14th Annual Multi Music Fest
The M.C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services presents the 14th Annual Multi Music Fest at Cain Park with Spyro Gyra, Avery Sunshine, Norman Brown, and Lindsey Webster featuring Hubb’s Groove.
As Spyro Gyra looks forward to 2020 and beyond, they show no sign of slowing down. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released thirty-one albums (not counting “Best Of…” compilations) selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Although few acts have accomplished this type of record, they have done it by constantly challenging themselves as is evidenced by their last studio release The Rhinebeck Sessions, which was written and recorded over three days in the studio. Current band members include Jay Beckenstein (saxophones), Tom Schuman (keyboards), Scott Ambush (bass), Julio Fernandez (guitars), and Lionel Cordew (drums).
“My hope is that our music has the same effect on the audience that it does on me,” says founder Jay Beckenstein. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words.”
Avery Sunshine is a mercurial singer and composer who weds soul, gospel, jazz and R&B in a signature mix. She has worked everywhere – from Broadway to the European club and festival scenes.
In 2007, Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist Jennifer Holliday sought her out to become the choral director for the theatrical production of Dreamgirls during the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Sunshine came to national attention during four daily performances at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and was subsequently invited to sing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Her Shanachie debut, The Sun Room, hit number three on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and also landed on the R&B and Hot 200 charts. In January 2016, Sunshine issued the groove-laden single "Come Do Nothing" in anticipation of the release of her next studio long-player, Twenty Sixty Four, which arrived later that April.
Grammy Award-winning Contemporary Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown has sold close to 2 million albums in his extraordinary career and virtually lives at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz sales and radio charts. He has shared the stage with virtually every Contemporary Jazz superstar from Boney James to Dave Koz to Gerald Albright.
The follow-up to Celebration on Warner Bros., Just Chillin’, earned Brown much-deserved Grammy recognition in the best pop instrumental category. The Highest Act Of Love, Norman Brown’s latest CD, is out on Shanachie Entertainment and has something for everyone (whether an R&B fan or a Jazz aficionado).
George Benson has heralded Brown, as one of the greatest guitarists around today. Like Benson, Brown effortlessly fuses the finer elements of jazz, R&B, pop and blues to create his own insatiable and instantly identifiable and soulful sound.
Lindsey Webster is an American jazz, r&b, & pop singer. Her first single, "Fool Me Once," reached number one on the Smooth Jazz chart at Billboard magazine, making her the first vocalist since Sade’s 2010 "Soldier of Love" to have a #1 vocally-driven song in the primarily instrumental format. Blessed with a honey-toned voice and enviable range, Webster’s uniquely identifiable sound is fueled by potent messages of love that are timely for today’s climate.
Growing up in an artist community in Woodstock, NY and the daughter of loving hippie parents, the singer grew up listening to her parent’s Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Elvis Costello LPs and later the Supremes and Aretha Franklin. Influenced by everyone from Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani to Steely Dan and Earth Wind and Fire, Webster once pursued medical school before finally settling on music.
Hubb’s Groove plays jazz, soul, gospel, classical and R&B music. The band was founded in 1995 under the name Moment’s Notice ewith founding band members Rodney Hubbard, Cliff Coleson, David Heman, Eddie Baccus Jr. and Robert Hubbard Jr. The band has performed with Angela Bofill, Roger Smith, Marcus Johnson, Walter & Tramaine Hawkins, Vesta Williams, Gerald Levert and many more. The band has opened up for Earth, Wind & Fire,Yellow Jackets, Randy Crawford, Marian Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Wayman Tisdel, Roy Ayers & many more.