After a concert at the Holt Performing Arts Center last
year as part of Smooth Jazz and Blues Night, Euge Groove decided to
make the venue his only Michigan date this year.
Groove, a renowned smooth-jazz saxophonist, will perform
at Holt High School Saturday, which is his last U.S. date before
heading to the United Kingdom on his world tour.
While he has five solo albums, the Maryland-born musician
has also backed up the likes of Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Elton John
and Paula Abdul.
Holt High School’s Theater and Events manager, Jeff
Miller, said when Groove performed at the school last summer Groove was
so impressed with the venue he asked to return.
“(Groove) was talking with our school board and asked to
do a concert and workshop with our students,” Miller said, adding the
district is preparing itself for the budget deficit. “We want to use our facilities and present events that our community will like and will be able to enjoy.”
Miller said the district is trying to “keep what we have
and improve what we have without cutting into the general fund.” He
said offering events like Groove’s performance is a way of providing
locals a return on their support of the school’s facilities.
“Groove is a
well known recording artist and a well-regarded musician who wants to
spend time with our community and our students — he’s a good match for
the performing arts in our community,” Miller said.
Groove, who leaves at the end of the month for a 10-show run in the UK, said he was impressed with Holt and its appreciation of the arts.
“It’s great to see a community put some emphasis on the
arts for a change,” Groove explained. “Most school systems have all but
excluded any kind of music programs in the school, while academics have
fallen compared to other countries.
“It’s not about nurturing a budding
musician along,” Groove added. “It’s about nurturing a creative mind.
Any chance I have to get in front of students, I jump at it.”
Groove will not only perform, he’ll also offer students some of his time in workshop sessions.
“I’ll do a bit of playing, a career talk, using music to
give you an edge at getting into college, and a fun little presentation
on composition,” Groove said.
Holt Performing Arts Center
Margaret Livensparger Theater
5885 West Holt Road, Holt
Saturday, Sept. 17
For Tickets call (517) 699-6439