Award-winning fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman will perform at the Box Factory for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8th. This is his first concert on the Box Factory's stage. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free.
Youngman competed on August 4th, 2013 against top fingerstyle guitarists from all over the world. After the first round of performing with 25 other contestants Youngman went on to the final round against four other competitors. A panel of judges, including world renowned guitarists Ewan Dobson, Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Don Ross, awarded first prize to Justin St-Pierre of Montreal, second place to Youngman, and third place to Goske Omori of Japan. He also competed in the 2013 Fretboard Festival contest in Kalamazoo and walked away the winner.
Contestants were required to play their own solo acoustic guitar tunes or arrangements using only their fingers and no picks. David performed three of his original pieces and his own arrangement of the hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. As a modern Fingerstyle guitarist, David uses unconventional techniques on the guitar such as drumming on the body of the guitar, two hand tapping on the neck, and extensive use of harmonics to create the illusion of a full band coming out of one guitar.
Along with performing around the Midwest throughout the year, David is a guitar instructor at Spring Arbor University. David has recorded two solo guitar albums and recently released a Jazz Folk album with saxophonist Derek Brown of Abilene, TX.
Bring your Valentine to the Box Factory for the Arts on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. for a special concert of romantic music by THE TRiO comprised of Star & Charlie and Ed Skjordal.
THE TRiO (there's no big "I" in this group) has been together for almost a decade now, but local audiences may not remember them with that name. Star & Charlie and Ed Skjordal have been playing in various acts through the years and joined forces about 9 years ago performing all over the Southwest Michigan region at concerts, festivals, private parties, and restaurants. The collection of songs, both originals and covers, bring romance and good vibes to the music world.
In 1994, Star & Charlie met at an Elvis Impersonator show featuring Bob Atwood, Al Giganti, and other friends. Charlie was the guitar player and Star was one of three background singers. There was instant "interest" and respect in one another's talents; and they haven't looked back since.
Charlie grew up in South Haven and has been playing guitar professionally since he was a pre-teen when he made his guitar out of wood and rubber bands. He mowed lawns to buy his first Sears guitar and vows to always play as long as his fingers will let him!
Star is from Orlando, Florida, “born and raised (one of the few natives)." She has been singing since she was nine years old when she first heard Karen Carpenter sing. As Karen Carpenter has always been a huge influence in her vocals, Star aims to continue to bring pure romantic music to her listeners.
Star & Charlie met in Florida in 1996 and have been performing their own genre, Classical Romance Music, ever since both regionally and nationally. In 1999, Star & Charlie married and recorded two CDs (available at the show).
Ed grew up in Coloma with Paw Paw Lake in his back yard. At the age of seven, he assembled his first drum set out of washtubs, and mom’s kitchen pots and pans! After that, Ed was hooked. A few years later, he earned and saved his money by mowing lawns and bought his first drum set. From there, Ed started playing music with his high-school and college friends. Ed has toured the United States with several different bands, one being Circus Maxx, and produced an album in 1978. He has lived in Houston, Las Vegas, and San Diego, playing and recording music with a variety of local artists. Longing to return to his hometown, he relocated back to Coloma and to this day is involved in many musical outlets. Ed brings a 40-year background of different types of music: Latin, jazz, reggae, pop, country, bluegrass, blues, and even disco.
Classical 12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs will introduce songs from his upcoming CD release at the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available online or at the door, are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under admitted free.
A self-taught musician, Jacobs of Grand Haven touches on music as diverse and varied as gypsy, world, Balkan folk, jazz and finger style guitar, while maintaining his own refreshing energetic style of playing.
His latest CD,The Peasant Sabbatical (to be released April 1), joins American Gypsy and World Blue, in paying homage to the cultures of Eastern Europe where he gained first hand knowledge and inspiration during his world travels. His CD, 12-String Guitar, was nominated "Best Solo Guitar CD at the JPF music awards in Nashville.
LEGOS and "The Pickles" (Deep Fried Pickle Project) will help kick off the month-long LEGO-Build Your Way Around Town events coordinated by several cultural and tourism organizations.
Members of the Deep Fried Pickle Project band will perform a children's concert from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 1, followed by a Musical Instrument Workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. Children will learn how to make a playable musical instrument with their own LEGO and DUPLO bricks and then perform on stage with their creations. Tickets for the children's concert and workshop are $5 per child and free for parents.
The band will then return to the Box Factory stage for a family conert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the family concert are $10 general admission; $8 for students and seniors; and free for children 12 and under.
The Second Annual Build Your Way Around Town events on March 1 - April 6 feature LEGO brick building activities, family-friendly concerts, displays and films competitions and a Big Build by LEGO professionals. In addition to the Box Factory, events sites include the Curious Kids' Museum, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, Shadowland Ballroom, Silver Beach Carousel and the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
The First Friday Film at 7 pm on March 7 is for young children and their parents. The film,"Young Leonardo (as in da Vinci)" with Dan the Art Man, focuses on real art: teaching composition, color theory, creativity, art materials, art history and special demonstrations teaching how to draw pirates and horses. This film is free for children with a suggested donation of $1 for parents.
The film is part of the Box Factory's focus on student artists during March. Celebrating Creative Kids, art exhibits for students in grades 2 - 5, will be held from March 8-23 and Inspiring Future Artists for middle and high school students, will be held from March 27-April 16. The school art shows are a partnership between the Box Factory, the Krasl Art Center and Berrien RESA.
Soltré brings traditional Irish music to the Box Factory for the Arts, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 8.
Members of the band from the Michiana area include Rick Willey, Nolan Ladewski, Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman, Adam Carter and Eric Fiechtner with special guest Katie Montoya.
Soltré plays a rich brew of Irish jigs, reels and songs with ventures into American old-time and a dash of originality. All are accomplished instrumentalists and vocalists—seasoned performers of traditional music, who love to play exciting renditions of Irish and old-time fiddle music and song. Expect to hear fiddles, whistles, flute, accordion, mandolin, guitar, bodhran and banjos.
Music Foodraiser featuring "96 Strings." A piano trio comprised of freshmen students Eric Guldan, Lindsay Marohn and Erik Rumsa from St. Joseph High School will be joined by other students and faculty to help raise awareness for the local food bank, Feeding America. Non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations are requested.
Halfway to Galway with Marnie Heyn will be the Box Factory for the Arts concert on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under admitted free.
Marnie Heyn is a St. Joseph musician and poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and teacher, and a fiddling fixture at area farmer's markets. She studied violin with Bernard Ladewski and Norma Maxham, and voice with Marilyn Watt Lee and Dennis Bowen. She took advantage of the rich music culture of her college towns, Ann Arbor and Iowa City, to learn early music and some gamelan, to soak up classical and world music, and to play traditional music with everyone in the parking lot. When she returned to the area, she returned to her first love, the violin.
Building on the heritage of her Irish great-grandfather, she attended the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School for more than two decades, taking classes with the likes of Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples, Matt Cranitch, and Robin Bullock. Her doctoral studies included Old and Middle Irish, among many others, and she includes poetry recitation in her performances.
Heyn is the director of the Fiddler's Congress, an open group of children and adults from beginner to pro who enjoy playing traditional music on unplugged instruments. They've performed all over southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana.
First "annual" Box Factory Follies presented by impresario Greg Ladewski and a program of varied local talent.
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