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The festival's 19th edition, originally scheduled for June 19-27, has been rescheduled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rather than giving up during this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to take a hopeful course and are forging ahead to the best of our ability to reschedule our 19th edition festival for October 2 to 10, 2020. These plans are fully predicated on being able to gather safely according to recommendations of our health and government officials. Read full update

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Jonathan Scalesis one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. 

Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named  Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians and even included an “all-star” version with bassistMonoNeon(Prince, Ghost Note), drummerRobert “SputSearight(Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionistWeedie Braimah(Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America, and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists. 

Jonathan Scales’ newest release,PILLAR -his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker labelRopeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses, while also serving as an introduction of his new, full-time rhythm battery consisting of bassistE’Lon JDand drummerMaison Guidry. These two formidable young lions hold their own in the company of an incredible cast of special guests, including bassistsVictor Wooten,Oteil BurbridgeandMonoNeon, trumpeterChristian Scott aTunde Adjuah, saxophonistJeff Coffin, keyboardistShaun Martin, percussionistWeedie Braimahand banjo pioneerBéla Fleck. It is the inclusion ofBéla Fleckon this record that stands out most notably in the context of Scales’ own personal story, and in this regard,PILLARrepresents a remarkable victory for the music lover inside of the 33-year-old Asheville, NC based artist. 



Mon, Jun 22 - 6:00 PM
Montage Music Hall

Mon, Jun 22 - 10:00 PM
Montage Music Hall

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