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 

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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 

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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.

3 Redneck Tenors

3 Redneck Tenors
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 2:30PM

  • “Bravo!” – Chicago Herald
  • Finalists on America’s Got Talent
  • Broadway and opera stars in their own respects

A new breed in the “tenor genre” featuring classically-trained veteran artists, is like Larry the Cable Guy meets Pavaro – down home laughs with big city music! Written by opera-veteran Mathew Lord and arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler.

Matthew Lord
A native of California, Matthew Lord is recognized as a versatile performing artist with a voice capable of encompassing repertoire ranging from the 18th Century to the contemporary compositions of today. His stage work is consistently praised for its naturalness, intensity, and commitment. Additionally, Lord has performed in nearly every major opera house in the United States. He made his New York Metropolitan Opera debut in January 2004 in Boris Godunov. Lord also performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera as Piangi in the Hamburg, Germany production. Lord’s other concert appearances include engagements with the Detroit Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and Santa Fe Symphony to name a few. He is a proud graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center.

Blake Davidson
Blake Davidson is an award-winning singer who has performed all over the world, and whose range of experience includes opera, symphony, and musical theatre. He has been presented in solo concerts at NYU, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Tokyo Opera House. Davidson has sung with the Anchorage Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony (on whose Christmas CD he is the featured soloist), the Fort Worth Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. Performances outside the US include New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Filharmonico de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico). Early in his career he was seen off-Broadway at 2nd Stage, and as the ringmaster for the Shrine Circus.

Jonathan Frugé
Jonathan Frugé has been hailed as “always funny”, “always good for a smile”, and “gripping” in his vocal performances. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Mr. Frugé’s credits include choral and solo performances at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas along with over 20 featured solos as a student at Texas Tech. Prior to joining the 3 Redneck Tenors, Jonathan performed more than 20 leading roles, 3 original premiers, 4 regional tours, multiple concert appearances, and as Billy Bob in the first licensed production of The 3 Redneck Tenors.