This Month at Arts Garage: July 2014


July 1-13 | Arts Garage Theater | Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm | Sat & Sun, 2 pm

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock n’ roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. The great bio-pic Walk the Line told the story of the events of Cash’s life and the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrates the songs that are such a part of our collective experience, and will both move and exhilarate.

July5 | 8pm | Nate Najar Trio | $25-$45 Nate Najar is an American jazz guitarist, composer and producer delivering melodies that delight the human spirit. This determined music raconteur with an old soul is singlehandedly reintroducing the finger- style nylon string classical guitar technique to a new generation of music lovers. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najar’s expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel, and sizzling Brazilian beats.

July 17 | 7:30 pm | Jazzrats | $25-35 This 14-piece ensemble of spectacularly talented jazz musicians with a very eclectic repertoire, featuring vocals by Greg Diaz and Chloe Dolandis, perform for the first time at the Arts Garage.

July 18-19 | 8 pm | Tito Puente Jr. | $25-$45 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.

July 25 | 8 pm | Aaron Lebos | $25-$45 Aaron Lebos Reality is a powerful and unique original music group from Miami, whose music encompasses styles of jazz, funk, rock, R&B, Latin and world music. Since forming in 2012, this group has exploded in South Florida, playing at Miami’s premier venues. The group has been showcased on NPR numerous times. Aaron developed much of his versatility playing gigs, touring and recording in the diverse South Florida music scene. He currently also plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Tony Succar and Spam All-stars.

July 26 | Diego Figueredo with Rose Max | $25-45 Diego Figueiredo is considered to be one of the most talented guitar players in the world today, presenting a fusion of jazz, bossa nova and classical. Winner of several important competitions, including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize, Diego has released 19 albums to date. He has also release three DVDs, and several instructional books, outlining his technique and style. His unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, have created an explosion of adoring fans and concert-goers. This is a must see show for anyone music lover.