Mike Block & Christylez Bacon
|Date:||Saturday, March 25, 2023|
Mike Block & Christylez Bacon, with Patricia Ligia | Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.*
Tickets: $25 members; $28 not-yet-members; $14 students (13+)
Mike Block (cello and vocals), Christylez Bacon (beatboxing, guitar, rap), and Patricia Ligia (electric bass) form a dynamic trio, blending original music with world fusion influences to form a fresh sound that highlights their improvisational spontaneity and high energy stage presentation.
Mike Block is a Grammy Award-winning cello player, singer and composer passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, and committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Acclaimed by the New York Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing,” and by Salt Lake City Desert News as “a true artist… a sight to behold,” Block is “one of the bravest, most intriguing musicians on the American fusion scene.” (Gramophone).
Block’s shows offer a rich mixture of classical repertoire, folk music, original compositions and songs that draw inspiration from his diverse collaborations.
Christylez Bacon was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has been featured on Morning Edition, National Public Radio, performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and founded the Washington Sound Museum, a regular concert series at the Atlas Performing Arts center in Washington’s H Street NE. The Washington Post notes that he is a beatboxer and progressive hip hop artist. He also played with the National Symphony Orchestra. Bacon classifies his largely diverse music as progressive hip hop.
Patricia Ligia is an electric bass player and composer from Montevideo, Uruguay. She has recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Jazz Composition, and has recently relocated from Boston in Miami. She’s co-founder of the band Mestizas – a musical group specialized in the fusion of flamenco, jazz, and various Latin American and Caribbean folklore genres, where she plays bass, sings, and arranges the music. She’s also the bass player of the band Miami Girls Tumbao – a group where Cuban music and Latin Jazz is a pillar in the repertoire and, collaborates with singer ALBA.
*The Kumquat Kitchen will be open for dinner. Beverages and snacks will also be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks, please.
Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues