—  Community Moment Day | Music : Mark Towns | Weekly Sunday Gathering —  Baker Ripley, 6500 Rookin, Houston, TX

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Main Presentation:

This month we are celebrating the Houston Oasis Community with some excellent talks and music given by the Oasis community
We are drawing from our community this Sunday. The following will be presenting:
Nancy Green : Church State Separation
Jobuoy Thompson : Soul
Jacob Atchison : Growth and secularism

Music: Mark Towns

Mark Towns is a leading purveyor of guitar-based instrumental Afro-Caribbean Jazz, composing and performing music which blurs the lines between Latin Jazz, Flamenco Jazz, Salsa, Funk, and Fusion. With grooves inspired by traditional Latin Jazz masters Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Cal Tjader, Towns guitar work and arrangements combine the technical sophistication of Jazz and Flamenco with the down-to-earth feel of the Blues and Rock from his Texas upbringing to create something brand new. As Down Beat Magazine writer Paul MacArthur says, “Mark Towns isn’t just playing Latin Jazz, he’s making sure it continues to evolve.” Towns leads his own critically-acclaimed bands (Mark Towns Latin Jazz Band, Mark Towns Flamenco Fusion, Mark Towns & Tribology) in addition to finding time to work with a diverse array of major artists. He has performed and/or recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Poncho Sanchez, The Polish National Ballet, Arnette Cobb, Clay Aiken, Stanley Clarke, Pharaoh Sanders, Pete Barbuti, Chucho Valdes, Roy Hargrove, Hubert Laws, Kirk Whalum, Yomo Toro, Rick Braun, Larry Coryell, Augie Meyers, Airto Moreira, Arturo Sandoval, and Dave Valentin, and has appeared playing guitar on the hit TV show “Desperate Housewives.” He’s also appeared as a musician on the Emmy-winning TV show “Veep.” Mark Towns’ music has the unique quality of being both esoterically hip yet universally accessible. "Mark's music has an intensity to it that makes you want to move and dance, and yet it really relaxes you too," says saxophonist Kirk Whalum. No matter what part of the dynamic spectrum his music takes--from fiery hot to silky cool, Mark’s music retains an enchanting, magical feel. As award-winning music critic Shea Serrano observed, “Put a guitar in his hands and Mark Towns is otherworldly.”

We are back to our regular start time of 10:30 AM. Doors open at 10:00 AM

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Baker Ripley Community Center
6500 Rookin St
Houston, TX 77074

Houston Oasis meets in the Reunion Hall Gymnasium on the Baker Ripley campus. From Hillcroft St, turn right onto High Star Dr, then turn right into the Baker Ripley parking lot just past where the road curves to become Rookin St. You can park anywhere in this lot and follow the "Oasis" directional signs to the gym. Harris County is back at Level 3 - Moderate therefore we are relaxing our mask requirements

COVID-19 Policy:

Harris County is back at Level 3 - Moderate therefore we are relaxing our mask requirements Masks are now optional for fully vaccinated individuals. **We are continuing to monitor the COVID situation and these rules are subject to change View our Covid Policy at https://www.houstonoasis.org/covid-19-policy

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Can’t make it in person?
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