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51Oakland Presents Chelle! & Friends
May 07, 2013
A Benefit for Destiny Arts Center
Tuesday, May 7
Please join us for a night of hootin' and hollerin' with CHELLE! & FRIENDS, a benefit concert for Destiny Arts Center. A CHELLE! & FRIENDS performance is like Mardi Gras itself, let the good times roll at this unforgettable performance for the entire family! New Orleans native MICHELLE JACQUES and some of the bay areas greatest artists will perform in this one night benefit.
About CHELLE! & FRIENDS:
Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you'll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Cajun or Creole or gospel. Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. New Orleans native Michelle Jacques (CHELLE), and some very special friends, took these influences and a few more, all stirred into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating. CHELLE! & FRIENDS performs music that is vibrant and alive with the driving voices of Artistic Director and Founder Michelle Jacques, Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont and Bryan Dyer, Donna Viscusso and Eric Swinderman on guitar, Sam Bevan on bass and Bob Scott on drums.
About Destiny Arts Center:
Destiny Arts Center, a nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization, has been serving youth for 25 years through afterschool, weekend and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, conflict resolution, performance and leadership at their North Oakland center and throughout East Bay public schools.
Co-founded by Yoshi Akiba (co-owner and namesake of Yoshi’s Jazz Club), 51Oakland is dedicated to keeping music and art alive in the Oakland Public Schools by providing access to mentoring, nurturing and training by professional musicians with live performances presented in partnership with Yoshi’s Jazz Club.