LH JAMS: More than just a happy tune

¯Reception Aug. 16 to resemble sizzling Latin nightclub

LOCK HAVEN — It’s time to dust off your roaring 20s attire and get ready to dance the night away.

The annual LH JAMS festival will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center at Lock Haven University.

This year the reception, and the festival as a whole, is taking a trip south of the border with a Latin jazz theme.

“If you think you know what the ‘The Art & All That Jazz’ reception is all about… think again,” LH JAMS coordinator Steve Getz said. “This year we plan to transform the Durrwachter into a sizzling Latin nightclub both visually and musically.”

The Poorman Ballroom will be decorated to match the music performed by Jose Andre, Gabriel Severn, Tate Berkey and Rob Velez as well as great food and a cash bar.

Young jazz pianist and composer Jose Andre Mantano was born in Bolivia.

Jose taught himself how to play piano at a very young age and performs inspired and playful compositions that bring jazz, rock, blues, Bossa Nova, Latin American folklore and world music together.

Gabriel has had a love for music, specifically the bass guitar, since he was youngster.

At age 7, he joined a Motown group only a short time after beginning bass lessons. At age 12, Gabriel started his own band, Teen Town, with two other young central Pennsylvania, which has traveled throughout the state.

Tate has been a member of the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport for many years. For the past four years, Tate has been a drummer in the Collective’s Special Performance Group one.

“The music performers are simply world class,” Getz said. “To have a talent like Jose Andre and being accompanied by Rob, Gabriel and Tate is incredible.”

Also, those who dress up in their favorite “jazz era” clothing will have a chance to win a gift certificate!

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female ensembles.

The reception is a fundraiser for the Clinton County Arts Council so everyone is encouraged to come out for a night of fun, food and great music. A silent auction will also be open throughout the night to help raise funds for the CCAC.

“The reception committee has been preparing this for months and we are ecstatic to bring a tiny slice of Havana to Lock Haven,” Getz said. “The evening promises to be filled with a Latin beat so practice those Tango and Samba steps to join in on the fun.”

The Clinton County Arts Council’s mission is to bring outstanding art enrichment opportunities to the region.

“I think anyone who attends the reception will agree this is beyond expectations,” Getz said.