This upcoming summer, the Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association (ECPAA) will be hosting their second, annual jazz festival. The event will take place in Griswold, Connecticut. Jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, Greg Abate, will be one of the performers! The roots of the event began with the non-profit arts organization, composed of performers, artists and prominent local business people, wanting to put on a more local Jazz Festival, independent from the Newport Jazz Festival. After this concept, they decided, go big or go home. Rather than a small festival they decided on a larger one, with free parking, low-priced tickets and of course entertainment. Once they established a location, everything else began to fall into place. The ECPAA is excited for this years event. It will consist of four, 90 minute performances, allowing the audience to fully connect to the music. Food and drink vendors will be present as well. Mark your calendars for June 8th because tickets go on are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.
Wednesday, May 1st, Greg Lato was featured on NBC10’s “coffee break” where he performed and spoke to Frank Coletta about his book and the inspiration behind it. As Rhode Island singer- songwriter takes a shift into the children’s interest. His first book “Try” in conjunction with the tunes that go along with it, “encourage children to tackle fear or discouragement when chasing dreams”.
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Earlier this week, Greg Lato was featured on GoLocal Providence where he spoke to news editor, Kate Nagle. During his appearance, he shared information regarding his inspiration. As a father, he attempts to instill the concept of trying in his daughters. Whether it be a new sport or activity, making a new friend, or overcoming a challenge- the most primitive and effective solution is to try. You never know what doors it could open up or what experiences await. Lato’s children book entitled “Try” is revolved around this concept and includes a musical tune intended to go along with it. This tune can be found here, on Spotify.
Greg Lato has got a busy week ahead of him beginning:
This upcoming Friday, 5/3, where Lato will be featured on WPRI 12 The Rhode Show & this weekend, he will host two book signings and performances:
5/4 Barrington Books, Garden City Cranston 1pm – Storytime, Performance and Book Signing
5/5 Barrington Public Library for Children’s Book week, 2pm. Storytime, performance and book signing
Join Greg Lato’s journey of spreading inspiration and wisdom to our community’s children
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Last night Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring took place at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Thank you to everyone that helped with the event. We hope everyone enjoyed!