Humber’s R&B showcase a must see

Chelsea Mendes

ARTS REPORTER

Humber Music faculty say students shouldn’t miss out on this year’s R&B showcase at the Lakeshore campus tonight at 8 p.m.

The bands performing are all composed of musicians from Humber College, with such acts as The Groove Merchants, R&B Ensember, and Rhythm n’ Soul.

“(The audience should expect) an incredible performance by some amazingly talented students. Come out and get funky,” said Humber’s head of percussion, Mark Kelso.

Kelso’s The Groove Merchants categorize their music as funky and soul, and for this showcase they will play tribute to three artists who died this year, David Bowie, Prince and Maurice White.

“I hope they (Humber students) will see the benefits of hard work paying off in the form of a great concert and see just how much fun it can be playing great music with great players in front of an audience” Kelso said.

Will Jarvis’ Rhythm n Soul Collective will play a variety of R&B, soul and funk music from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.

Jarvis said at the beginning of each school year, a new group of students is recruited as the musicians of the Rhythm n’ Soul Collective. This year’s lineup had eight weeks to put together a high-energy show ahead of tonight’s performance.
“The audience will be up singing and dancing at this show for sure,” Jarvis said.

The head of Humber’s vocal department, Lisa Martinelli said she hopes students will be inspired after Friday’s showcase and that it will allow students to support their peers.

Humber students should expect “a very energetic and fun show featuring some of our finest singers,” Martinelli said.
Humber music students can attend for free. The cost is $5 for other students and seniors and $10 for non-students. For more information visit creativearts.humber.ca.

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