SOLUNA Announces Lineup for Passport to the Park

Free event to be held at Klyde Warren Park

Los Texmaniacs and Red Baraat Join Dallas-Based Acts

May 27, 2018 | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


Dallas, TX (February 23, 2018) – The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival announces the lineup for Passport to the Park, a free, day-long event at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Drawing inspiration from Dallas’s international population, Passport to the Park is an interactive and family-friendly day of culturally diverse performances and activities presented in partnership with Klyde Warren Park and with generous support provided by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District through VisitDallas, Capital One and Dallas Arts District Foundation.

Passport to the Park has become a pillar event of SOLUNA,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Association President & CEO. “Community partnership is core to the festival, and Passport allows us to work with a wide range of groups across so many musical styles right here in Dallas. At the end of the day, we are music lovers, and it is a joy to share that passion with the city.”

Passport to the Park kicks off at 10:00 AM with Exhale Spa’s Flow Yoga class, set to the music of J.S. Bach performed by Dallas Symphony Orchestra cellist Kari Kettering. This beginner yoga class is appropriate for participants of any age or skill level.

Performances at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion will feature a diverse range of music and will highlight unique ensembles from across the Dallas Metroplex. 

The UNT Latin Jazz Lab will take the stage at 11:00 AM. The ensemble is a big band that ventures into the musical realm that exists between the rich legacy of Latin American rhythms and the profound tradition of jazz improvisational forms. The performance will present original compositions by its student members and arrangements of jazz standards. The band is under the direction of UNT Jazz Studies faculty member José M. Aponte.

At 12:00 PM, the W. E Greiner Ballet Folklórico Dance Company will present a performance in this historical style. The company has been active in Dallas, for the past two years under the direction of Koreyci C. Santiago. The mission of the group is to provide a healthy and educational environment in which children are given the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and history through traditional regional dances. Their repertoire includes folklórico dances from many states including Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Performing at Passport to the Park for the second time, this year Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Gospel Choir will be joined by a band for an extended set at 1:00 PM. A rarity in secondary music education to date, this curriculum-based gospel choir is a quickly substantiating its addition to the school’s course schedule. With over six million views on social media and an ever-growing student and community interest, the group brings sounds of joy and inspiration to audiences both near and far. Under the guidance of its founding director Nathan De'Shon Myers, students in this choir are learning through lectures and collaborations with national gospel recording artists.

This year, two national bands will join SOLUNA at Passport to the ParkLos Texmaniacs and Red Baraat. 

Los Texmaniacs
GRAMMY® Award-winners Los Texmaniacs, the new kings of Tex-Mex, will perform at 2:00 PM. Anointed by Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs feed the masses with only the best in musical fare. Founded by Max Baca (bajo sexto, vocals), the Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with Flaco Jimenez, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and the Rolling Stones. 


NPR dubbed Brooklyn-based Red Baraat “The best party band in years.” These musicians perform an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra. The group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. Red Baraat will infuse Passport to the Park with electricity through their music based on the rhythms of South Asia.
Red Baraat


“SOLUNA is thrilled to be able to welcome Los Texmaniacs and Red Baraat to Passport to the Park this year,” said Gillian Friedman, Director of SOLUNA Projects. “It has been our plan to showcase musical groups from around the country alongside ensembles from our city. All the groups performing at Klyde Warren Park highlight the cultures and traditions in Dallas: traditions that make our city great.”

WHAT:            Passport to the Park

WHEN:            May 27, 2018
                        10:00 AM-4:00 PM

WHERE:          Klyde Warren Park | 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201
                        Parking information:

PURCHASE:    Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 214.849.4376

Full schedule of events

Throughout the Park

11:00 – 4:00 PM                    Community Mosaic

11:35 – 11:55 AM                     Helping Hand Drums (during stage changes)

Muse Family Performance Pavilion

10:00 – 10:50 AM                   YOGA & Live Music
                                                    Exhale Spa & Kari Kettering, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

11:00 – 11:30 AM                     UNT Latin Jazz Lab

12:00 – 12:30 PM                    W. E Greiner Ballet Folklórico Dance Company  

1:00 – 1:30 PM                        Booker T. Washington HSPVA Gospel Choir and Band

2:00 – 2:30 PM                      Los Texmaniacs

3:15 – 4:00 PM                       Red Baraat

About The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival

Anchored by Dallas Symphony Orchestra performances led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival will showcase internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, three-week multidisciplinary event, SOLUNA will stage performances and exhibitions at venues, prominent galleries and performance spaces throughout the Dallas Arts District and beyond. SOLUNA aims to steward authentic collaborations within the Dallas Arts District and serve as a magnet for artists and performers around the world. By incorporating strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art and interact with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.

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