Two great shows coming to DVAC

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(Two great shows coming)

Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers on 2/22, and Marhsall Hawkins on 2/28

DVAC, The Diamond Valley Arts Center, located at 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet 92543 has two great eclectic shows coming up in the next two weeks.

Local Legend Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers Rocky Zharp and The Blues Crackers will perform Saturday, February 22,  The doors open at 6:30 PM with the show starting at 7:00 PM. Admission is $20 for general admission and $15 for DVAC members. Student tickets are $5 for online pre-sale and $10 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at the DVAC website (www.thedvac.org) or purchased at the Arts Center.

Rocky Zharp, born in Indiana, was given his first musical instrument, a harmonica, by his great grandmother when he was but 5 years old. By age 17 he was working with the elderly Rev. Ervin Davis playing blues on the harmonica at picnics and on street corners for tips.

Glenn Frazier (Glenn “MannRaw” Frazier) has been playing the drums since the age of two. He has made appearances on several television networks accompanying different artists. Appearances include CBS, FOX, KUSI, PBS, BET, and TBN to name a few.
Jerry Cox has played the Electric Bass professionally for almost 50 years “holding down the low end” with many great musicians all across America.

Marshall Hawkins and Seahawk MoJO

Marshall Hawkins and Seahawk MoJO return for a very special Black History Month celebration on Friday February 28, 2020, at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC) located at 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet Ca 92543.

Admission for DVAC members is $20 general admission $25 for this very special event. Student tickets are $5 for online pre-sale and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.thedvac.org or by stopping by the Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the concert starting at 7:00 PM. As always, DVAC members receive their discount online at checkout by entering this month’s coupon code.

Marshall Hawkins and Seahawk MoJO will take listeners on a journey from Africa through the new world and into modern music. Hawkins’ delivery of his message of the unifying power of music makes this Black History Month celebration one for everyone.

In the late 1960s and ’70s, Hawkins played bass with legends such as The Miles Davis Quintet, Shirley Horn and Roberta Flack before forming his own quintet.

Being well aware of the numbers of talented young people who cannot afford to attend a private high school for the arts, Marshall saw the need to raise scholarship funds for deserving young musicians. In 1994, Marshall co-founded the enormously successful “Jazz in the Pines” Festival and served as its Music Director for over 20 years.

Marshall is deeply committed to teaching and exposing school children to the uniquely American art form of Jazz. In 2002, he organized the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra (MoJO) and brings unforgettable Jazz and educational programs to elementary and secondary schools. This orchestra also gives Marshall’s former students an opportunity to play with an amazing group of musicians and guest artists.

“That’s what makes it so unique,” Hawkins said. “The students are able to come back and play with the teachers. Any other group can come join the orchestra, too.” He added there can be as few as seven people and as many as 35, but each performance exposes the kids to connections between music and society.

Hawkins said the program is not meant to turn all kids into professional musicians but to make them cognizant of how important art is in their lives. This message is not only for “his Kids” but for the rest of us as well.

MUSIC AT THE CENTER is a fundraiser for The DVAC and its programs. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the concert beginning at 7:00 PM. Contact dvacinfo@gmail.com for sponsorship opportunities.

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