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Tony Monaco Brings His Talent to the Scioto Mile

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by Mark Subel on August 22, 2011

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes the Tony Monaco Trio to Bicentennial Park for a free performance and Community Blues Jam session on Fri., Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. as part of the Rhythm on the River performance series.

A Columbus native who began playing at local clubs in his teens, Tony Monaco has grown to be a B3 organ wizard playing both nationally and internationally with legends such as Jimmy Smith and Pat Martino. Recently named “Best International Hammond Organist 2011” by Italian magazine Jazzit, Monaco continues to balance teaching, playing, and recording in and around Columbus while also producing for other organists and touring around the globe.

Following the performance, musicians and vocalists from the audience are invited to sit in with some of the finest blues musicians around during a Community Blues Jam session hosted by Monaco. Participants are encouraged to bring an instrument. A drum set, keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps will be provided.

Rhythm on the River features an eclectic series of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations. Delight in dinner on the patio of Milestone 229, the new park restaurant, and then relax with family and friends to enjoy a performance at the park pavilion. For more information, please visit www.SciotoMile.com or www.b3monaco.com.

What: Tony Monaco Trio and Community Jam Session at Rhythm on the River
Where: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
When: Fri., Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.

Description: Join us downtown at Rhythm on the River for a world-class musical performance by the Tony Monaco Trio, followed by a Community Blues Jam session. For more information, please visit www.SciotoMile.com. Admission is free.

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