October 9-13, 2017 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Levine Center for The Arts
550 S Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Free lunchtime performances at Levine Center For The Arts. Grab your lunch at one of the food trucks from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday’s Featured Performer: The Kevin Jones Experience
The Kevin Jones Experience consists of a variety of musical combinations all featuring vocal stylist Kevin Jones; who has been thrilling audiences in for decades. Kevin has enjoyed a music career that spans over three decades and continues to entertain audiences and wow many professional artists he has shared the stage with. Having received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Alabama State University; Kevin’s unique vocal range and professional stage presence has earned him a reputation that continues to grow throughout the region. Kevin has shared the stage with many professional artists such as B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womack, The Commodores Patti Austin, Al Green and too many more to name. Kevin has also worked with some of the best musicians Charlotte has to offer. Through much hard work and diligence, Kevin Jones has established himself as one of the most sought after vocalist in the Charlotte area.
Wednesday’s Featured Performer: Jay Rogers Bluesman
Local blues musician, Jay Rogers Bluesman, has been playing the guitar his entire life. He started by playing gospel music but switched to the blues in 2014 when he meet Buddy Guy in Louisiana. Buddy invited him to his club in Chicago, which is the first time he heard real blues music. Jay knew at that moment that he wanted to be a full-time blues musician. While Jay was in Chicago, Buddy’s guitar player Ric Hall gave him the name Jay Rogers Bluesman. Jay performed at Blumenthal’s Sounds on the Square program this past summer and the audience fell in love with him. Jay is working on his first CD and hopes to have them available at Breakin’ Convention.
Thursday’s Featured Performer: Nicci Canada
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Nicci Canada was destined to sing. Born into a family of vocalists, she has been surrounded by music her entire life. Possessing a unique ability to connect with listeners, she uses her voice as a canvas to showcase the truths of the heart and soul. Her warm, sultry vocals are reminiscent of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, but her amazing sound is unique to the gifts and talents she has been given.
Nicci released her first solo project in 2011 title “Twenty Twelve”, an eclectic mix of melodies that highlighted her unique vocal ability and introduced her to audiences around the world. However, it would be the grace and soulful serenity of Jazz that called to her heart and would deliver her to a world of jazz enthusiasts. She has since gone on to perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Signature Symphony.
Friday’s Featured Performer: Buff Dillard and Friends
Born into a musical bloodline, at the age of six, Buff sparked an interest for singing, drums and playing brass instruments. By the age of twelve, he developed more of a passion to play the trombone and decided to focus on mastering the slide.
As a student of Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, his gift allowed him to attend the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Academy, perform with the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Band, jazz sensation Pieces of a Dream, and the legendary Count Basie Band. He was also able to attend jazz workshops instructed by the celebrated jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Buff continues his career as a trombonist, performer, independent national recording artist and CEO of Bonejazz Entertainment.
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