|May 14, 2012|
FLORENCE Knight Productions and Look Memorial Park will host a Cancer Kickin' Jazz Fest at the Pines Theatre in Look Park on Aug. 17 and 18 to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The Jazz Fest will showcase the talents of five nationally recognized artists, and organizers hope it will not only entertain but raise much-needed funds for research and services provided by the ACS. The festival will feature Mindi Abair; the Jeff Golub Band, featuring Henry Butler; Richard Elliott; The Jeff Lorber Fusion; and special guest Vincent Ingala.
The Cancer Kickin' Jazz Fest was the brainchild of Tom McCusker, the owner of Knight Productions and a longtime, active member of the organizing committee for the ACS' Relay For Life of Hampshire County, which is takes place annually in Look Park. This year, the Relay For Life will be June 15 to 16.
"I am working hard to make cancer history," McCusker said. "In fact, it is my mission in life to find a cure for all cancers in my lifetime, and to facilitate that in any way I can. So, I am putting my experience and know-how to work to produce this great concert."
McCusker said additional sponsors are needed to help offset the cost of the festival; he said there are a range of sponsorship packages in varying amounts.
At the festival, Abair's music will take you back to the 60s and 70s with her R&B, soul and funk-based jazz. The Jeff Golub Band has performed with the likes of Rod Stewart and Billy Squier. Richard Elliott is known for soul jazz and his take on the jazz of the late 70s and 80s. The Jeff Lorber Fusion is known for pushing the boundaries of jazz and as of late found a way to mix jazz, funk and various Latin rhythms.
Special guest Vincent Ingala, at 18, has risen to the top of smooth jazz, performing with the likes of Dave Koz and Peter White.
Tickets for the Cancer Kickin' Jazz Fest are now on sale; they cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A two-day pass is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the ACS.
For other information, visit jazzforcancer.org.
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