“Round-Trip Africa,” a performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Vashon Center for the Arts. (Barbie Hull Photo)

“Round-Trip Africa,” a performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Vashon Center for the Arts. (Barbie Hull Photo)

Song and dance fill the stage at arts center

A high-energy presentation of African dance and a concert by a rock legend are both on tap this weekend at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Gansango Music & Dance and VCA will present “Round-Trip Africa,” a performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

Gansango is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a choreographer and teacher based in Seattle. The company has performed internationally for audiences of all ages.

Audiences to the show at VCA can expect music and movement from across the African continent, drawing from the dance and music traditions of Benin, Ghana and Togo, among other countries. The company’s concerts often feature traditional dance from Benin — including ritualistic dances, regional social ceremony dances such as the Chenkoumé dance from Savalou, and royal historical dances such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800s.

Djembé, djun-djun and paholé drums and percussion will accompany the dance arrangements, while colorful costumes provide cultural context for the show.

Tickets to the show range in price from $10 to $25, buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Roger Fisher, of the band Heart, will perform classic rock favorites and new music with a band featuring vocalist Carol Ann Wood, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at VCA.

As original guitarist of the famed band, Heart, Fisher co-wrote many of the Seattle band’s early hits including “Barracuda” and “Crazy on You” which have stood the test of time, becoming monster hits covered by countless artists.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Fisher has played in every major city in North America many times. He has also toured Europe, Japan, Australia, Uzbekistan and Russia, and performed at massive events in the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada and the United States for more than 300,000 people at a single rock show.

Tickets to this concert range in price from $35 to $50; buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.


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