Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is proud to present Mwenso & the Shakes and Alsarah & the Nubatones during this year’s Adirondack Global Arts Fest, a project to promote culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks. Mwenso & the Shakes will perform on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 PM and Alsarah & the Nubatones will perform on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 PM. Tickets for each show are $10 in advance/ $15 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at

About Mwenso & the Shakes

Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii, the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. The Shakes present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro-American music. The New York Times has written, “Mr. Mwenso, a Sierra Leonean vocalist, comes from the jazz world, but his messages arrive in the form of a growl, not a croon, and his band, the Shakes, is a thrashing hybrid whose concerts often take the form of a prewar revue. If a tap dancer arrives to blow your mind midsong, don’t say you weren’t warned.”

This engagement of Michael Mwenso & the Shakes is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Alsarah & the Nubatones

Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations about Nubian “songs of return,” modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds and shared migration experiences expanded the conversation to include Armenian-American oud player Haig Manouki and French-born Togo-raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed “East-African Retro-Pop.” From NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts to international festivals, the group has performed at many prestigious venues. With audiences varying in age and ethnicity, the Nubatones have proven over and over that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.

This engagement of Alsarah & the Nubatones is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the LPCA

Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine Arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading arts organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.