24th African American CelebrationSaturday | February 16 | Free
The Cary Theater | 122 E. Chatham Street
Don't miss Cary's annual event celebrating the African-American experience. The theme for this year is “A Legacy of Pride” and will feature a panel discussion, “Hidden in the Shadows: A Conversation on Immigration in America.”
Also featured will be a diverse range of musical performances including:
Brian E. Miller – Jazz Musician
Brian E. Miller is a native of Kinston, NC. As a professional, Brian has performed with vocalists Eve Cornelious, Kim Burrell, Nnenna Freelon, Phil Perry and most recently Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Terrence Blanchard, John Faddis, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk Jr., Tim Warfield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Vincent Gardner and saxophonist Frank Foster. He has performed at Blues Alley with the likes of trumpeters Tom Browne and Al Strong and vocalist Yolanda Rabun. Brian is an original member of the John Brown Quintet and both the John Brown Big Band and Little Big Band.
Smooth Ivory Band
Smooth Ivory is a band of six instrumentalists and vocalists who enjoy playing and creating diverse genres of music. They perform music that affirms love and the tenets of sound Christian doctrine. The name Smooth Ivory means “Smooth as Silk…Pure as Ivory."
Nitia and Friends – Vocal Stylist
Music is a language we all understand. Nitia has the gift of setting the atmosphere with her special style of singing jazz, blues, soul, and inspirational.
Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble
The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble songs and music were born out of the struggle of organizing African-American workers in the “Black Belt” region of North Carolina and the South. Recruited from workplace and community struggles, The Fruit of Labor’s songs and music touches all because it is rooted in ageless traditions of chants, call and response, spirituals, reggae, jazz, blues, R&B, soul, folk, hip-hop, and spoken word.
The event is sponsored by the Town of Cary and the Ujima Group, Inc.
Cary Arts Center