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The Tiki Queen Commands You to Dance!

At the music@theJ’s second concert on Sunday night featuring Pete Wernick and Flexigrass, the world-famous banjo player picked up on the metaphor of music as a model for social harmony, a point made during the band’s introduction.

If Bluegrass (poor, white, rural origins) and Jazz (poor, ethnic, urban origins) can get along, as they do so beautifully in Wernick’s unique fusion band, maybe the arts have something to teach us.

Celebrating diversity through music, is, in fact, one of the goals of ACE’s new series of musical events. Each concert offers an opportunity to explore the joy, beauty and wisdom of music.

Opening our eyes and ears to different cultures, and different expressions of the human experience, enriches our understanding.

On Sunday, November 5, music@theJ continues when Gregory Walker returns to Levin Hall with a new multi-dimensional exploration of Polynesian cultures. No Jewish content, just a fascinating look at a society and history we think we know from Luaus and hula parties.

A multimedia jazz-rock journey back in time to the Polynesian islands with the Tiki Taboo House Band featuring dancer Stephanie Block, drummer Thomas VanSchoick, bassist Michael O’Niell, vocalist Jamie Beekman, trumpeter Dashiel Washer, vibraphonist Parker James, and electronic guitarist Gregory T.S. Walker. Exotic and tribal music stylings will be enhanced with live video, dance and theater to transport the lucky audience deep, deep into their own imaginations.

Enjoy the exotic surf stylings of Gregory Walker, and the Reverb Royale, along with the Kalama Polynesian Dancers’ audience dance-off! Experience an Island voyage through time with Queen Ka’ahumanu and the defeat of the cult of Ku. Multimedia theater at its unique best.

The Tiki Queen commands you to dance!

To learn more about Tiki Beat and Gregory Walker’s innovative show, click here.




About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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