Saxophonist Derek Brown from Abilene, TX and Fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman from Hillsdale, MI team up to present The Duo Project – music with no boundaries - on Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 pm.
Both artists have degrees in music and over 15 years of performing and composing, the duo presents a brand new set of music combining elements of Jazz, Bluegrass, Pop, and Classical. In 2002 Brown and Youngman toured the Midwest for three years with their Jazz/ Bluegrass hybrid group known as Afterthought and then headed in separate directions.
Stand by for action. The Blvd. Billies are out of the stable and ready to let loose for a barn load of good ole Bluegrass and Country Classics. If Real Classic Country and Finger Picking Good Bluegrass makes your toes tap and your feet slap, then plan on joining the Billies at The Box Factory for the Arts, Saturday, July 19. If you don’t recognize the Billies, they are from left to right, Rusty “The Flame” Hardwater Guitar/Vocals/Mandolin, Dan Geib Guitar/Vocals/Banjo and Mark Albers on the Dog House Bass.
The Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will present its summer production of Coriolanus at the Box Factory for the Arts for one night only, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.. Special VIP tickets of $15 per person with prepaid reservations are available for this event. General admission tickets are $10 with senior and student tickets available for $8. Wine and light refreshments will be available for purchase at this event.
Coriolanus follows the rise and fall of Roman warrior Caius Martius Coriolanus, as he struggles to gain the support of the Roman populace, encouraged and driven by his powerful mother, and as he forms an unlikely alliance with his greatest military rival, the Volscian general Tullus Aufidius. Pigeon Creek’s production features actors Kathleen Bode, Chaz Bratton, Antonio Copeland, Kat Hermes, Sean Kelley, Scott Lange, Owen McIntee, Sarah Tryon, Kate Tubbs, Kyle Westmaas, and Scott Wright.
The production is directed by Dennis Henry, who has previously spent 8 years touring with the American Shakespeare Center, a nationally known company which, like Pigeon Creek, uses performance conditions from Shakespeare’s own time period in staging the Bard’s plays.
Reviewer Judith Cookis Rubens of Encore Michigan writes “As the battle-focused Coriolanus, Chaz Bratton is engrossing and layered, letting tiny bits of the warrior's insecurity and immaturity seep out, mingling with brash arrogance and self-reliance. Scott Lange, as Volscian Gen. Aufidius, is well-cast, too. Both players seem to revel in the dramatic tension, bringing out the (dare I say it?) bro-mance of their evolution from enemies to wary co-conspirators.”
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.”
National Fingerpicking Champion Eric Lugosch presents a truly original and inspirational show. There are no gimmicks or gadgets --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.
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