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Essentially Ellington Festival Concert

Artemus W. Ham Hall at UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas

I will be performing some sacred music by Duke Ellington at this AWESOME event! Jazz Outreach Initiative co-sponsors the LARGEST Essentially Ellington Festival in the country along w/ @jazzdotorg and @unlv. 26 HS Jazz Bands performing and attending clinics! ‬ Tickets are only $10. $8 for seniors and military. This concert is the culminating event of the nation's largest annual Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival! Co-hosted by Jazz Outreach Initiative, UNLV College of Music, Division of Jazz and Commercial Music, and licensed by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

From the JOI website: "Join the UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1, Las Vegas Master Singers, Guest Artists including legendary Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, Aaron Turner, Michelle Johnson, Julius Tolentino, Don Cunningham, and Kenny Rampton along with featured outstanding high school student soloists from CCSD and So California in a celebration of the music of Duke Ellington and other jazz luminaries! The program will include masterpiece selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Music concerts performed by UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1, Las Vegas Master Singers, and featured guest artists!"

The Fifth Annual B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Awareness Gala

World Market Center, 495 Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas

Let’s fight human trafficking together! You guys this cause is so important to me and I hope you will join me. The 5th annual B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. gala on February 8th at World Market Center has a few tables remaining and I want to see you there! Reserve your table of 10 for just $2500 and enjoy complimentary hair and makeup appointments before the event for you and your guests at Nordstroms! Single tickets also available. I can't think of a better reason to get beautiful and support an amazing cause. Be aware, be there, and show you care about banishing modern day slavery in our city! #sherofoundation #beashero #awareness

Sankofa: A Musical Celebration of Black History

Myron's Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, 361 W Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas

Michelle Johnson presents “Sankofa: a Musical Celebration of Black History” showcasing the rich and storied artistic contributions of African American culture through song and dance. The show is a reflective and celebratory historical musical journey featuring music from the Motherland, Negro spirituals, the blues, sizzling jazz from the days of the Cotton Club and the Harlem Renaissance, the music of African American iconic headliners such as Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald, gospel music, selections from Broadway shows such as Porgy and Bess and Ragtime, the soul music of the civil rights era, rhythm and blues, hip hop and more.

Starring Michelle Johnson and other popular Las Vegas entertainers, this concert is sure to move and inspire in an electric celebration of African American heritage as we celebrate Black History Month in February, and African American culture all year long.

What is “Sankofa”? Sankofa is an African word from the Twi language of Akan tribe in Ghana that translates to "Go back and get it.” Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.

One of the symbols of Sankofa is a mythical bird that has its head turned back towards the lessons of the past, a valuable egg (the promise of the future) within its mouth and its legs firmly facing forward as it flies. The bird represents the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.

“Sankofa: a Musical Celebration of Black History” is a reflection of those lessons and a vibrant celebration of the richness of African American culture, as we move forward towards a proud, bold and bright future. Don’t miss this outstanding program of music starring Michelle Johnson and some of the brightest names in Las Vegas entertainment.

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