(PRESS RELEASE)_(Delray Beach, FL – February 25, 2020) Marjorie Waldo, President & CEO of Arts Garage, today announced that the nonprofit organization is topping off its popular Haitian Music Series with two more concerts, presented in collaboration with the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.
“This series reinforces the vision of Arts Garage to ‘connect our community to the world through the Arts,’” adds Waldo. “Following the success of the first three concerts in this series—BélO last July, Tifane in November, Jean Chardovoine earlier this month—we are very excited about our next two performances celebrating the Haitian culture’s magical ability to passionately represent its history through music and art.”
“We know that the arts can be a major economic force,” agrees Djenane StFleur Gourgue, Vice President of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce. ‘Let’s value its worth by focusing on how it impacts the communities in which we live and work. To my artists and members I often say: It’s not only good for your business, it is also good business when artists grow with the process—branding, marketing and promoting like other businesses.”
The next two concerts of the Haitian Music Series at Arts Garage include:
May 13 at 7 pm (Wednesday)
Johnbern Thomas & Friends
Hailing from Croix-des-Bouquets, drummer Johnbern Thomas grew up in the Haitian music scene before veering toward Jazz. While developing his talents in the Dominican Republic, he cultivated relationships with artists such as Miguel Andres Tejeda, Fella Vega, Rafael Mirabel, and Sandy Gabriel. In 2012, Thomas represented Haiti in the USA as part of the cultural exchange program, One Beat. He later formed several groups with rising jazz artists, including the popular Johnbern Quintet, later a jazzy trio, that performed in clubs and restaurants throughout the capital of Haiti.
August 5 at 6 pm (Wednesday)
Songwriter, rapper-slammer BIC (real name Roosevelt Saillant) is a socially committed singer. He handles the art of rhyme with talent, navigating from poetic melodies to moving rhythms, to deliver a successful synthesis between rap and folk. His songs evoke today’s society difficulties, in a realistic yet optimistic way, with the aim of bringing positive messages through poetry, BIC has been appointed goodwill ambassador by several organizations, including la Francophonie in Haiti alongside BélO and Jean-Jean Roosevelt. With five albums, he is one of the top artists of the Haitian music industry, performing regularly on North American stages.
How to Get Tickets:
Tickets for the final two concerts of the Haitian Music Series are available for purchase by calling the Box Office at 561.450.6357 or going online to www.ArtsGarage.org.
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