Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival 4/9/11

Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival
this Saturday, April 9, 2011, 11am-6pm
the heart of the City of Miami: Historic Overtown District Main Street 1000 NW 3rd Avenue
between 9th and 11th Streets, NW 3rd Avenue
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Leaders of the Overtown and Greater Miami community are throwing a party you don’t want to miss this Saturday.

Celebrate Miami’s rich history with local food, art and entertainment.

The Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival, organized, planned and implemented by volunteers from the non-profit group Magic-In-Action and local leaders of the Overtown Community, aims to celebrate the rich history of one of Miami’s earliest settlements. Magic-In-Action is Team 5 of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami 2010 – 2011 program. Set on the charming main street of NW 3rd Avenue, between 9th and 11th Streets in the Historic Overtown District, this one-day annual Spring Festival comes alive on April 9, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with local food, art, and entertainment. This year’s event will include local church choirs, the Booker T. Washington Marching Band, and local and national musical artists. Overtown Food vendors will treat festival goers with authentic BBQ and southern cooking, Caribbean flavors, and locally grown produce. Admission to the festival is FREE. Join us for this family-friendly event.

The first ever event of its kind, a truly local festival by and for the people of Overtown and Miami.

Luke Campbell, presiding.

Grammy Award Winner Roy Hargrove Headlines a Dazzling Line-up of Jazz, Gospel, Hip Hop and African Cultural artists during the First Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival on April 9, 2011 where Luther “Luke” Campbell will be named King of the inaugural event

The multiple Grammy award-winning Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove will headline the star-studded stage of the inaugural Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival, to be held in the main street of NW 3rd Avenue, between 9th and 11th Streets in Miami’s Historic Overtown District, on Saturday April 9, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival, a one-day, FREE, street festival, aims to celebrate the rich history of one of Miami’s earliest settlements, Overtown. During the festival, the heart of Miami’s Historic Overtown District will come alive with food, music, art, entertainment, and activities for the entire family.

Joining Hargrove on stage will be the renowned Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, Second Chance Gospel Choir, SASA African Dance Theater, Jazz ensemble Instant Attraction, Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band, and the South Florida Hip Hop group Vagabonds.
Inaugurating this year’s festival will be Miss Overtown and Miss Overtown Teen USA together with the King of the Festival, Luther “Luke” Campbell.

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. Hargrove has won Grammy® Awards for two vastly different projects: in 1997, Roy’s Cuban-based band Crisol (including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana, and in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration Directions in Music.

Jazz vocalist Nicole Yarling is a lecturer in jazz vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Nicole Yarling is a rising star in the jazz community. For more than a decade, she has been a part of South Florida’s musical world as a singer and violinist working in most musical genres. Her rich voice and musical prowess has made her a local favorite. Yarling has worked with music legends Dizzy Gillespie and Joe Williams and has gone on tour as the featured soloist with Jimmy Buffett for over two years.

Luther “Luke” Campbell grew up in Overtown and, after his many professional successes has remained an involved member in the Overtown community. He is Co-founder of the Liberty City Optimist Club, and President of the National Youth football & Cheering League with 4,000 participating kids and 350 volunteers. He is also an advocate for improving education in the community.

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