..by Anura Guruge
Just a few of the related posts:
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1. Christmas Revels 2012 (An Irish Celebration), Dartmouth, NH:
>>A Stupendous Success … — Dec. 17, 2012.
2. Dartmouth’s HopFest, July 20, 2012: Was A Blast! It Really Rocked …
>>— July 21, 2012.
‘Christmas Revels‘, though a perennial favorite, is not the only show that has had me in jaw dropping awe at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth.
In 1998 or 1999, I went to see ‘Gypsy Road: Musical Migration India to Spain‘ at the Hop. It was my first time to Dartmouth, i.e., Hanover or Lebanon, ever! It was love at first sight. It was a Sunday late afternoon performance. As I drove by the Hop looking for a place to park I saw three Indian musicians, from the show, dressed in white, sitting on a bench playing sitars. Surreal, but captured what the Hop is all about. Holistic entertainment: not restricted just to the stage. The show was outstanding. My feet tapped the whole time. I rushed off during intermission and bought the CD. I still have a copy of it, though not the original. At one stage I had three copies: one for the car, one for the house and one for my PC. From then on I associate great percussion music in NH with the Hop.
This World Percussion Ensemble, knowing Dartmouth and their lofty standards, should be world class. I can already feel it. It surely will hop. A bit of the Caribbean in NH in the darkest days of Winter. Having lived in NH since 1986 I have come to realize that ‘February’ is the coldest month of Winter. I am so glad that it is also, per the calendar, the shortest. This drum fest, as does Revels, should help us get over the hump and look forward to the glory days of Summer. So we will be there. Yes, I already have the tickets, though I don’t think they are front-row as was the case with Revels.
The Hop description promises: ‘music of reggae pioneers Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, soca dance music from Trinidad, plus rumba, merengue and more …‘. Wow. I grew up with Marley. Plus, given my life long addiction to cricket, I have a spiritual connection with the Caribbean; my only son having the middle name ‘Gordon’ in honor of Barbadian test cricketer Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, MBE.
Tickets are still available, though I have to think that they must be going fast. So, if I were you I wouldn’t wait too long. Make it a Christmas present.