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Wednesday Night Starz: Pan Lara with Sheldon Thwaites

Enjoy an evening of music at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

PANLARA is an organization that provides an arts and cultural forum for youth from diverse communities in the, D.C. metropolitan area. It creates performance opportunities to market and enhance talents of artistic youth.

Sharing their African Caribbean culture through steel pan music, PANLARA’s youth steel ensemble has performed internationally, including throughout the Caribbean, The ensemble has performed at many prestigious venues in DC, including the Kennedy Center, Harmon Hall, and Strathmore, as well as at the State Department, Blues Alley, and at the National Theater to honor Maya Angelou.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Sheldon Thwaites is the youngest of the Thwaites Brothers, professional pannists. The name “Thwaites” is synonymous with Pan. Sheldon’s journey began circa in 1992, when he fell in love with the distinct “boom bap” rhythm of the drum-set.

At Berklee, Sheldon has performed and recorded with Phillip Bailey, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill, Walter Beasley & Karmin (Amy & Nick). After graduating, Sheldon toured with Professor Walter Beasley for two years, during which time R&B artist Amel Larrieux (Groove Theory) noticed his work. In the Pan Fraternity, Sheldon played drums for Witco Desperadoes, Skiffle Bunch, Pantonic, ADLIB Steel Orchestra and Despers USA.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Veterans Plaza and The Silver Spring Civic Building
(Cornder of Fenton and Ellsworth)
Silver Spring, MD