Mothers Day Champagne Brunch Acoustic Show with Mimi Fox and Leni Stern
Sunday, May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm| $60
Champagne Brunch & Show
in the Empress Lounge
Doors 11AM | Brunch Served & Show 12PM to 3PM
Chicken Chorizo & Pepper Frittata
chorizo sausage, crumbled feta cheese, bell pepper, caramelized onions, fresh cliantro and chives
Crab and Asparagus Frittata
flaked real crab meat, asparagus, sliced mushrooms, scallions, and red bell pepper strips
Strawberry & Banana Waffle
drizzled with nutella and salted caramel and topped with whipped cream
Passion Fruit-Orange Spritz
Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critic’s polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today’s scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player Magazine hailed Mimi as “a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them.” In a further nod to Mimi’s guitar artistry, and in conjunction with Heritage Guitars’ 30th anniversary, the historic Kalamazoo guitar company has rolled out the Mimi Fox Artist Signature model. Mimi has performed/recorded with some of the music world’s most commanding players, including fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, and Charlie Hunter, Grammy-nominated saxophonists Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, and the late Don Lanphere, vocalists Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany, and Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), B3 organ masters Joey DeFrancesco, Barbara Denerlein and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and powerhouse drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. She has also performed with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin’s Vanguard Records-produced La Guitara project. Her YouTube videos have received hundreds of thousands of views.
Leni Stern is an unstoppable force of bottomless energy. Her long-time fans know her from a successful jazz career that saw her touring the globe on the stage of every major festival and legendary club with bands that included some of the biggest heavyweights on the scene (Dennis Chambers, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell… to name a few). Everything changed when in 2005 Leni was first invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. It was there that she would meet Bassekou Kouyate and his wife Ami Sacko, embraced by their family and their bands, she dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and later the n’goni (African banjo). It was a natural path from jazz, a personal journey to where her playing and the genre all began, a sort of spiritual exploration coupled with devoted study and practice. In the past 13 years Leni has worked her hardest, forging a new sound that is all her own, composing, studying, practicing, with the rhythms and tonalities of West Africa through the chops of an accomplished jazz guitarist. It is finally, with ‘3’ (April 2018 LSR), that her most authentic voice can be experienced. Joined by her regular NYC-based trio of Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye, Leni’s compositions pay humble homage to the drum patterns of traditional Senegalese folk songs. What emerges is a new repertoire of cross-pollinated ideas and reverence to jazz, to blues, to Africa, to a folk music of today’s diaspora. It has always been a political act, a practice in defiance, to be a woman and a bandleader, a female electric guitarist and composer, who puts out her own albums and manages her own career for over 25 years. In our current climate it is now even more political to proudly celebrate the immigration that brought Leni Stern to the US from Germany, the journey her African bandmates made to bring their mastery to her project from Senegal, the languages she speaks and sings in, and the goal to trace the interconnectedness of music, history, and the human experience.
Trio features Mamadou Ba on electric bass and Alioune Faye on djembe, sabar, and backing vocals. Recent years have brought some well-deserved recognition to Leni’s career. In 2013 she was featured on WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, in a feature piece. In 2015 she was the cover story for the Santa Fe New Mexican. In 2016 she was a headline performer at Africa Festival in Wurzburg, Germany. Leni was named in Guitar Player’s 50th Anniversary Issue (March 2017) as one of the Most Sensational Female Guitarists of All Time. In 2018 she was selected as an official showcase performer at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX.