Paint The Town with Doug Robinson and Iraida Noriega!
As anyone who saw the recent film Whiplash can tell you, there is a right and a wrong way to get kids involved in the arts. The reason that singer Iraida Noriega and 13 other gifted musicians have chosen to perform on behalf of Children’s Art Foundation is because we believe they are going about it the right way.
“Doug Robinson and Iraida Noriega Paint
An All-Star Concert to Benefit Children’s Art Foundation
Wed, Mar 25, 8pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Tickets at the theater box office and La Conexión Aldama
350 pesos VIP seats, 300 pesos orchestra, 200 pesos and 250 pesos balconies
On Wednesday, March 25, I am proud to present my most musically diverse and exciting concert so far. You will hear a knockout group of musicians playing everything from blues to Mexican boleros, jazz, son cubano, and more. And if the mood feels right, I’ll even perform my latest vocal number called “Too Old to Die Young.”
I guarantee that the three backup bands will surprise and delight you. A partial list of participants includes tres Cubano player Remy Fenoy, a unique talent on an unusual instrument; Cuban percussionist Kimani Carrazana; Rick Shlosser, JK O’Donnell, Ken Basman, and the ZuZu Men. While some of these names are familiar, there will also be new discoveries: the stunning Mexican saxophonist Diego Maroto, who has toured the US and Asia; the freakishly-talented young bassist Roberto Falcón who nearly stole the show at my Plays Well With Others concert; trumpeter Alan Fajardo; and drummer Jesús (Chuy) Estrada.
Of course, front and center will be Iraida Noriega, vocalist extraordinaire from Mexico City. If you don’t know her name yet, Iraida is the gifted singer who blew away audiences at Plays Well with Others and during her surprise appearance at pianist Ken Bichel’s recent concert. I’m excited to say that Ken and I will also share the stage on March 25, for a rare two-keyboard improvisation before Iraida joins us for a lush arrangement of “The Nearness of You.” And of course, I’ll be singing and playing piano, organ, vibraphone, timbales, bongos, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I have been so inspired by the way these musicians are bringing my arrangements to life in rehearsal, and now I can’t wait for you to hear them.
A full 50 percent of the ticket sales are going to benefit the Children’s Art Foundation, an incredible non-profit art organization that believes art can be the agent of change in the lives of kids in marginal communities. Founded in 2010 by Hannah Jarmain, a passionate artist, and supported mostly by volunteers, the foundation’s literacy through art program is currently being delivered year-round to 200 children in the poorer villages surrounding San Miguel. All of the musicians have enthusiastically agreed to perform for the kids.
Tickets are available now at the Peralta box office and at La Conexión’s Aldama store. My last concert with Iraida sold out well in advance, so don’t be one of the disappointed this time: get your tickets today!