Grounds for Celebration Festival
Chopteeth, Alex Brown Trio, Ron Holloway Band, The Wharf Rats, Live!, Dirty Grass Players, Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Letitia VanSant, Hambone
Sat, April 22, 2017
Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm
Chrysalis-Merriweather Park@Symphony Woods
This event is all ages
Attention: Parking at MPP for 2017 has Changed! All ticketholders NEED to pre-select parking (or decline parking) once tickets have been bought. Once you’ve completed your ticket transaction, you’ll receive an email with link to select your parking. Please do so in advance so you have a parking lot ticket when you arrive for the show.
Note to ridesharers, walkers, bussers, carpoolers & cyclists: If you have made other transportation arrangements, there's no need to select parking.
Please click HERE to view your parking options for this showhttp://www.merriweathermusic.com/event/1458512/
The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970's Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.Chopteeth's sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages.
Chopteeth, the "Crazy Fools of Afrobeat", called for rhythmic regime change on the band's award-winnnig 2008 debut CD, with its dynamic original songs. And in 2010, the band's live CD unleashed the power of Africa's Golden Age, featuring choice selections from Ghana, Senegal, Congo, Guinea, and Nigeria.
Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of eight Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (four times).
Chopteeth can be seen regularly at top venues in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Virginia, including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian, The Music Center at Strathmore, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, The 9:30 Club, The Black Cat, Blues Alley, Rock & Roll Hotel, The State Theatre, Iota and The 8x10 Club.
The band also performs frequently at major festivals in the area, such as Artscape, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The National Capitol Bar-B-Que Battle, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Adams Morgan Day Festival, and many others.
Chopteeth has performed at shows with critically acclaimed world music, soul and jazz-funk groups including Aaron Neville, Gov't Mule, Chuck Brown, War, Grupo Fantasma, Konono No. 1, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Derek Trucks Band, Soulive, Greyboy Allstars, Toubab Krewe, The Iguanas and more.
In addition to touring with D’Rivera, Alex Brown performs regularly as the leader of his own jazz ensemble. “There are those who only play what audiences like,” says Alex. “Then there are those who only play what they want. I’m drawn to music that has complexity but that anyone can enjoy.” Classical, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, Afro- Caribbean and Brazilian styles all co-mingle – naturally and infectiously – in Brown’s music, reflecting his unique path, and the continued evolution of the genre.
Alex Brown’s appearances have included some of the worlds top jazz venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland and the Blue Note in New York (and Tokyo), Blues Alley in Washington DC, and Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. His festival appearances include the Heineken Jazz Festival, Israel’s Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival, and the Curacao Jazz Festival. In addition, he teaches and has led master classes at such institutions as the University of Panama.
Over the years, he has been a member of an eclectic roster of groups, including; The Warren Haynes Band, the Susan Tedeschi Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Gil Scott-Heron & Amnesia Express and Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band!
Since 2014, however, audiences have been filling venues to hear Holloway's latest project: A high energy, sax-driven funk machine called The Ron Holloway Band!
In the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, renowned jazz critic Ira Gitler describes Ron Holloway as "a bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B, and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling." While true, this only begins to touch upon the versatility of the tenor saxophonist! The quest for complete expression has been a hallmark of Ron Holloway's music from the beginning.
Holloway combines passion and a broad dynamic range to generate an exciting and distinctive sound...Like [Sonny] Rollins, Holloway strives to push the tenor sax beyond the limits of its dynamic range. He notes that the instrument was originally designed to play a range of two and a half octaves. By using special fingering techniques, Holloway can hit registers spanning almost five octaves. Holloway demonstrates his extraordinary range while maintaining precise control over a melody. As Holloway hits the highest register, Dr. [Billy] Taylor remarks, "That's amazing to me". -- NPR.org
Ron proudly endorses Theo Wanne products and is the recipient of no less than forty-two Washington Area Music Awards, two of them for Musician of the Year. "Among the many things I would like to do, is reflect the entire history of the tenor saxophone in my playing. The saxophone is a relatively young instrument but what an illustrious legacy it already has. There's much to be done!"
I will have Sam Guthridge with me on harmonies, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. All of my first and second calls for the rest of the band are booked that night, unfortunately. I can keep asking around but if you need to know right now, then we'll just be a duo.
Chrysalis-Merriweather Park@Symphony Woods
10431 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD, 21044