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Jefferson Center Hosts One Beat

Thu, Sep 27, 2012
32 international artists descend on SWVA as part of U.S. Department of State Program.
Roanoke, VA – September 27, 2012- Jefferson Center is proud to host an initiative this weekend that focuses on cultural collaboration and cooperation developed through music.

Thirty-two musicians from 21 countries—hip hop, electronic, roots, jazz, rock, and experimental musicians—are coming together to write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our communities. From Cambodian MCs to Arab-American jazz trumpeters to well known American artists such as Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show to additional instrumentalists from three continents, OneBeat is a cutting-edge iteration of an age-old urge: to connect people and foster mutual respect through music and the arts.
Friday, Sept 28 – Examples at www.1beat.org
2PM - 4 PM - Local School Visits
3 PM – 5 PM - Workshop at Music Lab
5 PM – 6 PM- Travel to Floyd, VA
8 PM – 10 PM Performance at Sun Music Hall - Floyd, VA
Saturday, Sept 29
11:30 AM - 3 PM - Street studio in Roanoke City Market
1PM - 3 PM - Music Lab workshops cont.
4 PM – 6 PM Sound checks at Jefferson Center
8 PM – 10 PM Main Performance at Jefferson Center
After Roanoke and through October 7, 2012, OneBeat will continue traveling north to New York, embodying the spirit of the American road trip. As part of this State Department-supported effort to bring diplomacy to Main Street, the Fellows will engage with local community organizations, educational institutions, and public spaces, sparking everything from a music production session with incarcerated youth, to an outdoor ‘street studio’ in a city park, to a performance of devotional vocal music in a resonant church.
OneBeat Fellows will perform with US-based musicians. In Roanoke, this will include Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show fame!

About One Beat
One BeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. OneBeat builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, including music, to bring people, especially youth, together for greater understanding.

About Jefferson Center
Jefferson Center is a nonprofit organization that strives to excel in the production and presentation of compelling programs by exceptional artists from Virginia, the United States, and throughout the World, while collaborating effectively with other cultural organizations, ethnic communities, educational institutions, social service providers, faith-based institutions, civic government, and the media to spread performing arts to the region. Jefferson Center is focused on maximizing the use of its historic facility as a home for its educational programs, a family of nonprofit tenants, and an exceptional performance venue for this community. Visit www.jeffcenter.org for more information.