Sep
19
Thu
Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Comes to the Weis Center
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will perform on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Jane will participate in a free artist talk, which is open to the public, on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

A five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by iHeart Media Williamsport. The engagement is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from National Endowment for the Arts.

With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the word of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played in major jazz festivals including Newport and Monterey, were featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest release, Oddara and, most recently, were voted as one the top 10 jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll.

Maqueque are:

  • Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone & flute
  • Joanna Tendai Majoko, vocals
  • Mary de la Paz Fernandez, congas and vocals
  • Dánae Olano Garcia, piano
  • Tailin Marrero, acoustic and electric bass
  • Yissy García Calzadilla, drums

Their third release, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme, is a bold testament to the strength and originality of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

“This band sounds like no other today in Jazz,” says Downbeat magazine, which voted Jane Bunnett and Maqueque as one of the Top 10 Jazz Groups in its most recent Critic’s Poll.

Prior to recording On Firm Ground, the group went from strength to strength touring constantly from Canada’ s Yukon to Colombia, Brazil, Cuba and Panama to major US Jazz festivals and clubs including Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, Birdland and Lincoln Center.

NPRs Jazz Night in America did a one hour feature (“The New Queens of Afro Cuban Jazz”) on Maqueque.

New Yorker magazine piece titled “The New Vanguard of Women in Cuban Jazz,” featuring members of Maqueque, describes Jane’s role as a mentor and inspiration to this burgeoning scene of young women in Cuba.

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected].

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Sep
27
Fri
Austin-Based Bluegrass/Folk Trio Comes to Weis Center
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

Steel Betty will perform traditional folk and bluegrass music on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is part of Bucknell University’s Family Weekend.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Glenn and Raquel Alexander and Stone State Entertainment LLC.

Steel Betty lives at the crossroads of what makes Austin, Texas, the engine driving traditional music in America. With flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, Old Time music and classic country, they are a reflection of today’s American music scene. Steel Betty, the hip, virtuosic trio, embraces Austin’s eclectic culture and brings this lively music out of Texas for the rest of the country to experience.

David McD (guitar, vocals), Maddy Froncek (banjo, upright bass, vocals) and Micah Motenko (mandolin, piano, vocals) are multi-instrumentalists capturing the sounds and harmonies of Austin like no other ensemble.

Music of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Spirituals, the Conjunto tradition and more highlight Steel Betty’s performances. The trio often conducts workshops for aspiring musicians and students and has a wonderful interactive program for schools introducing children to the great variety and depth of music from their part of America.

Steel Betty’s debut recording was released in summer 2018.

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected].