Cultural Percussionist

Jimmy Ruffin Day

May 7, 2018

James Lee Ruffin (May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations. He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 hits “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold On (To My Love)“.

Jimmy Ruffin was born in 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, to Eli, a sharecropper, and Ophelia Ruffin. He was approaching his fifth birthday when his younger brother David was born. As children, the brothers began singing with a gospel group, the Dixie Nightingales.

In 1961, Jimmy became a singer as part of the Motown stable, mostly on sessions but also recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label, but was then drafted for national service. After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career. Ruffin recorded for Motown’s subsidiary Soul label, but with little success.

Arthur Blythe Day

May 7, 2018

Arthur Murray Blythe (July 5, 1940 – March 27, 2017) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer. He was described by critic Chris Kelsey as displaying “one of the most easily recognizable alto sax sounds in jazz, big and round, with a fast, wide vibrato and an aggressive, precise manner of phrasing” and furthermore as straddling the avant garde and traditionalist jazz, often with bands featuring unusual instrumentation.

Born in Los Angeles, Blythe lived in San Diego, returning to Los Angeles when he was 19 years old. He took up the alto saxophone at the age of nine, playing R&B until his mid-teens when he discovered jazz. In the mid-1960s, Blythe was part of The Underground Musicians and Artists Association (UGMAA), founded by Horace Tapscott, on whose 1969 The Giant Is Awakened he made his recording debut.

After moving to New York in the mid-70s, Blythe worked as a security guard before being offered a place as sideman for Chico Hamilton (1975–77). He subsequently played with Gil Evans‘ Orchestra (1976–78), Lester Bowie (1978), Jack DeJohnette (1979) and McCoy Tyner (also 1979). Blythe’s group – John Hicks, Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall (drummer) – played Carnegie Hall and the Village Vanguard in 1979.

Bumble Bee Slim Day

May 7, 2018

Admiral Amos Easton (May 7, 1905 – June 8, 1968), better known by the stage name Bumble Bee Slim, was an American Piedmont bluessinger and guitarist.

Easton was born in Brunswick, Georgia. Around 1920 he joined the Ringling Brothers circus. He then returned to Georgia and was briefly married before heading north on a freight train to Indianapolis, where he settled in 1928. There he met and was influenced by the pianist Leroy Carr and the guitarist Scrapper Blackwell.

By 1931 he had moved to Chicago, where he made his first recordings, as Bumble Bee Slim, for Paramount Records. The following year his song “B&O Blues” was a hit for Vocalion Records, inspiring a number of other railroad blues and eventually becoming a popular folk song. In the next five years he recorded over 150 songs for Decca Records, Bluebird Records and Vocalion,often accompanied by other musicians, including Big Bill Broonzy, Peetie Wheatstraw, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, and Washboard Sam.

World Fusion with Dakhabrakha

May 7, 2018

DakhaBrakha is a Ukrainian folk quartet which combines the musical styles of several ethnic groups. It was a winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2009.

Daily Roots with the Officials

May 7, 2018

Babylonians

MAYDAY FESTIVAL 2018 with POSITIVE VIBRATIONS

May 7, 2018

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s 44th Annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival

Sunday May 6th 2018 Minneapolis in Powderhorn Park
with POSITIVE VIBRATIONS 630PM Band Stage.

Featuring Van Nixon, Tim Siefkes, Onesmo Kibira, Mikemann Mcmahon, Todd Matheson, Paul Strickland, Larry McCabe and mick.

Reggae music!

MAYDAY FESTIVAL 2018 with BEAU KOO JACKS

May 7, 2018

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s 44th Annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival

Sunday May 6th 2018 Minneapolis in Powderhorn Park
With BEAU KOO JACKS performing at 6pm Band Stage.

Featuring Van Nixon, Jamie Carter, Todd Matheson, Paul Strickland, Larry McCabe, Tim Siefkes, Eric Hohn and mick.

New Orleans and Mardi Gras music!

MAYDAY CEREMONY 2018 5-6-18

May 7, 2018

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s 44th Annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival

Sunday May 6th 2018 Minneapolis at 330pm in Powderhorn Park
Love Supreme theme this year with many guest artists and musicians.

mick, Gregg Herriges and Anthony Varghese from 2011.

MAYDAY PARADE 2018

May 7, 2018

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s 44th Annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival

Sunday May 6th 2018 Minneapolis
Performing with the Community Band at noon 25th & Bloomington into Powderhorn Park.
Performing Misirlou, Shto Mi E Milo, Night Train, Caravan by Fanfare Ciocarlia and much more.

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