Thursday, May 3, 2012

Debo Band Headlines 'Rock The Block'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The "Performing Arts Management" class at MCLA will curate, produce and present the final MCLA Presents! performance of the season, “Rock the Block," which will include music by Debo Band will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 2 until 9 p.m. on Main Street.

For the first time, this 3rd annual PAM Show will happen away from the MCLA campus. The latest production was an all-day music festival at the MCLA Quad. The event in the heart of the downtown is free and open to the public.

Debo Band, an 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, will headline the final event of the day, an energetic dance party beginning at 7 p.m.

The group, also known as "Boston’s Ethiopian Groove Collective," has graced national and international stages including the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and New York City’s Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, GlobalFEST 2012 at Webster Hall and Joe’s Pub. Other performances include those at the World Music Festival: Chicago, as well as Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa.

Performances will include those by the MCLA Jazz Band, the Allegrettos a capella group, the Drury Jazz Band, and Spooky and the Nomads. Other MCLA groups performing include the Yorick Shakespeare Club, Nexxus Step Team and Harlequin Musical Theatre Club. In addition, DJ Leila will perform throughout the afternoon, beginning at 2  and ending at 7.

Downtown businesses and a variety of Berkshire vendors also will join the block party, connecting and sharing with the North Adams community by offering business specials, as well as later hours of operation.