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Fools In Paradise at Sundiata feestival Feb 2004
FOOLS IN PARADISE shows are ALL AGES & NON-SMOKING unless otherwise noted.

Sunday Dec 20th - 11-11:30 and noon-12:30 -- two short sets for young people
Portland Children's Museum - 4015 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221 (up by the zoo)
Free with museum admission of $10.75, under 1 free. For more information call (503) 223-6500

(See below for previous performances.)
Missississippi Pub, April 2003. Photo by Chris Steele.

“Fools in Paradise is a delight to the ear and eye that MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE. This African-costumed band's stage behavior is FUN to watch, and you can count on these pros to give a GREAT performance. They were the highlight of the 2005 Wilsonville Festival of Arts!”
Theonie Gilmore
Executive Director, Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council

“A rhythm-centric party!”
The Oregonian A&E, 3/31/06

“…It was a great pleasure for all of us at ISOSU [International Students of Oregon State University] to be able to see you exhibit your culture through song and music, the crowd really enjoyed all that you had to offer and it was a wonderful program thanks to your contribution.”
David "Bruce" Ni
ISOSU Coordinator of Events

“…very talented and gifted musicians… I enthusiastically recommend individuals and organizations looking to bring a live musical performance to their campus to consider Fools in Paradise.”
Heather Flynn
Director of Student Services
Linfield College - Portland Campus

“…their performance was a delight.”
John Donovan
Metro Council Communications Officer

The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) 8/28/06

“The students of PCC Cascade were very impressed with your music, and many asked us to invite you back again soon.”
Kendi Esary
Student Leadership Coordinator
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus

“A fantastic mix of music, costume and dance.”
The Seaside Signal, 8/9/07

“…the joyous music was the perfect soundtrack for a summer afternoon in the park.”
Beatriz Pascual
Fairview-Columbia Library

“I want to thank you and the rest of Fools in Paradise for playing at our 10th anniversary celebration! As you could see, everyone loved you.”
Laura Ford
NW Earth Institute

“Thanks so much for performing for us last night. Everyone had nothing but nice things to say about the performance. It is indeed joyful upbeat music!”
Julie Wickman
Tualatin Library Program Specialist

“Last night we had almost 300 people in attendance for Fools in Paradise, a fabulous marimba band. By the last song, much of the crowd was up and dancing!”
Cherie Rainwater
Public Services Assistant, Tualatin Public Library

“Kite and gang - Thank you all for joining us for World Sounds 2012. You are all fantastic, and bring such good playful energy to the guests of the museum. Thank you for sharing your music and passion. I hope that we can continue having you all here throughout the years.”
Susan Choate
Portland Children's museum

Official Young Audiences evaluation of our educational program:
“The amazing combination of musical and communication skills enabled these six artists to fully engage all 400 kids in this multiracial K-8 school.”
“Can't find a weakness.”
Factors affecting success of the program:
“In favor of success: Large, colorful map, clear signs showing many different terms used, both African and English.”
Additional comments:
“Visually, the marimbas, drums and other instruments are inherently captivating, even before they play a note. African textiles used also add to the effect. They conveyed so many concepts during that hour, moving seamlessly from one song to the next, all the while the kids were clapping or moving to the music. Truly a joyous learning experience.”

Fools In Paradise at Woodburn, August 2006.
Sweet, sweet mbira music

Fools In Paradise has played at:

Oregon Convention Center, McMenamins Kennedy School,
Reed College, Portland State University, Portland Community College,
Linfield College, Oregon Zoo, Seattle Center, Pacific NW College of Art,
Blue Lake Park, Tryon Creek State Park, Waterfront Park,
and various Washington, Clackamas, Clark and
Multnomah county schools and libraries.

Fools In Paradise has appeared with:

Chata Addy, Naby Camara, Musekiwa Chingodza, Nojeem Lasisi & Jujuba,
Cosmos Magaya & Vakasara, and Kudana Marimba.

Previous performances - 2013
1/26/13 - World Sounds concert series at the Portland Children's Museum.
4/4/13 -
McMenamin's Kennedy School
5/5/13 -
Oregon State University

Previous performances - 2012
1/15/12 - World Sounds concert series at the Portland Children's Museum.
2/1/12 -
St. Clare School (educational program)
2/16/12 -
Ogden Elementary (educational program)
5/16/12 -
Sabin Elementary (educational program)
6/7/12 -
Uplands Elementary (educational program)
6/8/12 -
Providence Montessori (school event)
6/12/12 -
Humboldt Elementary (educational program)
6/13/12 -
Whitman Elementary (educational program)
8/3/12 - Lake Oswego residence (private party)
9/14/12 -
Bridlemile Elementary (educational program)
9/6/12 -
Hoyt Arboretum (private party)
10/13/12 -
A Child's Way Preschool
11/5/12 -
French American International School (educational program)

Previous performances - 2011
1/6/11 - Rock Creek Country Club (private party)
1/9/11 - World Sounds concert series at the
Portland Children's Museum.
1/13/11 -
Mississippi Pizza Pub
4/22/11 -
Maplewood Elementary (educational program)
5/12/11 -
Sabin Elementary (Family Arts Night)
5/22/11 -
Tualatin Hills Nature park (private party)
5/27/11 -
Mississippi Pizza Pub
6/9/11 -
The Rose Festival
6/20/11 -
Walnut Grove Elementary (educational program)
8/6/11 -
Hoyt Arboretum - private party
8/11/11 -
Cedar Mill Community Library
8/14/11 - private wedding party
10/22/11 - private party
11/17/11 -
McMenamins Kennedy School

Previous performances - 2010
1/22/10 - North Albany Elementary (educational program) (Albany)
1/22/10 -
South Shore Elementary (educational program) (Albany)
1/23/10 -
Linn Benton Community College (Albany)
1/31/10 -
Portland Children's Museum
2/2/10 -
Peninsula Elementary (educational program)
4/1/10 -
Janice Griffin Gallery
4/28/10 -
5/21/10 -
Imlay Elementary (educational program)
5/24/10 -
Woodstock Elementary (educational program)
5/29/10 -
Portland Rose Festival
5/31/10 -
Portland Rose Festivel
6/6/10 -
Wilsonville Festival of the Arts
6/15/10 -
Whitman Elementary (educational program)
6/26/10 -
Recycled Arts Fair
8/7/10 -
Beaverton Farmers' Market
9/18/10 -
Portland Farmers' Market

Previous performances - 2009
4/1/09 - The Goodfoot Lounge
6/3/09 -
Lynch Wood Elementary (educational program)
6/5/09 -
Sunset Elementary (educational program)
6/11/09 -
Mill Plain Elementary (educational program)
6/13/09 -
Garden Home Library
6/17/09 -
Mill Plain Elementary
6/27/09 -
Recycled Arts Fair, Vancouver WA
7/22/09 -
Crook County Library, Prineville, OR
7/25/09 -
Beaverton Farmers' Market
9/5/09 -
Art In The Pearl
9/12/09 -
Portland Farmers' Market
9/13/09 -
Multnomah Arts Center, Young Audiences Artist Showcase
10/3/09 - private party

Previous performances - 2008
1/25/08 - Cedar Mills Library
3/8/08 -
Luna Jazz Club Eugene, OR (with Musekiwa Chingodza)
3/9/08 -
Black Market Gourmet Restaurant (Coos Bay, OR)
3/15/08 -
O'Conner's Annex (private party)
4/10/08 -
Skyline Elementary (educational program)
4/18/08 -
Alameda Elementary (educational program)
5/13/08 -
PCC, Rock Creek campus (Art Beat)
5/15/08 -
Mary Woodward Elementary (educational program)
5/17/08 -
Cedarwood Waldorf School (private party)
6/06/08 -
Providence Montessori School
6/07/08 -
Portland Rose Festival (World Rhythms stage)
6/10/08 -
Chief Joseph Elementary (educational program)
6/15/08 -
Milwaukie Farmers' Market
6/17/08 -
Mill Plain Elementary
6/27/08 -
Private party (NE Portland)
6/28/08 -
Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival (Esther Short Park)
7/11/08 -
KBOO (live radio performance)
7/11/08 -
Concerts on the Commons, Tualatin, OR
7/12/08 -
Beaverton Farmers' Market
8/6/08 -
Garden Home Community Library
8/30/08 -
Art In The Pearl

Fools In Paradise - Previous performances - 2007.  Be sure your browser has image viewing enabled.

Fools In Paradise - Previous performances - 2006

Fools In Paradise - Previous performances - 2005

Fools In Paradise - Previous performances - 2004

Fools In Paradise - Previous performances - 2003



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