Steve Laszcz will once again be performing, plus he's inviting a few talented friends on stage.
10 a.m. - Steve Laszcz
11 a.m. - Jillian Lebeck
12 p.m. - De La Terra
2 p.m. - Myles Bigelow
3 p.m. - Michael Friedman
4 p.m. - Joe Given
Using unconventional styles and techniques, be it an ancient folk melody or the latest in fingerboard pyrotechnics, musican Steve Laszcz brings about a diverse collection of rhythms and modes, reflecting his own form and recalling his influences from Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Ralph Towner and the like.
Steve Laszcz, organizer of the Showcase stage, will open Saturday's show at 10 a.m., then bring five more acts up to entertain over the course of the day at the 2012 Arts Alive.
For the past eight years, Laszcz has been coordinating the entertainment.
"As a musician, a consumer of music, and a lover of music, they're going to have to drag me away from organizing the stage."
Among others, Laszcz is bringing De La Terra to the stage with their salsa rhythms, Spanish guitar, Middle Eastern melodies, Latin American percussion, all delivered with a rock 'n' roll sensibility.
It's a journey of music and dance that travels the globe, Laszcz said, describing the De La Terra's high-energy performances as a spotlight on one of North America's finest guitarists.
Also on stage Saturday is Myles Bigelow. From Boston to Cuba, New York to Vancouver, this riddim-keeper has moved effortlessly from the sidelines into the production chair, honing all the skills needed to work his magic on both skins and bass bins.
After winning conga soloist at the Idaho Jazz Festival competition, Bigelow continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and National University of Arts in Havana.
He has shared the stage with world-class artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Earth Wind & Fire, Heracio Hernandez, Talvin Singh, and Tortured Soul.
Also joining the show is Vancouver-born Michael Friedman, who was raised in a family of musicians and artists.
He began studying piano at age four and was exposed to folk, world, rock, and classical music throughout his youth. He has toured extensively, performing in various countries as a solo artist, as well as a member of several groups, becoming a respected member of the international music community.
And no stranger to Langley audiences is 20-year-old Joe Given. This young singer, songwriter, and performer has won many music-related awards and has performed at more than 400 venues and events in recent years.
His style is pop, pop-rock, with a little R&B mixed in for good measure.
With his passion for music, it's Given's goal to use his talent to help make a positive difference.