This summer gets a sensational start with this June’s schedule of shows. Arts Garage celebrates its roots with jazz and blues greats, expands its repertoire with comedy, and pays homage to the “Man in Black” as Theatre at Arts Garage’s presents of Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash musical. “We built our reputation as the premier home of iconic jazz and blue performers, and this month proves our cultural powerhouse status as we welcome some of the finest performers in the world,” said Arts Garage executive director Alyona Ushe. One of the most anticipated events of the summer is the Arts Garage debut of Albare. Born in Morocco, but raised in Israel and France, he has resided in Australia since his mid-20’s, where he has indulged his love of jazz from a multitude of angles. When not playing live or recording around the globe, he heads up the Melbourne Jazz Festival, chairs the Annual Jazz Awards, and encourages young musicians through his philanthropic ways. The combination of his dedication to the art form and its community earned him an Order of Australia in 2008. This dynamic artist will be playing along Grammy-winner Sammy Figueroa, king of Latin percussion and one of the venue’s most beloved artists. As Arts Garage’s grows its reputation as the hot spot for music, it also is expanding its entertainment genres. This June, comedy takes center stage for the first time with Dean Napolitano, who has been seen across the country at the Improv, the Laugh Factory and Stand Up New York. Summer is also when Theatre at Arts Garage pays homage to incredible musical icons. Last year’s audiences are still raving about Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall. And now, the music of Johnny Cash will echo through the venue. “We are thrilled to bring Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical to Theatre at Arts Garage,” said Lou Tyrrell, Artistic Director. “Our intimate venue is the perfect setting to watch the talented cast bring his iconic songbook to life. This is a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family.” For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit artsgarage.org or call 561-999-9999. June 6 | 2-5 pm | Charmaine Forde Band | $50 The League of Women Voters PBC and Arts Garage cordially invite you to an afternoon of music and dancing to the breathtaking jazz of the Charmaine Forde Band with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters’ Palm Beach County’s Education Programs, whose current work focuses on climate change, education, health care, and voters’ rights. “Charmaine is no ordinary little chick singer. She is a jazz vocalist. Her range, tone and timbre is impressive. A native of Trinidad, traces of that heritage still lingers in her presentation.”- Jazzbluesflorida.com June 7 | 8 pm | Gina Sicilia | $25-35 Grammy Award nominee Sicilia is a dynamic roots music vocalist. While well known in the blues world, Sicilia demonstrates an array of influences from country, Americana and R&B, to pop, which gives her a unique soulful voice that separates her from other singers on the scene. A true rising star, Sicilia has opened for acts such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland, and others while performing at some of the biggest Blues Festivals in North America such as the Ottawa Blues Festival, Pittsburgh Blues Festival, and the Bayfront Blues Festival. June 13 | 8 pm | The Jost Project | $25-35 Devoted to interpreting class rock in a contemporary jazz format, The Jost Project creates an exciting new connection between the many listeners for whom the work of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, and others is the root of their love of music. Their new CD — “Can’t Find My Way Home” – will be released in mid- August 2013 by Dot Time Records, a jazz/ world label based in NY and Europe. Some of the songs on the CD are “Walk This Way”, “Kashmir”, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Bridge over Troubled Water” and many others. June 14 | 8 pm | Albare and Sammy Figueroa | $25-35 Moroccan-born global jazz guitarist Albare performs with special guest Sammy Figueroa, king of Latin percussion. Born in Morocco, Albare’s influences are varied and global in the true meaning of the word. He grew up in Israel and France and thanks to these international origins, is fluent in French, English, Hebrew and Spanish. At the age of 27, he migrated to Australia where he first became known musically, at the forefront of the then burgeoning Acid Jazz scene, recording a string of albums for the Festival label. On the heels of a successful spring tour of Australia and New Zealand, including an appearance at the Sydney Opera House, Albare and the Freeworld Jazz Project set off on a US tour that kicked off at one of America’s greatest jazz clubs, The Dakota in Minneapolis. June 15 | 7 pm | Father’s Day Special Event | $25-35 Virtuoso jazz and soul keyboard player Doug Carter celebrates the day with his talented musical family, featuring son Anthony on percussion and vocals by daughter Yellow. A great show that shouldn’t be missed. June 16-July 13 | Ring of Fire| $30-45 From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock n’ roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. The great bio-pic Walk the Line told the story of the events of Cash’s life and the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a part of our collective experience. Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire will both move and exhilarate. Showings Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., and weekends at 2 p.m. No performance on 4th of July. June 21 | 8 pm | Dean Napolitano $15-25 Comedian Napolitano is a throwback to the great comedians of yesteryear with a modern twist that makes him one of the most entertaining comedians working today. June 28 | 8 pm | Turk Mauro | $25-35 Saxophone giant Turk Mauro is known worldwide for his precision and flare. First introduced to music through his father, a swing musician, Turk went on to play sax with Dizzy Gillespie. He then embarked on a stellar solo career that took him around the world. His comfort with a range of styles, from big band swing to hard bop and classic jazz, has earned him a spot as one of the most versatile saxophone artists in South Florida.