13th Annual Multi Music Fest

Image of Peter White, Euge Groove, Jonathan Butler, and Kirk Whalum

The M.C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services presents the 13th Annual Multi Music Fest at Cain Park with Peter White, Euge Groove, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, and the Sammy DeLeon Band.

Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
A multi-instrumentalist, he was invited to join Al Stewart’s band as a keyboardist for a tour of England, Scotland, and the U.S. in 1975. In addition to opening for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel and Queen, White worked with Stewart in the studio in the making of Year of the Cat, which became a huge hit for Stewart in 1976. The tour and the album marked the beginning of a twenty-year association with Stewart. In that time, the two musicians co-wrote numerous songs including Stewart’s 1978 hit, “Time Passages.”
Over the years, he found time to appear on recordings by many of his friends including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and many others. But he still feels closest to the music he absorbed while growing up. Groovin’ is White’s third collection of guitar-centric interpretations of timeless compositions from those halcyon years of the '50s to the ’80s.

A favorite on radio and the international touring circuit, Euge Groove has garnered a devout following with his irresistible mix of danceable grooves, mind-bending hooks, R&B-infused melodies and inspired solos. Two saxophonists had a profound effect on his approach to sound: classical player Marcel Mule, "who really defined what the sax was supposed to sound like for me," and David Sanborn, "who took that sound and brought it into the mainstream world." Groove was a member of Tower of Power for four years and went on to record, tour or perform with the late Joe Cocker, The Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. His latest and eleventh album is Groove On, an exhilarating collection of originals.

The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records. After moving to England, his self-titled first internationally released album went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler's latest album is Close To You.

Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe the music of Kirk Whalum. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, among others. And it’s his sax heard on Whitney's mega hit, “I Will Always Love You.” An ordained minister, Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including 12 Grammy nominations, three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. His latest album is #LOVECOVERS.

Image of Sammy DeLeonSammy DeLeon is a well-recognized fixture in the Ohio Latin jazz scene who has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue. He plays the timbales, a twin set of metal-encased, single-headed drums with a cowbell and a cymbal on the side. He began to play professionally at age 13 and has since played alongside the greatest of the genre, the late Tito Puente. His friends jokingly call his band “Sammy Salsa College” because his band has been a rite of passage for many upcoming players.