Warren Leach, a founding member of The Waterbury-based UnGroup Society, will be interviewed at midnight on the July 26 edition of Ronnie’s Spirit.
In addition to talking about UnGroup — a program which focuses on local initiatives while engaging residents by promoting a spirit of positive action to better the community — Leach will provide information about the up-coming Third-Annual Spirit of Unity Weekend the group will sponsor, Aug. 14-15.
The event will be held at Silas Bronson Library Park in Waterbury. On the opening day, soul and jazz singer Phil Perry and Waterbury native Chris “Big Dog” Davis — who has gained acclaim as a keyboardist and producer as well as a Grammy nomination — will participate in a performance and production workshop.
That evening, Davis will be recognized for his musical accomplishments which include five No. 1 smooth jazz releases as well as collaborations with a veritable who’s who of artists including Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Chuck Loeb, Brian McKnight, Marion Meadows and Najee. Compared to such legendary keyboardists as George Duke and Herbie Hancock, Davis once studied with the great sax man Jackie McLean.
On the second day, Davis and Perry will appear at the Spirit of Unity Youth Day and Unity Concert which runs from noon-11 p.m., and will include artists such as Locked Tight, Timmy Maia, Mook and Fair, The Family Connection, Lamone, Dawn Tallman and the Jay Rowe Band along with a dance competition and celebrity DJs.
In the past, UnGroup has organized and funded clothing drives; community meals; Christmas and holiday parties for children; playground clean-ups; and a prom dress giveaway.
For more information, contact Leach at 203-510-8730 or Colvina Ann McConnell at 860-816-6368.
Ronnie’s Spirit airs Saturday’s, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.