Sweet Sounds By the Fountain

March 25, 2014   |   posted in Festival Events

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In celebration of Cleveland Foundation Day, CIFF staff member Mary Brown organized special entertainment around the Tower City Fountain. Three different remarkable musical groups performed on the Grand Staircase for enthusiastic crowds, who were treated to a variety of musical styles throughout the afternoon.

The first band to play was a group of teaching artists from Roots of American Music, or ROAM. Mike Periera, Sheela, Das, Deborah Van Cleef, and Kevin T. Richards performed songs by the Carter family in support of “The Winding Stream.” Richards’ documentary about ROAM, “First Voice,” played at the CIFF four years ago.

“They thought of us when the film came up . . . because that’s part of our heritage,” says Das. “Our mission is to bring traditional American music into the community, to connect people with our history, but also to teach academic subjects and help other organizations fulfill their missions.”

ROAM does outreach in schools and institutions providing music education to underprivileged youth, the elderly, and the disabled. On Easter weekend, they will travel to New York to perform in the Brooklyn Folk Festival.

Second in the line-up was a jazz duo of Kip Reed of Oberlin College, and Dan Wilson, who teaches Jazz studies at Cuyahoga Community College. Tri-C is the community sponsor for “Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound,” a documentary on Miami’s R&B scene in the 1960s. It seemed only fitting for Reed and Wilson to bring their talents to the Tower City stage to bring some of that soul sound to life.

“My influences have been all the jazz greats,” said Wilson. “Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and a lot of George Benson.” The two musicians have been playing together for ten years in the Cleveland area, anything from jazz, R&B, funk, and Afro-pop.

Real-life mother and son, Maggie Baird and Finneas O’Connell, who portrayed Laura and Shane in “Life Inside Out,” rounded out the afternoon’s events with a vibrant session after the screening of their film. Baird has done a variety of work on and off stage, TV, film, as well as a voice over artist and singer/songwriter. When O’Connell is not acting, he is leading his band, “The Slightlys,” where he plays a variety of different instruments.

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Related Screenings:
03/23/14 @ 4:50 PM – Life Inside Out
03/24/14 @ 12:15 PM – Life Inside Out
03/25/14 @ 8:55 PM – The Winding Stream
03/26/14 @ 5:10 PM – Deep City: The Birth of The Miami Sound and Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film
03/26/14 @ 7:00 PM – The Winding Stream
03/27/14 @ 11:25 AM – The Winding Stream
03/27/14 @ 8:15 PM – Deep City: The Birth of The Miami Sound and Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film
03/28/14 @ 11:15 AM – Deep City: The Birth of The Miami Sound and Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film

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