Fine Arts Association
10 AM – 11:30 AM
This is the mission of the Fine Arts Association:
“This reflects our highest aspirations for our organization as we strive for artistic excellence and represents the pedagogical principal in all our educational programs and performances.
We use this statement provocatively understanding that the word beauty is a subjective concept. Yet we see beauty in much more than the art itself. We see beauty in the process of Creation and Discovery. We see beauty when a child learns how to make their first sound on a flute or paints their first picture. We see beauty when a previously shy student can deliver their first lines on stage. We see beauty when a child struggling with emotional or communication challenges can positively express themselves and what they feel through Music or Art Therapy. We see beauty in the inspiration our students, teachers, performers, and clients provide and the aspirations they hold onto firmly.
We see beauty in everyone and the potential they have to inspire and be inspired. We see beauty in art and the beauty in the humanity that creates art. Our hope is that as each person Creates and Discovers Beauty, they also discover and affirm the beauty we share in our common humanity often found in the diverse talents we are given, the skills we develop, and the rich cultural heritages we share.”
Body and Soul
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
A ten-piece jazz fusion, Body & Soul embody the sounds of New Orleans jazz and progressive rock. Formed in Concord, Ohio, the group performs regularly throughout Northeast Ohio. With a sound described as “groovy and danceable”, Body & Soul is sure to get your feet movin’ and spirits groovin’.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
One of the Plain Dealer’s “25 Acts to Watch”
Brent Kirby is a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby’s merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby’s romanticism is much bigger than that. His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but just like his performances, quickly move outward and embrace the listener. Kirby, who grew up in Wisconsin and has lived playing music in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator’s eye. Playing bars and clubs since his early teens, his lyrics dictate life in the moment, not as nightly grinds, but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color.
Brent Kirby’s been called by many of his peers one of Cleveland’s hardest working musicians and his actions prove that. In 2013, Brent Kirby was voted “Best Singer” and also “Best Male Vocal” by the Cleveland Scene, and 2012, he was voted “Best Musician”. When he is not playing solo or with his band, called His Luck, he writes the tunes and fronts the Jack Fords (2007, 2009 Best Rock Band Cleveland Scene), leads the monthly revival of Gram Parsons with his band The New Soft Shoe, and plays drums for the talented Cleveland holiday band, the Ohio City Singers. His 10 x 3 Songwriter showcase weekly series at Brothers Lounge has created an encouraging, vibrant original music scene.
In addition to all of the awards garnered by all the other groups Kirby has been a part of, he has been individually nominated multiple times by the Free Times and Cleveland Scene for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Male Vocalist. This has led to sharing the stage with Elizabeth Cook, Edwin McCain, Jorma Kakounen, Ellis Paul, Michael Stanley, Will Hoge, John Eddie, Band of Heathens, Southside Johnny, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bottlerockets, Augustana, Devon Allman, The Yayhoos, James Gang, Marah, The Trews, Dave Alvin, Paul Thorn, Elephant Revival, American Aquarium, Bobby Keys, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Raul Malo, The Waco Brothers, among many others.
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