IMA World Health/Kara Eberle


e’re just weeks away from Local Goes Global, a collaborative effort between IMA World Health and McDaniel College to celebrate Carroll County artists, musicians, and small businesses, as well as help save lives in some of the most desperate areas of the world.

Blues, jazz and tango will meet in an extraordinary mix of international styles during the event from 7-9 p.m. March 6 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157.

Artists Shelley Ensor (voice), Jon Seligman (percussion), and Christopher James (guitar and other strings) will start the evening with blues and gospel, while Alice Tung (accordion and viola) and Tim Jenkins (guitar) will then add tango.

The evening will end with all playing together in the best tradition of community musical collaborations.

Leading up to the event, we thought it would be nice to get to know some of the performers. Today, we’re meeting Christopher James, a 38-year-old father of three who lives in Westminster, Maryland.

Q. What’s your day job?

A. Full-time musician and music educator

Q. What instrument will you be playing at the event?

A. Making music on a mandolin, a harmonica, a guitar and with my voice.

Q. What’s your favorite part about being a musician?

A. I love music. It can pick you up and carry you through your darkest hours and it is one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced in all of my life. As a musician, I love being able to share that with everyone I can.

Q. What type of music will you play?

A. A mix of blues, R&B and more roots music.

Q. Why did you decide to participate in the event?

A. I always enjoy an opportunity to play music with Jon Seligman and Shelley Ensor. I’m looking forward to hearing Tim and Alice and to our collaboration for the finale! I’m glad to be able to share my talents to help a good cause.

Get your tickets now!

VIP ticketing is available on a limited basis, so reserve now!

VIP reception from 6-7 p.m. + concert tickets: $50 per person

Regular tickets: $20 per person (concert and paid concessions only)

Buy tickets here.


About McDaniel College

The private, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences offers a personalized undergraduate and graduate education delivered by expert faculty in small class settings on a spectacular hilltop campus ideally located near Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Students also have the opportunity to study at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Learn more here.