Gone But Not Forgotten @ National Museum and Art Gallery
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ray Funk helps to kick off ttff’s 15th anniversary year!
The trinidad+tobago film festival is delighted to reprise beloved carnival aficionado, Ray Funk’s video presentation and talk, Gone But Not Forgotten, as part of our 15th anniversary celebrations!

Funk will present a celebration of pan pioneers who have passed away. His presentation will include a newly-discovered ten minute film called Panboo (shot in 1954), as well as clips of pan visionaries Ellie Mannette, Kim Loy Wong, Cliff Alexis, Pat Bishop, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Clyve Bradley and Jit Samaroo. This presentation was first offered as part of the film festival’s programming last August at CARIFESTA

Since CARIFESTA, Funk has continued to search for more rare early footage, and is excited to screen what he believes is the first film about steelpan. He found a newspaper clipping in a Canadian newspaper from 1955 referring to this short film, and arranged for it to be digitized from an archive. Funk only just got a copy and is very excited. “Before Panboo, there were a couple very short pieces of steelband footage in newsreels, but this is the first film about pan,” explains Funk. “It features the Woodbrook band Dixie Stars, who had traveled to Toronto as the first Esso Steel Band and later settled in Bermuda. It traces the evolution of pan from skin drums to steel, and it seems to have only ever had a few public showings in Canada back in the 1950s. I believe it is the first time anyone has seen this film in over sixty years!”

Gone But Not Forgotten is presented in partnership with The National Gas Company (NGC), The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago and The Central Bank Museum.

Kultur im Dachstock @ Dorfmuseum Verein Alter Bären
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm

Wayne Ricardo Gibson spiel karibische Klänge zum Valentinstag.

8th Annual Sons of Steel @ Kaiso Blues Cafe
Feb 16 @ 8:30 pm

The 8th Annual One Evolution whiteout edition of Sons of Steel with Olujimi La Pierre, Noel La Pierre, Earl La Pierre Jr., Natasha Joseph and special guests: Abebele, Tony Prescott, Earl La Pierre Sr., all backed by Faces the band. Must war white!

Inside Out Steelband Carnival Concert @ McCallum Arts Center Theater
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate Carnival 2020 with Inside Out Steelband! The Inside Out Community Steelband, Bowie High School Steelband, McCallum High School Knights of Steel will perform as a mass steelband, and the McCallum High School Samba Knights and Austin Samba School will present a dynamic Brazilian drumming and dance set.

This performance is free and family friendly!

Cornell Steel Drum concert @ King Chapel, Cornell University
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

Winter blues got you down? Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with the warm Caribbean sounds of the Cornell College Steel Drum Ensembles. 

This concert is great for the whole family and is free and open to the public.

The Pandemonium and Toucan Steel Pan Ensembles with special guests the Calypso Singers and Calypso Horns feature both student musicians and alumni. Directing the ensembles will be Professor of Music Martin Hearne and Alan Kiser.

Come out and listen as they play some of your favorites and offer you the chance to hear some of their new music.

Jonathan Scales @ The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music.

Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk, while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists.

Jonathan Scales’ newest release, PILLAR – his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker label Ropeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses, while also serving as an introduction of his new, full-time rhythm battery consisting of bassist E’Lon JD and drummer Maison Guidry. These two formidable young lions hold their own in the company of an incredible cast of special guests, including bassists Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin, percussionist Weedie Braimah and banjo pioneer Béla Fleck. It is the inclusion of Béla Fleck on this record that stands out most notably in context of Scales’ own personal story, and in this regard, PILLAR represents a remarkable victory for the music lover inside of the 33-year-old Asheville, NC based artist.

DD2 Steelbands feat. Andy Narell @ Summers Corner Performing Arts Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

Dorchester School District Two presents DD2 Steelbands in Concert, featuring Andy Narell. Bands include: DuBose Middle School, Fort Dorchester High School, Gregg Middle School, River Oaks Middle School, Summerville High School.

The Steelpan Experience – Nachtmusik @ The Sylvan Center
Mar 3 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Nachtmusik is going tropical in March with Dr. Oliver Molina and his Steelpan ensemble. Come hear this joyful sound, mon. This is the seventh concert in the Fourth Nachtmusik Season, featuring a total of eight monthly chamber music concerts. Jackson Harmeyer will give this concert the same outstanding scholarly treatment that all Nachtmusik performances receive.

Our monthly Nachtmusik concert series is held in the beautiful Sylvan Center. Nachtmusik programs are intimate and engaging concerts that always provide outstanding educational value as well, with professionally produced program notes, and insightful commentary from performers.

Sojourn Steel Band concert @ ArtSpace/Lima
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm

ArtSpace/Lima will host a house concert with the Sojourn Steel Band.

Sojourn Steel Band is a three-piece band playing traditional island sounds of Calypso and Soca to pop, Latin and Jazz.

Tickets at the door or by calling ArtSpace/Lima.

South Carolina PAS Festival of Steel @ CCU Wheelwright Auditorium
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

The South Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) hosts the South Carolina PAS Festival of Steel on the CCU campus in Conway. Throughout the day, public school steel bands from around the region perform for a panel of guest judges. The festival concludes with an evening concert with the CCU Steel Band, featuring the award-winning, world-renowned steel pan player Andy Narell.