January 2012 Lively Arts Performances

by Robert Agler

One of the industry’s finest percussionists, Doc Gibbs, will perform at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.  Tickets cost $28 general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children under age 12. For information and tickets, call 215-641-6518 or visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.

Leonard “Doc” Gibbs’ career began in the early 1970s when he was quickly discovered by top artists in the music industry.  He earned the nickname “Doc” from the late Grover Washington, Jr. during the recording of Washington’s “Live at the Bijou” record, when Gibbs suggested an herbal medicine to remedy a nasty cold Grover Washington, Jr. was suffering from the night before taping began.

Gibbs is the musical director for the Food Network’s popular Emeril Live! Show, and he is member of the National Association of Recording Artists and Sciences Philadelphia chapter Board of Governors.

For more information on Doc Gibbs, visit www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Leonard_Gibbs.html.

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Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea will bring the Spirit of Appalachia to Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $28 general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children under age 12. For information and tickets, call 215-641-6518 or visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.

About more than just mining songs, Mattea’s latest record, “Coal,” pays tribute to the traditions and culture from which she was born and raised near Charleston, W.V.  When describing the album, Mattea explains, “with these songs, it’s not about how you sound, it’s about sheer communication and expression, and a way to give voice to someone else’s life experiences. It’s being a voice for a whole group of people, a place, a way of life. And that’s a sacred use of music.”

For more information about Kathy Mattea, visit www.mattea.com.

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