Arts Garage: Legends and Legacies


This month Arts Garage melds the past and present to create a musically dynamic month. The Theatre at Arts Garage plays homage to Judy Garland, the beloved icon of film and stage, with a song-filled look at her brilliant career and turbulent life. Jazz Project shakes it up with Tito Puente, Jr. and his historic mambo sound, and Garage Blues brings it with Robert “Top” Thomas whose gruff vice and guitar solos are reminiscent of Muddy Waters. And that’s just the beginning! “July is sizzling,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “This month takes us on an artistic journey that our audience will love. Every week, we change it up musically, and our summer theatre presentation is an unforgettable experience, musically and emotionally.” “Judy Garland’s life was a quintessential American life,” said Lou Tyrrell, Artistic Director of The Theatre at Arts Garage, which presents History Theatre’s production of Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall by William Randall Beard beginning July 19 and running through August 2. “From Hollywood child star to the icon who gave it all on the stage of Carnegie Hall, we felt that her triumphs and tragedies were our own, and we embraced her as if she were a member of our own family. Beyond the Rainbow tells her story, but it also tells America’s story through the turbulent years of the mid-20th Century. It’s the story and the music of an era to be cherished and savored.” Woven into her concert performance are the specters of Garland’s past, living on in her memory, including her late mother and father, husbands, friends, co-workers and critics dart in and out of her consciousness. For those who remember the era, the names are part of Hollywood history: Hedda Hopper, Louis B. Mayer, Vincente Minnelli and many more. “While ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ highlights Hollywood history,” said Ushe, “the electric performance of Tito Puente Jr. echoes musical history as he keeps his father’s famous rhythms alive and pulsating with a new audience. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory.” “He was just too vibrant, too exciting,” said Puente, Jr. “There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.” Puente, Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son — and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage. Another Arts Garage coup was scoring Grammy Award winner Felipe Lamoglia, who brings his unique jazzy, Afro-Cuban sound to our stage. Audiences will revel in a beat that has been influenced by a list of Brazilian musical legends. Also adding to this month’s excitement are the Cook Trio, whose “outstanding guitar work will blow you away,” according to Orlando Weekly and Robert “Top” Thomas who is renowned for his “eclectic gumbo of Delta hooks, Louisiana merriment, and top-notch musicianship,” according to Living Blues. It’s going to be a hot month, so get your tickets now! For more information: or call 561-450-6357

July listings

Saturday 7/6, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Felipe Lamoglia Felipe Lamoglia is a virtuoso Cuban saxophonist, composer, and arranger. World renowned for his instrumental prowess, Felipe also won a Grammy Award in 2008 working as a producer, arranger, and composer on Arturo Sandoval’s album Rumba Palace. Tickets $25 -$35, $ 5 more at the door Saturday 7/13, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Cook Trio Gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt/Hot Club of France, central Florida’s Cook Trio is composed of brothers Ian and Jason Cook on guitar, and Kyle Jones on bass. With myriad influences from Coltrane to Monk, their music brings an American perspective to France’s classic Jazz Manouche. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. Saturday 7/21, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Robert “Top” Thomas Guitar master Thomas is best known as a founding member of the gutsy blues-rock foursome Smokehouse that defined the genre of Florida swamp blues, a killer variation of Louisiana blues. Robert’s sound is influenced by many of his heroes including Lightnin’ Slim, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Lazy Lester. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door. Saturday 7/27, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Tito Puente Jr. The comparison is inevitable. On a passionate mission to nurture the musical legacy left by Puente Sr., Latin jazz Mambo king Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. “My father is a great inspiration for why I perform. It’s a wonderful feeling and people remember this. He is the only and true influence for why I do what I do.”–Tito Puente, Jr. Tickets are $25-$35 in advance, $5 more at the door.

Summer Theatre

July 19 – August 11 Theatre at Arts Garage: Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall by William Randall Beard Wednesday – Friday Showings: 7:30pm Saturday Showings: 2pm Sunday Showings: 7pm Featuring 24 of Garland’s greatest hits, including “Get Happy,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Trolley Song,” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.” An unforgettable musical portrait of a child actor turned Hollywood star who captivated a nation with her spectacular talent and tumultuous life. “My history of my life is in my songs.“– Judy Garland Tickets are $30-$40 in Advance, $5 more at the door