Jefferson Center performance receives Grammy nomination
12/10/2013, 12:40 p.m.
At times some have questioned Roanoke's music scene. Asking "Where are all the great performances?" But with one announcement from The Recording Academy, those same people may be asking themselves "What other incredible performances have I missed in Roanoke?"
Over the weekend, news that Lalah Hathaway's "Something", performed alongside prominent NYC jazz collaborative Snarky Puppy on March 8, 2013 inside Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall, received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance and confirmed that transformational music experiences in Roanoke are alive and well inside Jefferson Center.
Lalah and Snarky Puppy share the Grammy category with other notable artists Tamar Braxton, Miguel and Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Hamilton and Hiatus Kaiyote.
"To our knowledge this is the first ever Grammy nomination to emerge from a live performance recorded in Roanoke," said Cyrus Pace, executive director, Jefferson Center Executive Director. "Lalah's performance was part of a project Jefferson Center produced last March with Snarky Puppy, resulting in their new album Family Dinner Volume 1. The album captured a series of unbelievable live performances at Jefferson Center featuring Snarky Puppy and a number of talented guest artists, including Lalah Hathaway."
Family Dinner is on sale now and available around the world. Album purchases and more than 2.5 million views on YouTube spotlight the Star City and highlight the unique music experiences happening in Roanoke. In addition to Lalah and the other guest artists, the Family Dinner DVD includes two performances from Jefferson Center Music Lab students and partial proceeds from every sale worldwide benefit arts education programming at Jefferson Center.
"The attention the album had already received has been phenomenal and now with Lalah's Grammy nod we expect the resulting positive energy to be huge for Jefferson Center, our Music Lab program, and this community," said Dylan Locke, Jefferson Center Artistic Director and driving force behind the Family Dinner recording project. "Michael League, Snarky Puppy's bandleader, has worked closely with our Music Lab students from the beginning and his eagerness to record Snarky Puppy's new album at Jefferson Center was an incredible opportunity for us and now this... it's just a really exciting time for arts education in Roanoke."
The Grammy Awards are announced on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, just five days before Snarky Puppy returns to Jefferson Center for their performance on its Jazz Series.