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The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season

Etienne Charles’ Carnival

Canceled due to COVID-19

This concert has been canceled due to COVID-19

What To Expect

  • A high-energy spectacle blending American jazz with the sights and sounds of Trinidadian Carnival
  • A multicultural celebration of life, freedom, and history
  • Free pre-concert discussion about the music and artists at 6pm and 8:30pm

“The sound of it, the colors of it, the energy of it—this is us as a people. One people. This is our way of celebrating freedom, celebrating life, death, family, celebrating our history, culture, food, music—it’s all in one word, and that’s ‘Carnival.’” - Etienne Charles

Trinidad & Tobago’s world-famous Carnival celebration comes to The Appel Room courtesy of trumpeter, percussionist, and composer Etienne Charles. This high-energy spectacle seamlessly blends American jazz traditions with the thrilling sights and sounds of Trinidadian Carnival. It’s hard to believe how well Charles’ beautiful jazz charts mix with the rapid percussion of an iron and steel band, the interlocking grooves of the tamboo bamboo, and the dancing and wild screams of the blue devils, who perform in full costume and character.

The music alone is outstanding, emotionally complex, and impossible not to dance to, but to see the show live is the only way to get the full multisensory experience. We’re ending our 2019–20 Appel Room season in style, right in time for Caribbean Heritage Month.


Godwin Louis, alto sax

Sullivan Fortner, piano 

Alex Wintz, guitar 

Reuben Rogers, bass

Obed Calvaire, drums

Joel Ross, vibraphone

Kareem Thompson, steelpan drums

Andre White, steelpan drums

Tracey Sankar, dancer

Steffano Marcano, dancer

Abby Charles, dancer

Visitor Info

Box Office

Broadway and 60th Street

Ground Floor



Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Sun, 12pm-6pm




Group Sales



Run Time

75-90 Minutes