Arts Garage: Expect the Unexpected

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This November, Arts Garage promises just one thing—-amazing performances! But don’t try to define this month’s roster of talent. Instead, just be dazzled by the diversity. “We strive to present the best of every genre,” said Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Our audience will continue to enjoy the dynamic and eclectic flow of outstanding entertainment at Arts Garage. From the provocative film Music from the Big House, filmed inside Angola prison, followed by a live performance from Rita Chiarelli, Canadian Blues legend, to the Boogie Woogie Piano Festival, a star-filled showcase of international talent, our Garage Blues series explodes this month.”

In addition, we debut our new series Arts Gargae Presents, which will spotlight exceptional South Florida talent and November 9, will feature up- and-coming vocal star Samantha Natalie. The month wraps up with the holiday celebrations with Voices of Pride!” And that’s just a few of the must-see performances scheduled. Tickets for Arts Garage shows sell-out quickly, so get your tickets now at www.artsgarage.org, or by calling the box office at 561-450-6367

Saturday, 11/3, 7:30pm Grunge and Glamour Tickets: $75 each. $125 per couple

Season Opening Celebration

Stroll among dazzling stars, sip cocktails and sample delicacies from some of Delray’s finest restaurants, as the plush red carpet below you turns into a bustling urban scape of performers and entertainment. Break-dancers give way to opera singers; graffiti artists mingle with portrait sketchers;and classical violin music is off-set by bucket drummers in this clash of grunge and glamour. You can ensure the future of our creative prosperity, by sponsoring Grunge and Glamour. All proceeds from this event, hosted by Arts Garage Guild, benefit Arts Garage programming and education initiatives.

Thursday, 11/8, 7:30pm Global Invasion: Anibal Berraute Quartet Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door The international music masters who make up the Anibal Berraute quartet bring audiences a new kind of tango, that incorporates a vast musical vocabulary, to create intoxicating music that spans genres. The leader of this magnificent group, Anibal Berraute, is one of the most accomplished, and versatile, pianists in the world. He is joined by Federico Britos, a five-time-Grammy-winning violinist, known for his ability to master virtually any style of music. Yukie Kawanami dominates the bandoneon, bringing her solid tango foundation, and strong improvisational skill, to the dynamic quartet, and Renyel Rivero—who played at Carnegie Hall at the tender age of nine—rounds out the group on bass cello. This dynamic quartet delights audiences as they rearrange tangos, improvise Latin jams, and fill the entire room with their spirited, and sexy, sound.

Friday, 11/9, 7:30pm Arts Garage Presents: Samantha Natalie Tickets: $15-$25. $5 more at the door Prepared to be blown away by Samantha Natalie! This talented singer-songwriter released her first album last year, A Great Wall, to a host of accolades nationwide. Classically trained on the piano, since the age of 4, she has developed a sound all of her own. But her heartfelt lyrics are said to echo icons like Carole King and Joan Baez, and her sound is enfused with an edginess reminiscent of Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Don’t miss the appearance of this promising young talent, who is on the verge of a stellar musical career.

Saturday, 11/10, 8pm Jazz Project: World Music 5 Tickets: $15-$25. $5 more at the door The tremendous talent of The World 5 ensemble erupts onto the Arts Garage stage in a performance fusing classic jazz and Afro Latin beats. Led by pianist Jose Negroni, who made his mark on the jazz world with the groundbreaking success of his band The Negroni Trio, the trio is now joined by five-time Grammy award-winning violinist Federico Britos, and two time Latin Grammy award nominee, saxophone titan Ed Calle, in a performance packed with fire and soul.

Wednesday, 11/14 Rita Chiarelli: Night of Film & Blues 6pm: Music From The Big House film screening 7:30pm: Concert with Rita Chiarelli, “The Goddess of Canadian Blues” Combined ticket: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Concert Only: $15-$25, $5 more at the door Angola Prison—a.k.a. the Louisiana State Penitentiary—used to be the bloodiest prison in the country. It was also a birthplace of the blues. Now, Rita Chiarelli goes behind prison walls in a documentary that explores the music that emerges when you lock a man up for life. In Music from the Big House, Chiarelli examines the roots of blues music, and collaborates with life-sentence inmates of one of the country’s largest prison systems. What emerges is a film that moves audiences to the core about the power of music to unify people from all walks of life.

Rita Chiarelli is Canada’s most widely acclaimed female blues artist. She has won every major Canadian music award, including one Juno (Canadian Grammy) for Music from the Big House. This historic jailhouse performance only further establishes her as one of the best blues artists alive today. She now brings her internationally acclaimed project to Arts Garage, in a special presentation combining the power of music, and the medium of film.

Thursday, 11/15 & Friday 11/16, 7:30pm Garage Blues: Boogie Woogie Piano Festival Tickets: $25 to $35. $5 more at the door Two day pass: $40 – $50 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.

Saturday, 11/17, 8pm Garage Blues: Jeff Prine Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Guitar ace Jeff Prine has been a staple of the south Florida blues scene since 1988, with his distinctive easy blues and southern-rock edge. He has shared the stage with first-class musicians such as Dickie Betts, Cyndi Lauper, and The Outlaws. In 1991, he formed The Jeff Prine Group with Bobby Freeman on Hammond B3 organ, and Jack Ciano on drums, and the group has been captivating audiences ever since. In this special event, the group will join the vocals of sassy “bluuze mama” Juanita Dixon, and sultry Rita Wilburn, for a performance the promises to be nothing short of sensational.

Saturday, 11/24, 8pm Jazz Project: Jesse Jones, Jr. Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Back by popular demand, Jesse Jones, Jr.’s return is much anticipated at Arts Garage. The Miami native is a saxophonist extraordinaire, and continues to be on the forefront of a burgeoning jazz renaissance in South Florida. He recently toured in Russia, Austria, Italy, and Germany. His ability to captivate the audience with the classics, and adapt them to his own swinging interpretations, is legendary.

Sunday, 11/25 7pm Special Event: Anna Haas Tickets: $20-$30. $5 more at door Fiery red-head Anna Haas excites the senses instantly with a powerhouse voice, and arrestingly honest lyrics, enhancing each line with wildly dramatic stage antics and heavy, soulful piano playing. Haas danced her way to New York City, drenching herself in the city’s culture and rediscovering her family’s roots. While dedicating time to the performing arts – auditioning for Broadway shows, choreographing musicals, and performing in a modern dance company, it wasn’t long before she rediscovered her voice and focused on writing music again. She became a regular in some of the New York and Nashville most celebrated clubs.

Friday 11/30 and Saturday 12/1 Special Event: Voices of Pride Tickets: $35 to $50 in advance 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 around.