Dance the Night Away at Jook Joint

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Enjoy the down home blues and a southern cuisine buffet at Jook Joint, February 25, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Prince George’s Community College’s Largo campus. Performers include Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi and Avery Sunshine. Tickets are $40.  

“Our goal is to offer the community an opportunity to experience some the area’s most talented acts,” said Malverse A. Nicholson, Jr., dean of college life services. “Jook Joint not only provides great entertainment but an opportunity to learn about one of the country’s greatest musical genres, the blues,” he added. 

Grammy-nominated recording artist Carolyn Malachi is the great-granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi. A Washington, DC native, she was born from musical roots but did not grow into her talent until 2005 at Shepherd University. Malachi released albums “Revenge of the Smart Chicks” in 2008 and “Revenge of the Smart Chicks II” in 2009. Her 2010 release, “Lions, Fires & Squares,” bears influence of her 2010 tours in South Africa, and the single “Orion” earned Malachi a 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. 

Avery Sunshine is a native of Chester, Pa. where she nurtured her talent by singing in church and leading and directing choirs. She teamed with fellow Spellman College graduate Maia Wilson to form the singing duo DaisyRew and later lent her voice to the soundtrack for the movie “The Fighting Temptations.” In 2005, she was hired as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s stage play “Meet the Browns,” and in 2007 she was choral director for the theatrical production of “Dreamgirls” during the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Sunshine performed at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and four private events during the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

Jook Joint promotes the Bluebird Blues Festival, the college’s largest free community event, and offers additional performances by previous musicians. The Bluebird Blues Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September 2012.  

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Contact the Office of College Life Services at 301-322-0853. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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