Fairleigh Dickinson University’s WAMFEST returns on Tuesday, October 23rd, Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th with its first fall festival featuring three days of music, readings, interviews and conversations. This year’s impressive lineup includes world-renowned poet Robert Pinsky, celebrated graphic historian Chip Kidd, the highly acclaimed and regarded filmmaker Jonathan Demme, incredibly talented and influential musicians Donald Harrison Jr. (pictured) and Ben Allison, plus many other remarkable performers. We’re also very excited to provide a few of our students with their first opportunity to perform on a WAMFEST stage at Readin’ N Rhythm’s Move On Up Showcase, featuring Brooklyn-based artists the Yoni Gordon Orchestra and nonfiction author Melissa Faliveno. All events are, as always, hosted by WAMFEST’s dynamic Artist in Residence Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding. See the full schedule below and learn more about each of our performers here.
Many thanks to our founder and curator David Daniel, and to our amazing sponsors Bob and Patricia Pures; WAMFEST would not be possible without their extraordinary generosity.
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7-10 pm in Dreyfuss Theater: “WAMFEST Presents Readin’ N Rhythm’s Move on Up Showcase,” featuring New York artists nonfiction author Melissa Faliveno, rock bands The Yoni Gordon Orchestra and The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, plus student and faculty performances.
Wednesday, October 24th
3-4:30 pm in Dreyfuss Theater: “WAMFEST Presents The Fight for Home (A New Orleans Story) with Donald Harrison Jr., Daniel Wolff and Jonathan Demme” Demme and Wolff will screen a 20-minute clip that serves as a blueprint for the next movie of their series of NOLA documentaries. It features Herreast Harrison and is scored by her son, Donald Harrison, Jr. Wolff will read (or do something, who knows?) from his new book, The Fight For Home: How (Parts Of) New Orleans Came Back. A conversation and performance of some sort!
7-9 pm in Dreyfuss Theater: “WAMFEST Presents Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful, with Jonathan Demme, Donald Harrison Jr. and Daniel Wolff.” A screening followed by a conversation with creators Jonathan Demme and Daniel Wolff and composer Donald Harrison, Jr.
Thursday, October 25th
3:30-5 pm in Lenfell Hall (the Mansion): “WAMFEST Presents POEMJAZZ with Poet Robert Pinsky, Bassist Ben Allison, Guitarist/Composer Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle” Three-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will perform his poems with an all-star jazz trio brought together for the first time.