The 4th annual John Coltrane Music ‘Edu-tainment’ Festival (JCMEF) will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Hamlet and local artists are being asked to step up and showcase their skills.
Founder G.A. Morrison called the festival a fun and positive experience with a progressive purpose that spotlights talents, businesses, community organizations, and ideas that improve the quality of life in the region.
“The late legendary John W. Coltrane was born in Hamlet, N.C., on Sept. 23, 1926, and passed July 17, 1967, before reaching age 41,” Morrison said. “He shared his trail-blazing saxophone talents throughout the world alongside other greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and many others.”
In his spirit of creativity, festival planners said they are always seeking talented musicians, singers, dancers, authors, poets, story tellers, painters, artists, and other unique talents.
Sponsors, vendors, volunteers, natives, visitors, and exhibitors are all welcome to the Edu-tainment festival, as well.
“We hope to focus on premium regional talent and feature diverse types of music — from classical to country … blues, bluegrass, and beach … to sultry soul and sassy salsa … we’re talking ragtime and reggae to family-friendly rock and hip-hop,” Morrison said. “We want the whole jazzy gamut: old-school gospel to new-jack R&B and Go-Go. All ages and cultures are invited.”
Festival planners are targeting more than 20 counties that are around an hour’s radius of anchoring Richmond County with this pitch: Come prepared to share gifts, learn local facts, and have loads of family fun.
For requests to perform, vend, exhibit, receive group discounts (10 people+), provide contact names, availability, equipment needs (media players, electricity, etc.), county/state where you are located, and talents/bios/mission/products/services provided via:
• Call/text 347-28-MUSIC or 347-286-8742 by mobile phone, or
• E-mail 4JCMEF@gmail.com.
The festival will be held on Oct. 6 from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Waymon Chapel Faith Center, 451 Ghio Osborne Road in Hamlet, off Airport Road.
Cost is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Free for kids ages 5 and younger. For ticket information, visit JCMEF.eventbrite.com.