Arts Garage’s December lineup is a gift to music lovers. The Delray Beach venue is closing out the year with some of the most requested artists making return engagements, including the beloved Dr. Lonnie Smith and the dynamic pairing of guitar god Stanley Jordan with worldrenowned violinist Vitali Imereli. This month also marks the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, and to celebrate we are having a very special event. The first concert is already sold out, so get your tickets to the added show today! Sex with Strangers was also a sold out production. But if you missed it, you have a second chance. The critically acclaimed play will have its run extended at The Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan from December 4th to December 20th. Tickets are purchased through Arts Garage. “The response to Sex with Strangers has been tremendous,” said Keith Garsson, Producing Director of Arts Garage. “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from audience members who are raving to their friends that they shouldn’t miss this show.” Prior concert commitments preclude extending the run at Arts Garage. Fortunately, the always innovative Alyona Ushe, President & CEO of CCC, which operations Arts Garage and The Amp in Pompano Beach, has devised a plan. “We are always looking for exciting opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and provide quality programming throughout South Florida,” explained Ushe. “We approached Jeff Davis, the new board chairman of the Palm Beach International Film Festival and found that he shares our passion and vision for arts and culture in the region.” “Extending the run of Sex with Strangers in Manalapan makes perfect sense,” she continued. “It provides audiences with additional opportunities to see this deliciously funny play and allows Arts Garage and the Palm Beach International Film Festival to grow their dedicated fan base even further.” For more information and details please visit www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357. Fri. & Sat. Dec. 4-5th, 8pm STANLEY JORDAN AND VITALI IMERELI | Jazz | $25/$35/$45 The four-time Grammy nominated Stanley Jordan is an American guitar virtuoso, well known for his innovative “touch technique” on the guitar’s fretboard. His legendary music is imbued with a warmth and sensitivity that has captured the imagination of listeners worldwide. Jordan’s versatility ranges from bold reinventions of classical masterpieces to soulful explorations of pop-rock hits, to jazz forays and improvisational works. He has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents, and has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Art Blakey and Richie Cole and recordings with Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. His track “Morning Desire” with Rogers, became America’s #1 country song in 1986, and his most recent album “Friends” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Vitali Imereli is considered one of the best and most accomplished jazz violinists in the world, specializing in gypsy jazz, while his repertoire also includes swing, fusion, funky and modern styles. He is a virtuoso in both classical and jazz genres and has performed with and gained the admiration of jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Larry Coryell, Olli Soikkeli, Howard Alden, James Carter. Known as “Europe’s #1 Jazz Violinist,” his playing is renowned for it’s energetic and lyrical style, beautiful phrasing, blistering technique, and his impeccable delivery. Don’t miss “Europe’s #1 Jazz Violinist”, Vitali Imereli, as he unites with guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan, for an especially dynamic and lively performance! Tues., Dec. 8th, 8-11pm (every other Tues.) ALCHEMY-ALL ARTS OPEN MIC TALENT SHOWCASE | Variety| $10 Calling local artists, musicians, actors, spoken word poets, comedians, dancers, and madmen…Come to Alchemy Artist Showcase, show off your skills, and shine!! Artists are accompanied by a live band in an open mic and an open stage setting. Alchemy provides local artists with a platform to jam with the band and share original works. Thurs. Dec. 10th, 7:30pm AARON COMESS TRIO | Jazz | $25/$35/$45 with Teddy Kumpel and Richard Hammond. The veteran rock ‘n’ roll drummer of the Spin Doctors, the Grammy-nominated, ten million plus album selling band, has played on, written on and/or produced over 200 albums with an acclaimed and diverse roster of artists, including Joan Osborne, Rachael Yamagata, New York Electric Piano, Isaac Hayes, and Chris Whitley to name a few. Aaron has been featured on the cover of Drummer Magazine and is renowned in the music industry for his dynamic drumming skills. Among the handful of jazz albums that Aaron has produced is his new 2015 release, “the Aaron Comess Quintet”. Joining him on most of his records as well as in his live band are Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones, Feist, Joe Jackson) on the guitar and Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne, Angelique Kidjo, Buster Poindexter) on the bass. Sat. Dec. 12th, 4pm ADDED A CELEBRATION OF SINATRA ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY | Jazz | $25/$35/$45 featuring The South Florida Jazz Orchestra with special guest vocalist Johnny Rodgers. Comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in the Miami area, The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is directed by bassist and composer Chuck Bergeron. The band will be joined by special guest vocalist, Johnny Rodgers, an internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway star, and recording artist. The New York Times describes Rodgers as an entertainer “that can’t be found anywhere else” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer.” Sun. Dec. 13th, 7pm | VANESSA COLLIER | Blues | $25/$35/$45 A quickly rising young artist, Vanessa is a captivating, multi-talented vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter who blends her blues background with elements of funk, rock, and soul. Hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, and prior to releasing her much lauded debut album in 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring with Grammy – award – winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker. She clearly reveals her musical prowess, effortlessly transitioning from songs full of fiery, powerful vocals and gritty saxophone solos to soul-stirring ballads packed with raw emotion. Rounding out her dynamic band are standout Berklee musicians: Eric Finland (keys), Jordan Rose (drums), Justin Schornstein (bass), and Noé Socha (guitar and harmonica). Fri. Dec. 18th, 8pm | DR. LONNIE SMITH| Jazz | $25/$40/$50 Named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” five times by the Jazz Journalist Association, jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith is an organ virtuoso and a true musical genius. He has won a plethora of critics’ polls as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist, and was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Organ Fellowship’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with an array of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Tues., Dec. 22nd, 8-11pm (every other Tues.) | ALCHEMY-ALL ARTS OPEN MIC TALENT SHOWCASE | Variety| $10 Calling local artists, musicians, actors, spoken word poets, comedians, dancers, and madmen…Come to Alchemy Artist Showcase, show off your skills, and shine!! Artists are accompanied by a live band in an open mic and an open stage setting. Alchemy provides local artists with a platform to jam with the band and share original works.