SIMBA's silver summer solstice dance party!


Join the celebration of the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, and SIMBA's 25th anniversary at the SIMBA Silver Summer Solstice Dance Party Extravaganza on Saturday, June 21, 2014! The event will take place at 8 pm at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center, Vermont.

In 1989 the band started by playing a benefit on the Brattleboro Common to shut down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant; they called themselves the "No Nukes Band"; that group became SIMBA, and twenty-five years later, they have rocked dance floors, lawns, and small town gazebos all around southern Vermont and New Hampshire. They have played weddings, parties, summer concerts, benefits, and the greatest dance parties of all, the Summer and Winter Solstice celebrations (longer than anyone!). The energy and feeling of community at these annual gatherings makes this celebration one of the most special events of the year. The band will play music to make you move: funk, reggae, Latin, world-beat, soca-calypso, ska, jazz and blues; and features blazing horns and scorching percussion.

After a cold winter we welcome the warmer weather and the longer days of light. Don't miss this exciting night of music and dance!

Rupa Cousins will lead a movement meditation. The band dedicates this event to peace, love and unity in our community, and all across Mother Earth; with special thanks to all the dancers who have come out to move to the music over the years.

The members of the band will be Bob Stabach (sax, flute), Dan De Walt (keyboard, steel drum, trombone), Wim Auer (bass), Derrik Jordan (guitar, percussion, violin, vocals), Steve Sonntag (trumpet, percussion), and Johnny Yuma (drums, vocals). Special guest master drummer William Rodriguez, formerly of Cuba, will provide even more firepower throughout the evening on congas and timbales.

The Evening Star Grange is located at the intersections of East-West Rd/School St, Bunker Rd, and Middle Rd, in Dummerston Center, Vermont.

All ages are welcome for this night of drumming, dancing, music and fun for the whole community. Admission is $10, with a family maximum of $25.

Bring the whole family and join SIMBA as we celebrate the beginning of summer and the return of sunshine and flowers at "SIMBA's Silver Summer Solstice, 2014" dance party.


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