February at Arts Garage: It’s Sweet!

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Arts Garage is sharing the love this month with an incredible lineup of world class jazz and blues performances and they are making national news with the world premiere of famed playwright Israel Horovitz’s newest work, Gloucester Blue.

“This is a wow month for us,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “Legendary is an understatement when describing Israel Horovitz. Having the opportunity to showcase the debut of his latest work is truly a tremendous honor. And having had him here to work with our Artistic Director, Lou Tyrrell, during the rehearsals was an absolute delight.” “The play is delicious mix of sex, murder, and intrigue, and I know our audiences will truly enjoy the work and being part of this exciting first run,” continued Ushe. While theatre lovers are buzzing about Gloucester Blue, music lovers have lots to celebrate this month as well. Urban Underground brings Eric Biddines to the stage, the Performing Arts Academy introduces the musical 13, and Jazz Project and Garage Blues promise some epic performances. “Audiences are in for a real treat when Allan Harris graces our stage,” she says. “Tony Bennett calls Allan his favorite singer. Imagine how that must feel!” Garage Blues then kicks in gear with an iconic performance by Johnny Rawls. “One of the reviews for Johnny states that if you see him for even just a few minutes you are hooked for life,” said Ushe. “That’s the power of his music. This show will definitely be an experience.” Another highly-praised artist gracing Arts Garage’s stage is Ted Rosenthal. The L.A. Times calls him “a pianist of the rarest skill.” And finishing up the month, is Australian native Troy Roberts who is described by Half- Note as a saxophonist who knows how to lay down the funk! “February is a month of talented treats!” said Ushe. “It’s a great Valentine to our audience.” To get tickets to any of these amazing shows or to subscribe, visit www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357.

1/25 – 2/17 Wednesday – Friday, 7:30 pm Saturday, 2:00 PM – Sunday, 7:00 pm Theatre at Arts Garage: Gloucester Blue Tickets: $25-$40 in advance Sex, murder and mayhem in a sleepy New England seaside village; now, that’s pure Chamber of Commerce! The renovation of an old Gloucester, MA harbor house is the setting for master playwright Israel Horovitz’ dark comedy; the latest in his series of “Gloucester plays.” As two painters apply the specific “blue” selected by the privileged lady of the house, revelations of old connections and mounting sexual tensions explode when her husband returns home to all manner of bondage, bad blood, and bedlam.

Saturday 2/2 , 9:00 pm Urban Underground: Eric Biddines – planetcoffeebean 

Single Ticket: $10. Reserved table for 6: $50 Hip hop recording artist Eric Biddines will be bringing planetcoffeebean to you in a form rarely seen, backed by musical group Plaid Blazer. This evening will feature live instrumentation and new songs from his upcoming studio album planetcoffeebean 2, along with some select fan favorites. A definite must attend for new and old followers as Eric presents his most honest and intimate experience yet.

Featuring Ian Caven and Drew Tucker. Sponsored by the Law Office of Lee Philip Cohen, P. A., Special thanks to Prep and Sports, Inc.

Saturday 2/9, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Allan Harris Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

World-class singer, guitarist and songwriter Allan Harris has music running through his veins. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues. He is a three-time recipient of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” and Tony Bennett calls Allan “my favorite singer.” Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and receiving outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

Saturday 2/16, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Johnny Rawls Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Raised in southern Mississippi, Johnny Rawls was drawn to music as a young boy after hearing his grandfather play blues guitar. By the time he was in high school, he was playing guitar alongside greats such as Z.Z. Hill and Little Johnny Taylor. He has since traveled the world, bringing his traditional southern sound and fresh lyrics to people everywhere. Arts Garage is excited to welcome this blues icon to the stage.

  Thursday 2/21 & Sunday 2/24, 7:00 pm Saturday 2/23 & Sunday 2/24, 2:00 pm Performing Arts Academy Presents 13 – Student Musical Production Tickets: $20-$30 13 is a musical with lyric by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish, with Robert Horn as co-librettist. It’s about a 12 year old boy named Evan Goldman and his to move to the small town of Appleton, Indiana, his struggle to be with the in crowd, turning 13 and becoming a man. It is the only Broadway musical to be cast entirely using teen and “tween” actors and actresses. Accompanied by a live band, 13 takes off with the best young fresh-scrubbed talent ever assembled on one stage!

Friday 2/22, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Ted Rosenthal Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released twelve CDs as a leader; his latest, “Impromptu,” features jazz reimaginings of classical themes. His solo album,” The 3 B’s” received four stars from DownBeat magazine. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Detroit and Fort Worth Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Rosenthal is Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo, a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and a published author. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal composes jazz tunes and large- scale works, including music for Uptown for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Saturday 2/23 , 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Troy Roberts Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has won four consecutive Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards was the only Australian finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He also received his first Grammy Nomination Medal, and has shared the stage with greats such as Sammy Figueroa, James Morrison, Stephen Scott, Slide Hampton, Bobby Sparks, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton. More recently, Troy represented Australia, sharing the stage as part of an international band made up of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta, Zakir Hussain, Tineke Postma and Tarek Yamani for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever UNESCO International Jazz Day at The UN Assembly Hall, NYC. Having been on faculty at The University of Miami for the past 3 years, Troy is currently based in New York, is celebrating his 4th internationally released record Nu- Jive (2011) and continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe.