All entertainment will be at the stage in Town Park.
Schedule subject to change.
2:30 to 3:30 Nasar Abadey
3:45 to 4:45 Smooth Gruv
5:00 to 6:00 Pan Masters
6:15 to 7:15 Soul Prospect
7:30 to 8:30 Dj Sly Ty
9:00pm National Anthem performed by Mya Carlisle, Mayor's Remarks & FIREWORKS!
Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA®. They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, modal and free form. The band’s musical inspirations include, but are not limited to, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Based in Washington, DC Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has performed with many national artists throughout his career. Abadey began playing drums at age five, drawing influences from powerhouse drummers such as Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey and cousin Frankie Dunlop, to name a few. Nasar Abadey creates music which he refers to as Multi-D: multi-dimensional, multi-directional.
"Smooth Gruv" is a blend of instrumental smooth jazz and melodious R&B vocals coming together to produce a unique sound that is both soothing and captivating.
The formation of many a Steelband has historically evolved from another existing band. Such is the case of Pan Masters. Some of the founding members of Pan Masters had previously performed with the Trinidad and Tobago Steelband of Washington, D.C. In 1985, these individuals decided to chart their musical aspirations in another direction and this resulted in the birth of Pan Masters Steel Orchestra. Although challenged by many obstacles, the band has survived and continues to grow stronger and expand its focus. Pan Masters' accomplishments include being adjudged the 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 Steelband Champion in the Baltimore Panorama Competition; recipient of the judges award for outstanding performance at the 1993 through 2002, 2004 and 2006 D.C. Caribbean Carnival celebrations on Georgia Avenue; 1998 champion in the New York J'Ouvert competition; several command performances at the Bluemont Concert Series; and the only participating steelband at the inaugurations of President Bill Clinton and Mayor Marion Barry. Pan Masters continues to participate in community outreach performances at local schools, nursing homes, hospitals and churches.
Soul Prospect is a reimagining of former Alt soul trio, Interstellar Soul.The band aims to make genuine soul music. That is -- music that is made from the souls of its performers and effects the souls of all those that hear it. Based out of Columbia, Md, they have spent the last 5 years playing shows all over Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and more! 2017 looks to be a promising one. The group stated recording their newest musical endeavor, Soul Prospect Presents: The Honeysuckle Smoke Machine!
DJ Sly Ty
Born and raised in Suitland, MD, Dj Sly Ty always had a love for music from a young age. He started his musical journey when he was 9, when he was given his first musical instrument by his mother. It was at that moment Tyre McFarland knew he wanted to be part of “the Scene”. He first became interested in Dj’ing when he was 7 during a session in a music studio with his uncle. After hearing Daft Punk’s “One More Time” Dj Sly Ty at that point became obsessed with their unique sound and from that moment he wanted to create a sound of his own. He spent several years learning the basics from his uncle and then experimenting on his own with different sounds and techniques. His most recent gigs include Joe’s Movement Emporium Fundraiser Gala and City of Mt. Rainier/Mt Rainier Day. When he is not rocking the house at one of his gigs, Sly Ty is constantly working on fine tuning his craft and sound which he likes to call “Twisted Elegance”. With hopes of eventually playing venues such as Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Tyre McFarland strives to use music as an instrument to bring people together all around the world.
Mya Carlisle is a lyric dramatic soprano who graduated from Prince George’s County Largo High School and attended UMES on a music scholarship. Mya has performed at countless musical productions with Joyful Sound, Inc. Some of her most notable performances included Monisha in "Treemonisha", Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” and the Stepmother in “The Return of the Glass Slipper.” One of her favorite songs is “Summertime” from the opera “Porgy & Bess. Mya loves to sing Broadway classics and musicals in competitive singing competitions. Other than singing her other great passion and dedication is horse riding. She trains, rides, and competitively competes in local horse shows or traveling.
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