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Kevin Amos Presents Jazz at Malika's

Event Details

Kevin Amos Presents Jazz at Malika's

Time: December 20, 2009 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: East Coast Crab / Malika's
Street: 2790 Robinson Blvd. & Frankstown Road
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-818-3789 or 412727-1458
Event Type: jazz, networking, food, fun
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Dec 19, 2009

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Event Description

Our second installment in this monthly Jazz series will welcome back Annie Friedland and her group of stellar musicians. This takes place on Sunday December 20, 2009 from 5-8PM.

Annie has performed with BB King, Wilson Pickett and many others in the US and abroad. Annie and her friends brig forth excellence in Jazz and Blues.

Join us for a special show featuring holiday favorites in the cozy living room atmosphere of Malika's.

Tickets for this event are $5 for the show and $10 for the show/dining package.

Selected menu items offered as part of the ticket package include crab cake with rice, jumbo shrimp,veggie plater, steamed tilapia fish and New England clam chowder soup.

For more information call the event coordinator at 412-818-3789 or Malika's/East Coast Crab at 412-727-1458

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Comment by Kevin Amos on December 19, 2009 at 4:19am
Annie and me met briefly with Rashida, the owner of the establishment this evening. We are all very excited about Sunday's gig. Luther and Vince will also join us once again so it's going to be a smokin' time.See ya Sunday!!
Comment by Kevin Amos on December 19, 2009 at 4:15am
Ok...I got you down. Annie + 100 guests for dinner! I like that!!
Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on December 4, 2009 at 9:33pm

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