Entertainment This Weekend In #Utica
There are many local and nationally acclaimed businesses attending Culture Fest but what about the entertainment side of the event? Here’s a list and showing of who and what time they’re on:
Entertainment and Demonstrations:
12:00pm – Bagpiper – The Bagpiper aka David DeCola stared in many bands like “The Glengarry Highlanders”, and the “Lord of The Isles.” Now he plays with ” The Caber Feidh Pipe Band”
12:10pm – The Butler Sheehan Academy of Traditional Irish Dance
12:30pm – Crobh Dugan – Irish music
1:00 pm – Cultural Ambassador of the Year Award followed by Tony’s Polka Band –
In the beginning, before ‘Tony’s Polka Band’ was even a thought, the Banewicz family would often get together on Sunday afternoons at the Banewicz family farm. Being the former band leader of ‘Mary’s Polka Band’ in the 1970’s, Elizabeth “Betty” Banewicz enjoyed pulling out old scores of music to play along, on her accordion, with her grandchildren, who were all beginning to learn instruments in the school band. It was not long before this music struck a chord with grandson Tony Banewicz and motivated him to start a band of his own. Thus, in the winter of 1996, ‘Tony’s Polka Band’ was born.
1:30pm – Adi Shakti (belly dancing) – In the 1980’s a phenomenon known as the “American Tribal Style Bellydance” hit the Scene, and since then has been a growing phenomenon. This type of dance has since evolved through out the ages and has spliced into multiple cultures and variations.
2:00pm – Ritmo Caribeno – Latino dance and music – Founded in 2003, this group has since attended many events like Festival Rythmes Du Monde, Festival of Magog, and many other events and also many dance schools as well.
2:30pm – Bhutanese-Nepali Folk Band and Dancers
3:00pm – Burmese Dancers –
Each form has a distinct characteristic. Although Burmese dance was affected by the traditional dance of some neighboring countries, especially Thailand, it still keeps the special qualities that distinguish it from other styles in the area such as angular, fast-paced and energetic movements, emphasis on pose, not movement. The history of Burmese dance is rooted in the Pyu, Halin, and Mon culture at the center and lower Irrawaddy region from at least two centuries before the Christian era, when the worship is always accompanied by dance.
3:30pm – Rattlin’ Bog – Irish Music–