Global Meets Local: The World Music Fest of Greater Cincinnati

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Cincinnati, Sept. 18, 2008: Is a round-the-world trip vacation a little out of the budget? You can experience the sounds and culture of China, the Caribbean, Africa, New Orleans, the Middle East and much more at World Music Fest, one giant concert featuring 18 performing groups representing all corners of the world in a single night.

After an incredibly successful start last year, World Music Fest is now a growing annual festival with the aim of bringing together people from all over the community to celebrate the culture that makes Greater Cincinnati special and taking joy in our niche in the greater world. The WMF features a long list of local talent as well as amazing special guests, such as master Puerto Rican percussionist Jose Rosa (who will appear with the headliners Poco Loco, a new local Latin-Jazz ensemble); Brazilian guitarist Bruno Mangueira (who will perform with Brasilia), and a real New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian group of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe. World Music Fest 2008 promises to be an event of global proportions!

In addition to these phenomenal guests as well as some of the best musical talent Greater Cincinnati has to offer, there will also be a multi-media art exhibit in the top floor gallery featuring the work of fifteen local artists, as well as fun extras such as free dance lessons and door prizes. Initiated by a small group of passionate musicians, this enormous volunteer-run concert will rock the historic Southgate House in Newport, KY on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) until 2 a.m. The ages 18+ event benefits the 501c3 organization Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation.

What: World Music Fest, featuring 18 amazing groups in a night of international music & art
When/Where: Oct. 11, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at The Southgate House
Why: To celebrate the Greater Cincinnati area’s great coming-together of cultures through music, dance and art
Cost: $15 pre-pay, $20 at the door. Tickets available at the Southgate House Website
Contact: www.worldmusicfest.org[email protected]

Headliners: Poco Loco with special guest Jose Rosa, Afro-Latin Dance Music
Andalus, Arabic Oud Music
BB Blues, Blues with a Latin twist
Brasilia featuring special guest Bruno Mangueira, Brazilian Jazz
Brasil Band, Brazilian Bossa Nova
Eclipse, Hip Hop & Jazz Fusion with International Flavors
Faux Frenchmen, New Orleans style “Hot” Gypsy Jazz
Harper, Celtic Folk Music
Kabuke, Acoustic World Beat
Kalimba, African kalimba music
Lagniappe, Cajun/Zydeco
Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans African Mardi Gras Tradition
Ming Ke, Chinese Classical music
Nakama, Japanese flute and koto
Noyse Merchants, Medieval/Renaissance music
Salsa Underground, Sizzling salsa performance and free dance instruction
Sunflower, Native American flute music
Zionites, Reggae