[Photo provided by Joe Nanez]
[Matt Potts, Christina Guerrero and Anthony Jay Houston make up a Potts and Pans Trio and will perform April 14 as part of The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival in Woodstock.]
Red and 5 and Dime have performed with legendary blues artists and at the most revered blues clubs in the world.
“To have that local musician recognized worldwide working with us in this to create something new is really exciting,” Potts said.
It has been Potts’ goal through the years to bring more steelpan education to the area, and he’s hoping the steelband he started last year at Creekside in Woodstock is only the beginning. The effort is just one of many he’s made to bring more steelpan to McHenry County.
“It is something that the pan community is recognizing,” he said. “We’ve got just over 1,000 that follow [our Facebook page]. On the grand scheme of things, 1,000 doesn’t seem like that much, but in the pan world, that’s quite a bit actually.”
For information on the festival, visit www.steelpanfestival.com.