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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 Page9 July 15, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park -- Squeezebox Stompers - Blues/Cajun/Zydeco. The Squeezebox Stompers play Roadhouse Roots music: A unique mix of Cajun, Zydeco, Celtic, Country, blues and jazz featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and drums on two-steps, Cajun waltzes, Delta blues, hoe-downs, swamp ballads and original tunes. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park -- Grupo Fantasia - Latin. Angel Wagner, musical director of Grupo Fantasia and master per- cussionist, plays more than 30 instruments. Angel has studied at the Harbor Arts Academy in New York, Berklee College of Music in Boston and in the 1990's, tutored on congas under Grammy nominee, Giovanni Hidalgo. Angel formed Grupo Fantasia in 1993, with musicians from around the world. Sunday, July 22, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park -- Cosmodrome - Funk/Hip-Hop/Soul. Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward thinkin~ and eclectic blend of soul, funk and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy. Cosmodrome is based out of Boston where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee College of Music. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park -- Hannah Christianson - Folk, Indie, Pop. Hannah's thoughtful writing encompasses the human condition with honesty, charisma and hope. "A good mix of sweetness and pop sensibility, with an engaging voice that sounds like fine wine," says Peter Swenson, Director of Social Media, CD Baby. Her song "Let's Be Frisbees" was featured on a compilation CD for the Raising the Blues Foundation. ......... Sunday, July 29, 2012, ~i~ ......... 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park Eguie Castrillo - Big Band ~:'i~!i~ Salsa. Eguie Castrillo is one of the most prolific studio and session timbale artists in the world today. In addition to being an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music, Eguie tours regularly with the Arturo Sandoval Band. He is a Grammy Award winner (Arturo Sandoval's Latin Jazz 1998 record of the year) and an engaging showman who performs with his Big Band. Eugie has performed with legendary timbalito Tito Puente (whom he credits as being a mentor and close personal friend), Steve Winwood, Michael Brecker, Ruben Blades, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, KC and the Sunshine Band, Dave Valentin and Giovanni Hidalgo. ZUMIX Concert Series Tuesday, July 3 I, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pro, Bremen Street Park Banda Magda- French/ Pop/Latin/Jazz. Banda Magda was born in New York and raised by accordionist/pia- nist/vocalist and chef d'orchestre Magda Giannikou. The music is centered around Magda's original French songs, but the very international band spices up the repertoire with songs that Magda sings in Italian, Spanish, English, Portu- guese and Greek. Sunday, August 5, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park -- Zili Misik - World Music. Zili Misik is an all-female group that has been bridging cultures, generations and continents for years. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zfli retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original creations and traditional folksongs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamai- can roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creat- ing a sound that is uniquely its own. Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park -- Moira Lo Bianco Trio - Classical/World. Moira Lo Bianco, pianist and composer, was born in Vibo Valentia, Italy and began studying piano when she was five years old. In July 2004 she graduated with honors in Classical Piano at the Conservatory "F. Torrefranca" and moved to Rome, enrolling at Saint Louis College of Music where she studied Jazz. In October 2009 she graduated with the highest honors at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in Literature and Performing Arts with a thesis in Ethnomusicology. In August 2010 she was admitted in the prestigious "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena where she studied Film Scoring with Oscar winner Luis Bacalov. In 2010 she won a scholarship at the presti- gious Berklee College of Music where she received the Achievement Award through the Professional Music Department and the ContemlSorary Classical Performance Award through the Piano Department. Sunday, August 12, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park -- Endangered Speeches - Reggae. Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee College of Music include members hailing from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Norway, Greece, India, Mexico and across the U.S., each with vast musical experience. Endangered Speeches, the brainchild of Mariletta Konstantara, aims to restore a meaningful message and forward direction to hip-hop music. Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, the Endangered Speeches sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. While Mariletta's love for Rebetika (traditional Greek music) and Drum n' Bass contribute toward a diverse repertoire, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable. Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park -- Love Whip - Electronic/ Dance/Rock. It's all fair game for Lovewhip, the Jamaica Plain- based electro group who whip up furiously infectious dance songs for those who love to dance. Play- ing a party-starting mix of disco, rock, dance-pop, reggae and Afrobeat, the energy and presence of Lovewhip's live shows is infec- tious. Lead by the soulful electro- rock diva and singer/guitarist Erin Harpe, and her long- time partner in crime Jim Countryman (a/k/a Juicy Jim) on bass and sequencer. Drummer Bob Nisi brings the sexy beats and backup vocals! Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park Juan Perez Rodriguez Trio Experimental Jazz/ Tango. Juan Perez recorded his first album "Fabulare" with the indie recording company "Mflsica Funda- mental," a work where Jazz, Flamenco and Classical music blend in a very per- sonal way. The album re- ceived very good reviews. He was awarded a scholar- ship at Berklee College of Music, where he continues his education. During his time at Berklee, he co-founded "Spain the Lighter," a renovated and fresh vision of Flamenco/Fusion music, the band was very acclaimed during its short but intense life, and this project is still open for the future with very good pros- pects. He is preparing his second album that ~be released in one year. Sunday, August 26, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Piers Park -- Phillip Young Band - Funk/ Gospel/Jazz. Saxophonist, Philip Young, studied at Berklee College of Music and has toured extensively with Entrain, where he plays not only saxophone, but also key- boards and percussion. Phillip has had the privilege of open- ing for Arturo Sandoval, Steele Pulse, Kate Taylor, The Neville Brothers and Gladys Knight. Phillip also plays with JeffClark, Frank Wilkltis and the WeJazzUp Orchestra, Jose Ramos, Elevation Theory and many other bands in the Boston area. Phillip Young has transcended into not only an indispensable part of the Boston music scene but more over, a highly gifted musician. Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 6i00 - 8:00 pm, Bremen Street Park Rajdulari Band - Jazz/Nu-Jazz/ R&B. The lead voice for so many of New England's eclectic world, jazz and funk groups. She has worked with composers Walter Robinson, David Zoffer, (New England Conser- vatory (NEe), Chair of Continuing Education Department) James Stewardson (Guitar faculty @ Riv- ers Music School, NEe Prep/SeE Jazz & Fresh Sounds recording artist) and is featured on many compilations along such performers as award winning pianist George W. Russell. Rajdulari currently performs with her own band, simply titled "Rajdulari" (winner of the NE Ur- ban Music Awards "Best Jazz Band 2011") and has just released her debut album "HoneyWine." Sunday, Septem- ber 9, 2012, 3:00- 6:00 pro, Piers Park The Yesberger Band - Pop/Jazz. The Yesberger Band, an east coast college band founded in early 2010 at the Berklee College of Music, is the project of lead singer and pia- nist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spen- cer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop. Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden amongst the stars and spread throughout daily life, Devon writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feel- ings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friend- ship between the performers and audience. For further information on these and upcoming Zum/x events, please visit