Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble 40th Anniversary Concert | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble 40th Anniversary Concert

Presented by Maryland Hall
Saturday
June 8th
7:30 PMPurchase

 

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble 
Presented by Maryland Hall

Bluegrass & Fast, Fiery Feet!

Celebrating 40 years as a performing arts company, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble presents a very special 40th Anniversary Concert with special guests Grammy Award Winner Tim O’Brien, Charm City Junction, and Baakari Wilder, along with many other stellar performers who have been a part of Footworks’ legacy. Join us for a very special celebration with many of the very best in acoustic music and percussive dance.

Footworks has been coming to Maryland Hall almost since its very beginning. The company began rehearsing here in 1980 and shortly thereafter began presenting bi-annual concerts in the hall. Footworks is honored to continue the tradition and to return to Maryland Hall for their 40th Anniversary concert.

Since 1979, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble has delighted audiences of all ages and cultures around the world. Footworks thrilled audiences as guest artists in the London run of Riverdance and was honored to be one of eight groups chosen to represent American culture in Japan on a tour with the Smithsonian Institution. Footworks, recognized as pioneers in bringing traditional Americana music and percussive dance to the concert stage, is also dedicated to teaching and working with youth and is recognized for over 39 years in Arts-In-Education. 

Footworks remains true to traditional American music and percussive dance and presents connected roots and branches from many cultures. All of Footworks programming is a celebration of the cultural diversity found in the United States. The Washington Post declares, "The eruptive joy of Footworks dancers is as contagious as laughter!"


FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST TIM O'BRIEN

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school. Gaining attention in the 1980’s with Colorado’s Hot Rize, O’Brien scored a country hit with Kathy Mattea’s cover of his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986. Soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks also covered his songs. Collaborators include his sister Mollie O’Brien, old time musician Dirk Powell, and songwriters Darrell Scott, Steve Earle, and Mark Knopfler. O’Brien formed his own record label, Howdy Skies Records, in 1999, and launched the digital download label Short Order Sessions (SOS) with his partner Jan Fabricius in 2015.

Notable O’Brien recordings like the bluegrass Dylan covers of Red On Blonde and the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of The Crossing led to Grammy winning CD’s Fiddler’s Green (2005and The Earls of Leicester (2014). 2017’s Where the River Meets the Road paid tribute to the music of his native West Virginia. This year’s March 2019 release, Tim O’Brien Band, features well known players Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle), and Patrick Sauber (banjo/guitar), and Jan Fabricius (vocal). Shaping Tim’s Blues, Jazz, and Celtic influences within a string band setting, they transform five originals and eight well-chosen covers into his own unique brand of bluegrass.


FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS CHARM CITY JUNCTION

Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition.From dance inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising young acoustic roots musicians in the country. Drawing from separate musical backgrounds, the four members have found a common ground on which to develop their unique approach. Patrick McAvinue, one of the most in-demand and highly respected bluegrass fiddlers in the country, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, an incredibly talented Irish button accordion player, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful playing. The versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices. Charm City Junction embodies the essence of what acoustic roots music is all about, a shared and burning passion for blazing new trails while respecting the tradition. They released their debut album on Patuxent Records in the fall of 2015. The album hit as high as #15 on the Folk-DJ Radio Charts. www.charmcityjunction.com

"Carrying on the torch of interesting, rootsy music." - SiriusXM

"Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition.” - The Washington Post


FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST BAAKARI WILDER 

Baakari Wilder is internationally known for starring in the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. He received a Bessie Award for his performance, and later assumed the lead role for a year. Baakari's dancing has delighted audiences around the world in places such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, France, Africa, Brazil, Germany, and Japan. He has appeared as a guest performer on So You Think You Can Dance and an episode of the Discovery Channel's Time Warp. He also appeared as a tap dancer in Spike Lee's Bamboozled. Baakari is currently the assistant artistic director of the Washington DC based company Capitol Tap.