercial dance, contemporary performance, and rap culture performed to an original score by Waylon Dungan, also known as WD4D.

The dance series exuberantly concludes in the Charleston Gaillard Center with Havana Rakatan, which brings salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha, and rumba together for a dazzling display of Cuban passion. Exploring the country’s rich history through dance, Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra’s whirlwind of movement is underpinned by the loose, syncopated rhythms of Cuba’s well-known eight-piece son band Turquino performing live on stage. Havana Rakatan made its hugely successful debut in London, where Time Out London proclaimed it “rip-roaring entertainment.” The show subsequently completed four successful West End runs and has toured the world as one of Sadler’s Wells’s most successful productions.

The 2016 Dance Series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Additional support for the 2016 dance series is provide by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Master classes will be held during the festival with Aakash Odedra, Amy O’Neal, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Janet Wong. Information on participating can be found at spoletousa.org.

MUSIC
40th-Season Celebration Concert
The full Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, musicians from the Bank of America Chamber Music and Wells Fargo Jazz series, as well as other friends—more than 140 strong—come together to celebrate 40 years of music making in the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall on Saturday, May 28. Opening with the overture to Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades—the Festival’s inaugural opera in 1977—the program includes works by composer and Festival Founder Gian Carlo Menotti; Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, performed by Chamber Music Director Geoff Nuttall and series musicians; selections from choral and operatic performances by the Westminster Choir; and the premiere of Blessing the Boats—a new work by Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, as well as a few surprises. Former Festival Music Director Steven Sloane conducts, and Mayor emeritus Joseph P. Riley, whose enthusiasm for Spoleto Festival USA helped make it a reality in Charleston, narrates this four-decade celebration.

Choral Fantasy
In another show of musical force, the Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will combine to present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, as well as Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cité Celeste for piano, winds, and percussion in the Charleston Gaillard Center on Tuesday, June 4, showcasing the acoustics of the renovated hall. Pianist Lori Sims will be featured in the latter two works. The Beethoven works emerged from his “heroic” period, a time when he strayed from classical convention, heading instead toward the lows and highs of struggle and celebration. In the Choral Fantasy, many hear early sketches of the melody made famous in Beethoven’s ninth symphony—full of hope, fraternity, and joy. This concert will be conducted by Director for Choral Activities Joe Miller.

Always in great demand, the Westminster Choir Concerts in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul’s feature a program titled Angel Band. The choir will perform Poulenc’s Messe en Sol Majeur; Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans; and Brahms’s colorful vocal quartet An Die Heimat, along with traditional favorites conducted by Joe Miller, the Festival’s director for choral activities.

The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is comprised of young professional musicians selected anew each year through national auditions and led by the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. The orchestra performs in many capacities, including opera, symphonic, choral, chamber, and contemporary concerts. In addition to the 40th-Season Celebration Concert and Choral Fantasy concerts in the Charleston Gaillard Center, members of the orchestra will perform two programs. The first celebrates the 40th anniversary of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians in Memminger Auditorium on Friday, June 3. A landmark work of the 20th century, this work helped to define the minimalist movement with its revolutionary style. The second concert will feature a chamber orchestra ensemble conducted by Norman Huynh, assistant conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, to demonstrate the youthful virtuosity of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra members and featuring Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes—an expressive work with improvisatory character that features every instrument as a soloist. This concert will be performed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Monday, June 6.

Ninety years after the composer’s untimely death, Spoleto Festival USA proudly presents the world premiere of “African romance” Afram ou La Belle Swita by Charleston-born Edmund Thornton Jenkins. Edmund was the seventh son of Reverend Daniel Jenkins, who, born a slave, founded the Jenkins Orphanage on King Street; the world-renowned Jenkins Orphanage Band accompanied every Broadway performance of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward’s Porgy, the play on which Porgy and Bess was based. Edmund was the Ross Scholar at London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning awards in performance and composition before his premature death in Paris at age 32. Jenkins’s last composition, Afram ou La Belle Swita travels from Africa to the American South, encountering a prince and princess, a lounge lizard, banjos under the moonlight, and possum hunts; he intended this work to be performed by the likes of Florence Mills, the winsome “Queen of Happiness” from the Harlem Renaissance and a member of his coterie of friends. . Reconstructed in what is believed to be its first performance, Afram is a cabaret revue with songs, fox trots, and such evocations of Charleston as “Underneath the Palmettos and Pines.” It will be performed as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series by cast members of Porgy and Bess and special guest performer pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe with stage direction by David Herskovits.

John Kennedy’s Music in Time series features five concerts that explore contemporary music. Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation on Friday, May 27 at the Simons Center Recital Hall gives people the opportunity to hear German composer Helmut Lachenmann, whose opera The Little Match Girl receives its US premiere at the Festival, talk about his philosophies of musical and social engagement. Also on the program will be Lachenmann’s 2008 song cycle Got Lost—a deconstruction of text and sound in which music reflects upon itself in, as he says, “a constantly changing field of sound, reverberation, and movement.” Got Lost will be performed by soprano Yuko Kakuta and pianist Stephen Drury. Ein Kinderspiel and Spoletudes on Saturday, June 4 is a playful program featuring Lachenmann’s Ein Kinderspiel (Child’s Play) for solo piano, played by Renate Rohlfing. Virtuosic musical portraits for musicians who have had a long association with Spoleto Festival USA will be revealed in the premiere of John Kennedy’s Spoletudes. And with his new Verplichtet II, Gleb Kanasevich—a young composer and member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra—creates a tapestry of chamber orchestra dialogue, complete with abstract references to Kanye West and an amplified milkshake. The third Music In Time concert in the Simons Center Serynade With An Automated Sunrise on Tuesday, June 7 continues the celebration of Helmut Lachenmann featuring his piano solo Serynade played by Stephen Drury and closes with Oscar Bettison’s 2014 work for small ensemble, An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell). The Music In Times series also includes two evening concerts presented as part of the American Express Woolfe Street Series. Ancient Voices of Children on Wednesday, June 1 is named for George Crumb’s song cycle on texts by Federico García Lorca, considered a contemporary-music classic. The performance features soprano Heather Buck with pianist Stephen Drury and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Sharing the program is Pierre Boulez’s haunting Dialogue de l’ombre double (Dialogue of the Double Shadow) for clarinet and spatial electronics, performed by Gleb Kanasevich. A second Woolfe Street Playhouse concert on Thursday, June 2 called A Maze (With Grace) is named for Thomas Albert’s ode to memory in which the hymn “Amazing Grace” is unfolded note by note. Other new works on the program include Hong-Da Chin’s …the clock is ticking… and Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath performed by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Outside the classical realm, the Festival offers special Festival-eve and opening-night performances by energetic six-piece bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard May 26 and 27. Inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and two-time Grammy-Award winners, Old Crow Medicine Show has won the enthusiastic support of every kind of bluegrass lover since its discovery by folk icon Doc Watson 15 years ago; members Ketch & Critter and friends performed an exciting show at the Festival in 2012.

BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC
Under the direction of violinist Geoff Nuttall, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music, the Bank of America Chamber Music series features 33 concerts of 11 programs performed twice daily in the historic Dock Street Theatre. To celebrate Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th season, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will be in residence for the duration of the Festival, also joined by pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, violinist Benjamin Beilman, oboist James Austin Smith, baritone Tyler Duncan, and many others. Violinist Pamela Frank will make her Festival debut, and Osvaldo Golijov returns to the series as composer in residence. The full program will be announced in April. Known for its party-like atmosphere and ingenious programming, the series is heard beyond Dock Street Theatre, being broadcast nationally and internationally via the popular Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA radio series produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

WELLS FARGO JAZZ
The 2016 program for the Wells Fargo Jazz series illustrates the Festival’s mission to present acclaimed masters alongside rising stars with a stellar array of artists encompassing the rich history of American jazz and, this season, exploring the Afro-Cuban music tradition.

Over opening weekend, May 27 and 28, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will bring their eclectic sound to the College of Charleston Cistern Yard. The winner of multiple Grammy awards, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill inherited a powerful legacy from his father, the legendary Cuban composer and bandleader Chico O’Farrill. Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, he was also deeply influenced by experimental jazz. O’Farrill’s 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra embodies the promise of a lasting bond between Cuba and the United States, invigorated this year by a changed political context—a decision affirmed in O’Farrill’s latest CD title, Cuba: The Conversation Continues that has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Equally drawn to the idea that a blend of traditions would speak to the true voice of the Americas, Cuban musician Yosvany Terry (saxophone and chékere), and his musical friends Orlando Alonso (piano) and Yves Dharamraj (cello) formed the Bohemian Trio in 2013. Together, they intertwine earthy, Afro-Cuban rhythms with sweeping classical melodies, jazz improvisation, and the celebration of Latin dance. The trio will perform six concerts in the Simons Center Recital Hall May 28, May 30, and May 31.

Audiences are invited to find out more about Cuban music and the historic bond between the US and Cuba at a special conversation called “The Conversation Continues: The US, Cuba, and Jazz” with musicians Arturo O’Farrill and Yosvany Terry, and The Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld on May 29.

The Wells Fargo Jazz series continues with two stellar performers and their esteemed ensembles in the new Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall in the Charleston Gaillard Center. On Sunday, May 29 Festival favorite René Marie, known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness, presents her signature blend of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel with her five-piece band featuring Charleston’s own Quentin Baxter on percussion. On Thursday, June 2 it will be Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet’s turn to take to the Gaillard stage, showcasing the mastery of a pianist and composer who, at almost 90-years old, has lived through much of the music’s history and helped author jazz’s story. Named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2001, Weston is credited with exemplifying a uniquely American art form. Throughout his career, in formats ranging from solo piano to jazz orchestra, Weston has delved more deeply and with more profound insight than any other musician into jazz’s African roots.

Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to the Festival on Friday, June 3 for the first time since her exceptional 2012 debut performing in the Cistern Yard. An artist who has been turning heads since she won the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition in 2010, Salvant brings to the Festival the fruits and success of the last several years, marked by theatrical portrayals, fresh interpretations, and a handful of original compositions—heard on her 2015 Grammy Award-nominated album, For One to Love.

Pianist Jason Moran has made a career—and earned a MacArthur “genius” fellowship—out of digging into storied histories and breaking new ground, whether performing with one of his acclaimed ensembles, leading The Kennedy Center’s jazz program as artistic director, or crafting ingenious new projects. With his Fats Waller Dance Party that takes over the Cistern Yard on Saturday, June 4, Moran—who has lived in Harlem for 20 years—celebrates a sound forged in that neighborhood nearly a century ago. Performing in a spectacular papier-mâché mask of Waller’s head and fronting a raucous band, Moran deconstructs and reimagines Waller’s swinging songbook.

The Wells Fargo Jazz series concludes with a series of intimate performances by The Freddy Cole Quartet, June 8 ? 11. One of the most respected lyrical storytellers in jazz today, Cole was raised in an exceptionally musical family in Chicago, growing up in a home that saw visitors like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He and his three older brothers—Nat King Cole among them—were all musicians taught by their mother; Freddy continued his music education at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music before developing a vast repertoire and flourishing career in Manhattan bistros. Cole now performs with a quartet including bassist Elias Bailey, percussionist Quentin Baxter, and featuring guitarist Randy Napoleon, and has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form.

The popular Wells Fargo Festival Finale brings the 40th season to a close at Middleton Place, a historic plantation and gardens located 14 miles from downtown Charleston. The day includes gourmet picnic fare, a beer garden, and regional bands playing throughout the afternoon. The Festival will conclude with a concert by eight-piece band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats that blends soul and rock and roll and has been hailed as “one of rock’s best new acts” by Rolling Stone.The Festival will conclude­—as it has done for 40 years—with a spectacular fireworks display.

BEHIND THE GARDEN GATEAfter its sold-out success in the past three seasons, the Festival will again collaborate with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy to present Behind the Garden Gate—self-guided tours through 16 of Charleston’s beautiful private gardens, many of which have never been open to the public.

CONVERSATIONS WITH
The Festival continues its Conversations With discussion series—interviews with Festival artists conducted by Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner. This season, the series will feature: Director David Herskovits and Visual Designer Jonathan Green talking about Porgy and Bess; Co-Directors Mark Down and Phelim McDermott on The Little Match Girl; Visual artist and Director Carrie Mae Weems talking about Grace Notes: Reflections for Now; and Music Director Duane Davis and artist Tuffus Zimbabwe talking about Afram ou La Belle Swita. The Porgy and Bess conversation will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston. The others will take place at the Charleston Library Society.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 14 at 10:00am online and by phone 843.579.3100.

For contributors of $100 or more, Spoleto Festival USA is offering a donor pre-sale January 5 ? 13, providing exclusive access to tickets and premium seating for the 2016 season. Access is based on giving levels; more information on the donor pre-sale and how to donate can be found at spoletousa.org.

On-site box office operations will again be located at the Charleston Visitor Center at 375 Meeting Street beginning Monday, March 14. Additionally, Spoleto Festival USA tickets will be available from the Charleston Gaillard Center beginning Monday, May 2.

The Festival offers subscription packages to the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Subscribers choose from three packages—one including all 11 programs, one for six programs, and one for five programs. Subscribers have access to premium seats in a consistent location for every performance. Other benefits include special exchange privileges and early program announcements. To purchase a subscription, contact the patron services manager at 843.720.1114.

Go Spoleto! accommodation and ticket packages are available in partnership with four premium Charleston hotels. For more information, visit spoletousa.org/gospoleto.

Festival gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and used towards performance tickets, merchandise such as Festival posters, or towards a charitable contribution to Spoleto Festival USA. To purchase gift certificates, order online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100.

Spoleto Festival USA is made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

This 2016 season is made possible in part by First Citizens Bank, BMW Manufacturing Co. American Express, The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, City of Charleston, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Albert Sottile Foundation, The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, South State Bank, The Dewberry, The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc, County of Charleston, South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sherman Capital Markets, LLC, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House, Foundation for the Carolinas, Carolinas HealthCare System, SunTrust Bank, Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation, French-American Cultural Exchange, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Charitable Trust, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel.

2016 EVENT CALENDAR May 26–June 12

26 MAY: THURSDAY
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest (preview) DST
9:00pm Old Crow Medicine Show CIS
27 MAY: FRIDAY
12:00pm Opening Ceremonies OPN
1:00pm Chamber I DST
5:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
5:00pm Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation REC
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
7:30pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm Old Crow Medicine Show CIS
28 MAY: SATURDAY
10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4:00pm)
11:00am Chamber I DST
1:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
1:00pm Chamber I DST
3:00pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
3:00pm Conv | Mark Down and Phelim McDermott CLS
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
6:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm 40th-Season Celebration Concert CGC
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
8:30pm 40th-Season Soirée
8:30pm La Double Coquette DST
9:00pm Arturo O’Farrill CIS
29 MAY: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber II DST
1:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
1:00pm Chamber II DST
3:00pm Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company SOT
3:00pm Conv | Jonathan Green and David Herskovits ROB
3:30pm La Double Coquette DST
5:00pm The Conversation Continued REC
7:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm René Marie CGC
7:30pm The Little Match Girl MEM
8:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm Arturo O’Farrill CIS
30 MAY: MONDAY
11:00am Chamber II DST
1:00pm Chamber III DST
3:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
5:00pm Westminster Choir Concert CTL
7:00pm Ada/Ava ROB
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:30pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
31 MAY: TUESDAY
11:00am Chamber III DST
1:00pm Chamber III DST
5:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:00pm Bohemian Trio REC
7:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
8:00pm La Double Coquette DST
1 JUNE: WEDNESDAY
11:00am Chamber IV DST
1:00pm Chamber IV DST
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm La Double Coquette DST
9:00pm Ancient Voices of Children WSP
2 JUNE: THURSDAY
11:00am Chamber IV DST
1:00pm Chamber V DST
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
7:00pm Randy Weston CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9:00pm A Maze (With Grace) WSP
3 JUNE: FRIDAY
11:00am Chamber V DST
1:00pm Chamber V DST
5:00pm Westminster Choir Concert CTL
6:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Music for 18 Musicians MEM
9:00pm Cécile McLorin Salvant CIS
4 JUNE: SATURDAY
10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4:00pm)
11:00am Chamber VI DST
1:00pm Chamber VI DST
2:00pm The Little Match Girl MEM
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
5:00pm Ein Kinderspiel and Spoletudes REC
7:00pm Grace Notes SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
9:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
9:00pm Jason Moran CIS
5 JUNE: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber VI DST
1:00pm Chamber VII DST
1:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
3:00pm Conv | Carrie Mae Weems CLS
5:00pm Aakash Odedra Company ROB
5:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
7:00pm L.A. Dance Project CGC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Grace Notes SOT
6 JUNE: MONDAY
11:00am Chamber VII DST
1:00pm Chamber VII DST
3:00pm Conv | Duane Davis CLS
5:00pm Chamber Orchestra Concert STM
7:00pm Afram ou La Belle Swita WSP
7 JUNE: TUESDAY
11:00am Chamber VIII DST
1:00pm Chamber VIII DST
5:00pm Serynade with an Automated Sunrise REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Choral Fantasy CGC
8 JUNE: WEDNESDAY
11:00am Chamber VIII DST
1:00pm Chamber IX DST
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
8:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
9 JUNE: THURSDAY
11:00am Chamber IX DST
1:00pm Chamber IX DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
10 JUNE: FRIDAY
11:00am Chamber X DST
1:00pm Chamber X DST
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
6:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
6:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:30pm Havana Rakatan CGC
9:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
11 JUNE: SATURDAY
11:00am Chamber X DST
1:00pm A Gambler’s Guide to Dying ROB
1:00pm Chamber XI DST
2:00pm Golem SOT
2:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
5:00pm Every Brilliant Thing WSP
5:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
5:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
7:00pm The Freddy Cole Quartet REC
7:00pm Havana Rakatan CGC
8:00pm Golem SOT
8:00pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
12 JUNE: SUNDAY
11:00am Chamber XI DST
1:00pm Chamber XI DST
1:00pm Opposing Forces MEM
2:00pm Golem SOT
2:00pm Porgy and Bess CGC
3:30pm The Importance of Being Earnest DST
3:30pm Festival Finale MID

VENUES

CGC Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St.
CIS College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St.
CLS Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.
CTL Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.
CVC Charleston Visitor Center/Spoleto Festival USA Box Office, 375 Meeting St.
DST Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
GIB Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
MEM Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.
MID Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd.
OPN Opening Ceremonies, City Hall, 80 Broad St.
REC Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.
ROB Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.
SOT College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
STM St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.
WSP Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.



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Alabama, Florence -   W.C. Handy Music Festival  -  Area restaurants offer live music most nights, and artists often perform in Wilson Park or along streets downtown.

California, Hayward -   Hayward Russell City Blues Festival -   If you even mildly like Blues music, you will enjoy this event! There are so many talented artists involved!! It is a joy to watch!

California, Oakland -   Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo Tour -   Bill Picket rodeo in Oakland California.


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California, Oakland -   The Oakland Jazz Festival  -  A day-long-music festival at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estates featuring live performances by some of the top Jazz and R&B artists in the industry.

California, Palm Springs -   Party In Palm Springs Celebration  -  This Party In Palm Springs Celebration is for sexy, and single professionals over the age of 27.

California, San Francisco -   Fillmore Jazz Festival  -   The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast. Vendors, several stages with hot cultural music, good eats and alot of friendly people.

Colorado, Denver -   Colorado Black Arts Festival  -   Presenting the best of visual and performing arts to celebrate its Annual Festival in the month of July in historic Denver City Park West. Learn of the wonderful artistic contributions African Americans have contributed to American culture. This green, affordable, and family oriented event that is free and open to the public.

Florida, Miami Beach -   Miami TakeOver!  -  Former NBA great Alonzo Mourning Celebrity Weekend event, and don't miss the "All White South Beach Parties."

Georgia, Atlanta -   FunkJazz Kafé Festival  -  The FunkJazz Kafé is a multi-faceted arts and music festival. A “special interest” mixture of style and substance linking fashion, virtual and visual arts, food, wellness, dance, spoken word, new media, bazaar vending and interactive suites with our favorite main ingredient: Music.

Georgia, Atlanta -   National Black Arts Festival  -  International marketplace resource for information.

Georgia, Decatur -   Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Music Festival -  The family-fun event will fuse and celebrate Left Eye's original style and eclectic taste in music, fashion, food and fun.

Illinois, Chicago -   The Pitchfork Music Festival  -   Experience big headliners at this Chicago summer staple event. Held in the Windy City.

Illinois, Chicago -   Taste of Chicago  -   Experience the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community, complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family.

Illinois, Chicago -   West Fest  -   Colorful, eclectic and lively event. West Fest is a two-day party that offers continuous high quality entertainment for kids, parents, young singles, and even pets.

Indiana, Indianapolis -   Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration  -   The largest African American cultural event in our nation. Expect more than 300,000 people to attend.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Essence Music Festival  -   The Essence Music Festival, known as "the party with a purpose," is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women.

Maine, Rockland -   North Atlantic Blues Festival  -  Held each summer at the public landing in Rockland, Maine.

Maryland, Baltimore -   African American Heritage Festival  -   Celebrating the culture, history, heritage and the arts of African American accomplishments.

Michigan, Lansing -   An Evening of Smooth Jazz  -   The annual summer music event takes place on the last Friday in July. Previous performers include Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Tim Bowman, the Al McKenzie Trio, Penny Wells, The Miller Group, 496 West, Straight Ahead, Charles and Gwen Scales with Modern Tribe, Smooth for Notes, Impulse.

Minnesota, Duluth -   Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival  -   A celebration of world music representing Africa, Cuba, England, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad, US, and more!

Minnesota, St. Paul -   Rondo Avenue, Inc. Festival  -   Recognizing The Past, Honoring The Present & Soaring Into The Future!!!

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Urban Hangover -  Urban Hangover is the "official" national meet-up for urban professionals! It's a annual upscale getaway! It is designed for cosmopolitan professionals who enjoy life entertainment, suave venues, fun group travel, gambling and networking.

New Jersey, Newark -   Afro American Music Festival -   A 3-day cultural event featuring world class musicians and comedians, in Newark, New Jersey’s beautiful Vailsburg Park.

New York, Brooklyn -   Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival  -   Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.

New York, Brooklyn -   The International African Arts Festival -   The theme for the festival is Serudj Ta - To Replenish; To Make Well.

New York, Lewiston -   Lewiston Jazz Project  -   Classic jazz repertoire, swing and modern jazz, accompanied by guest artists and student musicians.

Ohio, Columbus -   Jazz and Rib Fest  -   The Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus will celebrate in July at the downtown riverfront in Columbus!

Ohio, Toledo -   Toledo African American Festival -   The festival offers two days of entertainment including national recording artists, local talent, vendors, rides and activities for the kids, along with health information and screenings. It is truly a family affair.

Oregon, Portland -   Waterfront Blues Festival  -   The Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization. The festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   Global Fusion Festival  -   A week-long celebration attracting nearly 30,000 attendees. The festival holds true to its "global fusion" name with a perfect combination of Caribbean, Hispanic, African, African-American and Asian cultural performers for visitors and residents to experience, all on one stage.

Tennessee, Nashville -   The International Black Film Festival  -  Includes critically acclaimed independent and studio features, documentaries and short films.There will also be a Q&A session for select films with directors, producers and/or cast members, as well as exclusive sneak peeks of films that will be screened at this year's festival in October.

Texas, Arlington -   Face of Africa Pageant -   Face of Africa Pageant showcases Cultural Art, Beauty & Awareness.

Texas, Houston -   Houston CaribFest -   Houston CaribFest is your one-stop for Caribbean entertainment in the Greater Houston area.

Virginia, Charlottesville -   African-American Cultural Arts Festival  -   From it's beginning in July 1989, this festival celebrates the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world.

Virginia, Norfolk -   Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival -  Jazz lovers are anticipating an exciting return of the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival. Chill to the sounds of smooth jazz in the serene setting along the water at Town Point Park with some of the great names in Jazz.

Virginia, Norfolk -   AT&T Reggae Solstice  -   This cultural celebration brings dance and music listening together to create a peaceful and positive atmosphere along the Elizabeth River. The AT&T Reggae Solstice is free and open to the public and promises to be the perfect way to celebrate the summer.



 


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- We are thrilled to announce the first round of artists performing at JazzFest West on July 16 & 17 at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.

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For 20 years, JazzFest West has created a festival environment like none other! Two alternating stages of music featuring a mix of contemporary jazz, classic R&B and soul music - and this year's lineup is our hottest yet.

For those who purchased tickets already, we thank you for your support. And now that the lineup is here - grab your tickets and mark the calendar! -


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Alabama, Eutaw -   Black Belt Folk Roots Festival  -  Unique celebration which brings together craft persons, musicians, dancers, storytellers, food specialist, artists and community workers--all of whom are considered bearers of the traditions and folkways of the West Alabama region. Held the fourth Sat. in Aug.

California, Long Beach -   Long Beach Jazz Festival  -  Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting.

California, Oakland -   Art & Soul Festival  -  Live rock, blues, jazz, gospel and more on five concert stages. 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. (3 day event)

California, San Francisco -   San Francisco Street Food Festival  -  La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival brings all of the best food (and music) in the Bay Area to one street, once a year, to celebrate the talent, the taste and the entrepreneurial spirit of people who make a living doing what they love to do.

California, San Jose -   San Jose Jazz Festival  -  Over 1000 jazz artists and 100,000 jazz music lovers converging on San Jose for a weekend of musical diversity, tradition, and innovation.

DC, Washington -   DC Blues Festival  -  Guitar / Vocal / Harmonica Workshops ~ Musical Instrument Petting Zoo ~ Family-Friendly Fun. (always Labor Day Saturday)

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Riverfront Blues Festival  -  The Riverfront Blues Festival is a 3 day, outdoor music festival held on the riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Pan African Film Festival -   The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation that states its goal to promote "cultural understanding among peoples of African descent" through exhibiting art and film. It hosts a film festival and an arts festival in Atlanta in August of each year. It will be a star-studded night in Atlanta. The largest black film festival in the United States.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Peachtree Village International Film Festival  -  Since 2006, the Peachtree Village International Film Festival has successfully served as a platform for up and coming filmmakers, producers, and entertainers, by directly connecting them to some of the world’s most influential filmmakers, producers, and distribution companies.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The International Soul Music Summit  -  The largest music conference in the world dedicated to the independent soul gerne. Major Networking Opportunities with mainstream, emerging and independent soul artist, retailers, tastemakers, consumers and executives.

Idaho, Boise -   Boise Soul Food Festival  -  Popularized in the 1960s, the term soul food refers to a distinctive, traditional southern style of cooking. Make plans to attend the Boise Soul Food Extravaganza.

Illinois, Chicago -   African Festival of the Arts  -   The AFA is a series of festivals within a festival built around African culture: art, music, dance, history and current interests and pursuits.

Illinois, Chicago -   The Black Women's Expo  -  Over 2 days in August, McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, becomes a mecca for Black women seeking to empower, to educate, to improve and celebrate their lives and the lives of their families.

Indiana, Michigan City -   Smooth Jazz At South Shore  -  Smooth Jazz At South Shore is one of the premier music festivals in the Midwest.

Indiana, South Bend -   South Bend Reggae/World Music Festival  -  Live music events to raise money for The Pangani Foundation, Inc.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Annual Satchmo Summerfest  -  Satchmo SummerFest – the premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Massachusetts, Boston -   Boston Carnival Village -   BostonCarnivalVillage.com is your connection to Boston's Trinidad-style carnival. Experience the excitement of donning a costume and dancing to intoxicating Soca and Steel-Band music on the streets of Boston; and savor culinary treasures prepared by some of the Caribbean’s finest.

Massachusetts, Springfield -   Stone SOUL Festival  -  The entertainment includes gospel, jazz, R&B, and dance. Sunday “Praise In The Park” begins at 10:00 am.

Michigan, Detroit -   Detroit Jazz Festival  -   The International Freedom Festival, Jazz Fest was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment.

Minnesota, Duluth -   Bayfront Blues Festival -  One of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest held at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.

Minnesota, Minneapolis -   Afrifest Annual Pan African Summer Festival  -  An Annual Pan African Summer Festival in the Twin Cities, MN. Festival Motto: "Enlightenment, Diversity, and Unity."

Mississippi, Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Shelby & Greenwood -   Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival  -  Celebrating Mississippi's great jazz legacy, takes place in the Mississippi Delta on Labor Day weekend.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Steve Harvey's Ford Hoodie Awards  -   A grand annual celebration with thrills, laughs, unpredictable moments, live entertainment, and more. Honoring the nation's best neighborhood leaders, educators, churches, and local businesses for their service.

New Jersey, Atlantic City -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival  -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival, promises to be better than ever! For two days, fans will experience tickle your funny bone fanfare, gut busting jokes and hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the world’s most noted, critically acclaimed mainstream comedians.

North Carolina, Raleigh and Wake County -   The African American Cultural Festival -  The Festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina, Winston-Salem -   National Black Theatre Festival  -  The National Black Theatre Festival is held biennially in the City of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. The festival has attracted more than 500,000 tourist to the city since it was established. Black Theatre is for everyone!

Pennsylvania, Bethlehem -   Musikfest -  Musikfest is a music festival that has been held each August in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA since 1984. The festival begins on the first Friday in August and ends on Sunday ten days later.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   BlackStar Film Festival -  The BlackStar Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Philadelphia—a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.

Tennessee, Johnson City -   Umoja Festival -  With an annual attendance of more than 30,000 people, the Umoja Festival brings in people from East Tennessee and across the region to celebrate African American culture, diversity and the acceptance and education of other cultures.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Annual Tri-State Blues Festival  -  Held at Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center).

Texas, Dallas -   Dallas Black Expo -  The Dallas Black Expo Team mission is for the expo is to cultivate prosperity among African American communities and businesses through education, empowerment, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

West Virginia, Charleston -   Multifest -   Multifest is a free, educational family oriented event highlighting cultural diversity.

West Virginia, Sandstone -   Simply Jazz and Blues Festival  -  The festival itself will take place at the scenic “Drift” located on the majestic New River. Other music venues in the area will be hosting live jazz and blues and of course there are plenty of outdoor activities and attractions in the area to help you plan a great vacation full of music and fun.



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California, Guerneville -   Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival  -  Get ready for another awesome weekend filled with jazz, blues, dancing, wine tasting and lounging in the river.

California, Marin City -   Annual Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party in the Park  -  A free community concert, great music, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, classic car show, kids zone.

California, Monterey -   Monterey Jazz Festival -  Over 500 top name jazz artists performing on 9 stages spread over 20 acres of the Festivals magnificent Monterey fairgrounds site.

California, San Francisco -   The Polk Street Blues Festival -  The Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas, and much more. The only free blues event in San Francisco.

DC, Washington -   Black Family Reunion Celebration  -  This multi-cultural, family focused festival attracts up to 250,000 people. It is a unique opportunity for you to display your organization’s programs, services, and activities to the thousands of African Americans and others.

DC, Washington -   DC Fashion Week  -   DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February & September. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK (DCFW) was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation's capital as a center of international fashion.

Florida, Orlando -   Tom Joyner Family Reunion  -   It's our annual celebration of family fun this Labor Day Weekend, August - September in Orlando, Florida!

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Comedy Festival  -   The nations premier bi-annual progressive & urban comedy showcase.

Georgia, Savannah -   Savannah Jazz Festival  -   Jazz is America’s truly original art form. Remember, the Savannah Jazz Festival is free and open to all!

Illinois, Chicago -   African Festival of the Arts -  Creating and keeping the culture. Enjoy clothing, jewelry that is handmade, soul food, and more.

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Kansas, Wichita -   Wichita Black Arts Festival  -  Reconnect with roots, or enjoy art on display, with food and music floating in the air. All people are welcome; it’s an all-Wichita festival showcasing the cultural vibrancy of the African-American community.

Kentucky, Lexington -   Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival -  The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs, has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Maryland, Baltimore -   African American Culture Festival  -   The Festival serves as a vehicle to showcase Baltimore County communities and its residents.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Cadillac Parade and Royal Theatre Reunion Parade & Festival  -  Good music, and witness the traditional Cadillac Parade.

Massachusetts, Cambridge -   Cambridge Carnival International -  Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. This free festival is considered a Cambridge Institution, and is the largest festival in Cambridge, with thousands of attendees.

Mississippi, Greenville -   Mississippi Delta Blues Festival  -  The purpose of the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is to reach a worldwide audience with a celebration of the contributions the Mississippi Delta Blues culture has made to the American story - and to help preserve that culture.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Las Vegas Jazz Festival  -   Join us for a great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite R&B and Smooth Jazz artists.

New Jersey, Atlantic City -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival  -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival, promises to be better than ever! For two days, fans will experience tickle your funny bone fanfare, gut busting jokes and hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the world’s most noted, critically acclaimed mainstream comedians.

New York, Albany -   Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival  -  Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is one of the area’s premier free, family events.

New York, Harlem -   African American Day Parade  -  Showcase of positive Black achievements. The largest Black parade in America.

North Carolina, Raleigh -   African American Cultural Festival  -  The African American Cultural Festival in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County is proud to present a family friendly celebration of African American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh.

South Carolina, Charleston -   MOJA Arts Festival  -   A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Black Writers And Book Clubs Literacy Festival  -  The BWABC Literacy Festival will be held September 19-20, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cook Convention Center. It will be hosted by nationally acclaimed author, Shelia E. Lipsey. It is a free event to the public and to book clubs. The purpose of the festival is to unite authors and readers while promoting literacy within the community.

Tennessee, Nashville -   Nashville's African Street Festival  -  Committed to celebrating and connecting the extensions of Africa to America by way of education, arts, business, family and community.

Washington, Seattle -   Bumbershoot - Seattle's Music & Arts Festival  -  There will be music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, visual, performance, and literary arts, and more!



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Alabama, Mobile -   Mobile Alabama Black Rodeo  -  Cowboys ride wildly wrenching bulls, wrestles steers to the dirt with headlocks and cowgirls guide their horses tightly around barrels.

Arizona, Phoenix -   Arizona Jazz Festival  -  Arizona Jazz Festival at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Join us for a great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite R&B and Smooth Jazz artists! This music festival is star studded and should not be missed! Get your tickets today and join us in beautiful Arizona!

Arkansas, West Helena -   Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival  -  Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in October, formerly known as King Biscuit Blues Festival. This Delta blues festival is the largest blues festival in the nation!

California, Los Angeles -   South African Arts Festival  -   The inaugural SAAF will showcase seven South African films and seven musical artists representing the diversity of the South African experience at free events over two days.

California, Los Angeles -   Taste of Soul Festival  -   Taste of Soul is FREE and so are all the performances! Just be sure to bring plenty of spending money for all the great FOOD and get to the stages early to see your favorite performers!

California, Mountain View -   Silicon Valley African Film Festival -   The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), the world’s high-tech capital will once again become a lens for experiencing the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa.

California, San Diego -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise  -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise is proud to present The Greatest Party at Sea West Coast Edition and even prouder to present this amazing lineup of hosts, stars and special guests.

Delaware, Rehoboth -   Rehoboth Jazz Festival  -  The greatest Jazz Festival in the world. Plus there will be many local resturants and bars, in both Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, offering great entertainment.

Florida, Daytona Beach -   Daytona Beach Blues Festival -  The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach. The festival features nationally known artists, up and coming blues artists, and draws blues lovers from all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Florida, Jacksonville -   Black Expo South -  Gospel Sensations, R&B Artist, Business Opportunities, Best Selling Author, Actors, Political Analyst and more!

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival  -  A world class, self-producing festival established to create and expand opportunities for performing artists from around the world to showcase their works in Atlanta. Our prime aim is to promote diversity in theatre and the performing arts. Join hundreds of artists and thousands theatre lovers for this HUGE celebration!

Louisiana, Vidalia -   Vidalia Riverfront Blues Festival -  The Vidalia, LA Riverfront Amphitheater explodes with it’s BIGGEST musical event EVER...and you want to be there! Join us for a day filled with music, food, and fun for the entire family!

Mississippi, Greenwood -   The Mississippi Blues Fest  -  The Mississippi Blues Fest is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving blues music in the birthplace of the art form - the Mississippi Delta. Each March and October the concert draws blues lovers from all over the world.

Mississippi, Jackson -   Tommy Johnson Blues Festival -  Held at 201 E. Pascagoula Street Downtown - Jackson, MS. Fun for all!

Missouri, Kansas City -   Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise  -  The World's Only Fully Chartered Blues Cruise | Music Cruise Blues Festival.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   October Gallery Art Expo -   Three day weekend of art, music & great food in downtown Mt Airy, Philadelphia, PA. Features 200 arts and crafts exhibitors / vendors.

South Carolina, Camden -   Carolina Downhome Blues Festival  -   Experience downhome blues in downtown Camden, South Carolina.

South Carolina, Charleston -   MOJA Arts Festival  -   A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

Texas, Houston -   Good Karma Reggae Festival -  Spreading awareness of Reggae Music, Love, and Peace & Unity.



The Circle of Sisters Expo is a two day expo designed to unite and celebrate women of color. Last year the expo had one of the biggest attendances with over 50,000+ attendees. This event is designed for friends and families across all generations to come and enjoy stimulating seminars with both famous and expert panelists in their fields, shop with our unique vendors, listen to live broadcasts and exceptional live concerts in our events hall.



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California, Los Angeles -   Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational -   Baseball & Sports Legends Ready to Hit the Links in Los Angeles in Support of the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise  -   The Jazz Cruise With Soul!

Florida, Gainesville -   Downtown Festival & Art Show  -   A juried fine arts festival featuring 250 artists, three stages of entertainment & a children's free hands on art activity area.

Florida, Miami -   Afrikin Fest -  Afrikin Fest, an African inspired food and music festival will be held from November 18-20, 2016. The weekend-long event will feature the ingenuity, economic and social opportunity of the world’s fastest growing region – Africa. In addition to a first-rate culinary experience and top tier musical acts, the festival will celebrate the accomplishments of influencers and innovators from the African diaspora.

Florida, Miami -   Annual Florida Entertainment Summit  -  Florida Entertainment Summit, fashion, film, politics and music.


Annual Florida Entertainment Summit




Georgia, Atlanta -   BronzeLens Film Festival  -  Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Rhythm & Soul Awards  -  Awards will be given to the most celebrated independent and well known singers, bands and DJs along with homages to a legend, a pioneer and a best new artist.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Bayou Bacchanal -  Bayou Bacchanal is the Caribbean festival of New Orleans hosted by Friends of Culture.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Bayou Blues Fest -  Annual event held at UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA.

Louisiana, Shreveport -   Highland Jazz & Blues Festival -  This annual festival is a gift to the community from the Highland Area Partnership doing business as the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival. There will be 5-1/2 hours of non-stop jazz and blues on two stages.

Mississippi, Jackson -   Annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival -  Held at the The Planetarium.

Missouri, Kansas City -   Kansas City Expo -  Community service organization devoted to diverse and inclusive community growth, economic empowerment. Held at Bartle Hall Convention Center.

Virginia, Hampton -   Hampton Blues Festival -  Hampton Coliseum is pleased to announce the return of the Annual Hampton Blues Festival. Come celebrate the heritage of Blues at Hampton Coliseum.



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Arizona, Phoenix -   Phoenix Urban Expo  -  The FREE event is open to the public – bringing together families, seniors and youth with businesses interested in building a better Arizona through cultural connections.

Florida, Miami -   Annual Florida Entertainment Summit  -  Florida Entertainment Summit, fashion, film, politics and music.

Mississippi, Clarksdale -   D-Master's Annual Holiday Blues Show -  Held at the Coahoma County Expo Center.

Texas, Houston -   Brown Sugar Beauti® Expo -  Houston’s top beauty vendors and sponsors, including hair salons and boutiques, makeup artists, a nail salon, aestheticians and massage therapists will exhibit their beautifying products and services. Guests will enjoy complimentary lite bites, manicures, massages, waxing, makeup and hair consultations, and giveaways – and will indulge in the signature Brown Sugar Beauti® Beauty Goodie Buffet.

Texas, Houston -   Natural Hair Festival -  Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival is a community event dedicated to natural hair and health care professionals and students seeking education and fellowship.



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Germany, Tübingen -   International African Festival  -  The annual extravanganza takes place in July. The popular Ngoma Africa band will be among many acts expected to thrill fans. The band, followed by millions worldwide, is famous for driving audience crazy with “Extraordinary Rhythm” Bongo dance from East Africa.http://www.ngoma-africa.com/



Barbados Gospelfest 2013
Celebrating 21 Years!






Kingston Jamaica -   The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival  -  The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual event and traditionally has been a 3 day music festival held the last weekend of January. It encompasses a range of music genres, including jazz, R&B, blues, Latin, Reggae, Soca, and various types of musical fusion. In 2010, the Festival was extended to 7 days and was hosted at different venues starting in Kingston, Jamaica, continuing in various hotels in Montego Bay, and culminating with three days at its new home, the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

World Wide -   Festival Archive  -  Festival info from around the globe.


United Kingdom -   Mischief Festival  -  Mischief is a small grass roots festival, built by a diverse collective of individuals from across the UK. This interesting and eclectic mix of individuals shows throughout, with a noticeably assorted blend of music genres, activities and audience members.


Nationally -   Natural Hair Care Expo -  Locate the nearest Natural Hair Care Expo near you! Tour dates.
































































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