The Ed Bagatini New Swing Orchestra is a small band with the sounds of a big band.
The group consists of: trumpet, Jay Crouch; alto sax, Christopher Keech; tenor sax, Andy Kolosowsky; baritone sax, Rob Funk; trombone, Ed Bagatini; guitar, Eric Oliphant; bass, Tim King; and drums, Jim Allen.
The emphasis is on swing, plus the rendition of the great standard repetoire of the jazz and big band musicians. Swing Arrangements of the 40's, 50's and 60's have been updated...but still retain the underlying basis of the originals.
The Riversong Music Society presents John "Doc" Hosler, Kevin Blair, and The Rusty Nails on April 12th at 7:30 pm at the Box Factory for the Arts. The concert will feature music from the 50's and 60's.
The ever popular Kennedy's Kitchen makes its annual Spring appearance at the Box Factory for the Arts on April 26 at 7:30 pm. John Kennedy and his Kitchen band have been making Irish music together since 1998 and this is their 9th appearance on the Box Factory stage. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free. Irish ale and wine will be available for purchase at this concert.
From their home in South Bend, the band averages about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. They have traveled as far as New York City and Naples, FL, recording five CDs along the way.
The band of family and friends gather every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories and more. It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving ... and it's always fun. Led by joHn Kennedy, band members include joHn's nephews, Liam and Nolan Ladewski; Chris O'Brien, Rob Weber and Jacob Turner. Instruments include fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bohdran and bass. And they sing -- they love to sing.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision will be shown on May 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. The award-winning documentary will be the final film in the First Friday Film series before the summer hiatus. Suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door.
The 1994 documentary, shown as part of the Krasl Art Center's 2014 Sculpture Biennial exhibits at the Box Factory, documents the life and work of American artist Maya Lin, whose best-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
It was one of the most bitterly disputed public monuments in American history. Only 21 when her design for the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen in 1981, Maya Lin has never shied away from controversy. Her starkly simple slash of polished black granite inscribed with the 57,661 names of those who died in Vietnam was viciously attacked as "dishonorable," "a scar," and "a black hole," but Lin remained committed to her vision, and the Memorial, a moving tribute to sacrifice and quiet heroism, was built as planned.
Since then, Lin has completed a succession of eloquent, startlingly original monuments and sculptures that confront vital American social issues. Freida Lee Mock's Academy Award® winning feature documentary follows a decade in the life of this visionary artist.
Song slinger Susan Harrison returns to the Box Factory for the Arts stage on May 3 at 7:30 pm. Susan performs multicolored music for kids of all ages, lullabies to hospice. Her music invites you on a musical nostalgia trip. Tickets are $10; $8 seniors and students; and children 12 and under free.
Enjoy the vicarious vacation as Susan weaves her award winning original songs with familiar favorites. Her styles fuse, blues, jazz, rock and folk into an adult alternative sound. She has seven CD’s to her credit, a movie soundtrack, and a variety of plays and album cuts.
Young audiences might recognize Harrison from her colorful Palamazoo puppet and music productions where she designs characters writes their songs and develops their personality. She takes seniors down memory lane engaging them where they live. She enjoys moving audiences to feel something as she shares the universal language of music, opening listeners up to ideas, old and new.
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