Led by pianist and musical director Rafael Ithier (born: Rafael Ithier Eddie Perez), El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest dance bands. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece salsa group continues to inspire dancers with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies.
The New York Times raved …“Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances.
Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin sounds she grew up with. With her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms, her music is likely to make you cry, laugh and dance all within one set.
Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil’s iconic founder, multi-Grammy winner and National Heritage Fellowship recipient, will release his first solo album in 10 years this fall on Compass Records. Entitled “Lacher Prise” (Let it Go), the album departs from the established sound of BeauSoleil (currently celebrating their 44th year together) with a more energized exploration of the regional music of his home state of Louisiana.
Cajun music icons BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet are leaving the bayous of Southwest Louisiana to spread ’14 Cajun Christmas” across the country next holiday season! A detour from the routine path of holiday musical fare, ’14 Cajun Christmas” presents chis beloved ensemble performing selections from their rich catalog alongside Bayou flavored versions of classic holiday tunes. Expect both the familiar and some surprises for a ”cool-yule” of an evening!
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!
Wait a minute, you ask: hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer—who’d worked with Ray Charles and Derek and the Dominoes—explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career—1993’s Colin James and the Little Big Band, released years before the so-called “swing revival”—his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada. Then there was the acoustic blues album National Steel in 1997, made with Colin Linden, which was the first time James made a full-on blues album, which landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt. It was an explicit embrace of the blues James had loved since the Regina-born guitarist was 16 years old and was blown away by James Cotton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. A song that Cotton played that night, “One More Mile,” became the title track to the new album: bookending it in electric and acoustic versions.
Glen Burtnik, alumnus of Styx and the original Beatlemania (he played Paul), touring bassist/vocalist with the current version of ELO, major label recording artist and hit songwriter (“Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” – Don Henley/Patty Smyth, “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man” – Randy Travis, and others) brings you the Summer of Love Concert. The Summer of Love Concert focuses on iconic rock music from the period of time generally between the 1967 release of The Beatles revolutionary album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and the famous Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969.
A performance like this comes along only once in a life time – the pairing of two multiple Grammy award winning groups whose distinct American roots music has thrilled and fascinated audiences around the globe! Two dynamic performances fronted by two legendary artists – who have also been friends for nearly 30 years! Their respect and admiration for one another is palpable in their poignant onstage collaboration curated especially for the Boogie From The Bayou tour.
For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet.
Similarly, for over 35 years, with astonishing vocals and charismatic performances, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience band have taken their music to places few have – to Europe with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn or crisscrossing the U.S. with Los Lobos and Dave Matthews Band. Their sound is one of the most diverse in roots music today.
Join us for a memorable evening of outstanding performances and music from the Louisiana bayou delivered right to your venue! We also invite you to explore a pre performance Q&A, residency outreach activities and even culinary demonstrations. These gifted artists are really great men and they have a lot to share. Boogie From The Bayou promises to be an engaging and immersive Cajun and zydeco experience that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. Laissez les bons temps router!
“Alone & Together”
Cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway has written songs for Barbra Streisand and Carole King and received a Tony nomination for her performance in “Swing!” on Broadway. The classically trained and jazz inspired singer-songwriter Susan Werner is a concert favorite who has written songs for Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein. They’ll perform separately and together in an epic display of piano chops and dazzling wit that you won’t want to miss!
“Ann Hampton Callaway has a voice so rich, flexible and extravagantly gorgeous that it hardly matters what use she puts it to. The sound always comes first and is what you most remember.” – The New York Times
“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” – The New Yorker
A multicultural octet featuring members of Snarky Puppy that marries the electric blues of Led Zeppelin with Afropop and folkloric Caribbean styles.