Our Social Mission
We educate the community about diversity through the presentation
of multicultural visual and performing arts programs. We also make
the center available to artists and groups who may not otherwise have
access to a professionally equipped and accessible facility or the
Jazz Tinged with the Blues
Stage hosted by the Multicultural Arts Center
Free to the
Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 12-6 PM
Come see these talented musicians at the River Festival this year on the banks of the Charles River in East Cambridge! The Multicultural Arts Center will once again be hosting the Jazz & World Music Stage. Check out the line-up below!
Join us in the fall for our monthly Jazz Club concerts at the Multicultural Arts Center! Let us know if there is anyone in particular you would like us to bring or bring back! Contact us HERE.
Noon – 1:15
The Once in a Blue Moon Band
Shelley Neill - Vocalist, Lazlo Gardony - Piano, Ron Mahdi - Bass, Yoron Israel - Drums
Boston Jazz singer Shelley Neill and this top-notch band come together once in a blue moon and share what they know about the legacy of the Blues as it relates to Jazz. Their music spans 50 years and features songs from their highly acclaimed Blues Trilogy CD project. Ms. Neill, is described in Jazz Times magazine as “a singer with a head for the blues and a torch-singer sensibility…who entices passers-by to surrender before spellbinding song”.
1:30 – 2:45
Four Women - A Tribute to Celebrate Nina Simone
Vocalists - Valerie Stephens, Sympli Whitney, Wannetta Jackson & Yma Arrington, Rollins Ross - Keyboards, Daniel Day - Bass, David Fuller - Drums
In her latest musical production, producer and performing artist Valerie Stephens, honors Nina Simone’s legacy and rich contributions to contemporary music. A reverent celebration of Nina Simone’s genius, her commitment to reflect on the times she lived in, and her belief in the strength of art to create change; her lyrics and artistic delivery embodied the anger, frustration, strength and hope of African-American people during the Civil Right Movement. This tribute serves as both a testimony and an appreciation for the artistic contributions of Nina Simone.
3:00 – 4:15
Dwight & Nicole
Nicole Nelson - Vocals/Bass, Dwight Ritcher - Vocals/Guitar/Bass, Milt Reder - Guitar/Background Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Dwight Ritcher along with Boston Music Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nicole Nelson make up the critically acclaimed Indie-Soul band DWIGHT & NICOLE. While the duo is already well known in the Northeast, the year 2016 finds them poised to break nationally with a new album in the works. “Take R&B, Soul, Blues and Jazz, mix in razor-sharp rock guitar (Dwight), a soulful, joyful, foot-stomping, happy-to-be-alive stage energy (Nicole), heat to boiling, and watch your face melt. That's Dwight & Nicole.” Relix Magazine
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Ken Field - Alto Sax, Tom Hall - Tenor Sax, Dave Harris - Trombone/Tuba, Phil Neighbors - Drums, Blake Newman - Acoustic Bass, Jason Palmer - Trumpet
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Inspired by New Orleans second line, free improvisation, and funk, the group has released 3 critically-acclaimed CDs, and performed widely, from New Orleans to New York City to New Mexico to Venice, Italy. "New Orleans brass band meets Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman - fiery yet booty-shaking music - it's a stone cold killer diller! ... Most bands can't get the New Orleans stuff right, but the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is one of the few who does and then takes it in fascinating directions."--- OffBeat (New Orleans)
Save the Dates!
Our free Summer Festival is fast approaching! It will take place Monday - Wednesday, July 11, 12, 13.