ROCKLAND — A five-piece jazz band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, will bring New Orleans music and culture, Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m., to the Strand Theatre stage for an all-ages show.
The band features a ukulele, guitar, banjo, accordion, fiddle, bass, trombone, sax, washboard and drums, and will perform zydeco, gypsy jazz, swing, and Dixieland tunes. Every musician is also a professional music educator, so concert-goers will also learn about New Orleans music, culture, and Mardi Gras, according to the Strand, in a news release.
As part of the Strand Family Series, admission to this show is “Pay-What-You-Can;” ticket prices are set at $20, $10, $5, or $0 per person, so that cost is not a barrier to attend.
Jazzy Ash’s music is primarily inspired by her New Orleans roots and early jazz. She grew up dually influenced by the music from her mother's hometown of New Orleans, as well as by her father's Trinidadian culture. A celebrated songwriter, music educator, and founder of “Leaping Lizards Music Programs,” Jazzy Ash trained professionally in music and theater, and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Upcoming shows in the Strand Family Series:
April 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Performance artist Miwa Matreyek presents two productions of storytelling with live animation, This World Made Itself and Infinitely Yours, about the earth and humanity’s role in the world.
May 2 at 11 a.m.: Boston-based visual theater ensemble The Gottabees present the puppet play Go Home, Tiny Monster, a story about home and community.
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can: $20, $10, $5, $0. Lobby and Balcony Bars will be open for age 21 and older. For tickets or more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com or call (207) 594-0070.
The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland.