This past weekend I loaded up a small percussion rig in the “man-van” and headed to Southport, NC to perform for a fundraiser event. The event was held at the Southport community building which is right on the banks of the Cape Fear River where the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercostal Waterway join. I was blessed to perform with my Uncle Ciprian Garcia who was on acoustic guitar. My uncle Ciprian, or “Cip” as he is called by friends and family, moved to North Carolina from Chicago a few months back. We have since started a duo performing acoustic music styles ranging from indie singer songwriter, pop, blues, and latin. The following is a short video clip I captured on my iPhone and posted on my Instagram account. 

It was a great time and the event was well attended. We were received graciously and will be playing in the Southport area again in April at Uncorked by the Sea. I will also be performing with a couple amazing percussionists including Stephen Roach of Songs of Water at the Breath & The Clay conference on Saturday March 5 in Greensboro, NC.

So far I am still pounding away on finishing my M.A. in ethnomusicology so it has been more of an academic/research season for me as opposed to constant live gigs. I am still able to practice on a regular basis (which is a part of my research an academic pursuits as well) however these days my focus has been more on instruction and research than anything else. I still play at my church and various local and regional ministries as well as studio recording sessions however. Currently I am playing at Grace church in Southern Pines. I have posted a couple photos below of me playing bongos during an acoustic set (from several months back) at the church. I love ministering with the team at Grace Church. If you are ever in the area and looking to visit a great church with friendly people then Grace Church would be a wonderful place to check out. Until next time friends!

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