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.
Riversong Music Society 2014 Young Talent Showcase will feature James Neary, an award-winning young singer-songwriter from LaPorte, Indiana at the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the Acorn Theater’s Singer-Songwriter contest in 2013, James Neary is an extremely talented young artist. In 2014, he released his first CD, described by one reviewer in these words: “Fantastic music and vocals from one talented young singer-songwriter. Blues meets folk meets alternative, all sung with passion and power through an unbelievable vocal range. With lyrics heartfelt and honest, each song stands on its own, offers a glimpse into the artist’s life, and leaves the listener with goose bumps.”
In addition to his original songs, James will also perform his unique arrangements of a variety of “cover songs”. His interpretations bring new life to familiar tunes, and leave the audience asking for more.
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.
GEMINI with The All God’s Children Choir at the Box Factory for the Arts Back by popular demand! Their show last year was a rousing, inspiring crowd pleaser! Tickets for this concert are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Gemini, twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits, are award-winning singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, nationally known for their music for children and families (GeminiChildrensMusic.com). In this concert, they return to the roots of their music – the classic songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Malvina Reynolds, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, etc., as well as traditional songs associated with the 60’s. This is the music San and Laz grew up on, and they’ve put together a tribute/celebration concert with these quintessential songs. Come sing along!
For part of this concert, Gemini will be joined by the All God's Children Community Choir, a racially diverse group of children and teens, ages four to eighteen, from many communities in Southwest Michigan. Now in its 14th year, All God’s Children has performed at numerous events, including a special Martin Luther King Day concert in 2014 at Chicago’s Navy Pier and performances with renowned professional musicians Tom Chapin, Josh White Jr., LaRon Williams, Nikki Harris, Pamela Chappell, Peter Yarrow, and Gemini.
The HA! Man (francois le Roux) is a South African cellist who broke away from his classical background to create art in the moment ("HA!") to perform at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Performing independently and globally since 1992, he has recorded numerous albums, gives workshops to the youth and writes on human issues. Many regard him as a world class musician and a leading voice towards an ecological aesthetic.
He met Belgian writer and actress Joke Debaere in 2010, who has since joined him on the HA! journey and as guest performer on stage. Together they deliver a potently new and moving marriage of word and sound, also in the form of an online multi-media magazine called the HA!Monthly.
The general HA! performance also flows spontaneously with piano / keyboard playing, flutes, body movement and momentary surprises. A large collection of electronic accompaniments is selected from, reflecting an eclectic mix of classical, African, oriental, jazz, popular, and. HA! styles.
From early childhood, both his mother and father shaped the HA!Man's musical career, stimulating improvisations on piano and organ. At 10 he was employed in Johannesburg as church organist and since 11 appeared as soloist with orchestras, both on cello and piano. He took composition under Carl van Wyk, studied theology and philosophy at Stellenbosch University and at UNISA done a partial music degree. During the nineties he hitch-hiked his way through South Africa, busking on streets and experimenting with other art forms such as spontaneous writing, drawing, dance and acting. Since 2000 he added electronic equipment to his make-up and became mobile.
After a decade overseas, Steve Brundage returns to the Box Factory concert stage. One of the founding members of Riversong Music Society, Brundage was active on the local music scene, hosting literally hundreds of Open Mike nights at several area venues. He also played guitar in the Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Trio (JRB3). The trio of percussionist Stony Ferguson, bassist John Brown and Brundage comes together again on stage during the second set for a soulful, funky exploration of music.
The first set will weave sounds from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean on a variety of instruments including the mandolin, mandola and bouzouki as well as Brundage’s guitar styling which span a host of musical styles from fingerpicking to bottleneck slide, from Celtic to Rockabilly.
“It’s great to be back home,” Brundage said. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of music over the last 10 years from across the globe. I spent a fair amount of time playing in sessions in Dublin, Galway and quite a few other spots, as well. That’s been a strong influence, but I’ve played a lot of traditional music from other cultures, too. I think folks will find the evening both interesting and unique.”
Garth Taylor and Friends from the School of American Music will perform a concert of Honky Tonk music from Texas, Detroit, and all points in between at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan on Saturday October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ll be playing the kind of music you’d expect to hear at the 10 pm set in one of the finer establishments in Amarillo, Nashville, Louisville, or Fennville,” says Garth Taylor, performer, and President of the Music School. “People who come will enjoy music from Charlie Daniels Band, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobbie Gentry, Doc Watson, and some sixties covers that feature really strong female singers.”
Other performers at the Honky Tonk include some of the brightest talents in the St Joseph area: Danny Dine will play lead guitar and is a featured soloist; “Fiddlin” Phil Wolf will add his finely-honed Texas fiddle flavor to the evening; Stewart Beach will play mandolin and is a featured singer; multi-instrumentalist Chuck Adinolfi will play bass guitar and probably chime in on some of the rowdier choruses. Rounding out the ensemble will be Alyson Payne and Priscilla Hellenga, who have performed a number of times with the Friends of the Music School, and will be featured in songs by Emmylou Harris, Janis Joplin, and Jean Shepard.
The School of American Music is a non-profit organization located at 3 N. Elm Street in downtown Three Oaks, which for three years has been offering music instruction to residents and friends of Harbor Country. Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s scholarship program.
The Blue Water Ramblers sing the folk song of Michigan, America and your life. Their repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, 60’s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile- repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences.
The Blue Water Ramblers are lead singers who take turns harmonizing with each other to create the Blue Water Rambler tapestry of sound. Banjo-Jim Foerch sings of the sailors, farmers, lumberjacks, politicians and workers. Bear Berends croons the love songs and delivers protest songs old and new.
Banjo-Jim Foerch picked up his first banjo in 1965 and hasn’t put it down since. As a founding member of the regional touring band “Beats Settin’ Home,” Banjo-Jim was busy pickin’ and singin’ all over the Midwest for 20 years between 1982 and 2002. He says singing the songs of Michigan, America and our lives to all the people we meet on tour is the best thing he’s ever done. “Everyone I ever met here in Michigan or around the Midwest is proud of our home state and our country. Our songs express that pride the best way we know how- by getting us all singing together!”
R. H. “Bear” Berends holds down the rhythm with his big, black six and twelve string guitars. As with so many baby boomers he started strumming guitar and singing folk songs in high school in the sixties. He joined Banjo-Jim and “Beats Settin’ Home” at the Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, Michigan in 1993 and “Da Bearster” hasn’t stopped playing and touring since. “I wanted to sing with Banjo-Jim, so I learned all his songs and taught him mine and here we are,” he explains. Whether delivering the lead line of a love song or harmonizing with his solid baritone, Bear sculpts the Blue Water Ramblers’ sound.
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