Saturday, January 19, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: A Cappella Group Afro Blue - which you may know from the TV Show "The Sing Off" - performs a special concert Celebrating MLK this SUN, Jan 19th at 4:00pm at All Souls Unitarian Church 16th & Harvard, Free, donations welcome

Afro Blue returns to All Souls
Sunday, January 19th
Free, donations welcome

Fresh from their Christmas concert at the White House, Afro Blue comes to All Souls Church this Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King.  Since Professor Connaitre Miller established the group in 2002, Afro Blue has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered; reached the top four on NBC-TV’s a cappella group competition, The Sing-Off; and joined the legendary Bobby McFerrin in selections from his Grammy-nominated VOCAbuLarieS album during the 2011 DC Jazz Festival in what has been called “the finest concert in DC Jazz Festival history.”

The ensemble - which DownBeat Magazine has named Afro Blue best Graduate College Vocal Jazz Ensemble -  evolves as student members graduate from Howard University and new members are auditioned and trained. 2013–14 Afro Blue personnel are Amelia Brown, Imani-Grace Cooper, John Kenniebrew, Taylar Lee, Ayodele Owolabi, Peter Roberts, Devin Robinson, Matthew Robinson, Shacara Rogers and Marissa Zechinato.

The group has participated in the Kennedy Center’s American Voices Festival, opened for The Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, and collaborated with world-class jazz pianist and Howard University alumna Geri Allen. Most recently, Afro Blue received 2013 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) for Best A Cappella Group, Best Choral Album, and Album of the Year (for The Best Is Yet to Come).

All Souls Unitarian Church
1500 Harvard St NW - at the corner of 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk south one block to Columbia, turn right, church is at the corner of 16th & Harvard, entrance between 16th & 15th, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to Harvard

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