Blues, Jazz, Theatre, Hip Hop and more… PINEAPPLE GROVE – As the Arts Garage begins their second year, they’re rolling out the red carpet for some legendary performers. Two outstanding series will put the Arts Garage’s already stellar reputation into the stratosphere. The return of Jazz Project, and thanks to overwhelming audience requests the introduction of their Garage Blues series. “We are especially proud of to be hosting the caliber of musicians featured in our Garage Blues Series and Jazz Project Series,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “These legendary artists have had a lasting impact on American music and I am especially proud to be able to launch these programs during African-American Music Appreciation month in June.” Many of these performers have strong Florida ties, and all have influenced their contemporary artists, along with artists for generations to come. Their contributions to the creation of American music cannot be underestimated, and their stories need to be heard and shared. Also of historic interest is The Arts Garage’s celebration of Hip-Hop. This venue showcases diversity like no other, featuring excellence in every genre. With the Urban Underground’s Summer of ‘ 92, The Arts Garage takes a look back at the music of twenty-years ago, including RunDMC, Dr. Dre, the Beastie Boys and more. In addition, the Arts Garage welcomes back hometown favorite and rising star, Chloe Dolandis and showcases their own Matthew Farmer.
June 1, 2012, 7:30 Date Night With Chloe Dolandis ($15-25) A young voice with an old soul, dynamic entertainer Chloe Dolandis moves audiences with her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence. Her debut album, “Bring Back The Fever”, penned by Dolandis and her writing team, offers a uniquely stylistic blend reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. June 2, 2012 9pm Urban Underground: Summer of 92 20 Years of Hip-hop ($10-15) The best Florida MCs, break dancers, poets and live graffiti artists give you a look back at the music and art that defined the culture of the city! See rappers battle it out and poets express their rage at life in the ghettos while b-boys do their thing to many of rap’s greatest songs. Featuring music from the Beastie Boys, RunDMC, Dr. Dre and all new songs that define the current culture of Delray Beach. “The main motive behind the existence of Urban Underground is to cross classes, so to speak, and present a diverse audience with music that knows no cultural bounds,” explains Drew Tucker, Education & Outreach Coordinator at Arts Garage. “The City of Delray Beach has been trying to bring together the various backgrounds within Delray Beach for years and we finally have a means to do this, with music. Pairing hip hop with a seven-piece instrumental section, putting the performance on the stage of the multi-disciplinary venue of Arts Garage and promoting this event across schools, companies and other organizations from the east to west side of the city will result in the coming together of a people for a unified reason – to hear what Urban Underground has to say.” The Garage Blues Series: Tickets $20-$30 June 16, 2012: Blues, 8pm Little Jake Mitchell & The Soul Searchers A teen prodigy from Tampa, soul-singer Little Jake Mitchell toured with James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, won over audiences at the Apollo Theater, and cut his first record for the Chess label in 1957. In 1960, Little Jake and the Blenders were the first African-American band to play at the University of Florida’s Gator Growl, a highly segregated event at the time. Still singing powerfully, Mitchell led his band The Soul Searchers to the semi-finals of the 2012 International Blues Challenge. July 21: 2012: Blues, 9pm Matt “Guitar” Murphy & The Nouveaux Honkies While most people recognize Matt “Guitar” Murphy for his iconic role in the Blues Brothers movies, he had long before established himself as one of the baddest blues guitarists on the planet. While still in his teens, the Mississippi-born Murphy gained fame in Memphis and West Memphis, and he went on to perform and record with Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Memphis Slim. His jazzy, sophisticated licks influenced generations of Chicago guitarists, and this year earned him a spot in the Blues Music Hall of Fame. Murphy, 82, has resided in South Florida for more than a decade. For his Arts Garage performance, he’ll be joined by frequent collaborators The Nouveaux Honkies. August 18, 2012: Blues, 8pm Barrelhouse Chuck with Famous Frank & The Nucklebusters Blues Band Chicago is known for its rich legacy of blues pianists, and Barrelhouse Chuck Goering learned from some of the best. Relocating from Gainesville to Chicago in 1979, he befriended blues-piano great Sunnyland Slim, with whom he studied and traveled for 16 years. This also gained him entry to a fraternity of Chicago blues-piano heroes, including Blind John Davis, Big Moose Walker, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Chuck became a formidable player himself, and has performed and recorded with Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy and Kim Wilson, among others. You can also hear him on the soundtrack to the movie Cadillac Records. For his Arts Garage show, Barrelhouse Chuck will be joined by South Florida faves Famous Frank and the Nucklebusters.
The Jazz Project- Tickets $20-$30 June 9, 2012: Jazz, 8pm Doug Carn Quartet Raised in St. Augustine, where he still resides, Doug Carn had an enormous impact on the world of soul-jazz. The pianist, organist, composer and educator crafted classic albums such as Infant Eyes and Adam’s Apple, on which he also wrote distinctive arrangements of songs by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Bobby Hutcherson. With his quartet of regular sidemen from NE Florida, Carn will be playing both standards and original material to lead off the summer series and African American Music Appreciation Month. June 23, 2012: Jazz, 8pm Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio With his long white beard and turban, Hammond B3 wizard, Dr. Lonnie Smith was a familiar fixture on the South Florida jazz scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s. A breakout star in the 1960s, Dr. Lonnie brought his distinctive, exciting organ sound to the records of George Benson and Lou Donaldson, and cut some classic sides of his own for the Blue Note label. Approaching his 70th birthday in July, Smith continues to prove among the most creative voices on his instrument. James Martin will be on drums and long-time collaborator of Smith’s, Randall Dollahan, will be on guitar. July 14, 2012: Jazz, 9pm Oriente The members of Miami’s Latin-roots-fusion band Oriente have performed with some of the greatest musicians, past and present, including Mongo Santamaria, Jaco Pastorius, Celia Cruz and Cachao. Under the leadership of guitarist, vocalist and composer Eddy Balzola, Oriente performs a sizzling mix of jazz, blues and soul driven by Afro-Cuban rhythms and a kicking brass section. They continue to perform all over South Florida, from the Keys to Palm Beach, adding avid fans with every performance. July 28, 2012: Jazz, 9pm Lynne Arriale With her tangle of red curls and striking blue eyes, pianist Lynne Arriale is a dynamic and soulful performer. In recent years, Arriale, who teaches at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, has toured and recorded with brilliant musicians — including trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Bill McHenry and bassist George Mraz — as well as with her own trio. But the focus generally remains on Arriale’s bright playing and introspective compositions, even more so on her latest recording, which is aptly titled Solo. And that’s exactly how you’ll hear her when she performs at Arts Garage this summer. August 11, 2012: Jazz, 8pm Duffy Jackson Big Band Longtime South Florida jazz fans certainly will be out in force to greet drummer Duffy Jackson, holding court behind his drum kit while swinging ferociously and cracking wise. Not only is Duffy among the swingingest drummers around, he’s also one of the funniest. But he comes by his entertainment roots naturally: His dad was legendary jazz bassist Chubby Jackson. And certainly, Duffy has backed his share of legends, among them Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter. Now living in Nashville, the drummer returns to South Florida for his Arts Garage gig, where he’ll provide the propulsive engine to a roaring 17-piece big band. August 25, 2012: Jazz, 8pm Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet Anyone who heard guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg — who grew up in Miami and attended the University of Miami — knew he was destined to make his mark in the jazz world. A superbly gifted player, Kreisberg toured with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker and Red Rodney, and also helmed his own progressive-rock band Third Wish. The New York-based Kreisberg remains an extremely fresh voice on his instrument, whether he’s playing his own evocative compositions or finding fresh expression in standards. He will be presenting on this evening with his NY Quartet.