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The History of the Multi Music Fest
Over the past 15 years, the MultiMusicFest (MMF), has been the biggest fundraiser the MC Chatman Center has relied on to help generate funds for its programs. This annual event is designed to bring a diversified audience together to celebrate the art of great musical entertainment. We have showcased various genres of music including Jazz, Latin Soul, and R&B, Japanese Taiko, Disco, and Gospel. Each year the MultiMusicFest brings in nationally known artists. Past artists include Peter White, Euge Groove, Michael Franks, Najee, Mr. Will Downing, Russell Thompkins Jr., and the Stylistics, Zapp, Shirley Murdock, Cameo, the Manhattans, Chi-Lites, Dramatics, Spyro Gyra, Jonathan Butler, Tony Toni Tonè, Dru Hill, Evelyn Champagne King, Hiroshima, Kirk Whalum, Roy Ayers, Gerald Albright, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans. We have utilized prime Cleveland venues such as Cain Park, the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, Severance Hall, Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium, and Playhouse Squares' Palace and State Theaters. Our attendance over the years has grown to 2200+
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HIROSHIMA + ROY AYERS
Hosted by Mark Ribbins + Carmen Kennedy
(Former 107.3 The Wave Radio Personalities)
In 1977, they foreshadowed the DIY movement of the punks of the 1970’s by self-releasing their eponymous debut album. Spyro Gyra was picked up by Amherst Records, a local label who then made a deal for subsequent albums to go to Infinity Records, a label owned by MCA Records. After gaining Infinity its only gold (soon to be platinum) record with Morning Dance, Infinity folded and the group was picked up by MCA Records. There they stayed until MCA acquired noted contemporary jazz label GRP Records. Spyro Gyra moved to GRP in 1990 and put out all but one of their 1990’s output on that label. In 1999, they released a single album, Got The Magic on Windham Hill Jazz. The “aughts” had them returning to an indie mode, licensing their albums to Heads Up International. Most of those Heads Up albums have since returned to the band as self released independent releases. 2011 sees them returning to Amherst Records in Buffalo with A Foreign Affair.
Since galvanizing the instrumental music world with its unique East meets West approach in the late 70s, Hiroshima has always kept its eye on a distinctive One World philosophy which seamlessly blends Asian and North American culture to reflect both cultural and spiritual connections. The band's unique combination of distinctively Japanese elements-June Kuramoto's classical flavored koto, Johnny Mori's booming taiko drum-with funky pop, urban and jazz sensibilities first hit the instrumental music charts. Blending contemporary root music, mystical Eastern exotica and melodically rich smooth jazz which further deepens their larger commitment to global unity.
Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved, and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music scene today.
Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and Ice Cube.
Many of Ayers' songs including: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”,”Searchin”, Running Away” have been frequently sampled and remixed by DJ’s worldwide.