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Afro-American Music Institute Celebrating 28th Anniversary

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Afro-American Music Institute Celebrating 28th Anniversary

Time: March 26, 2011 from 6pm to 10pm
Location: River's Club
Street: 301 Grant Street, #411
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Website or Map:
Phone: (412) 241-6775
Event Type: fundraiser
Organized By: Pam Johnson Jordon
Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2011

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Event Description

The Afro-American Music Institute, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, providing systematic specialized Instrumental and vocal training in all styles of the African American music tradition, will be hosting its 28th Anniversary at the beautiful River’s Club located downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 26, 2011, starting at 6:00 pm.


The spectacular celebration will feature live music entertainment by AAMI’s faculty, advanced students from our Jazz Youth Group, and special guest artists featuring Jazz artist Sean Jones, and popular rhythm and blues group “Smooth Groove.”  In addition to dancing the night away, the Chefs of the River’s Club will be preparing a Soul Food Buffet menu.


The proceeds from the anniversary will benefit youth scholarship and programs at AAMI. 


You don’t want to miss this great celebration of AAMI’s 28th years in the community!


Reservations are required. To RSVP or for additional information, please call Pam Jordon @ (412) 241-6775.

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