The Rusty Nails have appeared twice in the shadows as an opening act at the Box Factory for the Arts. On Saturday night, June 18 at 7:30 pm, they take the spotlight. The local trio comprised of Jim Benson, Dick Murphy and Jim Adams, will present a variety of songs you grew up hearing.
The three friends feature a program of three part harmonies from Motown to country, and from folk and gospel music. The songs are sure to bring back fond memories so bring your father, son, uncle, grandfather and come prepared to sing along as you take a Father's Day musical journey through the decades.
Eighteen years ago, in November of 1998, gay university student Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten and left for dead on the prairie in Laramie, Wyoming. His death sent shock waves around the world and prompted members of New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project to travel to the town of Laramie to conduct interviews with the citizens there. Over several years, they conducted over 200 interviews which later became the play “The Laramie Project”. In the fall of 2008, ten years later, company members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber returned to Laramie to conduct more interviews and focus on how the town has changed: socially, politically and religiously. They interviewed many of the same people, but this time they also spoke to Shepard’s convicted killers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, as well as Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard. “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” or “LP: 10” is the result.
Back in March, members of the Box Factory Theatre Company performed “The Laramie Project” to emotionally charged audiences. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, many of the same actors are getting ready to perform a staged reading of its sequel “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” to benefit The Outcenter of Benton Harbor. Director Carole Catherine said, “We were looking for a way to express our support in the wake of this horrific tragedy, and I know the Outcenter has done much for the LGBTQ community locally, so we decided to put together this piece as a way to show our concern and love.”
The cast includes: Nicole Beltz, Lloyd Bolick, Carole Catherine, McKenna Coskie, Keegan Downey, Anthony Hernandez, Gregg Rizzo, Christine Sloan, and Pamela Walker.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Outcenter.
Advisory: due to language and subject matter, material is recommended for audiences aged 15 and over.
The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band will perform at The Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, June 25th at 7:30pm.The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is now in its 16th year of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region.
This season, the band will be performing music from the classic big band libraries of jazz composers like Buddy Rich, and Count Basie, but also showcasing the sounds of more contemporary ensembles and composers like Pat Metheny, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis and John Fedchock. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz. Its mission is to promote the Art of JAZZ through performance, education, and community outreach.
The band will be joined by vocalist Lisa Dabrowski. Ms Dabrowski is an elementary music and choir teacher for Berrien Springs Public Schools. She received an Elementary Music Education Degree from Western Michigan University where she was a soprano in the award winning group Gold Company. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and was previously a vocalist in Yuma, Arizona's "Yuma Big Band". She currently resides in Saint Joseph, where she loves to sing on the worship team at 1st Church of God.
The musicians in the band’s ranks include on saxophones: Andrea Gentry (Alto), Anne Jensen (Alto), Tim King (Alto/Tenor), Christopher Keech (Tenor), Jeff Bopp (Tenor), and Rob Funk (Bari). Trombonists are Cheryl Thomas, Carl Steffens, Mary Lynn Edwards, Ruth Livengood, and Brad Jensen (Bass Trombone). Trumpets are Steve Bizoe, Kevin Renfro, Eric Lofgren, Tom Crowner, and Steven Reed. The rhythm section is comprised of Kim McCavit (Keyboard), Doug Wegscheid (Bass) Joe Trojan and Chuck Hartzell (Percussion).
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years. Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.
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