Arts Garage is renowned for featuring “musician’s musicians,” and June’s schedule soars with talent, featuring a diverse array of rhythms and beats ranging from Sinatra to sultry, swing to Son Cubano. “I’m so excited about this month’s line up,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “It’s all about high-energy shows and dynamic performers.” June also features a very special celebration of Judy Garland’s birthday. To commemorate this day, on June 10th, Arts Garage is offering a ONE DAY ONLY 10% discount on tickets to their summer production about the life of the legendary star. Beginning July 19th, Theatre at Arts Garage will present History Theatre’s production of BEYOND THE RAINBOW: GARLAND AT CARNEGIE HALL by William Randall Beard, music arranged by David Lohman. The time is April 23, 1961, when a 38-year-old Garland performed at Carnegie Hall in what the New York Times called “the concert of the century.” The setting is both on the stage of Carnegie Hall and in Judy Garland’s mind. This is an unforgettable musical portrait of a child actor turned Hollywood star who captivated a nation with her spectacular talent and tumultuous life. It features 24 of Garland’s greatest hits, including “Get Happy,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Trolley Song,” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.” “Judy Garland’s life was a quintessential American life” said Lou Tyrrell, Artistic Director of Theatre at Arts Garage. “From Hollywood child star to the icon who gave it all on the stage of Carnegie Hall, we felt that her triumphs and tragedies were our own, and we embraced her as if she were a member of our own family. Beyond the Rainbow tells her story, but it also tells America’s story through the turbulent years of the mid-20th Century. It’s the story and the music of an era to be cherished and savored.” You will not want to miss this show! To receive the one-day special pricing, simply enter “Judy” as the promotion code on the website, or mention “Judy” when you call for tickets. Group ticket discounts are also available for the run of the play, please email Caroline@ artsgarage.org for details. Also for theatre lovers, Arts Garage Summer Tune-Up series is a new initiative of The Theatre at Arts Garage to provide the greater Delray Beach community with an immersion into the newest work in American musical theatre being written today. If you are a musical theatre fan, but are tired of a constant diet of the old “war-horses,” and have been wondering what our best and brightest young musical theatre talent has been creating, these four new musicals, performed in a play-reading concert format, with scripts in hand, will illuminate the innovative musical and playwriting styles that are coming from the minds and imaginations of these extraordinary playwright/composers. TINYARD HILL, Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm, ($15-20) by Tommy Newman and Mark Allen Set in the ‘60’s to a foot-stompin’ country-pop score, this feisty new musical tells of family, fortune, patriotism, and romance. TROUBLE WITH DOUG, Thursday, June 13, 7:30pm, ($15-20) by Will Aronson & Daniel Maté Inspired by Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” about a family dealing with changes, some more catastrophic than others. HOSTAGE SONG, Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm, ($15-20) by Clay McLeod Chapman & Kyle Jarro “A high-decibel romantic comedy with a seriously unnerving edge….” –The New Yorker DANI GIRL, Thursday, June 27, 7:30pm, ($15-20) by Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond A dark musical comedy about an extremely serious subject in an unexpectedly imaginative and funny way. For more information: www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357.
Saturday 6/1, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Toots Lorraine and the Traffic Toots brings a focused blend of classic vibe with the smoky milieu of west coast blues, Blue-Note jazz and swing jump blues and swing. “Smokin’ hot blues, jazz and swing that will move your spirit and leave you beggin’ for more! Toots sang her heart out while the band behind her rolled out some of the hottest blues heard in these parts in a long time.”— The Florida Times Union – Jacksonville.com Tickets $25 -$35, $ 5 more at the door
Friday 6/7, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Gianni Bianchini “Hearing ’Sinatra at the Sands’ marked a moment in my life where I knew this was what I wanted. The way Basie would swing and Sinatra could sing…” -Gianni Bianchini Gianni was born and raised in South Florida and began playing piano at age 4. Through the influence of his family and friends he quickly began playing jazz and by the time he attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach Florida, he had already began performing jazz concert regularly in the South Florida area. Upon his high school graduation, Gianni attended Florida International University for a year where he was selected to play with Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval in the Florida International University Big Band. He subsequently accepted a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston to further his musical studies in 2009. While living in Boston, Gianni performed at numerous venues in the area and studied under Ray Santisi.
After graduating magna cum laude from Berklee, Gianni attended New York University to complete a master’s degree in Jazz Performance. While at NYU, Gianni studied with renowned pianists Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, Gil Goldstien, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Through the graduate program, Gianni also has played with John Scofield at NYU. Gianni has also performed and recorded with Ralph Lalama and Ron McClure. In addition, Gianni has been teaching at the Palm Beach County jazz camp with Duffy Jackson and Dr. Bill Prince for the past 5 years. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door.
Saturday 6/8, 8:00 pm Gobal Invasion: Conjunto Progreso Since its inception, the traditional Cuban Son ensemble, Conjunto Progreso ,has taken audiences back in time to the nostalgic era of early Cuban popular music. Son Cubano is a style of music that originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s. Son combines the structure and elements of Spanish canción and the Spanish guitar with African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu origin. The Cuban Son is one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music. Its derivatives and fusions, especially salsa, have spread across the world. Their experience goes back to many of the major orchestras and musical associations in Cuba as well as several salsa and charanga groups in New York and South Florida as well as recording and backing major Latin artist in the South Florida area. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. Saturday 6/15, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: South Florida Jazz Orchestra Directed by bassist and composer Chuck Bergeron, this modern 15 piece big band is comprised of the best jazz and studio musicians working today. “The band swings with pulsating energy propelled by exemplary charts and arrangements that showcase brassy instrumentals, divine solos and elegant vocals.”—-Edward Blanco, All About Jazz WDNA Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. Saturday 6/22, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Little Mike and the Tornadoes This powerhouse blues and rock n’ roll band from New York City is led by singer, songwriter, producer and harp master Mike Markowitz. The band is well-known for its flawless, high energy blues sound, modeled after the great Chicago bands of the 50’s.
They have played nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada, some of the toughest hangouts, as well as the most sophisticated stages in the world, never straying from their course of delivering hard back alley blues and rough rock and roll. Little Mike Markowitz, is a mean harmonica player who cut his teeth in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, backing up legendary Bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy Rogers. He then moved to Florida, and continued to perform and record through the early 2000s. After a hiatus from music, during which he raised his family near Gainesville, he’s playing high-energy blues again. Little Mike’s latest release is titled Forgive Me and he is currently touring in support of it. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door Saturday 6/29, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Nate Najar Trio Nate Najar is an American jazz guitarist, composer and producer delivering melodies that delight the human spirit. This determined music raconteur with an old soul is singlehandedly reintroducing the finger- style nylon string classical guitar technique to a new generation of music lovers. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar’s expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door
July 18 – August 11 Theatre at Arts Garage: Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall by William Randall Beard Wednesday – Friday Showings: 7:30pm Saturday Showings: 2pm Sunday Showings: 7pm Featuring 24 of Garland’s greatest hits, including “Get Happy,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Trolley Song,” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.” An unforgettable musical portrait of a child actor turned Hollywood star who captivated a nation with her spectacular talent and tumultuous life. “My history of my life is in my songs.“– Judy Garland Tickets are $30-$40 in Advance, $5 more at the door