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Tryon Fine Arts Center brings fun for the family on Mother’s Day

Published 6:49pm Thursday, May 2, 2013

Billy Jonas, winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, will perform a Mother’s Day concert Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. on the Veh Stage at Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Family entertainer Billy Jonas will bring his performance to Tryon Fine Arts Center on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. Loved by adults and children nationwide, Jonas performs original “voice and percussion” -based songs with a generous dose of audience participation. The music mixes conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) with homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion). Family-priced tickets can be purchased at the TFAC box office or online. Call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org.  (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)
Family entertainer Billy Jonas will bring his performance to Tryon Fine Arts Center on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. Loved by adults and children nationwide, Jonas performs original “voice and percussion” -based songs with a generous dose of audience participation. The music mixes conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) with homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion). Family-priced tickets can be purchased at the TFAC box office or online. Call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

The performance, sponsored by Aoki Landscape and Design, will feature the engaging singer/percussionist along with Ashley Jo Farmer, vocalist and singer/songwriter.

For more than two decades, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired  audiences of all ages. Billy Jonas has made innovative use of “found objects.” He helps audiences discover the music within common items and within themselves.

“Billy Jonas is one of our most popular performers ever hosted by Super Saturday, because he’s entertaining for the whole family,” said Marianne Carruth, education director at TFAC and chair of Children’s Theater Festival. “Speaking as a mom and as a presenter, he’s the perfect present for Mother’s Day with the family!”

Jonas’ recordings and live concerts across the US and Canada have generated an enthusiastic following. His CD “What Kind of Cat are You?!” received multiple awards including a first place/gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), and a Parent’s Choice gold. Jonas’ videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents Choice awards and a New York Times “Best” listing. In 2010 he was invited to present a concert at the White House.

Jonas’ concert is part of Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Family Series. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the box office or online. TFAC provides opportunities and facilities for the entire Carolina Foothills community in order to advance experience and participation in the arts. Call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org for more information.

– article submitted by Marianne Carruth

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