A four piece group celebrating the music of The Beatles.
Afriky Lolo, founded and led by Diádié Bathily, is a West African dance non-profit corporation that is committed to bringing West African dance and culture to the St. Louis, Missouri, community through teaching and performing. Diádié Bathily formed Afriky Lolo in 2003, and became a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 2007. The Company has 75 dancers — ranging in age from 6 to over 60 and 8 drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, performs traditional West African dance at community events throughout the year. The Company’s annual performance is its largest event.
Afriky Lolo performances are choreographed, staged, costumed and directed by Diádié Bathily. These performances reflect the rich culture of West Africa, and each dance performed by Afriky Lolo is enhanced by traditional West African costumes.
Afriky Lolo continues to grow its public recognition, its teaching opportunities and its performance opportunities.
Angela and Friends – Ventriloquist is all about entertaining the young and the young at heart! With their unique personalities and creative voices Angela’s furry faced puppet friends will ‘WOW’ you with entertainment and interactive fun! Along with a sometimes grumpy Grandpa and a growing puppet family there is always a trunk full of surprises! Angela’s performances range from children (2 – 10) and families, adults and senior audiences using appropriate material! Angela is a self-taught ventriloquist with twenty five years experience. As a professional performer for seven years she has traveled through her home state of Missouri and through Kansas. She enjoys writing and performing her own material! Audiences have always praised her unique and believable style! As one young audience member said it best, “They really talk! How do they do that?!”
Candace Ivory, the originator of the genre "avant soul", offers eclectic original music. Former alum of The New School University and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center, Candice also has various accolades and awards stemming from a 20 year career in music.
Founded in 1983, this brilliant and versatile trumpet and organ duo presents an extraordinary range of styles, with performances featuring music spanning 400 years. The name Clarion suggests the musical connections to both the trumpet and organ, and from its meaning for the duo as a “Clarion Call” for new ideas, in keeping with their interest in the unique flavor of new music for trumpet and organ. The duo’s two Gothic Records releases feature works in every genre; the second CD – New Vintage, all American music commissioned by Clarion – compasses Samuel Adler’s neo-Classical “Clarion Calls” to James Mobberley’s boisterous piece for trumpet, organ and electronics “Icarus Wept” to, believe it or not, Klezmer music. Clarion’s electric and distinctive performances have pushed the envelope of the centuries-old association of trumpet and organ – the duo believes if the classics are the heartbeat of music, outstanding new works must be the lifeblood itself.
Ed Reggi is a nationally recognized and award-winning improv actor who brings his unique style of Viola Spolin Theater Games to schools and communities around the region.
The Intercultural Music Initiative is an innovative concert and educational outreach program featuring classical and contemporary works by composers of African, Hispanic and Asian-descent, along with standard repertoire. Our programs offer a unique concert experience and help integrate new musical works by lesser-known composers into existing performance repertoire. Concerts, Lectures, Lecture-recitals and short-term artist residencies are customized to fit your departmental budget.
Lindley Creek is an acoustic family band showcasing beautiful, traditional bluegrass & gospel music, soulful, soaring lead vocals, soothing family harmonies, intricate instrumental breaks and original songwriting, Lindley Creek presents compelling acoustic music and a sincere family ministry.
Independent, pioneering and faithful, the family performs throughout the Ozarks and around the US and Canada at churches, concert series, active living senior RV parks, fairs, festivals, and community and performing arts centers. Their bluegrass and gospel harmonies will inspire your community gathering and infuse your audiences with joy during their up-beat, family-friendly performances.
Lindley Creek, has performed regularly since 2003 at venues such as Silver Dollar City and were featured at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia performing to over 4000. They also return yearly to the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Competition to play among friends and lend their support to young performers.
Lindley Creek has a passion for heart-touching music and a gift for encouragement. Community events are enhanced by this family’s inspiring musical performance. They work with your organization to bring your audiences the best in family-centered entertainment.
Pop music is malleable; it is fluid and carries with it a sense of emotional elasticity. Through our collected experiences, we connect with music on a primal level, with perceptions and associations both tangible and dream-like. While most musicians opt for a superficial understanding of these musical correlations, there are those who realize these innate forces and their ability to transform and sustain in equal measure.
But for singer-songwriter Merry Ellen Kirk, music is even more wide-ranging than this rather inclusive set of descriptions would have you believe. Having spent her early years in Mongolia—her parents were missionaries—she developed a diverse awareness of the world, and of what music can be when experienced through a different cultural lens. As a child, she began making up little ditties and developed an inescapable desire to create music; after a time, when her family returned home and settled down in Nashville, she came to realize that writing and performing music would have to be a large part of her future.
Described by Kirk as sitting “somewhere between Christina Perri & Ingrid Michaelson,” her music has slowly evolved since she released her debut record, “Invisible War,” back in 2009. Posited as an “introspective exploration into spiritual battles in our lives,” this album gave Kirk an outlet for her impressionistic impulses and began the process of pop acclimation that would go on to direct the trajectory of her music. Full of the bright emotional releases that would make their presence more fully known on her subsequent albums, these songs were the beginning steps that would lead her to “We Are the Dreamers,” her latest collection of emotionally-incisive pop songs.
Merry Ellen currently lives in Columbia, Missouri. Her songs have received national & international recognition, having been featured by Salvation Army Switzerland, Vogue & GQ India, ABC Family's "Jane by Design", CBS's "90210", AllMusic Guide, & American Songwriter Magazine.
Can provide sound but prefer sound system provided for large venues or large outdoor spaces.
Songs of Africa Ensemble, is a multicultural and eclectic group of highly trained musicians promoting new genres of choral music from around Africa and its diaspora. Our songs teach about Africa’s music, people, languages, cultures and creates opportunities for incorporating new styles of African-descent music into modern choral repertory. A majority of the songs are drawn from Songs of Africa: 22 Pieces for Mixed Voices, the choral collection published by Oxford University Press, but includes more songs that are yet to be published! Songs of Africa Ensemble is a community outreach and partnership program of the African Musical Arts organization.
Mesmerizing, dazzling, and exhilarating are the words that continuously come to audience’s minds to describe the Bosman Twins. Masters of several woodwind instruments, the Emmy Award-winning duo are true ambassadors of music. Whether performing as a duo, with their quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, R&B, funk, and gospel have gained them international notoriety.
Mesmerizing, dazzling and exhilarating are the words that continuously come to audience’s minds to describe the Bosman Twins. Masters of several woodwind instruments, the Emmy Award-winning duo are true ambassadors of music. Whether performing as a duo, with their quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, R&B, funk and gospel have gained them international notoriety. Jazz in all its permutations (Straight-ahead, contemporary, Gospel, etc)
The Faretheewells play an energetic style of Americana/Indie-Folk music, incorporating a wide variety of instrumentation, blood harmonies, original songs and traditionals.
The Missouri Brass Quintet, founded in 1983, has broad performance experience throughout the Kansas City area and the Midwest. In residence at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, on the University of Missouri’s designated performing arts campus, the MBQ performs music drawn from an all-embracing repertoire of musical styles. This versatile and exciting ensemble is equally at ease in the music of the Renaissance or Kansas City Jazz, Baroque masterpieces or dramatic new 20th-century works; even a bit of music with a mildly preposterous sense of humor, such as “The Broken Horn Rag” (you have to see that one to believe it!). Audiences, presenters and other musicians have applauded them on their superb virtuosity and their unique ability to reach out to diverse audiences.