Friday on the Square: Jazz Concert with Cashmere Williams and Band

Join friends, family and co-workers to experience Friday on the Square featuring a jazz concert by Cashmere Williams and his band on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m.   
Cashmere Williams has become one of the most prominent musicians in the Southeast. He has recorded three albums on Lenoah Records Label established in 1998. He started playing the guitar in church at the young age of seven years old where he honed his skills and learned how to interact with different musicians. In 1995, he was accepted into Berkley College of Music on a partial scholarship where he majored in composition and arranging while studying with world-class musicians. In 2003, he was asked to back Ruben Studdard and began touring nationally appearing on shows like: The David Letterman Show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, the Jay Leno Show, The View, and many more. After three years on the road, Cashmere slowed down so he could focus on spending time with his newly born daughter Harmonie Williams which spawned his latest release “New Birth” Presently, cashmere’s working on publishing his first book due for release in 2016.
“Police Chief Tommie Reese encouraged the arts council to contact Cashmere Williams for a jazz concert on Public Square,” says Two Rivers Arts Council President Carolyn Cowling. “Last year’s concert was a huge success and the weather was perfect. I think our community is in for an entertaining night of music!”
The event is sponsored by the Two Rivers Arts Council.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to bring coolers, chairs, and blankets for this night of jazz in Public Square in historic, downtown Demopolis. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Marengo County History and Archives Museum located behind The Mustard Seed in the Rosenbush Building.
We encourage everyone in Marengo County to support the arts by becoming a member of the Two Rivers Arts Council.  An Individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at 334-295-4254  or visit us on Facebook.

Toney Nixon to play Wilcox Artworks’ Music on the River this Saturday

By Amanda Walker

Special to the Watchman

Destiny Brown and Toney Nixon will headline Wilcox's Music on the River even Saturday night.

Destiny Brown and Toney Nixon will headline Wilcox’s Music on the River even Saturday night.

Wilcox Artworks presents a night of Music on the River featuring Destiny Brown and Toney Nixon.

The event will be Saturday, June 14 – rain or shine – starting at 6 pm at the Millers Ferry Training Dike – East Bank Park.

Bring your quilts, chairs, friends, and family and enjoy the sound of music against the backdrop of the Alabama River.

Destiny Brown is a country and rock singer/guitarist. She is a native of Orville and graduated from Auburn University. She now lives in Orange Beach. She performs regularly at The Hangout, The Wharf, and Lulu’s.

Brown plays a wide variety of hits and classics including songs by Tracy Chapman, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Janice Joplin, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline. She also plays a number of original songs like her, “One Way Ticket to Birmingham” that captures her signature soulful sound.

Brown’s impressive skill and talent with the guitar allows her to play her own lead, rhythm, and bass.

Toney Nixon2Toney Nixon is a jazz musician from Demopolis. His performances cover an extensive array of rhythm and blues by Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Kenny G and Stevie Wonder.

Nixon plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone, all with clean and clear notes and tones. His seems to have an effortless range that spans from a low, raw gritty sound to a higher sweet and soulful pitch.

He has performed in the past at Black Belt Treasure’s annual After Hours even. His CD’s are available in their gift shop.

Tickets can be purchased at Black Belt Treasures or from any Artworks member. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Prices are $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for children 6 to 12, and children under 6 get in free with parent.

Vendors will be selling food and drinks. No alcoholic beverages. Wilcox Artworks is our area arts council committed to bringing art and cultural experiences to the residents of Wilcox County. They invite and appreciate your continued support. Proceeds will benefit Wilcox Artworks’ programs.

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Davis Piano Quartet performing at DHS Sunday

The Davis Piano Quartet will be in concert on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Tickets will be General Admission Only with reserved seating for TRAC (Two Rivers Arts Council) members. Adult Tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. There will be an artist’s reception immediately following the concert.

Four pianists having an extravagant amount of fun at two pianos, the Davis Piano Quartet is a fresh new group performing a mix of original works and transcriptions for this unusual ensemble. The Davis Piano Quartet presents concert programs of the best of the eight hand repertoire, much of it searched out from music libraries and other sources all over the world. The visual aspect of four pianists playing over and under each other at two keyboards is in itself entertaining and educational.

The Davis Piano Quartet members credit much of their success as an ensemble to the fact that they share a common musical education background; all are products of the University of Montevallo’s highly-regarded music department. The Quartet is named for the late Dr. Maxine Couch Davis, Professor Emerita of Music at Montevallo.  While at Montevallo they all studied with the acclaimed duo-piano team of Yarbrough and Cowan, and had the unusual advantage of in-depth exposure to and study of the specialized art of piano ensemble playing.

The group has also worked with the distinguished teacher, pianist and author, Lucien Stark.

The group consists of Beulah Askins Fowler, Cheryl Kiker Walls, Carolyn Duncan and Sandra Boykin Nelson. The group performed to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2011. Audiences are guaranteed a performance unlike any heard before.