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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2006

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[August 31, 2006]

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This master folksinger of a dozen different traditional instruments—most notably the hammer dulcimer—brings a sense of community to music.

Featured Artist(s): John McCutcheon

[August 30, 2006]

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Featuring composer/accordionist Will Holshouser, Ron Horton on trumpet, and David Phillips on bass, the group is known for a sound that is somewhere between jazz, folk, and chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): Will Holshouser Trio

[August 29, 2006]

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Celebrate the 44th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence with well-known calypso artist and cultural ambassador David Rudder, along with the two countries’ National Steel Orchestra. In cooperation with the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago.

Featured Artist(s): National Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago

[August 28, 2006]

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This Moroccan band play traditional as well as modern Moroccan music that is derived from Arabic, Jewish, sub-Saharan, and Spanish influences. They also explore the origins of Flamenco music. Part of the Genesis at the Crossroads cultural exchange program, ARTSLINK, 2006 Governor’s International Arts Exchange Program Grant Recipient.

Featured Artist(s): The Kasbah Band/ Sounds of Morocco

[August 27, 2006]

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Cleek Schrey is a traditional Irish fiddler and pianist, as well as an accomplished step-dancer, from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Featured Artist(s): Cleek Schrey

[August 26, 2006]

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Guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Charlie Worsham, drummer Steve Sinatra, and bass player Matt Utterback delight audiences with original electric blues-rock tunes, as well as cool covers of R. L. Burnside, Led Zeppelin, Little Richard, The Staple Singers, Robert Johnson, and more.

Featured Artist(s): Steve Sinatra

[August 25, 2006]

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Amikaeyla captivates audiences with vivacious rhythms and sultry ballads, moving fluidly from jazz, blues, rock, and funk to sacred chants from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and South India. JAZZ FRIDAY

Featured Artist(s): Amikaeyla

[August 24, 2006]

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Join Millennium Stage for these monthly “live radio theater” productions, which mix original scripts with music and sound effects and are recorded for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Channel. This month, young people and their families can enjoy Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. IN THE FAMILY THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Night Kitchen Radio Theater

[August 23, 2006]

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Irish button accordion wizard David Munnelly and his band are making waves on both sides of the Atlantic with their wild, free, and awe-inspiring West Mayo style of playing.

Featured Artist(s): David Munnelly

[August 22, 2006]

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Hailed as a blues prodigy, David Jacobs-Strain moves from country blues to the earthbound grooves of the Mississippi Delta with his driving slide guitar and fervent vocals.

Featured Artist(s): David Jacobs-Strain

[August 21, 2006]

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Cuarteto Madrid, made up of violinist Regino Madrid, violinist Henry Tyszler, viola player Tam Tran, and cellist Charlie Powers, performs classical chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): Cuarteto Madrid

[August 20, 2006]

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This Native American comedy team has been featured around the Four Corners area of the Southwest, entertaining people with their musical antics and humor about life on the reservation.

Featured Artist(s): James Junes

[August 19, 2006]

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Pianist/keyboardist Charles Covington, who played on Baltimore’s “Avenue Strip” and socialized with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, leads this trio.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[August 18, 2006]

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Led by guitarist Rick Whitehead and featuring two former members of the late Danny Gatton Band—drummer Barry Hart and bassist John Preveti—the group performs pop and jazz standards. JAZZ FRIDAY

Featured Artist(s): Rick Whitehead Trio

[August 17, 2006]

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Highly acclaimed string duo Bridging the Gap, featuring violinist Peter Wilson and double bassist Aaron Clay, brings people together through classical music merged with jazz, movie music, and funk.

Featured Artist(s): Bridging the Gap®

[August 16, 2006]

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An experimental finger style guitarist, John Danley composes his own music and uses a housepainter’s paintbrush to add percussive sounds to his instrument while simultaneously creating colorful harmonies and distinctive melodic hooks.

Featured Artist(s): John Danley

[August 15, 2006]

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Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear present stories and songs about the life, land, and legends of the Dakotah (Sioux) and Hidatsa people and the sacred Buffalo Dance.

Featured Artist(s): Keith Bear

[August 14, 2006]

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Guitar genius Larry Unger and versatile young fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer push the envelope towards swing, blues, and Gypsy modes.

Featured Artist(s): Notorious

[August 13, 2006]

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UMOJA String Quartet, an outgrowth of the Kinara String Quartet and made up of members Eddie Drennon, Lerna May-Frandsen, Julius Worth, and Henry Mays, recently released its second CD, Things Ain't What They Used to Be. 

Featured Artist(s): Umoja String Quartet

[August 12, 2006]

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Gregor Samsa blurs the lines of ambient and indie rock—from heavy and dark one moment to hushed and serene the next—while angelic vocals drift overhead.

Featured Artist(s): Gregor Samsa

[August 11, 2006]

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This Latin jazz septet thrills audiences with its infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings, and improvisational lines, playing compositions in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles. JAZZ FRIDAY

Featured Artist(s): Afro Bop Alliance

[August 10, 2006]

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Led by vibraphonist and drummer Chuck Redd, the group pays tribute to the late legendary jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, as heard on the recent CD Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All the Time.

Featured Artist(s): Chuck Redd Quintet

[August 9, 2006]

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This group from Finland and Norway that combines acoustic Nordic folk music with touches of American Appalachian and country & western music.

Featured Artist(s): Frigg

[August 8, 2006]

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This primarily acoustic folk-rock band jumps back and forth between the lines that separate blues from bluegrass, rock from jazz, and Celtic music from pop.

Featured Artist(s): The Waybacks

[August 7, 2006]

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Dream of the Pacific, which follows the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, with music by Stephen Mager and libretto by Elkhanah Pulitzer, is presented by participants and alumni of Washington National Opera's Opera Camp for Kids, Opera Institute for Young Singers and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Featured Artist(s): Washington Opera Camp for Kids

[August 6, 2006]

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The Boston-based group takes a cappella to the next stage with cutting-edge beatbox and pop harmonies.

Featured Artist(s): Ball in the House

[August 5, 2006]

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Singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt incorporates idiomatically Southern folk phrases into his lyrics, as well as elements of country and punk into his music. He has recorded with Widespread Panic and had his first two albums produced by Michael Stipe.

Featured Artist(s): Vic Chesnutt

[August 4, 2006]

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Kékélé revives Rumba Congolaise—an irresistible mix of Cuban rumba and African rhythms—with many of the musicians from the classic orchestras of the ’60s. JAZZ FRIDAY

Featured Artist(s): Kékélé

[August 3, 2006]

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The Wild Zappers combine jazz, funk, and hip hop dance styles, American Sign Language, and popular music to create an uplifting and inspiring program.

Featured Artist(s): The Wild Zappers

[August 2, 2006]

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Trumpeter Dan Haverstock and his ensemble recreate the sounds of the Tijuana Brass.

Featured Artist(s): Black Sombrero Brass

[August 1, 2006]

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High school and college students associated with the Philadelphia School of Arts perform big band music.

Featured Artist(s): The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

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