Date(s) - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Sunday, May 1, 2022
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
WHAT: Revelry at 33
WHEN: Saturday April 30. Doors Open: 7:30PM. Music at 8:00PM. After Party 10:30PM-12:30AM
After Party Only: $15 In Advance/$20 at the Door
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The Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides affordable space for artists, performers, and educators, and offers programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections, has been serving Northampton and the Connecticut River Valley almost 40 years! To ensure we can keep that track record going, we are planning a fundraising event for the evening of Saturday, April 30 called Revelry at 33, so named because it’s happening in the beautiful Flex Space at 33 Hawley, the arts center we are proud to call home. Revelry at 33 is going to be a festive affair with live music from Happy Feet Time with Samirah Evans and an afterparty DJ’d by REC 1NE. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction, a chance to meet some of the talented artists who work with the Center, and of course, dancing! Please join us to eat, drink, and be merry in celebration of our local arts scene. We plan to make this an annual event, something for our community to look forward to each spring!
Revelry at 33 will be in a large indoor space with excellent air filtration. Masks are recommended but not mandatory.
Sponsored by D.A. Sullivan & Sons, PeoplesBank, West Branch Capital, Valley Home Improvement, Thomas Douglas Architects, Ruthie Oland Real Estate, Downtown Sounds, Finck & Perras Insurance, Ginny Mayer and Mark Gaudet, Northampton Area Pediatrics, Smith College, Susan Weiss CPA, Whalen Insurance, Wohl Family Dentistry and 93.9 The River. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
During her career as a performer and recording artist, Samirah Evans has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most popular and in-demand singers for over 20 years. Because New Orleans is a destination for a variety of special events including conventions, weddings, and balls, Evans became a consummate entertainer, performing a variety of genres including Rock & Roll, Pop, R&B and Funk, and therefore knows how to rock a party!
Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a run of 15 consecutive appearances, either as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina’s and the House of Blues.
Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Michael Franks, Poncho Sanchez, Katie Webster, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Duke Robillard, Levon Helm, Jaimoe (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger.
Hurricane Katrina caused Evans to relocate to her husband’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. She has since been performing in venues and festivals throughout the northeast with her band, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, and her classic New Orleans R&B choir, the NOLABratts, among other projects.
The New Orleans Times Picayune named Evans’ debut CD, Give Me a Moment, the fifth best new release of 2002. She has recorded two other full-length CDs as a leader, My Little Bodhisattva (2007) and Hot Club: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center (2009), in addition to several downloadable singles. She has also appeared as a featured or supporting vocalist on other artists’ recordings in New Orleans and New England.
Evans dedicates time to perpetuating American Jazz and blues music. She is currently an Artist Associate in Jazz Voice at Williams College, and offers vocal instruction from her home studio. She founded the “Ladies in Jazz” series to highlight collaborations between female singers and musicians, and the “Sam’s Sunday Set and Shed” musical mentoring program to spotlight artist-protege relationships in the region. In New Orleans, Samirah participated in the Blues Schoolhouse sponsored by the House of Blues Foundation and hosted a show for the N.O. Jazz & Heritage Foundation radio station, WWOZ.
REC 1NE will finish the party on a high note with a DJ set from 10:30pm-12:30am!
Carlos “REC 1NE” McBride is a Doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy and Culture program through the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Carlos has been an active educator, media maker and community organizer for close to two decades. He has taught throughout Western Massachusetts for many years both on the college and high school levels and has traveled extensively throughout the country giving lectures and running workshops related to his research interests.
His research interests include Hip Hop, Social Science, Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice in Education, Multimodal approaches to alternative schooling using mixed media & art, Media Justice, New Literacy Studies, Anticolonial Education, the Prison Industrial Complex, and Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Style Writing (Graffiti). Carlos has also been a DJ for close to 20 years and is an avid vinyl collector.