Arts Garage Plans an Outstanding October!

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Arts Garage has scheduled another stellar and diverse array of talent this month. Jazz Project and Garage Blues continue to feature world class artists and will present a special Melton Mustafa CD release party. Global Invasion offers a rare opportunity to experience the historic Cuban phenomenon Orquesta Aragón and Arts Garage’s very own multi-talented Drew Tucker. Shades of Soul debuts with ALEX, and to finish out the month and Arts Garage celebrates Halloween with Divas in Art: Super Spooktacular 2, which includes a costume contest. “October offers an exceptionally rich and diverse array of talent,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “We are taking our audiences on an unforgettable and powerful musical journey. Every concert is a must see, and since we’ve sold out every show this summer, we urge our patrons to get tickets early!” Visit www.artsgarage.org

Saturday, 10/6, 8pm Global Invasion: Drew Tucker Tickets: $20-$30. $5 more at the door Musical visionary Drew Tucker returns to the Arts Garage stage with a performance sure to captivate and inspire. Joined by an array of international musicians, Tucker’s Heartbeats aims to capture what is similar in us all. Exotic instrumentation including a marimba, an Indian tabla, and Japanese taiko drums collaborate with Latin piano, bass guitar, and electronic dub-step to create a performance that pairs reimagined jazz classics with musical innovation. This collaboration of top musicians from around the globe promises to give audiences an unforgettable musical experience unlike anything they have ever seen.

Friday, 10/12, 7:30pm Shades of Soul: ALEX Tickets: $15-$25. $5 more at the door Soul sensation ALEX started his musical career at the age of 7, when he toured with his siblings throughout the southeastern United States. Since then, his engaging and heartfelt performances have earned him a worldwide following. As the lead vocalist for the musical group A7, ALEX won the hearts of thousands with his single “Don’t Walk Away,” which earned the band a spot on the Billboard Charts top 20 for 29 consecutive weeks. He has opened for major musical acts like John Legend, Al Green, and Eric Benet, and now makes his debut performance at Arts Garage in the Shades of Soul series premiere. Saturday, 10/13, 8pm Jazz Project: LeNard Rutledge Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

Miami-born LeNard Rutledge brings his robust vocals to the Arts Garage in a soul-stirring evening of eclectic jazz. Often compared to legendary Lou Rawls, Rutledge’s silky voice is backed up by Miami musical heavyweights Paul Shewchuck on bass, Jaui Schneider on keyboard, and Carlomagno Arroya on drums. In response to the 2006 release of his first independent album Hello World, the Miami New Times voted Rutledge Best Jazz Artist of the Year. Rutledge’s silky voice and classy elegance have made him one of the most sought-after vocal talents in contemporary jazz.

Thursday, 10/18 & Friday 10/19, 7:30pm (Friday Performance SOLD OUT) Global Invasion: Orquesta Aragón Tickets: $25 to $35. $5 more at the door Arts Garage is thrilled to announce this fall’s special presentation of the Cuban music icon Orquesta Aragón. This legendary ensemble, formed in Cuba in 1939, 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.

For two nights only, Orquesta Aragón ignites the stage in a fury of Latin rhythms and raucous beats. Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for this once-in-a-lifetime performance that promises to thrill and entertain. See them at Arts Garage in October or you will have to wait to see them at Manhattan’s B.B. King’s on New Year’s Eve!

Saturday, 10/20, 8pm Garage Blues: Joe “Survival” Caruso Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Hailing from a musical family from the heart of New Orleans, blues guitarist Joe Caruso grew up across the street from the legendary Club Desire, where he was introduced to legends like the young Ray Charles, Memphis Slim, Dinah Washington, and Fats Domino. He fell in love with the blues, and has developed his own electrifying blues sound with a twist of boogie-woogie and a touch of rock and roll. He has opened for Etta James, Hank Ballard, and Bobby Marchand. After losing his home in Hurricane Katrina, Joe moved to Florida and started up the Boogie-Woogie Blue-Fay Blues Band, and they have been exciting audiences ever since.

Friday, 10/26, 8pm Jazz Project: Melton Mustafa CD Release Party Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

Trumpet virtuoso Melton Mustafa, the very first artist in our Jazz Project series, returns to Arts Garage in celebration of his new album, wowing audiences with melodious riffs and catchy rhythms. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see this jazz legend up close and personal in the intimate setting of Arts Garage.

Saturday, 10/27 8pm Jazz Project: Randy Bernsen Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at door Jazz guitarist Randy Bernsen has played to audiences all over the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. He brings with him an exciting fusion guitar sound and a musical message. He has worked with some of the greatest modern guitar players, including Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and Jaco Pastorius. Bernsen also spent 2 years with Weather Report jazz keyboardist/composer maestro Joe Zawinul developing his guitar synth chops and composition skills, and was the guitarist for the Zawinul Syndicate fusion band.

Sunday 10/28 7pm Divas in Art: Super Spooktacular 2 Tickets: $15-$25. $5 more at door Come dressed as you are, as you were, or as you’d like to be! This ain’t no “Monster Mash”—it’s a diva-ish party filled with glitter and guts! Thriller songs and performances, as well as an unforgettable costume contest. A horror show with a twist!