Djangoary© DjangoFest!

Djangoary© DjangoFest!

Jan 19, 2013 |  2 comments
Date: Jan 19, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Type: Gypsy Jazz

The annual Djangoary Music Soiree©  … it’s Django ‘s Birthday on Jan. 23!!  One of the first prominent European jazz musicians, Django Reinhardt remains one of the most renowned jazz guitarists.

3 great groups! Thomas Wakefield and Gypsy Roots, Dallas Vietty’s Musette Project,  and Le Hotclub De BigLick

Tonight’s show is hosted by Thomas Wakefield and Gypsy Roots: Sound travels.  That’s the maxim of jazz guitarist and anthropologist, Thomas Wakefield.  His compositions and arrangements live in this philosophy as they draw upon a variety of cultural/musical influences and are performed within the improvisational realm of jazz.  Wakefield’s music is a collection of “sonic postcards” from other places, cultures, and times steeped in the traditions of the American Jazz musician. Award winning guitarist/anthropologist, Thomas Wakefield has forged a unique path that results in a cross disciplined art that is both fun and informative.  His goal in his pursuits is to provide audiences with an increased awareness of folkways, cultures, and music histories while creating music that is emotionally provocative and intellectually stimulating.  The music of Thomas Wakefield takes the listener on journeys far and wide in an entertaining, freewheeling manner. A musician of many hats best describes the career of Thomas Wakefield.  Hailing from a musical family in Virginia, Thomas began his early studies formally on piano and trumpet.  Guitar (largely self taught) and percussion followed in his teen years.  It was in his teens that Wakefield began to receive accolades for his performances on guitar, winning awards at the Smokey Mountain Music Festival, as well as being honored with the Student of the Year in Anthropology Award by Virginia Commonwealth University.  This pursuit of hard work and dedication has continued through to today with his most recent nomination for the Virginia Commission of the Arts’ Heritage Award.  He has worked as music producer, including the Time for Miracles CD project, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and has worked on several educational programs for Public Radio to showcase Gypsy Jazz.  Performances and lecture/workshops have taken him from music festivals and concert halls to lecture halls and classrooms.  Thomas Wakefield is currently a contributing journalist to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, principal guitarist/founder of Gypsy Roots (world jazz) and the Royal Jokers (blues/jazz) , and owner of the Ashland Music Academy. While the paths have been many and divergent, the goal of the journey has remained consistent: to entertain, enrich, and educate audiences while expanding their knowledge of world music cultures and folkways.  Sound travels…and with it, the guitar of Thomas Wakefield.

Please visit for more information about Thomas Wakefield performances, lecture appearances, workshops, and news.
“ . . . the music (of Gypsy Roots) never makes a home anywhere but where it is at the moment.”
                                                                   Steve Clark
                                                                   Producer at WCVE Public Radio
“Lead by guitarist Thomas Wakefield, Gypsy Roots is forging an original path in the style called Gypsy jazz. There’s a progressive element in Wakefield’s compositions that gives the group a sonic signature, which is all important and too often missing.”
                                                                   John Jorgenson
                                                                   international guitarist/composer 
visit The Hot club of Big Lick:

Note: Earlier show time.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.


  1. Joyce Foster says:

    Are there other bands included in 2013 Djangofest?

    • ACT says:

      3 great groups! Thomas Wakefield and Gypsy Roots , Dallas Vietty’s Musette Project , and Le Hotclub De BigLick

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