Forget your passport, Arts Garage brings it home! Get ready for a global celebration in September as we honor both latin and Israeli artistic contributions. For National Hispanic Heritage Month we bring to the stage, not one, but two Grammy-nominated artists, and to honor Israel’s cultural influence, we showcase acclaimed visual and musical greats. Then we the head to Bourbon Street for our funky Friday the 13th, and embark into the stratosphere for the debut of Double Trouble; see them now before they become national superstars! “We are thrilled to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month by showcasing two of the most incredible talents in the world,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “Sammy Figueroa graced our stage last year to rave reviews, something he is well used to since the New York Times has said he ‘Advances a bright ideal of Latin jazz.’ And Kiki Sanchez has performed as a musician, arranger and co-producer of two Grammy- nominated albums.” The Latin beat then segues into the Israeli influence as acclaimed painter Theodore Barr brings his solo exhibition to Arts Garage, followed by renowned saxophonist Uri Gurvich, who has been proclaimed, “a major new voice in jazz,” by All Music Guide. Friday the 13th got you freaked? Spend it here! We’ve got a voodoo groove on with a special N’awlins Jazz and Blues night that is sure to be filled with surprises. Another highlight of the month is the concert debut of Double Trouble, Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire. Back in their hometown of Delray after their soon- to- be- seen TV debut on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor, these dynamically talented twenty-year old twins will blow you away with their charisma and amazing vocal talents. “Rashad and Tashad are very special artists,” said Drew Tucker, Director of Education & Outreach at Arts Garage . “The minute you meet them you are captivate by their magnetism, and once they start to sing their effect on an audience is palpable. But beyond their talent is their spirit. These young men have known nothing but heartache. Abandoned by a jailed father, taken away from their drug addicted mother, they bounced through a gauntlet of horror houses that is the foster care system. But they never gave up on the hope that their talent would bring them to a better place.” Arts Garage is honored to be hosting their first concert and will be working with the duo as they begin to craft their career in the music industry. Proceeds from this concert will be used to benefit the brothers. “This is just another aspect of our mission to cultivate and showcase talent, reaching both into our own community and beyond, to excite and inspire our audiences,” said Ushe. For tickets to Arts Garage please visit www.artsgarage.org or call the box office at 561-450-6357.
Friday 9/6, 8:00pm Jazz Project: Kenny Drew, Jr. Kenny Drew Jr., the winner of the Great American jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville FL, has appeared as a leader at many major festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Kyoto Jazz Festival, Savannah on Stage Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, and the Newark Jazz Festival. Tickets are $25–$35 Saturday 9/7, 9:00 pm Urban Underground: Dutch with Plaid Blazer Hip hop recording artist Dutch brings his brand of street edged lyric-laced eclectic hip hop, dance and club compositions as the headliner with Arts Garage house collective band Plaid Blazer. Opening set by J Savvy. Tickets are $10–$20
Friday 9/13, 8:00 pm Friday the 13 N’awlins Jazz & Blues Voodoo Night Leslie Blackshear Smith Leslie Smith is one of the most talented artists New Orleans has to offer. She has performed and recorded with a Who’s Who of New Orleans’ finest artists including Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint, who calls her “One of Louisiana’s greatest treasures”. Named, “A Cultural Ambassador of New Orleans music,” she is featured in a mural for the Armstrong International Airport documenting influential artists. Saturday 9/14, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Sammy Figueroa Figueroa has long been regarded as a great musician, equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R&B, rock, pop and bebop to Latin, Brazilian and New Age, and has twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. As one of the world’s leading percussionists he has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Tickets $25 – $35 Thursday 9/19, 7:30 pm Arts Garage Artists: Double Trouble Twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire who make up Double Trouble are living examples of triumph over tragedy. A lifelong product of the foster care system and raised by the streets, the two boys have survived abuse and homelessness and managed, not only to keep a positive energy and stay away form the fast cash of dealing drugs, but also to develop a vocal sound that propelled them to have being in the heat of competition on this upcoming season of X-Factor! Now back in Delray, the place they call home, Double Trouble is ready to debut their special brand of soul at Arts Garage. For their first headlining concert, they will be backed by Arts Garage own house band, a group of the best musicians in Florida. Tickets $20 – $30 Friday 9/20, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Kiki Sanchez Sanchez is a multi-dimensional musician, a master of both Latin rhythm and the musical language of jazz, both deeply rooted in his persona. A formidable piano player, he has collaborated with many bands and top studio musicians in the South Florida area, and also has been honored for his work as performer, arranger and producer on two Grammy Award nominated albums. Tickets are $25–$35 Saturday 9/21, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Barrelhouse Chuck Barrelhouse Chuck draws on a distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie- woogie and barrelhouse piano style that places him at the forefront of a celebrated tradition. Grammy Award nominee, and BMA Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year nominee, Chuck is the only Chicago blues pianist to have studied under Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Tickets $25-35 Friday 9/27, 8:00 pm Theodore Barr Solo Exhibition Opening Reception – complimentary Ted Barr is a painter, published author, teacher, lecturer and curator. Barr has had exhibitions in New York, Montreal, Palo Alto, Guadalajara, Detroit MI., Chianciano Terme, Cannes, Paris, Istanbul, Izmir, Cheshme, Hayward,CA., Dallas TX., Miami FL, and the Burning Man festival in Nevada. In 2006 Barr had begun his experimentation with tar, which led to the development of the multi- layered tar technique that is used in most of his paintings. A combination of tar, acrylic and oil colors with lacquer. Saturday 9/28, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Uri Gurvich Critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, Uri Gurvich blends the sinuous sounds of the Middle East and Hebraic folk melodies with thoughtful harmonies and brawny rhythms to create a unique jazz experience. Tickets $25-$35