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Dauphin County Cultural Fest

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76 Degrees West Band
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This rising band has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, and Angela Johnson. This Jazz/Funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001 and is swiftly evolving into one of the most memorable sounding bands hitting the industry. The 76 Degrees West Band made a name for themselves over the years as the “go to” band for many singers and jazz musical stars. The band has perform ed around
the country, including performances with two-time Grammy Nominee Ledisi, Maysa, Grammy Nominee Victor Duplaix, Marcus Johnson, Ollie Woodson (of The Temptations), Rick Braun and more. 76 Degrees West Band has released remakes of the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” and EWF’s “Shining Star.” They have that Washington, D.C. funk flavor that combines old school and new school. Don’t miss their FREE performance at the Dauphin County Cultural Fest on August 4!
Submitted by:
Larry Moore
Program Director
Dauphin County Parks & Recreation

Jalil and Ecstasy as Whodini
The voices of emcees Jalil Hutchins and John Fletcher, a.k.a. Ecstasy (who wore a Zorro-style hat as his trademark) are the mainstays of the legendary Hip Hop group Whodini. The group was formed in 1981 in its native city of Brooklyn, New York. Whodini was among the first Hip Hop groups to cultivate a high-profile national following for Hip Hop music and made significant inroads on urban radio. They were contemporaries of other Hip Hop groups such as the Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa and Warp 9. The group was managed by Russell Simmons, brother of Joseph “Run” Simmons of Run-D.M.C. The group signed with London-based independent record label Jive Records in 1982. They enjoyed a string of hits for several years, mostly charting on urban and R&B radio stations. The bulk of production on their releases was done by Larry Smith, a bass player who also handled much of Run-D.M.C.’s early work.Don’t miss their FREE performance at the Dauphin County Cultural Fest on August 4!
Submitted by:
Larry Moore
Program Director
Dauphin County Parks & Recreation

The Children’s Corner at Culture Fest 2017 will follow a sports theme drawn from the Department of Drug & Alcohol’s social norming event’s theme of “Play, Succeed, Win.” Soccer,basketball,football,baseball and softball will be the featured sports with others including horseshoes, bowling, cheerleading, volleyball and jump rope also in the lineup. Sports-themed crafts for the children are also planned. The annual favorite, face painting, will also be onsite.

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