Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our Boys Carnival Masquerade Fete Friday!

Went to a short rehearsal today with Our Boys and friends and...the band is smokin'. Veteran pan players like Sharon Baird, David Reid, Terry Kinsale Figuera, Kenrick Wharff, Liz La Mantia, Dexter Bruce and Jim Munzenrider of the SF Panhandlers were working up a hot set for Friday night at Ashkenaz. Don't wanna miss it. Check out the poster for details. See you Friday night cause Carnaval is Bacchanal!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Cardinal Calypso Breaking the mold

There's something about Stanford's Cardinal culture, young intellectuals giving the impression they don't take themselves too seriously, but with a standard of performance that reveals a strong dedication and commitment to excellence.
I dropped into Toyon Hall this evening to catch about four tunes of the CARDINAL CALYPSO SPRING SHOW, Discolypso, and left there really stimulated and impressed with the group's performance. I would have stayed longer but I couldn't figure out the parking situation. So I stole a few minutes in a 'service' designated spot and sneaked in to catch the show.
The approach was innovative if not creative, and with a colorful variety that captured the audience's attention. The pan program and repertoire here has really grown from the early days of 'Under the Sea". Looking forward to their future performances. These guys are breaking the mold.
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