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WICN celebrating 45 years on the air with jazz concert event on April 2 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester
(Published: March 06, 2015)

WICN, the Jazz + station for New England, is celebrating 45 years on the air by hosting a night of great food, drinks and music on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., and will feature 12 top musical performers from New England and beyond.

"WICN is proud of our 45 year commitment to music. Not only jazz, but folk, rock and bluegrass. This is going to be a tremendous evening of music, food and fun," said Gerry Weston, general manager of WICN. "We're looking forward to bringing the top musical performers in the region together to commemorate this landmark in WICN's history."

Humorist and author, Loretta LaRoche, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the celebration. The musical guests include:
• Grace Kelly - a 22 year-old, award winning singer, songwriter, saxophonist and composer
• Giacomo Gates - Jazz vocalist and winner of 2012 DownBeat critic's poll: rising star male vocalist
• Pamela Hines - a prolific and consistent presence in American jazz as a pianist and composer and Host of WICN's Live Jazz New England
• Yoko Miwa Trio - a critically acclaimed jazz trio on piano, acoustic bass and drums
• Dale LePage - a multi-award winning New England entertainer
• Michelle Willson - a gifted swing and jump blues vocalist and WICN host
• Jeff Colella - one of L.A.'s busiest jazz pianists, who is also an accompanist, recording artist, arranger, clinician and teacher
• Aztec Two-Step - a duo who has spent their lives making folk/rock music together
• Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards - a duo who combines Americana, old country and harmony singing with well-crafted melodies and introspective lyrics
• Joan Watson-Jones - renowned throughout Northern New England, and a passionate jazz vocalist and advocate for the music
• Chet Williamson - a local Worcester musician, writer and jazz historian, who is also a WICN host

A 1.5 hour, pre-concert VIP cocktail reception kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and includes complimentary, high-end hors d'oeuvres and drinks and a meet and greet with all performers of the night. Tickets to the VIP event cost $120. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Mix N' Mingle cocktail hour with light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and mix and mingling with WICN hosts, past and present! General admission tickets for the concert and Mix N' Mingle are $65 dollars per person, or $32.50 for students with a valid school ID. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 508-752-0888, or online at MechanicsHall.org.

Parking for the general public is located at the Dwight Foster Parking Lot at 27 Waldo Street, just a brief walk from the venue.

More Information: http://mechanicshall.org/tickets/concertdetail/wicn04022015.html

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