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Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited

July 15, 2017
7:00 pm
Osher Marin JCC Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts

An Evening of African Music THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED Performing at the Osher Marin JCC's 25th Annual Summer Nights Outdoor Music Series Kid Zone, Dinners, Dance, Picnic, Cocktails & Fun Saturday July 15 2017 @ 7:00PM The 25th Annual Summer Series of live music, dinners, cocktails, picnics, dancing, a Kid Zone, and fun continues on Saturday July 15th with the "Lion of Zimbabwe" and his band: THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED. Known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe", Thomas Mapfumo has been at the cutting edge of the political struggle in his native Zimbabwe, Africa for over 20 years, even as he's become a major figure on the world music scene. From the bloody years of the country's liberation war in the '70s, right through the present economic and political crises, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary, spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary and a fearless social critic and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century. Now based in Eugene, Oregon, he and the Blacks Unlimited play chimurenga music (music for the struggle of the people), a unique African music genre whose beats are traditional and timeless. Delivered through an electric fusion of melodious lyrics accompanied by sounds of the African thumb piano and guitar, the theme for the music advances various issues in society that include peace, love, civil rights, equality and justice. The Osher Marin JCC's outdoor music series has been created to celebrate diversity, find commonalities, and bring generations together through live music. Five consecutive Saturday nights of great music, under beautiful Marin Skies in an intimate and beautiful setting - Five evenings of community building through the arts. TIMING 6:00pm Doors open for sponsors, Century Circle members, and reserved ticket holders Concessions and bar open. 6:15pm Doors open for general admission seating. 6:40pm Pre-concert African dance class 7:00pm Concert begins - all concerts over by 10pm FEATURING Dinners available on-site from: Toast Novato featuring cultural flavors for the night. Kid Zone hosted by: O'Hanlon Center for the Arts Pop-up festival shopping: Georgi & Willow EVENT DETAILS WHAT: Outdoor family- friendly concerts, fun, and dining for all ages. WHO: All are invited. No membership/affiliation required. Kids 17 and under free. TICKETS: From $25. Kids 17 and under FREE. VIP, Reserved tables & General Admission choices WHEN: Sat. July 15, 2017 WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 1/2 mile E off 101 PARKING: Ample FREE lot and on-street parking available. TICKETS: Available at www.marinjcc.org/arts The Outdoor Venue is perfect for picnicking and offers the choice of purchasing delicious and affordable meals on-site from local pop-up restaurants. No alcohol is allowed to be brought into venue, but is available for purchase. THE 25th ANNUAL SUMMER NIGHTS SERIES 7/8: Americana - Brothers Comatose 7/15: African - Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited 7/22: Latin Big Band - Pacific Mambo Orchestra 7/29: Afro-Cuban - Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca 8/5: Celebrate the Summer of Love - Melvin Seals & JGB

Osher Marin JCC Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts

200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA
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