While other venues slow down at the end of the season, Arts Garage is heating up! It’s the start of a sizzling summer with a line-up that will make you sing, dance and celebrate. And Arts Garage has much to celebrate and be thankful for. For the past few months the artistic venue’s home was in jeopardy, but now there is a joyful resolution. “On April 16 we came together to speak in one unified voice,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “Patrons, students, educators, residents, visitors, musicians and our elected officials all expressed their determination to see arts and culture prosper in our authentic, intimate and beautiful city of Delray Beach.” “The City Commission voted to keep Arts Garage in its current location and give us two and a half years to raise the necessary funds to purchase the space that has become the cultural gem of our region. We are honored and humbled by the unwavering support of our patrons, the insightful leadership of the City Commission, and the visionary and strategically brilliant investments made by the Delray Beach CRA,” she continued. Now for Arts Garage it is back to the business of staging some of the most incredible entertainment to be seen anywhere! “It’s our great honor to be hosting Voices of Pride’s tenth anniversary shows,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “This brilliant ensemble has been entertaining audiences for the past decade with their unique style, and we are so proud that they have become a regular part of our schedule. This special event will be an absolute trip! So get your tickets fast.” Another highlight of the month of May is the student production of Footloose. This classic film and Broadway hit will be brought to life at Arts Garage by a cast of super- talented South Florida teenagers. All the songs you love will be performed with a live full orchestra. The show is produced by Drew Tucker, directed by Mark Kirschenbaum, choreographed by Burcin Gursel, with musical direction by Gianni Biancinni. “The talented young performers, that the Arts Garage Performing Arts School is nurturing, are absolutely outstanding,” said Ushe. “These kids are going to have you kickin’ up your heels!” Another act that will have everyone dancing in the aisles is Tiempo Libre. The Grammy award-winning Cuban group had the audience at Dancing with the Stars on their feet and this return engagement at Arts Garage will show you why. The beat continues with the returning favorite Oriente, whose Latin fusion sound is winning fans all over South Florida. “Supporting Florida-based artists is a key mission of Arts Garage,” explained Ushe, who is excited to be showcasing the Miami-based group Aaron Lebos Reality. Aaron Lebos Reality shows are high- energy bolts of music that have no explanation other than sounds that go straight to the heart of the listener. Other Florida-based artists featured this month include Doug Deming, originally from Detroit, the guitar great now calls the Gulf Coast home. He will be bringing his distinctive blues sound to Arts Garage with his touring partner Doug Deming. And fans of the Boca and Palm Beach Pops Symphonic Orchestras, will recognize the piano brilliance of Dolph Castellano, who chose this venue to tape his performance for the Jazz Archive. For tickets and more information, www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357. Friday 5/3, 7:30 pm & Saturday 5/4 8:00 pm Special Event: Voices of Pride, “10 -The Show” Voices of Pride is celebrating its tenth anniversary of making music in the Palm Beaches! Join us for an evening of great music, lots of laughs and, as always, a few “VOP Surprises”.Enjoy love songs, movie and Broadway favorites, and pop hits as VOP’s “10 – The Show” takes you on non-stop trip that will have your hands clapping, toes tapping and your heart becoming just a bit warmer! Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. Friday 5/10, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Dolph Castellano Considered one of the top jazz pianists in South Florida, Dolph Castellano is prominent in the context of an ensemble while creating his unique magic on the piano. He has performed with a who’s who of local and international jazz stars, including Woody Herman, Sam Donahue, Jimmy Dorsey, Art Moony, Ralph Marterie, Charlie Spivak and Cy Zentner. He also worked and recorded with Ira Sullivan, Pete Minger, Chubby and Duffy Jackson, and played with Dizzy Gillespie on his 60th birthday, also worked with Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd and many others. He was also pianist in residence for the Boca and Palm Beach Pops Symphonic Orchestras. This performance at Arts Garage will be filmed live for the Jazz Archive. Tickets are $25-$35, $5 more at the door
Saturday 5/11, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Oriente Fusing Cuban roots with New Orleans- style jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences and conceived by Cuban-born guitarist/ composer Eddy Balzola, Oriente’s signature sound features funky, guitar driven tumbaos, blazing harmonic brass, and explosive Afro- Latin percussion. Tired of touring with reggae, Latin, and show bands, Balzola wanted to create a group that celebrated a sound that was all its own. He joined the talents of Stuart King (trumpet/percussion), William Paredes (trombone), Yoel Del Sol (multi-percussion), Pepe Aparicio (bass) and Orlando Machado (drums/percussion) and created an inimitable sound that rouses audiences and leaves them toe-tapping and begging for more. Tickets are $25–$35 in advance, $5 more at the door
Thursday/Friday 5/16 – 5/17, 7:30 pm Saturday/Sunday 5/18 – 5/19, 2:00 pm Garage Players Present: Footloose Presented by the wonderfully talented students from the Arts Garage Performing Arts School, Footloose is the story of a young man from Chicago (Ren) forced to move with his mother to a puritanical, small town after his father abandons the family. To Ren’s shock, dancing and rock ‘n’ roll are forbidden. Through tenacity and clever use of the bible, Ren manages to convince Reverand Moore to let the town’s high school students dance again. Tickets are $15-$25 Saturday 5/18, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and notable writing. Paired with premier harp man and touring partner Dennis Gruenling, and backed by the new Jewel Tones line-up of Andrew Gohman on upright and Fender bass, and Devin Neel on drums, the group has garnered recognition as one of the premiere blues acts in the country. Tickets are $25–$35 in advance, $5 more at the door Friday 5/24, 7:30 PM Arts Garage Presents: Aaron Lebos Reality Aaron Lebos Reality is a powerful and unique original music group from Miami, whose music encompasses styles of jazz, funk, rock, R&B, Latin and world music. Since forming in 2012, Aaron Lebos Reality has exploded in South Florida attracting the interest of both established musicians and mainstream audiences. Playing at Miami’s premier venues, the group has been show cased on NPR numerous times. Aaron Lebos is a well-known, versatile guitarist born and raised in the South Florida area. He received his Bachelors from the University of Miami and a Masters at Florida International University, both in Jazz Performance. Aaron developed much of his versatility playing gigs, touring and recording in the diverse South Florida music scene. He currently also plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Tony Succar and The Spam All-stars. Tickets are $20-$30, $5 more at the door Saturday 5/25, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Tiempo Libre The seven members of Tiempo Libre met as teenagers at one of Cuba’s premier conservatories, where they mastered the critical skills necessary to play classic Cuban music. During a time in Cuba when listening to American music was forbidden, the boys crowded around a homemade radio and listened to the beats of Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. After emigrating to the United States, the men formed Tiempo Libre, a band that celebrates the best of Latin and American music. Since their inception, they have garnered three Grammy nominations, the first for their debut album Bach in Havana, which melds classical tunes by Johann Sebasian Bach with the soul-stirring rhythms of salsa, merengue, and cha-cha. The group has since been nominated for two more Grammy awards, and has toured and performed extensively, including a performance on the ABC television hit Dancing with the Stars. Tiempo Libre is the picture of musical innovation, and is one of the hottest young bands in both Latin and contemporary American music today. Tickets are $25–$35 in advance, $5 more at the door.