The West Bend Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Inc., producers of the annual Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival (KMJF), announced that contemporary guitarist Johannes Linstead and Latin group Nabori will perform at the 2011 event. The festival, which will take place along the banks of the upper Milwaukee River at Riverside Park in West Bend, Wis., will showcase seven play slots, three on Sept. 9, and four on Sept. 10.
Linstead joins saxophonist Eric Darius playing on Fri., Sept. 9, while Nabori will perform on Sat., Sept. 10 along with saxophonist Steve Cole, guitarist Peter White, and contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Linstead, playing on Fri, Sept. 9 at 5:15 p.m., is recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists and composers in the Instrumental and World Music genres, the Canada native is known for his melodies and lightning-fast Spanish guitar work.
Since the release of his first album, Sol Luna Tierra, in 1999, his albums have been topping charts and earning multiple “Best Album” and “Guitarist of the Year” nominations and awards. His most recent album, 2009’s Mistico, was No. 1 on eMusic.com’s World Music and Jazz/Blues charts and winner of “Best World Album” and “Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic” in the ZMR Awards.
Often compared to fellow countryman and guitarist Jesse Cook, Linstead’s live performances, featuring lively Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, move audiences to clap and dance. He and his group of world-class musicians create a festive mood with guitar improvisations and percussion solos with the driving beats of bongos, congas, timbale, and doumbek.
A multi-instrumentalist, Linstead also plays piano, mandolin, sitar, bouzouki, bass, wood flute, and various percussion instruments. In 2010, he signed an “influential artist” endorsement agreement with Yamaha Corporation of America, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the world. Linstead was also named “2010 Best New Artist” at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival.
“The influence of the many countries I have visited, from Spain, to the Caribbean Islands, to the Far East, have moved me to create new rhythms and sounds,” Linstead said. “Experiencing these cultures – not just the music, but also the people’s everyday triumph over hardships – is what inspires my music.”
Nabori, performing on Sat., Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m., formed in 2006 and features a band of seasoned musicians that has become one of the most sought after Latin groups in the Midwest. Founded by Wichy Ayala, Robert Figueroa, and Tony Ayala, the band is comprised of 11 accomplished musicians.
With its music deeply rooted in the genre of traditional salsa music, known as Salsa Brava, where musical arrangements are structured with the dancer in mind, the group’s original songs are structured with aggressive percussion, upbeat tempos, vibrant brass and chord progressions, and traditional subject matter centering on everyday Puerto Rican life.
Nabori’s first production, 2008’s electrifying Historias Del Barrio, captures the essence of classic salsa with eight original compositions and arrangements.
The group’s mission is to play the best original salsa, and the critics say it is a mission accomplished. Aqui! Magazine called the band “untouchable,” Latin Beat Magazine called it “a powerhouse,” and Vancouver Salsa said, “A polished and professional sound; a high degree of musical excellence, all deeply rooted in tradition.”
KMJF tickets will go on sale on Thurs., April 14, and will be available for purchase in a secure online environment at www.kmjazz.com or by calling the festival’s toll-free information line at 1-877-271-6903. Consumers can also send a completed ticket order form available from the festival office or the event website with a check, money order, or credit card number (MasterCard or Visa) to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1087, West Bend, WI 53095.
The festival is expected to draw more than 5,500 jazz lovers from all over the Midwest, particularly from southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. Proceeds from the event benefit area charitable organizations through the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Foundation.
In its history, the festival has contributed more than $380,000 to charitable groups in southeastern Wisconsin through the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Foundation. The Foundation has supported:
· The Albrecht Free Clinic – support free medical clinics
· Columns, Inc. – scholarship programs to local high school graduates
· Hurricane Katrina Relief through the national Rotary Fund
· Kettle Moraine YMCA – acquired equipment for a West Bend skate park
· Lac Lawrann Barn Restoration
· Red Cross
· Regner Park – restoration of community facilities
· Rides & Reins
· SafeZone Community Art Center – provides an environment for children to develop their musical ability, including small group lessons, private tutoring lessons, and full band rehearsals each week, with periodic performances.
· Sunrise Rotary Field at Riverside Park - youth baseball diamond
· West Bend Fire Department – fire safety trailer
· West Bend Library – building construction
· West Bend Parks and Recreation Department – maintenance and expansion
In addition to music, the festival has tempting international cuisine, an arts marketplace where local and regional artisans display and sell their work, and interactive sponsor exhibits. Grounds are open on Friday from 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.kmjazz.com or call the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival’s toll-free information line at 877-271-6903.
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