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Malone University celebrates annual Culturefest September 16 with artists Elec Simon and DJ Korey Lee

August 20, 2013 | Release # 6685

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Malone University will hold its annual Culturefest celebration Monday, September 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in "The Quad" located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public. Cost of the dinner is $10 per person.

Performing will be percussionist Elec Simon of STOMP fame, featuring African drumming with assistance from his community band and Malone University students.

From his website:

Elec Simon has been influencing both aspiring and established musicians of every age for most of his life. From early childhood on, this self-taught musician and tap dancer has viewed everything around him as an instrument for sharing his passion for music and percussion. In 2005 Elec first joined the professional realm as a cast member of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of STOMP where he still performs occasionally on tour. In 2005 Elec also performed in Tap Extravaganza.

As a percussionist, Elec has been invited to sit in at several legendary Harlem jazz clubs, including St. Nick's Pub, Minton's Playhouse and Lennox Lounge, where he has jammed alongside jazz artists Patience Higgins, Andy McLeod, and Dave Gibson. Elec has also accompanied funk master Justin Miles and hip hop artist Ace Boogie as the percussionist on recent recordings.

Elec's vision for utilizing percussion and music as tools of healing and empowerment has led him to many profoundly rewarding venues over the past several years. In 2004 he co-founded Heartbeat Afrika with Olu Manns. Hearbeat Afrika is an arts education company, fusing traditional African music with American swing. He also regularly hosts drum circles at many Ohio state prisons, where inmates connect in positive ways through music, at times including rival gang members in the same circle. Elec also shares his message twice a month at Indian River Juvenile Facility, hoping to inspire the youth there toward choices for a more positive future. As a teaching artist with ArtsinStark's SmArts program, Elec brings his talents to many Stark County schools, teaching percussion as well as hosting anti-bullying assemblies. Stark County residents will also recognize Elec from many First Friday drum circles, as well as his annual gig hosting the O'Jays Family Reunion concerts.

In addition, the campus will be treated to Latin flavor music from DJ Korey Lee.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014 , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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