Thank you to The Island Now for publishing a piece on our upcoming collaborative program with the Growing Love Community Garden in Manorhaven. The free picnic concert will take place on August 29 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Growing Love Community Garden at 40 Manorhaven Avenue in Port Washington, NY. The concert will feature Steel Sensation, a Trinidadian steel drum band based out of Freeport, Long Island. The program will take place on August 29th from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Steel Sensation was founded by Trinidadian born Ian Japsi.  Ian learned to play from family members including his uncle, the legendary Jit Samaroo. Trinidad is a small Caribbean island that has had a big effect on music through its contributions of calypso and the steel band. The steel band is composed of a variety of steel drums or pans with different tunings.  The instrument holds the distinction of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century.  Trinidadian steel bands began in the late 1930s, when musicians turned garbage cans and oil barrels into drums or pans.  Over time the distinctive sound and rhythm grew popular during pre-Lent Carnivals similar to those of Mardi Gras.

Steel Sensation members range in age from 25 to 55 years old.  They play both traditional and popular tunes, and have appeared on both on television and radio.  Their repertoire includes calypsos, jazz melodies, classical music and show tunes.

Attendees are invited to bring their own picnic lunch (alcohol is strictly prohibited in the Manorhaven Preserve).

Space is limited! For more information and to RSVP, email or call Tanya Clusener at 516-474-1402