YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS: Banjo Juice Jazz Band w/ The Meraki Dancers. Catch them Saturday, February 17th from 11:15pm-11:45pm at FOLK City at Photo City: A Benefit for REACH.
Banjo Juice Jazz Band was founded in 2017 by Tyler Westcott. The group is made up of a collective of musicians who got together busking and doing pick up gigs with the shared love of Traditional jazz, Dixieland, and the music of New Orleans. The group features many people but at it’s core is Kyle Ohlson on Clarinet, Kyle Yagielski on Sousaphone, & Tyler Westcott on Banjo, Guitar, & Vocals.
Meraki (n): The soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work. With their extensive years of training and individual artistry, Amanda Marzolf, Holli Simme and Jessie Soto come together as The Meraki Dancers. Their fusion of jazz, contemporary, and tap dance compliment the soulful sounds of Banjo Juice Band for a one of a kind performance that will make you shuffle along. Jessie, originally from Rochester NY, and Amanda and Holli from Buffalo NY, all began their dance training in early childhood where they studied various styles such as jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary, and more. Furthering their education after high school, the girls attended university. Holli was accepted into University at Buffalo’s Department of Theater and Dance program where she graduated with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. Amanda and Jessie both attended Buffalo State College, graduating with their BA in Arts and Letters; Amanda with a concentration in Design and Dance and Jessie in Dance and English. While in attendance, they were accepted in to each of the school’s dance companies and learned new styles and techniques which continued to expand the knowledge of their craft. Amanda, Jessie and Holli have performed throughout the Buffalo area with various groups such as Foxy Diamondz Dance Company where Amanda is currently a member, The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, and Devi Bollywood Dance. This is the first time they come together as The Meraki Dancers, as well as their first performance in Rochester. It is an exciting opportunity to share their love of dance with others and are grateful to be performing at Folk City!