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Front Porch Music Series - Billy Kemp

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
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From the Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore native Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, but is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing.  

Praise for Billy's new record, Another Life: 

"Richly evocative, teeming with character, humor and heart." Folk Works, April 2018

"Heartbreaking, honest, minimal." Ear to the Ground, January 2018

"Amiable, humorous and enthralling." Alan Cackett, former editor Maverick Magazine, UK, October 2017

"Another Life takes a walk with folk music as it travels on a rhythm of plucked banjo notes, shakes, guitar rambles and finger picked reveries. Billy Kemp is a story teller." The Alternate Root, March 2018. 
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Front Porch Music Series - Lisa Nobumoto

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
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Lisa Nobumoto is a talented and explosive entertainer who was chosen to be a featured singer on the CD Blue Saxophone by renowned saxophonist Teddy Edwards. The late critic Leonard Feather said "Lisa Nobumoto's distinctive phrasing and timbre could earn her a significant role on the upcoming vocal scene". Lisa's longstanding tour of the United States with Columbia Artist's Irving Berlin Tour landed her the featured spot at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Jazz All Stars, including Conte Condoli and Hugh Masekela. Her talent was also recognized by Music Connection magazine, where she was voted Number 1 unsigned Artist in Los Angeles out of thousands of entries.

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Front Porch Music Series - Frog Squad

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Front Porch Music Series - Choro Memphis

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
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Brazilian choro music is a living gem of the Western Hemisphere. Choro was the first urban genre in Brazil to define a national musical identity. Forged in Rio in the mid-1800’s, then taking root all over Brazil as slavery was abolished and newly freed musicians migrated to urban centers to mix with immigrants in all-night musical celebrations, this compelling style is the reflection of a uniquely graceful and elegant culture, one that is in some ways our closest sister in this hemisphere. It’s the “roots music” of Brazil, but it is classical in origin. From Heitor Villa-Lobos to Darius Milhaud to Stan Getz to Walt Disney, choro has inspired artists of all stripes and is a window into an entire musical world. Catchy and melodic – easy to appreciate – yet bursting with kaleidoscopic harmonies and counterpoint that fascinate the listener, choro has been well-described as “classical music played with bare feet and callused hands.” Choro melodic and harmonic language will be familiar to those who listened to tunes written in the 1940’s and ‘50’s.
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