Buddy Mohmed @ Cedar Hill’s Earth Fest

As part of a new program by the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) called “Music Fest” we were given several fully funded solo performance spots to arrange. Partnering with the City of Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation, we programmed a few performances at the Zula B Wylie Library and a few at their Civic Center for some special public events. Buddy Mohmed took the Earth Fest attendees around the world of music with his guitar playing and expansive repertoire.

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Myles Tate @ the Fort Worth Central Library

As part of a new program by the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) called “Music Fest” we were given several fully funded solo performance spots to arrange. Partnering with the City of Fort Worth, we programmed a few performances at the Fort Worth Central Library.  Myles Tate quickly gathered attendees with his magnificent playing echoing through the room.

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Nick Ballarini @ the Zula B Wylie Library

As part of a new program by the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) called “Music Fest” we were given several fully funded solo performance spots to arrange.  Partnering with the City of Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation, we programmed a few performances at the Zula B Wylie Library and some for special events at the Civic Center.  Nick Ballarini delighted those in attendance at the book signing event, even engaging a young want to be musician in a duet.

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Damon K. Clark

Very few artists successfully cross back and forth from jazz to classical and back again: Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, and Duke Ellington come to mind. But now add to the list Dallas vocalist Damon K. Clark. Already acclaimed for his unusual sensitivity, versatility and virtuosity, Damon is as much at home with Thelonius Monk’s “’Round Midnight” as he is with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.” The mellifluous tenor minimizes the aesthetic distance between the classical and jazz worlds. While Damon’s tessitura and timbre could be described as Bobby McFerrin-esque, his approach to the material is unique. Damon’s scatting in particular exhibits a classical precision, while hinting at his affection for Ella Fitzgerald’s and Mel Tormé’s improvisational skills.  Damon’s take on songs like Gershwins’ “They All Laughed” is a highlight, showcasing his astonishing range, playful scatting, melismatic mastery and elastic phrasing. Damon has shared the stage with seven time nominee and Grammy winner Paula Cole. He has also frequently performed with Grammy and Stellar Award winner Andrea Wallace. As far as collaborations go, Damon has also made music with some of the greatest musicians in Dallas like Myles Tate III, Tom Braxton, Bernard Wright, Eric Willis, and producer of Beyonce’s “The Best Thing

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Dempsey Crenshaw

Dempsey Crenshaw- Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica Texas Music News say this about Dempsey Crenshaw: Dempsey’s voice is warm and pleasing as fresh baked bread and his harp playing leaves listeners amazed at the range of emotion coming from such a small instrument. Southwest Blues Magazine says: Dempsey Crenshaw is a skilled Harp man and wails on Harmonica & Vocals on the CD “All Night Long” – DC & The Capitols Living Blues Magazine August 2014, Says: Dempsey Crenshaw’s technique evokes Jimmy Reed and Little Walter- Melanie Young –Living Blues Magazine Dempsey Crenshaw was born in Alabama and moved to Dallas in 1961. He began Playing Harmonica at an early age and doesn’t remember being without one. He played bass and guitar with Bad Boy Gene and The Blue Aces, a band that Dempsey started as a teenager. He went on to play with a list of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers,  Blues and R & B greats that includes: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, The Drifters, T-Bone Walker, Marvin Gaye, Albert King, Freddie King, Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Reed, just to name a few. Dempsey’s harp style is reminiscent of Little Walter

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