Studio Theatre Cabarets
A joint project of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Stocker Arts Center.
2014-2015 STUDIO THEATRE CABARETS
Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30, 2014 at 8:00pm
There's No Business Like Show Business:
Spider Saloff Sings Irving Berlin
With a personal endorsement from the Berlin Family, acclaimed chanteuse Spider Saloff offers a concert of Irving Berlin, some of Americas favorite songs. The show is about the true American Dream of Irving Berlin's life and career from and impoverished immigrant to wealth and fame. Songs include "There's No Business Like Show-business," "Cheek to Cheek," Blue Skies," Puttin' On The Ritz," "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Let's Face the Music" and many others combined with stories about Irving told with the deliciously captivating and easy brand of humor done best by Spider Saloff.
Madame Saloff is a premiere club headliner to the jazz scene in Chicago and known also to the cabaret/jazz clubs in New York City. She also performs with Pops symphony orchestras across the country. Saloff has recorded and performed with luminaries such as the late great Les Paul, and current stars like Michael Feinstein, Mark Murphy, Dick Hyman to name a few. She recently received a special citation for her musical contributions from NARAS (the presenter of the Grammy Awards). Television and radio credits include: The Bonnie Hunt Show (CBS), The Steve Baskerville Show (CBS), Centerstage (PBS), Artbeat (PBS), Words & Music (syndicated series, 57 episodes); (Public Radio in Chicago). http://spidersaloff.com/ Not familiar with Spider Saloff? Take a listen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdClLIrWamM
Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
"Tribute to the Great American Songbook"
with Green Diamond Zephyr
Green Diamond Zephyr, a quartet that includes Kevin Richards, Sheela Das, George Lee and Dan Maier, provides a performance of music ranging from the 1920’s to the 1930’s based on the Great American Songbook. The Great American Songbook represents the popular music that came out of American theater and stage performances. The band instrumentation includes sweet vocals, guitar, piano, flute, ukulele, keyboard, and bass. Many of the songs are vocal in nature and include beautiful blues and jazz standards. While not commonly heard today, the majority of the songs are classics and will enliven the ears of the audience. Many of the songs have interesting historical aspects and the performing artists will include informal and engaging conversation with the audience about the songs’ place in history. Kazoos will be offered to the audience and then everyone will be invited to join in with the program to play musical interludes to songs such as "Yes Sir, That’s My Baby" or "Ain’t Misbehavin'’" This is a memorable and engaging event for all ages! Sponsors of this music are Roots of American Music, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council. www.rootsofamericanmusic.org; http://www.reverbnation.com/greendiamondzephyr
Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11, 2014 at 8:00pm
Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys
Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys, Rachel Brown, Bill Watson, Roy King and Dave Huddleston, are four professional musicians with long histories playing American roots music—blues, country, rock, jazz, and swing. Their goal is to embrace all of their musical influences and combine them into a sound that seeks to find what the best of these styles have in common. It's their belief that the music and the lyrics must music work together and not compete against each other. Sometimes, less is more and it takes the restraint of great and experienced musicians to be able to do that. However, when appropriate, Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys can bring incredible musical intensity to their performance. Many bands these days try to focus on a specific genre, but Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys believe that their audiences, like themselves, love a lot of different musical styles. The band's unique arrangements and genuine love for their material always leave audiences wanting more. www.rachelandthebeatnikplayboys.com; listen to them at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTx81m-tdSk or watch and listen at http://fox8.com/2014/06/24/fox-8-jukebox-rachel-the-beatnik-playboys/
Rachel Brown is an experienced singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She has been playing and studying music for over 25 years. She holds a masters in music education with a classical piano/choral emphases and teaches music at Elyria Middle School. Rachel has performed professionally since the age of 12. She has opened for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black , Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs and The Judds. released a highly acclaimed CD of all original music called "Just Look My Way" in 2013, which all the members of The Beatnik Playboys played on. The band plans to release a follow up release in 2014.
Bill Watson has had an extensive and successful career out of performing music for many years. Currently, you can also find Bill playing with "The Numbers Band" (since 1990), "Hillbilly Idol" (since 1990), "Alex Bevan" (since 1988) and "Clearfork" (since 1990). Some of you may remember seeing Bill perform with "The Damn Band" (1991), "Reckless Abandon" (1987), "Mimi Hart & The Bopkats" (1984-86), "Deadly Ernest & The Honky Tonk Heroes" (1981-84), "Gopher Broke Swing Band" (1977-1981), "Smackinrrouge" and "Better 'n Bacon Band" (pre 1977).
Roy King has had the pleasure of performing with living legends like Mose Allison, Bucky Pizzerelli, Eddie Bo, Johnny Gimble and Jay McShann to great local heroes such as Alex Bevan, the Gopher Broke Swing Band, pianists Mike Petrone and Joe Hunter. Roy currently teaches drums and percussion at Woodsys Music in Kent and Medina, as well as leading his own jazz trio which plays at Nighttown in Cleveland. "I always wanted to be a beatnik and a playboy," says Roy. "Now I can be both!"
Dave Huddleston is a lifelong student and lover of music. He is known locally as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Cleveland, Dave grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a variety of music genres -- from Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, to Broadway musicals played on the family hi-fi, to pop tunes squeezed out of a tiny transistor radio tuned to WIXY 1260-AM. His influences are all over the map -- Bach, Artie Shaw, Elvis, the Temptations, the Beatles, Ella, 1960s TV themes, Gaetano Veloso, Chaka Khan, U2, the Bee Gees, the Isley Brothers, Frankie Valli, Ennio Morricone, Buck Owens. Dave sees every song and every gig as a chance for exciting explorations, always with an element of surprise.
Friday, December 12 at 8:00pm &
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
The Musical Theater Project
A Christmas Cabaret
This delightful show, featuring Aaron Dunn, Nancy Maier, Bill Rudman and Sandra Simon, has become a perennial holiday favorite. The songs go as far back as 1916 and Irving Berlin’s “Santa Claus” (“You’d better be good like a good baby should, or he will fly right by to another neighborhood”). And in addition to festive curiosities like that one, the stocking is filled with treats for young and old including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and even “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Last year’s performances sold out, so buy your tickets early. www.musicaltheaterproject.org
Friday & Saturday, January 16 & 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
with Doug Wood, Tara Hanish and Darren Frate
Cellocentric is an innovative instrumental group blending acoustic guitar (Doug Wood), cello (Tara Hanish), and electric bass (Darren Frate) into a fusion of classical, new age, jazz, pop and rock styles. Cellocentric is the brainchild of guitarist Doug Wood, featuring Doug's music with contributions from cellist Tara Hanish and bass player Darren Frate. The music combines Doug's fingerstylings on guitar with the classical infusions and hints of world and jazz. Doug has a long history of touring and performing as a solo artist and in collaboration with other artists. His song "Cat Dance" was featured during the Late Night Show With David Letterman. He has toured with Eclectica, featuring five-time Grammy-winning dummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten and electric violinist Tracy Silverman, and he has opened. for artists like Paula Cole, Beppe Gambetta, California Guitar Trio, Aimee Mann, and G-Love and Special Sauce. Learn more about Cellocentric at www.dougwoodmusic.com and listen to them at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoTo36DMvdE&feature=c4overview&list=UUHmkPsPDoHtefIaEqMguKzg
Friday & Saturday, February 13 & 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
I Got Rhythm
with Helen Welch & her trio
You are in for a delightful date with acclaimed Cleveland based singer and entertainer Helen Welch and her swingin’ band. Never straying too far from what she does best Helen is nonetheless an exciting improviser and vocalist who finds a way to make songs her own. Songs include "It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing," "Mambo Italiano," "I’ve Got the World on a String," "At Last," "Pick Yourself Up," "That’s All" and much more! Join Helen and her fabulous trio of musicians this Valentine’s weekend as they tip their hats to a huge variety of music from Broadway theatre, musical theatre, Hollywood musical film and all things in between! Go to www.helenwelch.com to see and hear Helen in action! Take a sneak peak/listen at http://www.helenwelch.com/
Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2015 at 8:00pm
It’s Never Too Late for L.O.V.E.
with Don Disantis and the band
It’s March – did you miss Valentine Day? Not to worry because it’s never too late for love! Just in time for Spring, let the vocal styling’s of Don Disantis and those talented musicians of Dave Day on piano, George Judy on drums, Brian Dorr on bass and Bob Gref on sax and clarinet, guide you through a romantic evening of some of the greatest love songs ever written. Cuddle with your sweetie to such wonderful songs like “And I Love You So,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Unchained Melody” and so many more. Don and the guys are happy to be back in the Stocker Cabaret Series for their third year in a row. After bringing you their shows of “The Great American Songbook, And More” and last year’s “Tony Award Winning Songs, And More”, they are thrilled to be back with you this year to spread a little L.O.V.E.! http://www.dondisantis.com/
All Cabarets are in the Studio Theatre.
Tickets for these shows are $15/adults and $10/LCCC students with valid ID & children 18 and under per performance.
For ticket information, please contact the Stocker Box Office at (440) 366-4040 or click the icon above to buy tickets.
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