With January being the first month of the new year, I have vowed to choose my social events more carefully. The days of trying to get to everything because it sounds good or looks fun are sealed with 2013. This comes about after three opening night invitations to the Asolo, a show at FST and an invite to The Ringling, all in January, and that was just emails from the first week of this month. I am humbled and honored, yet can easily get overwhelmed.
An invitation that stood out after doing some research is from The Ringling. Meklit Hadero, a cabaret singer and musician is performing January 23-25, 2014 in the Historic Asolo Theater. She made her Sarasota début at the 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival. A description of her music in my email sparked curiosity; sultry blend of jazz, folk and East African sounds. Clicking the link to hear a selection of Hedero’s music, I am taken away to hear the voice of a woman who clearly has soul, stories to tell and who sings from her heart. As an avid music lover, this is a performance I don’t want to miss. Her music style brings thoughts of Sade, Erykah Badu and India Arie; she did after all grow up listening to Billie Holiday.
The Ringling continues to bring events that enlighten, educate and bring culture to our city of Sarasota. Just last year I had the honor of attending several events including, 2013 Ringling International Arts Festival, Icons of Style and Greet the Light in the courtyard. Learning and exploring expand your mind, opening it up to spark ideas and thoughts that lead our future journey. Make 2014 a year of exploring the arts and expanding your outlook.
You can get your tickets and learn more about Hadero’s performance on their website, http://www.ringling.org/events/new-stages-meklit-hadero. January 23-25, 2014 – $30 Non-Members, 7:30pm at Historic Asolo Theatre, (941) 360-7399
Meklit Hadero on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meklit-hadero/id357880456#fullText
Biography Meklit Hadero
Ethiopian-born singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero is a jazz, folk, and soul-influenced artist who sings in English and Amharic. Born in Addis Ababa, Hadero fled with her doctor parents to the United States in hopes of escaping the years of violence that followed Ethiopia’s 1974 revolution. Raised in Iowa and Brooklyn, Hadero sang in choirs growing up and was introduced to the music of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday as an adolescent. Although she earned a degree in political science from Yale, Hadero continued to sing and eventually settled into the vibrant arts scene in San Francisco, where she took vocal and guitar lessons. Finding a home at the local Red Poppy Art House, Hadero began to perform and develop her own sound, and teamed up with likeminded guitarist Todd Brown in the jazz, roots, and African music-influenced band Nefasha Ayer. Hadero released her debut solo album, On a Day Like This…, in 2010.