Bust Loose With HMI Student Showcase This Saturday

HMI The Clayton CenterStudents of Hamptown Music Institute will be “Bustin’ Loose” on Saturday, April 8, as they take to The Clayton Center stage for the third annual HMI student showcase.

The show will highlight Clayton’s budding musical artists in grades K-12, as well as adults, as they perform a variety of musical offerings.

HMI founder Ivan Hampden, Jr. has a storied professional background. Hampden was born and raised in New York City, and grew up in Harlem’s musically diverse neighborhoods to the rhythms of R&B, salsa, Caribbean, jazz, blues, pop, funk and whatever else trickled in. This saturation of music inspired Hampden to start playing the drums at the age of eight. By the time he was 13, he was playing in local clubs in and around New York City, with blues musicians who helped instill in him a sense of timing and groove. The musical diversity of his early youth set the foundation for Hampden’s future work with percussion and keyboards.

Throughout his career, Hampden has performed with numerous recording artists, including Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, Phil Perry, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez.He has also worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Maceo Parker, El Debarge, Kenny Lattimore, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Michael MacDonald.

Tickets for “Bustin Loose” are availalbe online at theclaytoncenter.com or through The Clayton Center box office. Tickets are $12.50, plus sales tax and fees. All seating is general admission. The show begins at 7:30 PM.