CultureALL is pleased to partner with the Des Moines Social Club, Artes Lantinas, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Latino Center of Iowa to present Americas3: a unique multicultural music and storytelling event.
Friday December 1 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Des Moines Social Club • Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry Street • Des Moines, IA 50309
Rediscover the many cultures of America through this lively musical program performed in seven languages by seven artists from both American continents. Enter the lives of three strong women from North and South America as they and their four musical colleagues – all of mixed Native, African, and European heritages – draw you into a musical and poetic exploration of how the universal experiences of migration, suffering, work, love, sense of place, and celebration are expressed in the Western Hemisphere.
Americas3 fuses Native lullabies with the poetry of Maya Angelou, connects Jazz and Salsa, and gives a voice to Roots music and Rock & Roll! The program mixes well-known songs with original and lesser-known traditional pieces, narrative, and poetry. While it primarily features compositions written or made famous by women artists, Americas3 is meant to be inclusive of all genders, ages, and cultures.
The Americas3 program was conceived and developed by CultureALL Ambassador Karin Stein. Both Karin and Ambassador Ed East are featured artists in the performance. You might be familiar with Karin and Ed through their work as the musical duo Calle Sur. For more videos and audio samples from Americas3, visit the project website.
CultureALL will be facilitating a discussion session after each performance, led by veteran musician Dartanyan Brown, that focuses on the effects that music has on migrants and their identity. Audience members can ask questions of the Americas3 artists and then take part in a collaborative community dialogue where they can share their own stories and insights, find common ground with other audience members, and (hopefully) make a few new friends along the way.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased in advance through the Des Moines Social Club.
The Americas3 project is sponsored in part by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.