Thursday, February 09, 2012

Experience the Rich, Vibrant, Rhythms and Vocals of Traditional African-American Roots Music

See Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 18

Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir are a Grammy-nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble with a mission to preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Entrenched in the deep-south and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins, The Cultural Heritage Choir’s music is filled with lush vocals and dynamic rhythms. Experience their sparkling energy Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 18 when they perform not one, but two, fun and family-friendly concerts; a one-hour Family Matinee at 2 p.m. and a two-hour concert at 7:30 p.m.

A veteran vocalist, percussionist, producer and cultural historian, Linda Tillery’s career has spanned 43 years. Her powerful, shimmering alto voice has been showcased in many of San Francisco’s most popular bands and venues. Performing since she was very young, Linda has made her mark in a diverse mix of musical genres including rock, soul, jazz, and R & B. Considered a founding mother of the women's music movement in the seventies, she has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Jack de Johnette and YoYo Ma. During her illustrious career, Linda Tillery has appeared on over 90 recordings with such artists as Santana, Boz Scaggs, Holly Near, Huey Lewis & The News, Vicki Randle, Pete Escovedo, The Whispers, John Santos and Maria Muldaur.

In 1992 Linda Tillery formed the Cultural Heritage Choir. Together, they protect and share the traditions of African-American roots music, through academic research, review of historical recordings, documents and videos and most importantly, by performing. Since its inception, the Cultural Heritage Choir has brought its rich vocals, incredible energy, and uplifting spirit to 22 different countries. Through song, dance, and story, they transport their audiences to a place in time when the roots of American popular music were just being sewn by the "involuntary immigrants" from Africa's western regions.
Recording music for all ages, The Cultural Heritage Choir’s first two CDs were directed more towards young people and their families. "Shakin' A Tailfeather", a collaboration with veteran performers, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb, was nominated for a Grammy in 1997 and "Hippity Hop", was awarded a Parent’s Choice Award in 2000. The group's 2003 recording, entitled "Say Yo' Business", was intended for their more mature (but still family-friendly) fan-base and was nominated for a California Music Award. Finally, their most recent CD, “Still We Come, Still We Rise” includes a funky remake of Bob Marley’s Get Up , Stand Up, and the satirical Cuban classic Si Dos Fuera Negro (If God Were Black).

Experience the amazing music of Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Saturday, February 18th. Tickets for their one-hour Family Matinee at 2 p.m. are $15 for all ages and include an hour of pre-show activities for children in the theatre lobby. Tickets for the two-hour performance at 7:30 p.m. are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Purchase your tickets by calling the Spruce Grove City Hall Ticket Centre at 780-962-8995, come in person to 315 Jespersen Avenue, or go online at Horizon Stage is located at 1001 Calahoo Road, attached to Spruce Grove Composite High School.,

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