It was the hottest summer on record…but we are not talking about the weather! Arts Garage sizzled with an amazing lineup of sold out shows, proving that we love our culture all year round! Now that the social season will soon be in full swing, we got a sneak peak at the entire 2012-2013 Arts Garage calendar and we suggest you start getting your tickets fast! “We are so excited about the performances we have scheduled for this season,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “We are featuring shows you will never forget with a dynamic mix of musical icons, legends in the making, and thought- provoking theatre. We are very proud of the caliber of talent that Arts Garage consistently showcases week after week and we look forward to having more of the South Florida audience experience what this venue is all about.” Below is a brief overview of some the outstanding highlights of the season from Jazz Project, Garage Blues and Theatre. Tickets and subscriptions are available online at www. artsgarage.org or by calling 561-450-6357. Prices listed are in advance, $5 more at the door.
JAZZ PROJECT: Orquesta Aragón Thu, 10/18, 7:30 pm Fri, 10/19, 7:30 pm $25-$35 Arts Garage is thrilled to announce this special presentation of one of Cuba’s most iconic groups. Formed in Cuba in 1939, this legendary ensemble quickly established itself as a true institution of Cuban music, and has evolved over the years to incorporate new instruments and musical innovations. They are credited with inspiring the New York mambo movement in the 1950s, and are hailed as “the purest form music from Cuba.” This 15-person ensemble combines violins, piano, flute, percussion and vocals to deliver one of the best live shows on the planet.
Melton Mustafa CD release party Fri, 10/26, 7:30pm Tickets $25-$35 Trumpet virtuoso Melton Mustafa returns to Arts Garage in celebration of his new album, wowing audiences with melodious riffs and catchy rhythms. Mustafa is one of the greatest living modern trumpeters, and he helped define what would become the Miami jazz sound. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see this jazz legend up close and personal in the intimate setting of Arts Garage.
Dr. Lonnie Smith CD release party Sat, 12/29, 8pm Tickets $25-$35 Dr. Lonnie Smith is a true musical genius. He has won a plethora of critics’ polls as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist, and he was recently inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Jazz Organ Fellowship’s Hall of Fame. He was named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association. Celebrating the release of his new album The Healer, Dr. Smith brings his distinct sound to Arts Garage. Witness this organ virtuoso as he presents a program full of original compositions along with classic favorites. Randy Brecker Sat, 1/26, 8pm Tickets $25-$35 South Florida legend Randy Brecker is one of the most versatile trumpeters in the industry. Perhaps most well known as part of the popular duo The Brecker Brothers, Randy has also recorded and toured with dozens of music legends like Jaco Pastorius, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bruce Springsteen. He has been nominated for seven Grammy awards and remains one of the most sought-after trumpeters in the industry.
GARAGE BLUES SERIES: 3rd Annual South Florida Boogie Woogie Piano Festival Hosted by Piano Bob Fri, 11/15, 7:30pm Sat, 11/16, 8pm Tickets: $25-$35 Local piano legend Bob Wilder hosts this special 2-day event showcasing the foremost blues talent in the nation. This smorgasbord of blues pianists exhibits both New Orleans- style and Chicago-style blues as artists take the stage in varied individual performances that highlight the best of the blues. Bob Margolin Sat, 1/9, 8pm Tickets $25-$35 Blues guitarist Bob Margolin is the last living member of Muddy Waters. Join us as he carries on the Chicago blues tradition playing blues classics and original tunes. Nicknamed “Steady Rollin” for his mellow tunes and rolling melodies, Margolin brings a classy elegance to blues and redefines old blues standards.
SPECIAL EVENT: Voices of Pride Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm Sat, 12/1, 8pm Tickets TBA The gay men’s chorus of the Palm Beaches returns to the Arts Garage stage by popular demand for a program of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. The beautiful harmonies explored by this group of expert musicians have kept audiences flocking to their performances since 2003. Come support the beautiful music created by some of the best male vocalists in the county.
THEATRE AT ARTS GARAGE Exit, Pursued by a Bear 12/7 – 12/22, 2012 Tickets $30 – $40 In this outrageous revenge comedy, an abusing husband becomes the victim of a wife who devises a most unorthodox method of revenge. In a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains, the ever-sweet Nan finally flips the story on her abusive husband, Kyle, taking back her life. With the help of her colorful friends, her idolization of Jimmy Carter, and one violent Shakespearean stage direction, this play ain’t over till the bears are in pursuit. A contemporary Southern “revenge comedy” that disarms stereotypes of abuse with wild humor, Exit, Pursued by a Bear is part I Love Lucy, part Jacobean revenge tragedy, and part feminist power ballad. Gloucester Blue 1/25 – 2/13, 2013 Tickets $30 – $40 The renovation of an old Gloucester, Mass. harbor house is the setting for noted playwright Israel Horovitz’ dark comedy of sex, murder, and mayhem. As two painters apply the specific “blue” selected by the lady of the house, old connections are revealed and mounting sexual tensions explode when her husband returns home and uncovers the scandals that have erupted in his absence. Accompanied by original music by Adam Horowitz (of the Beastie Boys), this comedic drama exposes the human spirit in this tale of class, deceit and romance.