In memory of Ojetta V. Holt-Shoffner

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An Intimate Evening of Music Featuring Etienne Charles // Presented by Suntrust Bank

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at CAM Raleigh // 6:30 pm to 10 pm


The Event

In partnership with the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, the Holt Brothers Foundation is hosting an incredible evening of music featuring Trumpeter Etienne Charles and his band, Creole Soul.  Etienne is known for his charismatic stage presence and unique compositions — a combination of jazz, calypso, reggae, Afro-Caribbean, and Trinidad Carnival. You won’t want to miss this special performance! This exclusive event benefits the Holt Brothers Foundation, which supports children who have a parent with cancer.

The Theme

Recognizing Etienne’s Trinidad roots, we’re planning a “Carnival-themed” party. Enjoy some specialty cocktails (rum-based, of course) and snacks starting at 6:30 pm. After a welcome announcement from brothers Torry and Terrence Holt, Etienne will take the stage at 7:15 pm. You’ll want to save some energy for the reception that follows.

Registration / Sponsorships

Tickets are limited and cost $125 each. To purchase, visit our Eventbrite page. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact us.

The Musician

“As a person in the new world, I’ve been influenced by so much music. And my family has a mixed background, with French Caribbean, Spanish and African roots as well as Venezuelan influences. I come from a fusion of rhythms, a fusion of cultures,” says Etienne Charles.

That pretty much sums it up. His music is the ultimate collaboration — stories, native chants, steel pan rhythms, calypso, jazz, the clash of stick fights — all rolled into one performance.

JazzTimes describes him as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.” Says NPR’s All Things Considered, Etienne is “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Check out his videos to see what the critics are talking about!

Charles has performed with Roberta Flack, Rene Marie, David Rudder, Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, the Count Basie Orchestra and Maria Schneider. He also worked with steel pan all-star Len “Boogsie” Sharpe as well as jazz masters Frank Foster and Benny Golson.

Our Sponsors

We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you to Suntrust Bank, our naming rights sponsor, as well as our Tenor sponsors — Northwestern Mutual, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

An additional thanks to Duke Raleigh Hospital and UNC Rex Healthcare, our Quartet sponsors, and Conner Gwyn Schenck, our gig sponsor, as well as our in-kind sponsors — 18 Restaurant Group, ThemeworksLonerider Brewery, Raleigh Rum CompanyDeep South Entertainment, Elevate, Joseph C. Woodard, and the Sheraton Raleigh.

We appreciate all you do to support the Holt Brothers Foundation and children who have a parent with cancer.