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The MARCEL ANTON BAND with Mars Magnon Opening Thu Jul 26th 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door

Mars Anton
James Fillipone
Mark Freelander

with special guest 
Ruby Mayfield
Marcel Anton  is a Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist, Percussionist, Actor, Teacher, Mystic and Poet of Native American and New Orleans Creole descent. 

Born on land that has been in his ancestors family for 10,000 years, as a child the gifts of music, healing and vision played a very prominent role in his life. His parents were in show business, his mother was a Rockette and father on the business side.

His spiritual training early on from relatives was a mix of Jewish, Christian and Native American Mysticism. As a child he moved and lived in various place in the U.S. centered from and mostly in New Orleans. Studying to be a scientist, he had an epiphany one day and returned to the Arts.

 His schooling included U. of Miami, Julliard, Grove School of Music, where he later taught, U. of La Verne, U. of New Orleans and U.C.L.A. He also studied with Helen McComis, Maria Moreno, Arlee Thornhill, Gil Evans, Lalo Schiffrin, Gerald Wilson, Henry Mancini, Bill Hollman, Sammy Nestico, Paul Lopez, Larry Coryell, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Jimmy Wyble, Barbara Simmons and Vincent Bredice. Charlie Allen of PG&E took a liking to Marcelo as a kid anf invited him to California to work. 

A year later, Marcelo arrived hungry for work and knowledge. Charlie helped immensely, and eventually he worked with PG&E, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Boz Scaggs, Pee Wee Ellis, Van Morrison, Linda Hopkins, Esther Phillips, Jazz Crusaders, Gap Band, Stuart Copeland, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Floyd Dixon, Wille Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Dennis Walker (Producer of Robert Cray and B.B. King), Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, George Porter Jr., the Ellis family, the Battiste family, the Boute family, Dr. John, Jeff Nadeau, and many other New Orleans music dignitaries. Marcel worked as a session singer and guitarist for A&M records, ghosted or has been on the composing team for nearly a dozen films, produced 10 CDs for Indie labels and artists, taught at the Louisianna Academy of Performing Arts, transcribed indigenous music from Africa and the world over and travelled to many places world wide to perform. 

Marcelo's performances are electrically charged with a carnival atmosphere that is intended to celebrate Life and Love. He and his band will take you on a journey of funky dance music that starts in New Orleans and grooves across the Caribbean to Africa and back, mixing in melodies from all over the universe. Original and Cover songs are included. An exhilarating performance for the Mind, Body and Soul.


Opening the Evening will be

At 18, Mars Mignon has loved performing all his life no matter the capacity. He spends his days on stages around WNC, but not necessarily in music. He is an actor who has been in multiple productions in Asheville, currently in Montford Park Players’ Robin Hood. He didn't start as an actor though. At a very young age, he grew to have a undying love for music. He began teaching himself guitar at the age of 6, and had been singing for longer. In his sophomore year of high school, he joined the student led Acappella group, and eventually grew to become the group’s director, writing compositions and teaching them to the choir.

No matter what he is doing, Mars always brings a high energy and enthusiasm to his stagework that makes him such an impressive and enthralling performer. Mars will be going to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study a BFA Acting major, but his love for being a musician will go with him.