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UPDATE: DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER, WE HAVE CANCELED
THE 2016 PARADE & HOPE TO HAVE IT IN 2017.
Into every life a little rain must fall...and we are definitely getting our share! As you probably already know, the weather this Saturday looks unseasonably cool and quite rainy, so we have come up with a brilliant "B" plan to save Cheverly Day. We hope that you will join us for Cheverly's grand 85th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
Please join us at the Community Center beginning at 2pm on Saturday for a day filled with music, food, art and fun. Bring your families, friends, and neighbors and spend the afternoon enjoying the community. Who knows...there may even be a little birthday cake to celebrate 85 years of Cheverly! Please visit our website for the complete schedule.
What about the rest of the day? The parade? The fireworks? We are still hoping to bring two favorite outside events to you on Saturday, but with some minor alterations. We hope to begin the parade at 10am as originally scheduled (participants please check in and line up at 9am). We do plan to have fireworks as scheduled, but will need to make a final determination at 7pm on Saturday. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the very latest news on the parade, fireworks, and all other events.
Unfortunately, several great attractions -- the East-West Softball Game, most Midway games, Bubble Soccer, the dunk tank, and putt putt golf -- are cancelled because of the poor conditions of the fields. We have also cancelled our circulator service for Saturday. Look for all these events to return in 2017. We will go ahead with laser tag, which will be on the basketball court, and the 3 on 3 Tourney has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 22.
Many thanks to our sponsors, businesses, and community groups for their continued support of Cheverly Day 2016. We're looking forward to celebrating our 85th birthday with you this Saturday!
Entertainment at Cheverly Day
Each year, Cheverly Day hosts some of the best local, regional, and international acts available. We're thrilled to offer a great lineup again this year! Scroll down to learn about the impressive entertainers that will join us in celebrating Cheverly's 85th anniversary.
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Schedule (subject to change)
All events are on the stage in the Community Center Gym
2:00-2:30pm Joyful Motion Dance Studio Performance (in front of stage)
2:30-3:30pm Cheick Hamala Diabate
3:45-4:45pm Soul Prospect
5:00-6:00pm Alfedo Mojica Quintet
6:16-7:15pm Project Natale
7:30-8:30pm Carly Harvey
8:45pm Mayor's Awards, National Anthem
performed by Mya Carlisle
Soul Prospect (formerly interstellar Soul)
Soul Prospect is a combination of reggae rock band Tillers Prospect & Alternative soul band Interstellar Soul. Tillers Prospect is made up of Drummer Cheech Barry, Bassist Gregg Gaither, and singer/songwriter Paul Ivester. The group bring an upbeat, funky groove to the reggae rock genre. Combining Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, and R&B, the group brings a unique but recognizable sound the scene.
Gaither and Barry are also apart of the Interstellar Soul lineup. Teaming up with Singer/Songwriter Ernest Douglas, the group changes its sound. Douglas bring the a raspy voice influenced by the blues, soul, and funk greats.
Joyful Motion Dance Studio (performance in front of Community Center @ 3pm)
Joyful Motion Dance is a studio located in Greenbelt dedicated to serving the community by making the art form of dance accessible in an family friendly environment that focuses on whole child development. Through increasing the impact of arts education by serving hundreds of students, JMDG enables educators who are passionate about youth and passionate about dance to develop thriving careers. JMDG serves the community by providing an affordable alternative to arts education and nurture dancers in a caring environment that fosters whole child development.
Washington may be chock-a-block with lobbyists and consultants, but only one of them rocks the n’goni, the West African plucked lute covered with animal skin. He advises presidents and the World Bank. He’s played for everyone from a struggling couple trying to save their marriage, to the U.S. Congress. He’s hobnobbed with American string and Blues legends—from Bela Fleck to Corey Harris—and along the way reunited his beloved instrument with its long-lost grandchild, America’s banjo. Though Diabate may stick to the old-school roles of the griot, his music embraces the panoply of sound he discovered in America, taking him beyond the traditional trio of griot instruments: the n’goni, kora (gourd harp), andbalafon (wooden xylophone). He has long explored the connection between America’s traditions and his own griot roots. Like many American string players, including Bela Fleck with whom Diabate has collaborated and performed, Diabate noticed the eerie resemblance of his trusty n’goni and the banjo. In 2007, Diabate’s collaboration with banjo player Bob Carlin, “From Mali to America” (5-String Productions), led to a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album. Yet while many American musicians have traveled to West Africa or picked up the n’goni—thanks in part to Diabate’s introductions and instruction—few African musicians have explored the possibilities of the banjo.
Alfredo Mojica an experienced performer was born in El Salvador and raised Nicaragua Central America, with music being a major part of his life. His father Maestro Jose Alfredo Mojica had his own band and toured to many places, as well as sharing the stage with many well-known musicians. Alfredo began to perform at an early age. He moved to Washington DC at the age of 14 and at the time he played percussion with his father and was also integrated with many famous artists.
Today he continues to perform with many renowned artists as; Chuchito Valdez, Jeff Lorber, Lalah Hathaway, Angela Bofill, Dave Valentine, George Duke, Gil Scott Herron, John Stoddard, Jimmy Summers, Jimmy Wilson, The Grainger Brothers, Oleta Adams, Nnenna Frelon, Peabo Bryson, Shilts, Earl Klugh, Gerald veasley, Phill Perry, Norman Brown, Stanley Clark, Nick Colionne, Maysa, Lonnie Liston Smith, Alejandra Guzman, Santana and many others. Alfredo has also been a part of a USA and international tour with Michelle N’Degociello, who opened for Sting back in 2007.
His vocals can be heard as he sings and plays salsa, ballads and jazz. He contains subtle elements of jazz due to the wide exposure of music throughout his life. Alfredo is equally at home with R&B, Blues, Latin, Caribbean, Brazilian, Classical, Funk, Rock and Pop styles of music. He has performed in Japan, Canada, El Salvador, Europe, West Africa and Mexico to name a few. Locally, he has performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the Warner Theater and many other area venues.
In addition, Alfredo was nominated and awarded the Wammie Award in several years and also in 2013, an award which recognizes the D.C area’s top music talent. He received it the award for Instrumentalist and top vocalist.
Joe and Lou Natale formed Project Natale in 1990 and have been faithfully performing traditional jazz songs ranging from popular favorites such as; “The Very Thought of You” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” to playing their own original compositions such as; “Pyramids and Palms” and “I Get Bluesy.”
Project Natale delivers a smooth, mature style of music to their audiences, successfully combining sounds derived from the deep, moody tones of Joseph’s upright bass, blended with the bright, toe-tapping sounds of Lou’s drumming.
Their “softer” melodies are serene in the sense that they encourage the mind to ponder lost thoughts, while their “up-tempo” compositions are more than inspiring to bring out the dancer in any listener.
Carly Harvey is a blues and jazz vocalist based out of Washington, D.C. Her music can be described as a combination of Blues, Jazz, soul, Americana, Roots and Rock styles. Some of her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.
She performs solo and with her other projects; blues band Kiss and Ride and jazz duo Les Deux. In addition to recently releasing US single Love Me like a Man, Carly has also released an international crossover album titled Among The Stars and the EP Y.A.M.W.A.O. with Italian producer/composer Taste of Dream, featuring blues guitarist Lynwood Taylor.
Mya Carlisle is a lyric dramatic soprano who graduated from Prince George’s County Largo High School and attended UMES on a music scholarship. Mya has performed at countless musical productions with Joyful Sound, Inc. Some of her most notable performances included Monisha in "Treemonisha", Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” and the Stepmother in “The Return of the Glass Slipper.” One of her favorite songs is “Summertime” from the opera “Porgy & Bess. Mya loves to sing Broadway classics and musicals in competitive singing competitions. Other than singing her other great passion and dedication is horse riding. She trains, rides, and competitively competes in local horse shows or traveling.