Matt Dusk

Matt Dusk

Matt Dusk
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Big-band-styled crooner tops Canadian pop charts! Student of jazz legend Oscar Peterson. Reintroduces and reinterprets songs with a lyrical, full-barreled sound from greats like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Chet Baker. The next big thing!

Like countless listeners and lovers around the world, Matt Dusk gets lost in the music of Chet Baker. “It’s usually at night when I’m drinking a bottle of wine with my lady,” says the 34-year-old Toronto crooner. “Pretty soon, my attention turns to her, and, well, I get lost… in other things. And for me, that’s Chet Baker. It’s the perfect soundtrack for an intimate evening together.”

Wine and women aside, it’s Dusk’s love affair with Baker’s music that has lasted years. Dusk — whose romantic fifth studio album “My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook” pays homage to the tragic balladeer and trumpet player — first fell hard for Baker’s hauntingly unaffected vocals and lyrical horn work in the wee small hours of his teen years. “When I was growing up, I listened to what normal kids listened to: pop music. But, in our house my parents had the radio tuned to the classical station, however, at night they played jazz,” recalls the former choir boy. “And that’s how I discovered jazz; specifically Chet Baker. I remember saving my allowance, then heading to the record store where I’d rummage through the bins looking for his music. I eventually got a trumpet, learned how to play, but I quickly learned that should left to the professionals! When I made this record, I wanted to go back to my roots and pay homage to the artists who influenced me, one of them being Chet Baker.”

With “My Funny Valentine,” the JUNO-nominated performer reintroduces and reinterprets Baker’s repertoire for a new generation — and comes home in the process. Recorded in Toronto, Dusk and an 80-piece orchestra are joined by GRAMMY® award-winning trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Arturo Sandoval, JUNO award-winning jazz king Guido Basso, Canadian chanteuse Emilie-Claire Barlow and Straight No Chaser alum Ryan Ahlwardt — the 12-song album digs deep into Baker’s vast and varied catalogue. The set list glides seamlessly from lushly appointed signature ballads like Deep in a Dream and the unconditional-love title track, My Funny Valentine, to swinging renditions of standards like Let’s Get Lost, All The Way, Embraceable You and Come Rain Or Come Shine. For Dusk — who produced the album with Terry Sawchuk and Shelly Berger — it was a true labor of love…emphasis on labor. “It took me almost six months to choose the songs on the record,” he says. “I would only record a song that I knew Chet had either recorded or performed.”

But it’s not simply about ticking boxes on a to-do list. Dusk makes these numbers his own, just as Baker did decades ago. “I have my own voice. That’s why I called the record The Chet Baker Songbook; I didn’t necessarily want to record every single popular song he had done, but rather sing songs that would hopefully move people the way Chet moved me. I wanted to capture the intimacy in my voice the way Chet had done in countless recordings.” Capturing that intimacy — driven and defined by Baker’s minimalist, lovelorn singing style — didn’t come easy either, he admits. “I’m a natural-born crooner. I come from the school of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, with a very lyrical, full-barreled sound. But Chet’s approach and sound was very different. His voice was soft… almost lilting. He helped me discover a different and softer side of my voice.”

Ironically, the timeless romance and beauty of Baker’s music stand in stark contrast to his dark and troubled life, cut short when the 58-year-old musician plunged from an Amsterdam window in 1988. “Here’s a guy who drank too much, did too many drugs, and still had the ability to sound amazing… almost free. The most incredible thing about his singing was, in my opinion, it was almost a means to an end. He performed like he didn’t care, and it was his nonchalance that actually made him great. As an artist, you’re always trying to think of what to do, but Chet took the approach of, ‘I’m just gonna do what I do.’ With these vocals, I had to take that approach. Not the drugs, of course,” laughs Dusk, “but his free, relaxed way of singing. That scared the crap out of me! It took me weeks just to mentally prepare.”

He needn’t have feared. Truth is, Dusk has spent a lifetime woodshedding for this moment. As an alum of St. Michael’s Choir School who studied under legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson at York University, he hit it big with his major-label debut Two Shots, scoring a GOLD record. With the punchier follow-up Back in Town, he upped the ante and took his act to Hollywood’s fabled Capitol Studio A — the home of heroes and influences like Sinatra, Cole and Darin — and worked with renowned arrangers Patrick Williams and Sammy Nestico, plus Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt. The album garnered two number one singles: All About Me in Canada and Back In Town in Japan — making Dusk the first male jazz singer to ever top the pop charts. With 2009’s contemporary-based Good News, Dusk indulged his youthful love of pop with an international lineup of songs rendered in styles from Motown and swing to Euro-dance and guitar-rock. The title track Good News went to number one and the album went GOLD.  Even as Dusk respectfully follows in the footsteps of his musical forebears, heroes and influences, at the end of the day he’s his own man on his own creative path. This was captured on his previous release, the 2010 concert CD/DVD Live from Las Vegas, that inevitably leads to his true home: the stage. Whether he’s fronting a sweeping symphony, cutting loose with a big band or leading his longtime quintet, it’s all about creating a connection. “All I want to do is perform,” he says. “I want to get up on stage — not from an egotistical point of view, but to share a moment with the audience. It’s like being at a party where everyone knows the words to the songs, they’re singing along, and are immersed in that moment… I live for that.”

While you wait for Dusk to bring the party your way, take a cue from the man himself: dim the lights, find that perfect spot on your couch, light a candle or two, pour your favorite beverage, and get lost in the music of the one and only Chet Baker.

Wine and women not included.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Stringfever – brothers Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent and their cousin, Graham – are four world class musicians playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a truly original show. Stringfever’s unique, acclaimed version of Ravel’ s ‘Bolero’ has all four playing on one cello simultaneously. Then they challenge the audience to play Name That Tune as they race through 20 of the best-loved film themes in one breathless arrangement.

Great Show! The community loves these guys. Their second pass through Elkhart, Indiana was very well received and the group definitely delivered. The Lerner theatre and our community loves  Stringfever, can wait to have them back.
– David Smith, General Manager of the Lerner Theater

I need to say what an amazing experience it was to have Stringfever at our school for the clinics and the concerts! I cannot tell you how much the students and parents are raving about the show and how kind and gracious. Stringfever is! I sincerely hope to work with you all again in the future!Thanks so much for everything!
– Jennifer Divasto, Orchestra Director, Central Bucks East High School Holicong Middle School

“The Show was EXCEPTIONAL! Everyone loved them and raved. If you don’t enjoy Stringfever then you don’t have a pulse!”
– Bruce Raines, Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA

Stringfever – brothers Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent and their cousin, Graham – are four world class musicians playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a truly original show. Stringfever’s unique, acclaimed version of Ravel’ s ‘Bolero’ has

all four playing on one cello simultaneously. Then they challenge the audience to play Name That Tune as they race through 20 of the best-loved film themes in one breathless arrangement. Their helter-skelter 007James Bond medley is an absolute killer. And the

show ends with Stringfever’s breathtaking signature finale, ‘The History of Music… in 5 Minutes’. Charisma, humor, energy and a distinctive use of custom-made ‘Violectra’ instruments create an experience that can only best be described as… Stringfever!

Stringfever are Giles 35 and Ralph, 33, on violin, Graham, 30 viola, and Neal, 22, on the cello. Giles and Ralph studied at The Royal Academy of Music, and Graham at The Royal College of Music. From the day Giles Broadbent’s father gave him his first violin lesson on his sixth birthday, his passion was born and he was destined to make his

career as a violinist. The Broadbent family had long been a musical one: Grandfather Harold was an organist, choirmaster and singer, and three of his four sons made their living from music. Alan Broadbent (Giles, Ralph and Neal’s father) as a Music Master

at Rugby School; Stephen Broadbent (Graham’s father) was principal viola in the Welsh National Opera, professor of viola at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff University and with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; and Uncle Nigel has

been a violinist in the London Symphony orchestra for nearly 30 years. As youngsters Giles and Ralph would regularly watch their uncles, Stephen and Nigel Broadbent, performing and this was a major inspiration.

While students, Giles and Ralph, together with two friends from school, spent their summer holidays touring Europe in a camper van, busking to pay their way. Over four years they performed on the streets of almost every major capital city and quickly learned the value of turning their musical performances into all-round entertainment. Dreams of broadening this gift and passion into anything greater were put on hold, while more traditional careers were pursued.

On their travels they saw a busker playing the world’s first six string electric violin and decided they had to have one. David Bruce-Johnson, a Canadian living in Birmingham, was the creator of this instrument, called Violectra. David has made instruments for many great violinists, including Nigel Kennedy, Jean Luc Ponty and Maxim Vengarov, and he went on make a quartet of instruments for the Broadbents. On leaving the Royal Academy of Music Giles was asked to lead the orchestra of the German production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’. Ralph joined him in the orchestra and they moved back to England to tour with ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. This led them to the West End, and Graham joined them in the orchestra of ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. During this time they also spent time as session musicians for artists including Paul McCartney, Groove Armada, Travis and Dido. Neal was due to follow in the family footsteps and take up a place at music college in London when, following the closure of ‘My Fair Lady’, his brothers found themselves out of work and an idea was born – Stringfever.

Giles Broadbent – Big brother

Leader of the pack. Former West End Konzertmeister. Royal Academy of Music, gypsy violin demon, you name it, he’ll play it – the faster the better. Favourite sports: skiing, cordless bungee jumping. Plays a bright blue 5 string Violectra.

Ralph Broadbent – Middle Brother

Trusty Lieutenant. Royal Academy of Music. The Orchestrator. You hum it, he’ll arrange it. Football mad. Plays a sunburst yellow and green 6 string Violectra -3-

Neal Broadbent – Little Brother

Yo Yo Ma meets My ma’s Yo Yo… I mean Marcus Miller. Male model, international playboy & general ‘Funky Gibbon’, learned to walk in ’86. You name it, his brothers will tell him to do it. Plays a red 5 string Violectra.

Graham Broadbent – Cousin

Gentle giant. ‘Mr. Rhythm’. Royal College of Music.DIY expert; you name it he’ll build it (violas included). General taxi driver, knows the A-Z like the back of his hands, hobbies include general knowledge & eating!(a lot). Plays a navy blue 5 string Violectra.

Mike Farris

Mike Farris

Mike Farris
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 2:30 pm

In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization. From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core. Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.

“Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike.  Out of this diminutive, self described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful voice with a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem possessed.”
– Terry Stewart President, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum

“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.”
– Buddy Miller

“Mike Farris sings blue-eyed soul to soothe the spirit.”
– Associated Press

“Never have I had so many people pitching me on an artist, and not I’m not talking just his people: Retailers, TV executives, other journalists and a array of music-loving folks have called or emailed or shoved a CD in my hand…”
– Billboard

“Mike Farris is a soul man…way cool! When I saw him on TV the first time, even though I didn’t know who he was, I thought he was a star. When I heard his record, I knew he was.”
– Marty Stuart

“MIKE FARRIS is MAGIC – The Rejuvenator! You gotta see it to believe it!”
– Delbert McClinton

In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights, which married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues. The music was both spiritual and personal for Mike as it dealt with individual struggle but it also had a commonality that music fans from all walks of life could enjoy. In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association’s “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.

In 2008 and 2009 Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue performed monthly residencies at Nashville’s’ Station Inn and called it “Sunday Night Shout!” The shows had audiences that consisted of people from all walks of life and the goal was to make the crowd feel “excited, delighted and loved.” The official live recording of the Station Inn show, Shout! Live, was released in 2009 and won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” in 2010.

When the “1,000 year flood” hit Middle Tennessee in May of 2010 it became obvious to Mike that he needed to do something to help those who were affected. He gathered up some of the finest musicians in town including: Sam Bush, Ketch Secor & Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), Byron House (Robert Plant) and members of his Roseland Rhythm Revue. Six songs were recorded in 6 hours at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church and the music was a beautiful blend of old time country, gospel and blues with Mike leading the “Cumberland Saints” from the pulpit. In October of that year the EP was released as The Night The Cumberland Came Alive with partial proceeds donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

With recording now complete on his next studio release Mike Farris continues to amaze audiences whenever he plays solo or with any one of his different configurations from the stripped down Cumberland Saints to the full 9 piece Roseland Rhythm Revue. His voice connects and mesmerizes in such a way that it doesn’t matter if the songs are his own compositions or ones sung 200 years ago. As Mike puts it “this music – it’s so beyond us, we only perpetuate it. We are just cooks in the kitchen.” If so Mike Farris is one “cook” with an immediate voice. Mike’s new album SHINE for all the people, which has been totally funded by Kickstarter campaigns, will be released on 9/16/2014 via Compass Records

Savannah Jack

Savannah Jack

Savannah Jack
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 7:00 pm

From traveling throughout the Caribbean as a featured, headline act on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to opening arena and large festival dates for Peter Frampton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, The Doobie Brothers and the legendary Kenny Rogers, among others, Savannah Jack has honed their skills as outstanding live entertainers who captivate audiences from the very first note.

How do you describe this band from Nashville, Tennessee?   Joe Guercio, Elvis Presley’s longtime music and orchestra director, calls Savannah Jack “the absolute best band I’ve seen in music today.”  Savannah Jack, comprised of Don Gatlin, Jay Darby, and Matt Schumacher, is the preferred opening act for the legendary Kenny Rogers, having performed onstage with him in excess of 60 shows during the past few years, to include a 21 city tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the spring of 2009. The band’s live show was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Concerts of 2010” in the Greater Pittsburg area by Beaver County Times writer, Scott Tady. Other top ten selectees included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Lady GaGa. 

Exceptional songwriters as well as versatile musicians, band members infuse their individual style to collectively create Savannah Jack’s unique sound. All come from a musical family and have been singing and playing their individual instruments from a very young age. Their musical influences range from Ronnie Milsap, The Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, and Restless Heart to The Beatles, Tom Petty, and The Eagles.  The band is comprised of Don Gatlin on lead vocals, Jay Darby on bass, and Matt Thomas Schumacher on fiddle and guitar. They are backed by an incredible drummer, and guitar player as well.

Prior to joining Savannah Jack, Matt Schumacher toured with country star Phil Vassar for seven years playing fiddle and adding vocal harmonies. “I’m excited to be on board with these guys,” commented Schumacher. “Their professionalism and musicianship are at the highest level – they’re great entertainers.” A native of Avoca, Michigan and graduate of the University of Michigan, Schumacher is an extremely talented and diverse musician. He is proficient on a myriad of instruments including violin/fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and trumpet.

“Being on the road with these guys is really a blast,” mentioned Darby, who plays both bass and acoustic guitar. “Don is like a light switch that’s always on – there’s never a dull moment.” Born and raised in Florida, Darby started out playing the drums at age ten, while his brother played the guitar.

“We truly are like family…we have a lot of fun on the road and you never know what we’ll do next,” said Gatlin, also a gifted songwriter. Gatlin grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he started singing for his neighbors for twenty-five cents or a piece of bubble gum.

They guys are currently in the process of recording their second studio album entitled, “Night of Your Life”, which will feature special guests, Love and Theft, Ronnie McCoury of the Grammy Award Winning Del McCoury Band, Vince Gill, Grammy Award winning guitartist, John Jorgensen, and the incredible Michael McDonald.  It is set to be released later this summer.

It is obvious that the band loves making music and is having a blast, whether they are performing in a small venue in Nashville or playing in front of thousands of people in sold out amphitheaters across the country. Savannah Jack brings a highly entertaining and energetic show to the stage, commanding standing ovations night after night at virtually every venue in which they perform.

The Young Irelanders

Young Irelanders

The Young Irelanders
Monday, October 19, 2015 – 7:00 pm

The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime.

The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for heads of state – Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan; and have performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A .

The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS Special’s, shared the stage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and been chosen by Sting to perform for his exclusive private parties.

The Young Irelanders are:

  • Damien Mullane – Accordion & Melodeon
  • Colin Farrell – Fiddle, Whistles & Vocals
  • Kieran Munnelly – Flute, Whistles, Bodhrán, Snare & Vocals
  • Stephen Markham – Keyboard, Piano, Percussion & Vocals
  • Sean O’ Meara – Guitar & Vocals
  • Lisa Canny – Lead Vocals, Harp & Banjo
  • Siobhán Manson – Dancer
  • Cathal Keaney – Dancer

“It sometimes disheartens me when audiences outside of Ireland don’t get a chance to see and hear what our Irish culture is really about but are instead fed a derivative of the real thing. When I put this group together I had a very clear objective; to find young performers who were evidently amongst the best exponents of Irish traditional music, song & dance in the world today. I am not exaggerating when I say I found them. I cannot imagine someone disputing this fact or hearing from someone who isn’t taken aback by the sheer talent inherent in this group. The task now will be to ensure as many people as possible are given the opportunity to witness the brilliance of these phenomenal performers.

– Eric Cunningham (Producer), “Ability in Abundance” Irish Independent

The Young Irelanders was formed not only to merge the significant creative ideas and talents of a select group of young Irish performers who are unique amongst their peers but also in the hope that given their combined youthfulness and ability, their existence in the music business would act as a catalyst in attracting more young people to the world of traditional Irish music at home in Ireland and throughout the world.

The McCartney Years

The McCartney Years

The McCartney Years
Monday, September 14, 2015 – 7:00 pm

100% authentic reproduction of the McCartney arena concert experience. Featuring original instruments and arrangements this production has toured and enthralled audiences across U.S. and Europe. Rewind to 1973 and recapture the excitement of the iconic Wing’s World Tour.

‘The world’s premier Paul McCartney concert experience’
    – Canada

“Best on the scene…!”
    – Sid Bernstein, original Beatles promoter

    – Denny Laine, former McCartney/Wings guitarist

“Eerily similar”
    – James Reaney, London Free Press

“Superb vocals. Spectacular show”
    – Lee Curtis, Star Club performer with The Beatles, Germany

Praised by the late Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein – the man who brought the original Beatles to North America – as ‘the best on the scene today’, The McCartney Years, a premium touring production, is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970’s Paul McCartney concert, spanning more than 20 hit albums and features the original Wings guitar player and Paul McCartney’s longest collaborator, Denny Laine in select concerts.

Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Paul McCartney, the band has a commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience. The show is period-true, technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. It has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work. And… it’s a blast to watch and listen to!

Whether he plays an original 1960’s Höfner bass or sporting the same wardrobe from the ‘Wings over America’ mid-1970’s world tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul in his musicianship, tremendous vocal stylings and presentation. And the band doesn’t miss a beat delivering a texture that will transport you back to the first time you heard these great songs on vinyl. TMY players include David Usselman (guitars and bass); Braden DeCooman (guitars); Darryl Lahteenmaa (keyboards and synth); Karen Bell (percussion and keyboards); Dean McKey (drums) and of course Yuri on bass, vocals, piano and guitar. Experience three decades of ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Wings’ live – with the world’s premier McCartney concert experience. Rewind into the 60’s and 70’s to dance, sing and relive your passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performed sold-out shows across North America and Europe and have been featured on international news channels such as CNN, Fox and the BBC.

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