The Village of Nyack will be home to many types of world percussion on July 20, 2013, and all are invited to participate and enjoy! Walk to the Beat is a full day event, free to the public, with percussive music and dance artists performing in venues all over the village. Be surprised by a spot performance by an African balafonist at Harry’s Burritos or a tap dancer at the Chocolaterie. Actual concerts can be heard and seen at the Hopper House and at the gazebos at Memorial Park and on Main Street. Nyack Center will be Festival Central where anyone can try their hand at percussion, check out the merchandise, get schedules and maps, or simply cool off. We’ll also be running an open stage for all ages where anyone can share their own percussive music or dance. At the end of the day, Walk to the Beat will culminate in a “jam session” in Memorial Park, where artists and festival-goers will be welcome to participate and play music together.
Co-directors, Anna de la Paz (flamenco) and Heather Cornell (tap) are performers who work extensively away from home. They are both committed to finding ways to be doing what they do here in the community by bringing the excitement of the performance aspect of percussive music and dance to Rockland County in ways that will enrich the community. They are very excited to kick off this new event in Nyack. There are so many wonderful artists who make their homes in the county and many, though internationally renowned, don’t have nearly enough opportunity to play “at home”. Heather and Anna are hoping to share the artistic riches that can be found right here in our community, while at the same time inspiring people to try out their own creativity.
Walk to the Beat is made possible thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Rockland and is sponsored by Nyack Center and Friends of the Nyacks.