Gary Brandt & Jackie Davidson will perform at Box Factory for the Arts for one night only, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. Jackie & Gary’s show, “Singing the good old songs again,” combines classic and original folk songs into an energetic, entertaining and fun presentation featuring a lot of audience interaction, participation and humor. Along with personal insight and stories with the songs they sing. The audience will find “Singing the Good Old Songs Again” a very memorable musical experience. Jackie is a former member of the New Christy Minstrels and Gary is a popular folklorist, singer and songwriter and retired educator from his beloved state of Michigan.
Jazz vocalist / songwriter Jenna Mammina returns to her hometown of St. Joseph to perform in, An Intimate Evening with Jenna Mammina & David Lahm, featuring original, standards and songs at the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 pm.
Jenna has performed with a vast array of legendary talent, such as Bobby McFerrin, June Millington, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Phish, David Sanborn, Ray Obiedo, Wil Ackerman, Liz Story, Tuck Andress, and Rosemary Clooney.
David began playing classical piano at seven, and by fourteen had decided that jazz and pop music was his true calling. He's toured and recorded with the Buddy Rich Band and was the house pianist and accompanist at the legendary Village Gate, backing a who's who of the greatest vocalists in New York City.
Midwest troubadour Mark Dvorak will present a very special concert at the Box Factory for the Arts, August 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Over the last two decades, Dvorak has forged a reputation as an uncompromising road warrior, traveling to thirty-six states and to Europe with only his songs, stories, guitar and five string banjo. His new CD on the Waterbug label, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, has been receiving rave reviews and airplay nationwide. Dvorak will be performing songs from his new disc, as well as more well-known material,and favorites from his previous recordings. Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me is his 17th CD release.
The Chicago Tribune calls him “masterful,” while Sing Out! Magazine says, “Dvorak shines.” His song writing has been called “wondrous” and “profound,” and he has an “encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His show is “funny, passionate, intimate and unforgettable.”
The Brass Potatoes Reunion Concert at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph, August 23 at 12:00 p.m. Noon. Admission is free of charge for this special event; donations will go towards the Al Farmer Scholarship Fund at the Box!
The reunion grew out of the upcoming Saint Joseph High School “Encore” show that will re-perform various Variety Show Acts including the Stage Band. When several members started planning trips to Saint Joseph for the show rehearsals, they realized they were still playing, and this rare reunion was possible.
The original members met and developed their jazz improvisation skills in the context of the Saint Joseph High Jazz band during the 1970s. Most of the members were also active in the Symphonic Band, Stage Band and Marching Band as well as other local Jazz / Rock Dance Bands including The Emblem Band and Spectrum. The instrumentation has never strayed from traditional Dixieland Jazz arrangements, and the Band’s title song is “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”
Original members who are returning for the Reunion Concert include Warren Buckleitner (trumpet) from Flemington, NJ: Mike Breunling (drums) from Wausau, WI Jon Farmer (sax) from Wake Forest, NC and Tim King (Clarinet) from Saint Joseph. The trombone part, originally covered by Doug Henkelman, will be covered by Dave Farmmer from Canton, MI. Guitartist Bryan Alfonso of Dexter, MI will be covering the rhythm parts.
National Fingerpicking Champion Eric Lugosch presents a truly original and inspirational show at the Box Factory for the Arts, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.
There are no gimmicks or gadget – just a genuinely gifted imagination and a fluency that comes from years of working on his craft. Eric’s arrangements of traditional songs and jazz standards are now considered classics in picking circles, where he is also regarded as one of America’s best original fingerstyle composers, as well as a talented songwriter.
Eric has been at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music for over twenty years where he is an esteemed educator of both beginner and advanced guitarists. Those who have been to a performance or participated in Eric’s classes and workshops know they have been a part of something special and truly memorable.
The Mona Lisa Mystery will be shown on Friday, September 5th at 7 p.m. This documentary will be the first film in the First Friday Film series this fall season. Suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door.
It is the most famous painting in the world, created by the hand of a genius, marveled at by millions every year in the Louvre in Paris. But could there be a second Mona Lisa?
In 1913, an interesting portrait surfaced. It depicts a younger Mona Lisa in a slightly different setting and it’s left unfinished: the so –called “Isleworth Mona Lisa.” Is this the earlier version? There are only two contemporary references to the painting from the 15th century and both suggested da Vinci could have painted the woman in the masterpiece more than once.
Now, using sophisticated scientific analysis, scientists will test both painting s to determine whether there is another Mona Lisa. Is the Mona Lisa the world knows so well the original version? Or did Leonardo da Vinci paint as earlier version of the iconic portrait? Or is it a cunning forgery painted by a fraud?
Ed Bagatini’s New Swing Orchestra takes the stage once again at the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the concert.
The small band with the sounds of a big band consist of Leader / Writer / Arranger Ed Bagatini on trombone; Eric Oliphant, Guitar; Jay Crouch, Trumpet; Tim King, Bass; Christopher Keech, Alto Sax; updated swing arrangements of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s plus renditions of great standards of jazz and big band musicians.
Lake Effect Jazz Big Band takes the stage at the Box Factory for the Arts, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at this concert.
The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is now in its 13th year of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region. Please join us as we explore the genius of classic big band jazz composers like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Thad Jones while infusing the newer styles of James Curnow, Lennie Niehaus, and Jeff Jarvis.
The heart and soul of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are music educators from Southwest Michigan. The essence of Jazz is positive self-expression and without educators like those in the band, this American art form is in danger of fading.
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