Beginnings: The Ultimate Tribute to Chicago

Beginnings: The Ultimate Tribute to Chicago
Thu, May 9, 2019 – 7:00PM

 

Beginnings is a celebration of the music of Chicago, performed by world-class musicians and vocalists who recreate the sound, excitement and emotion of three decades of hits from Chicago’s hey-day.

Member Credits include performances with platinum recording & Hall-of-Fame Rock & Soul artists including: Peter Frampton, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Warren Haynes, Blood Sweat & Tears, Spyro Gyra, KC & the Sunshine Band, Will Lee (The Tonight Show Band) and the Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages!

The band was recently joined on-stage by former Chicago guitarist, Donnie Dacus (Hot Streets & Chicago 13) who was quoted, “These guys are so good it’s scary!”

Performing without the use of pre-recorded tracks, Beginnings offers audiences a vibrant & high-energy live performance of the greatest songs of Chicago including: Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4, Just You ’n’ Me, Hard To Say I’m Sorry & of course, Beginnings.

Beginnings has appeared to rave reviews at such prestigious venues as Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center, Busch Gardens Tampa “Real Music Series”, The Town Hall in NYC, The M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun, South Point Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, The Norris Theater in Palos Verdes, CA, The Villages in Florida and the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Raceway to name just a few.

The music of 2016 Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago spans more than four decades and includes five #1 albums and 20 top-ten hits. These timeless classics are guaranteed to be enjoyed by music fans of all ages when performed by this talented group of musicians.

The Abrams

The Abrams
Thu, Apr. 11, 2019 – 7:00PM

 

“The Abrams Brothers are way too young to be playing that good” – Arlo Guthrie

“The Abrams certainly know how to build a song…it’s in [their] blood, natural, to just get in front of people and play…just brilliant!  – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, London UK”

“Released last year, their major-label debut is a self-titled EP that features a down-to-earth blend of fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo and sweet brotherly harmonies. At the same time, it gets a big rhythmic boost with elements of pop and rock. The first single, Fine, is an irresistible nugget with a pure pop chorus, while the second, Champion, has the backbone of an arena-rock anthem anchoring a poignant story about everyday heroes.” – Ottawa Citizen

“Each of the six tracks on their debut EP truly demonstrates and defines their musical roots blended with the sound of their generation. This blend makes for the perfect car drive with the windows open and the sun beaming down.” – Lithium Magazine

It’s hard for John and James Abrams to recall a time in their young lives where they weren’t creating and playing music together. As fourth-generation musicians, the Abrams have already taken the “family business” to a whole new level with their recent signing with Warner Music, and the release of their debut self-titled album under a major label. Still only in their mid-twenties, they have been taking their distinct Americana/Country sound on worldwide tours for over sixteen years, and have been featured on major United States networks like CMT, NBC, FOX, and NPR. Additionally, the Abrams are among the youngest performers to ever play the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Last year, their debut single, “Fine,” charted in the Top 40 on Country Radio.

With deep family roots in Bluegrass and Gospel music, their live performances feature a virtuosic blend of new original songs produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Lady Gaga/The Midway State, The Tragically Hip). Performances also feature their own versions of classic Americana and Country songs that have influenced their sound over the years. You will certainly find yourself entertained by this world-class act that Arlo Guthrie calls “way too young to be playing that good”.

 

Vocal Trash

Vocal Trash
Wed, Jan. 16, 2019 – 7:00PM

 

“We continually send Vocal Trash over-seas for our Peace – Love – Recycle initiatives. By design, their performances transcend all barriers connecting with the human spirit like no other.” – Robert Kieth, Cultural Programs, U. S. Department of State

“By far the most crowd-pleasing group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.” – Terry Fator, Americas Got Talent (Las Vegas Mirage)

Best described as “entertainment with a conscience”, Vocal Trash is an urban-themed Broadway style production that reconnects us with our planet and it’s inhabitance. This 7-member, green-minded troupe rescues items from landfills to create a meaningful experience unlike any other. Toolbox guitars, a milk-urn bass and numerous repurposed industrial percussion props accompany singing, breakdancing, and comedy, leaving the audience not only entertained, but inspired to spread peace, love and recycling. Along with their annual coast to coast touring, Vocal Trash has recently toured to Europe, Asia and the Middle East to help promote their new original musical collection/CD Let Peace Begin. The groups focus is to spread their message at home and abroad utilizing the universal language of song and dance.

Vocal Trash fuses world-class entertainment with world saving awareness. This mantra may very well be the reason this Texas-based group is garnering world-wide attention from not only new found followers (affectionately known as “Trash-Heads,”) but also the green industry. Their art has been described as “music with a conscience.” With their seemingly endless energy and one of a kind concept, these world-class entertainers have toured extensively, made guest appearances on morning shows, been the subject of countless news articles and earned a substantial grass-roots fan base from New York to Seattle and abroad.

Now, more than ever, it’s vital we think in terms of recycling to make a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations. This has been the mission of Vocal Trash since their inception. Their shows raise awareness and make a positive impact all around the country and abroad. The group’s lead singer, Kelsey Rae, takes their recycling and repurposing message a step further in her unique children’s book, THINK … Before You Throw It Away. Featured on the Hallmark Channel, the book, written in the whimsical style of Dr. Seuss, tells the story of Claire, a 10-year-old girl who finds adventure in a city landfill, of all places. Together with some new and unusual friends, she discovers that through better choices we can help save our planet. Claire’s newly created musical group, Vocal Trash, inspires kids to learn how they can make a difference by reusing, recycling and yes, THINKING… before they throw it away!

“The story allows us to imagine a world where the items we love can live forever through recycling and up-cycling,” – Kelsey Rae

 

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers
Mon, Oct. 8, 2018 – 7:00PM

 

George Jones once recorded a song called ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ which wondered if great country singers would come along in the future to take the place of the great old ones from the past… Well, George, maybe your prayer’s been answered. These guys don’t just sound retro. They are retro.”  – Dan MacIntosh, Roothog Radio

May be just the kind of effort that saves country music from complete pop oblivion.” – SteelGuitarForum.com

They’re no museum piece or revival act designed to show how music was performed long ago. They are a working band that uses its talent to entertain and nourish souls.” – Jack Bernhardt

The biggest surprise of the night… You were transported back 50 years… pure talent.” – The Californian

Stepped out of another time…definitely the East Carolina act to watch for on the national music scene.” – Greenville Daily Reflector

These guys don’t just sound retro…they are retro!

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Born with a proclivity for music, Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of the classic country artists they treasure, while also creating new music and making their own mark on the rich, cultural lineage of genuine country music. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something year old siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours, and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to the Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with country music legends like Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their album Memory That Bad hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers!  If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collard greens, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers!  If you like clean crisp air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol’ corn puddin’ at a homecoming – you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers! This is the real deal, folks! This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others.  Count on classic, real country, new Malpass tunes, and old-time gospels. This is authentic, down-home country in its most raw, unfiltered form!

 

Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly Experience)

Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly Experience)
Mon, Sep. 24, 2018 – 7:00PM

 

“Obsessed with this show!!!! Incredible Talent!”
-Sarah T, Audience Member

Great music and a wonderfully entertaining group of musicians!
-Anthony G, Audience Member

I work at a venue that sees a lot of acts, and this by far was the best we ever hosted!
-Haley N, Florida Venue

When you look out over the landscape of tribute bands, many of them are dedicated to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and their infamous “Winter Dance Party”. So, you might wonder, what is so different about Not Fade Away? Not Fade Away was created out of survival – but not the survival of the players in the band. Not Fade Away was created out of the survival of this incredible, legendary and important music created well over 50 years ago.

Having also been a part of many standard tribute shows, Not Fade Away wants to create a new show that will keep this music relevant, give it edge, bring it into today’s music scene, while not forgetting the importance of the music’s place in history and the impact it had on the world. They’re not just looking to dwell on “The Day the Music Died”. These greats were more than their last night on Earth; they were the pioneers of Rock n’ Roll. They gifted an energetic new kind of music, changing the landscape for an entire generation of music listeners and music makers alike. Not Fade Away hopes to revamp and re-gift those songs to a new generation so that they may last another 50 years.

 

The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 7:00PM

“An Ultra talented Quartet of Vocalists” The Wall Street Journal

“I have loved the Freshmen harmony since the first time I heard them. They are my favorite band to watch perform live.” Brian Wilson 

“I am a big fan! Love listening!” Vic Damone

“The Four Freshmen have endured for the simple reason that they are tops in their class.” Charles Osgood

“…singing a super-tight, ultra-hip four-part harmony over a foundation of straight-ahead jazz… borderline magical, downright electric, inducing chills.” Palm Beach Daily News

Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners world-wide for years, while gaining recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time.  Their tight-knit sound inspired The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, The Mamas & The Papas, Frankie Valli and the Manhattan Transfer.

It all started in 1948, when four college freshmen crafted a unique style of vocal harmony that soon caught the ear of the great bandleader Stan Kenton. Kenton was responsible for bringing the Freshmen to Capitol Records, where they would eventually record 23 albums, thrusting them into the national spotlight.

The Freshmen have recorded over 75 albums, 70 top selling singles, and received 6 Grammy Nominations. The four have toured constantly since their inception, continuing to perform to sold out audiences around the globe.

The integrity of the sound created by the original guys has been meticulously maintained. Die-hard fans and former members alike have agreed that the current lineup; Bob Ferreira, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey and Jon Gaines, are second to none.

While paying tribute to such classic Freshmen favorites as “Day By Day” and “Blue World,” the current group also continues to bring new arrangements to their live shows and recordings.  Their latest endeavor, “Four Freshmen & Friends”, features new audience Favorites like “Day In Day Out”, “Moonglow” and “Stompin’ At The Savoy”.  In concert The Freshmen shine on brand new arrangements of “Come Fly with Me” and “I Ain’t got nobody ”. Within their show you will also hear the body swaying “Girl From Ipanema”. One can’t forget the toe tapping “Route 66”.

As four amazing musical talents, their show is one not to be missed!  Whether accompanied by a big band, symphony orchestra or self-contained; their youth, vitality, and talent adds a modern twist of elegance to a time-honored sound. The Four Freshmen are Great Gentlemen of Song and True Masters of harmony.

Two On Tap

Two On Tap
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 2:30PM

“Our audience absolutely loved the show. I’ve never heard such universal praise and thanks for an attraction!” – Executive Director, Grand Opera House; Dubuque, Iowa

“A charming pair of performers, Giattino and DeStefano create a song-and-dance act that may have roots as deep as vaudeville, but together they add a kinetic flair that gives it a lively currency. The resulting show is simply adorable.”  – New Orleans Times-Picayune; New Orleans, LA

“The charm, the wit, the song, the dance… The audience was wild about TWO ON TAP!” – Ross Ragland Theater; Klamath Falls, OR

TWO ON TAP marks the creative collaboration of celebrated musical theatre performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Since debuting in February 2010, TWO ON TAP has entertained tens of thousands at theatrical concerts across the USA, gala events, and headline performances onboard luxury cruise liners.

Heralded by presenters and critics, TWO ON TAP aims to breathe new life into classic song-and-dance with clever arrangements, a meaningful connection to the audience, and exciting high-energy routines. Recent accomplishments include multiple appearances at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, headline spots on Queen Mary 2’s historic transatlantic route, and multiple community concert tours including over 100 cities throughout the Midwestern and Mountain states.

Educational outreach and helping to create “tomorrow’s audience” are an important part of TWO ON TAP’s mission, and Ron and Melissa enjoy leading school and community programs in conjunction with their performances. Their innovative “Tea for Two Outreach,” in which local dance students interact with the artists before a concert and join together onstage for a signature song-and-dance group number, has been praised by presenters as an exciting and wonderful way to connect with new audience members and increase ticket sales. Audition workshops for aspiring high-school theatre performers as well as mini-concerts for young people incorporating a structured curriculum on the history and evolution of tap dancing have sparked renewed interest in what some had considered a “lost” art form.

In addition to their upcoming appearances throughout the world on Princess and Cunard Cruises, TWO ON TAP maintains an active concert schedule in the US with performance tours through the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and Florida scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.

Sidestreet Strutters

Sidestreet Strutters
Monday, March 12, 2018 – 7:00PM

  • “A breathtakingly tight ensemble with flashes of individual brilliance” – The Herald. Lethbridge, Canada
  • “The swing numbers were overflowing with energy and presented with ease and elegance” -Saarbrucken Zeitung, Germany
  • “A fabulous performance” – Jack Fishman. Executive Director, Long Beach Symphony, CA

In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz.  Now, over three decades later, the Side Street Strutters continue to expand their musical palette to encompass nearly a century of classic American jazz.

The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in all fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico.  Their superb musicianship and award winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; State Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland National radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 12 CD recordings. In addition, the group has been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. for 22 years.

In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony pops program, and has since shared the stage with major orchestras including Houston, Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Pasendena and San Antonio.  In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters revisited the roots of jazz with “Back To Bourbon Street”, a colorful show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans. In 2013, the band unveiled “Shiny Stockings” featuring, for the first time, the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins.  This popular show combined Ms. Collin’s sassy, yet sultry, personality and soulful voice, with the Strutters’ exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship. The result was a musical theater experience capturing the essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz.

The Strutters are excited to share their latest musical project Vinyl Jazz, A Century Celebration. As 2017 approaches and the world embraces the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz, the Strutters with Meloney Collins invite audiences to enjoy a potpourri of jazz, pop and R and B melodies which have shaped our musical landscape. Songs that inspired, lyrics that reflected a particular time in our countries history, and melodies that played a significant role towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music.

The Quebe Sisters

The Quebe Sisters
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 7:00PM

“The Quebe Sisters simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today’s music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence and man can they play.”
 ~ Jimmy Buffett
 
“It’s an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I’m probably their biggest fan.”
 ~ Marty Stuart
 
“The Quebe Sisters are some of the most talented people I’ve ever met. They do Texas proud. They live in Texas, sound like Texas and they’re prettier than Texas Bluebonnets, and sweeter than sugar cane. I love the Quebe Sisters” ~ Ricky Skaggs

When the Quebe Sisters take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. Whether the Quebe’s are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters receive standing ovations at just about every show they play. It has been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.

The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, Texas, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do. The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution, from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today, is a remarkable story by any measure.

Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, as well as recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

ABBA Fab

ABBA Fab
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 2:30PM

“Absolutely remarkable! 
The sound, the look… without doubt, 
The best Abba show out there!” 
- Trip Advisor 2012, AVI Casino, Laughlin, NV 

”

1200 seats – Sold Out – and we could’ve filled the room a second time! 
Can’t wait to bring them back!” 
- Viewpoint Resort, Mesa, AZ 

”

I really didn’t know what to expect. I saw Abba live in concert back in the 1970’s and they were terrific. AbbaFab brought it all back to me… the show was high energy and full of the hit songs i remembered. 
The audience were on their feet from the very first song!” 
- Barbara Anne Milsap, Vancouver, Canada 



“Anne & Chelsea replicate the Abba girls to a tee! 
They sound just like the real thing!” 
- Billy Redding, York, UK

ABBA Fab is the product of the hit Broadway musical, Mama Mia. Group founders, Terry and Anne, saw an opportunity to capitalize on the renewed interest in the music of ABBA. The result was the creation of the group ABBA Fab. As the show gained popularity, booking requests began pouring in from towns all across Arizona and California.

Since ABBA Fab’s early days the show’s growth has been exponential. The group has since gone global thanks to Bramson Entertainment, which has them touring with several of the world’s premier cruise lines. While ABBA Fab continues to perform for international audiences across the seven seas, their engagements at home in Arizona remain a cornerstone of their success and popularity.

ABBA Fab has played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. as well as internationally. Among their notable credits are performances at the opening of the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the world-renowned Spago Beverly Hills, and the Navy Shipyards in Chicago.

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