Get Jazzed for the Arts

The Matt Nelson Trio – Graham Czach (bass), Brandon Dickert (drums), and Matt Nelson (piano) – will perform Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the FMAAA Art Center in downtown Fort Madison. The band’s debut album, Nostalgiamaniac, received a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

FORT MADISON, IA, April 23, 2012 – Fort Madison Area Arts Association (“FMAAA”) will host The Matt Nelson Trio on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at a fundraising occasion titled, Get Jazzed for the Arts. The event will be held at the Art Center in downtown Fort Madison from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and a fine selection of wine, beer, and spirits will be complimentary for 60 guests in attendance.

“The popular Expressions Art Auction is held every two years, and with 2012 being an off-auction-year, we’re excited to debut Get Jazzed for the Arts,” said Angela Sodey, President, FMAAA Board of Directors.

“This is a unique opportunity to enjoy professional, live jazz musicians and support local arts by purchasing tickets and by participating in fundraising on the night of the event,” she said.

The Matt Nelson Trio will be the highlight of the evening. Featuring notable Chicago-based jazz musicians, the trio performs at well-publicized events, such as DiCarlo’s Wine, Food, and Craft Beer Festival and the prestigious Polish Film Festival in America. Performances at private, upscale occasions include those coordinated by the renowned Clark Construction Group and by former Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley. Matt Nelson, the band’s cornerstone, is also the keyboardist for Grammy-nominated Lupe Fiasco and Matthew Santos.

“This is an exciting, fresh fundraiser for FMAAA. For this event, we’re converting the Art Center into an upscale jazz bar, complete with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and premium cocktails gratis for guests,” said Brian Riggs, Executive Director, FMAAA. “Gallery art pieces will be available for purchase throughout the evening.”

Contributions from Climax Molybdenum Co., Floors, Décor and More, Fort Madison Bank and Trust Co., Fort Madison Community Hospital, Jim Baier, Inc., King-Lynk Funeral Home and Crematory, MidAmerican Energy Company, MidWest One Bank, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, and Roquette America, Inc., support this fundraising initiative.

There are a limited number of tickets available. Tickets are $80.00 each. Visit the Art Center at 825 Avenue G, in downtown Fort Madison, or contact Riggs at 319.372.3996, to reserve and purchase tickets.

About FMAAA:
Fort Madison Area Arts Association (“FMAAA”) offers arts and cultural amenities that cultivate inspiration, enhance community pride, and strengthen arts appreciation and participation. It provides a local, organized foundation fostering cooperation and communication among artists; a downtown Fort Madison location to display and admire a variety of art forms; workshops and classes to collaborate, teach, and encourage art; and, amenities to inspire artistic aspirations. FMAAA is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).



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