Performances - Music
Downtown Cultural Series - “Tenors 4U”
Friday, December 20, 12 p.m.
Lloyd George D. Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Jury Assembly Room.
Free and open to the public.
This “Christmas For You Too” concert by the Tenors 4U will celebrate the ending of the year and the bringing in of the new with vocal music that will entertain and inspire. Tenors Michael Rodrigues, Mark Thomsen, Marco Varela and Alfonse Anderson will present a mix of genres from pop to classical. For more information, call (702) 229-3515.
Las Vegas Wind Quintet
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush (702) 229-6383
Admission is Free
Led by clarinetist Dave Hawley, the Las Vegas Wind Quintet will present an exquisite selection of classical pieces arranged specifically for wind quintet. Dave, a former member of the Lawrence Welk orchestra, is joined by Bonnie Buhler-Tanouye on flute, Dave Beasley on horn, Matt Guschi on oboe and Sam Pisciotta on bassoon.
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Blues and spoken word with Toscha Comeaux and Woody Woods
Friday, January 17, noon- 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Jury Assembly Room.
Toscha Comeaux- Vocalist
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Toscha has performed with the Connecticut Opera, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a number of Disney Variety Shows and was a featured singer in the Cirque Du Soleil “Viva Elvis" from 2009-2012. She has shared the stage with such greats as Nat Adderly, Lou Rawls, Ray Charles and Diana Ross. Although she has the ability to sing all styles of music, her main desire is to perform in the jazz genre. Her influences include Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.
Woody Woods - Composer/Arranger/Pianist - Jazz, Gospel, R&B and Orchestral. Born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, Woody is a self-taught composer, conductor, lyricist and pianist. Blessed with the opportunity to conduct Parade of the Chariots, from the movie Ben-Hur, during his final year in junior high school, Woods became hooked on directing bands, choirs and orchestras. He also had one of his original arrangements performed by the school jazz band that year. Thus, the fire was lit, and there was no putting it out.
Woods was originally a woodwind player specializing in tenor sax, flute and clarinet. He began to take the piano seriously when the pianist in his high school jazz ensemble (The Jazz Executives) joined another band. Because the band could not play without a pianist, Woods started playing the piano and never did get back to any of his woodwinds.
Today, Woody has turned his time and talent toward sharing thoughts and feelings with the world in the form of prose and poetry. In addition, he is directing and producing several video projects that feature his music and poetry.
Brass Roots Quintet
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383
Admission is Free.
The five musicians are longtime Las Vegas professionals and include trumpeters Gary Cordell and Rocky Lombardo, trombonist Walter Boenig, Doug Beasley on French horn, and Dan Uhrich on tuba. Boenig toured with the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras before performing in local showrooms and forming his own band more than 20 years ago.
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“The World Famous Ink Spots” Concert (all ages)
Saturday, February 15, 3 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
The faces may be different, but the sound remains the same. These four Ink Spots — Lou Ragland, Edward “Coco” Stancil, Flery Bursey and Yusef Sudah — sing the songs generations have heard and loved, as well as new ones of their own. Enjoy these hits and more: "If I Didn't Care," "Java Jive," "I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire," "We Three," "Do I Worry?" and "Which Ever Way the Wind Blows," their latest release. The event is cosponsored by the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District. For more information, call (702) 229-4800 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello & Songs
Friday, February 21, 12 - 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse inside the Jury Assembly Room- 333 Las Vegas Blvd South
Shana Tucker is a distinctive cellist/singer-songwriter who transcends genre limitations with performances that are immediately captivating and exhilarating. Delving soul-first into contemporary jazz and classic standards, pop favorites and folk gems interspersed with ChamberSoul originals, Shana proves a magnetic discovery for audiences everywhere. “You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point because her music is so uniquely individual. In Shana Tucker, we have a worthy successor.” David Menconi, News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
Afternoon of Jazz with Freddie Jackson
Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery
Free admission and open to the public.
Enjoy classic video concerts featuring all-star legends of jazz in their finest form such as Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louie Armstrong and Lionel Hampton. Please join host Freddie Jackson, “The Doctor, from 91.5 KUNV, while he explores musical moments in jazz history following commentary over tea and music. For more information, call (702) 229-4800 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
Mardi Gras Dance with Creole Stomp
Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. (702) 229-6383
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Creole Stomp travels the country carrying the long tradition of Mississippi River valley Creole music to audiences of thousands. This band has not only captured the attention of Louisiana music fans across the United States and Canada, but is also legendary on the Blues and Roots circuit for its marathon performances featuring a mix of Swamp pop and traditional dance tunes. Led by French speaking Creole accordionist and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Creole Stomp leaves audiences breathless and cheering for more.
Purchase early to receive your complimentary Mardi Gras mask and beads to be part of the fun! Festive Creole food such as beignets, jambalaya, hot links and a cash bar provided by At Your Service Catering will be available for a nominal fee.
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The Claire Lynch Band
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Grammy nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch has long been at the forefront of women pushing bluegrass boundaries. This stellar ensemble delivers a personable, high energy performance including tender country ballads, hard driving bluegrass, swing, and even some Southern Appalachian clog dancing.
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Friday, March 21, noon - 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse inside the Jury Assembly Room- 333 Las Vegas Blvd South
Aallotar is a transatlantic collaboration between Finnish accordionist Teija Niku and Finnish-American violinist Sara Pajunen. The musicians' physical and cultural separations allow a unique probing of both traditional and personal music, commonalities and differences.
AALLOTAR is a character from Finland's national epic "Kalevala." A daughter of the waves, her name has graced the hulls of Finnish ships for centuries – ships that separated the ancestors of Aallotar’s members: Teija Niku and Sara Pajunen. One hundred years ago, their families lived within hours of each other in the western regions of Finland, speaking the same language, playing the same music, eating and drinking the same culture. Then the immigration of hundreds of thousands of Finns from 1870-1930 found Pajunen’s ancestors relocating to Northern Minnesota, while Niku’s family remained in Finland. Now, in the 21st century, they revisit earlier days of Finnish folk music – but with an ocean and a century of musical influence between them.
Both accordionist Teija Niku and violinist Sara Pajunen began performing Finnish folk music at an early age. Niku, from Haapavesi, Finland, plays the same two-row accordion on which she explored Finnish polka repertoire as a child – an instrument that twice won her the Finnish Folk Championship. As an adult, Niku has earned a master’s degree in folk music from the Sibelius Academy and won the respected Konsta Jylha competition with her band Grupa Balkan. Her album “Finsko Pajdusko” has been nominated Ethno Album of the Year in Finland’s version of the Grammys. Pajunen, one ‘of the most ambitious and notable practitioners of Finnish folk music outside of Finland,’ traveled to Finland from her native Hibbing, Minnesota every four years as a child to perform. After receiving classical music degrees both in Minneapolis and Helsinki, she returned to explore the folk music that is both her personal and ancestral past. She has founded two touring ensembles based on her Finnish roots: Kaivama and Tango Pohjan Tähden. Her recorded compatibility with (mentor/colleague/Finnish fiddler) Arto Järvelä “is superb…the most genuine Finnish music ever recorded in the U.S.” Finland’s Pelimanni magazine, published by the Folk Music Institute, described the sound as “two violins fly(ing) like the fragrance of a summer’s morning.”
The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant"
Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, (702) 229- 3515
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at the door
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Two Ladislaw Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant: The Cameraman's Revenge and The Mascot.
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