Wednesday Folk Traditions Line Up 2017


June 7th

"The Art of Steele": A Blues Tribute in Memory of Art Steele

Art Steele was the sound engineer and backbone to the Wednesday Folk Traditions series for over thirty years. This performance features powerhouse vocalist Evelyn Harris with Billy Arnold, John Mason, and Dave Picchi in tribute to Art Steele and his enormous contributions to the Wednesday Folk Traditions.

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June 14th

Viva Quetzal

Viva Quetzal play a myriad of genres from World to Afro-Andean to Latin to Jazz Fusion. An astonishing array of exotic and familiar instruments and folkloric themescreate a link between the rain forests of Central and South America, the carnivals of Brazil, the high plateaus of the Andes, and the urban barrios of Latin America and the United States.

“…more than eclectic or rhythmic, it's spiritual, it's all cultures existing as one. That's universal music!”- Rafael Charres, Cashbox Magazine (NYC)

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June 21st

ReBelle

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An intergenerational and intercultural ensemble, ReBelle perform inspirational and meditative original Roots reggae in four languages: Wolof, Creole, French and English. Mystical chants mix with pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar and tight harmonies.

“Multilingual, multinational and multi-talented succinctly describes ReBelle.”- Dub Missive

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June 28th

Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville  

The legendary Grammy winning saxophone virtuoso, Charles Neville, known as “The Horn Man” joins the Grammy nominated Senegalese Master Kora player, Youssoupha Sidibe, combining New Orleans with Reggae and ancient African Harp styles. 

"The rippling, and…percussive, arrangements with the kora are like rocks in a stream, with Neville's fluid and melodic saxophone like water flowing over and around…” - Beth Peerless - The Monterey County Herald

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July 12th

Amherst Area Gospel Choir

7th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance

 

7th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance featuring the Amherst Area Gospel Choir who continue Boyer’s tradition of bringing gospel to all with a compilation of songs deriving from slave spirituals, African Diaspora, Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band hits, Boyer’s original music, and contemporary pieces. Our 36 th annual Gospel performance.

The Amherst Area Gospel Choir continues Boyer’s tradition of bringing gospel to all with a compilation of songs deriving from slave spirituals, the African Diaspora, Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band hits, Boyer’s original music, and contemporary pieces. Our 36th annual Gospel performance!


July 19th

Zikina

Zikina, led by Uganda native Gideon Ampeire, play an exciting fusion of Ugandan folk music with contemporary influences,  highlighting originality with a traditional past.  Ampeire draws you in with traditional East African instruments including enanga, adungu, and kalimba - all of which he builds himself.  Gideon's vocals can cut powerfully through the fabric or float lightly above. The group weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures. Zikina features Gideon Ampeire, enanga, adungu, kalimba, vocals, Mike Cardozo, guitar, and Roston Kirk, bass.


July 26th

Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Layaali perform traditional music of the Arab world preserving the rich legacy of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, haunting rhythms, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, and electrifying percussion.  

“The music of Layaali moves the soul and stirs the spirit.  A combination of tradition, activism, and pride.”  - Jeff Mendez, The Palestine Center, Washington, D.C.