World Stage lineup announced for Connective Festival
● By J. Chambless
For the second year in a row, Lincoln University is
lending significant support to the Connective Art & Music Festival through
their sponsorship of the World Stage.
Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3 in Oxford, the day-long event will feature three stages of regional and national acts. The World Stage will house a lineup of five acts, with sounds from Celtic to Caribbean.
Eva Salina and Peter Stan are a small and mighty duo of accordion and voice, traveling through the traditional songs of Balkan Roma communities. Their performances brim with stories, history, insight, humor, melancholy and friendship.
Jah People moves crowds with their spirited sets that include improvisational interpretations of reggae classics, as well as newly crafted original music. This is an embodiment of Bob Marley’s melodic messages of love, spirituality and good vibes.
Poor Man’s Gambit is a Bethlehem, Pa.-based trio that plays a fusion of traditional music of Ireland, France, and Scotland. Featuring button accordion, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, vocals, and dance, Poor Man's Gambit is becoming one of the most recognized traditional bands on the East Coast.
PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of Brazil with their large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment. The group is high energy, performing a raucous mash-up of samba, funk, reggae and New Orleans jazz.
As a student at Harvard, David Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country's traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax's Mexo-Americana into the singular David Wax Museum (duo), an energetic blend that has captivated audiences and critics alike.
Mary Lou Baily, Main Street Manager for Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., said, “Now that we have revealed the lineups for all three festival stages, it is really rewarding to hear the positive feedback from the community. Our team is excited that this year’s festival will truly offer something for everyone, with an all-access ticket price that can’t be beat.”
The Connective Art & Music Festival will benefit the Oxford Arts Alliance and Oxford Mainstreet Inc It will feature three stages and a variety of street performers, 40 visual artists and artisans, themed tents with demonstrations and activities for kids and adults, and a variety of other interactive music and art opportunities.
Tickets are available through the festival website, www.connectivefestival.org.