Middle Eastern Concert & Dance – Free!

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What: Kick off 2nd Saturday ArtHop with a free community performance of Middle Eastern music and dance by Pangia. Refreshments hosted by EveryDay Fitness

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 5 p.m.

Where: EveryDay Fitness – 2345 Athens Ave., Redding

Details: “Pangia” is the hypothetical land area believed to have once connected the landmasses of the Southern Hemisphere with those of the Northern Hemisphere. The name expresses their desire to play music from all around the world for everyone!

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Denise, is the keyboard & zil player for Pangia and was the co-founder of the original Troupe Mandala. Currently, the director of Troupe Mandala, California, she has danced, taught workshops & played keyboards & zils all over the east and west coasts, and for the past eight winters, performed in Mexico, along with OUD player Pat Olson.

She has presented quality shows & workshops in both Shasta & Siskiyous Counties, sponsored by the Arts Councils & teaches classes locally at College of the Siskiyous. Denise also teaches workshops with Pat for the Rakkassah Festival west, east & spring caravan.

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Pat Olson is an accomplished vocalist , guitarist and sound and lighting tech.  He has performed in many musicals, vocal jazz groups and toured all over the world with a performing groups, demonstrating his many talents. He collects, builds, repairs and plays many instruments and has written several pieces of original music for belly dancing.

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For the last 8 years, over the New Years’ holidays, Pangia has performed shows in Mexico City, Mazatlan & Acapulco, Mexico. Pangia has performed on a regular basis at Rakassah West Festivals in California and Spring Caravan in Somerset, NJ. Pangia has been the featured band for seven years at the El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill for the annual “After Party” following the nationally recognized “Belly Dancer of the Year” competition and the featured entertainment at the Mt Shasta Fourth of July Race/Walk for many years – the largest small town foot race in North America.

For more information about Pangia, visit pangiaraks.com.

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