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Buddy Guy • Garde Arts Center • 11.15.19
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Buddy Guy • Garde Arts Center • 11.15.19

Buddy Guy

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Buddy Guy Music Without Borders

At age 82, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

The title of Buddy Guy's latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist's eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015's Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. 

The record is arriving on the heels of a spate of high visibility for the 82-year-old performer: at the 2016 Grammys, he picked up a trophy for “Best Blues Album” honoring Born to Play Guitar, and that same year he hit the road for a U.S. tour opening for Jeff Beck.  A truly restless and energetic performer, The Blues Is Alive and Well is the latest triumph in an already-legendary career.

Among the contributors to fifteen tracks on The Blues Is Alive and Well: young gun James Bay, as well as Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

And even as Guy pushes forward with his astounding career, he's careful not to forget his late contemporaries who inspired him along the way. "I went to sleep yesterday and woke up and all the great blues players are no longer with us. Muddy, Wolf, B.B.—they're all gone. Before they passed away, when they were in their prime, we used to have a drink and a laugh and talk about how when one of us is gone, the others have to keep it going. I'm trying to do something to keep this music that I love so well alive."

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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas • Garde Arts Center • 11.17.19

Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas Music Without Borders

This holiday season, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will take the same originality, wit, and virtuosic musical performances that have garnered them over 1 billion views on YouTube to revitalize the idea of a Christmas tour itself, in their multi-city “A Very Postmodern Christmas” tour.

The tour will feature PMJ’s rotating retro collective of show stopping vocalists, dancers, and instrumentalists as they mashup timeless holiday classics and today’s pop hits in the “vintage” styles of 20s hot jazz, doo wop, and Motown that have brought the group international acclaim. Put simply: it’s the holiday show equivalent of Bing Crosby singing “Little Drummer Boy” with David Bowie.

Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles.

Long Island-born Scott Bradlee grew up with a taste for jazz and classic standards, and he rose to a successful career playing supper clubs and night spots in New York City. By his own admission, Bradlee regarded most pop and rock tunes as unrefined, but, as he himself put it, “As a relentless devil’s advocate, I then found that by simply altering the context of such songs, I could find quite a bit of artistic merit inside of them.”

In 2009, Bradlee released a digital single, “Hello My Ragtime ’80s,” in which he grafted familiar lines from 20 pop hits of the ’80s into a medley played in traditional ragtime style. Bradlee then began experimenting with live mashups; during his weekly appearances at Robert Restaurant in the Big Apple’s Columbus Circle, he would perform numbers that interpolated elements from popular tunes both past and present, and recordings of these experiments were compiled into a digital album, Mashups by Candlelight. The performances were popular enough that Bradlee released a second Mashups by Candlelight collection, but he enjoyed his greatest popular success when he began using his ideas as the basis for a series of YouTube videos.

In 2012, Bradlee got his first taste of viral success when he released A Motown Tribute to Nickelback, in which he and a handful of musicians and vocalists reworked a handful of tunes by the Canadian hard rock act into ’60s influenced R&B arrangements. Becoming more ambitious, Bradlee began working with a rotating group of musicians dubbed Postmodern Jukebox (often featuring vocalist Robyn Adele Anderson) who tackled Bradlee’s arrangements which cast current pop songs in radically different styles, usually in live sessions filmed with a single camera in Bradlee’s home.

As Bradlee wrote on his website, “My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of Silly Putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities — just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours.”

After Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of “We Can’t Stop” racked up over four million views on YouTube, Bradlee and his crew became official internet stars, appearing on the TV chat show “Good Morning America” and being interviewed on National Public Radio.

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Keb' Mo's Jingle Bell Jamboree • Garde Arts Center • 12.6.19
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Keb' Mo's Jingle Bell Jamboree • Garde Arts Center • 12.6.19

Keb' Mo's Jingle Bell Jamboree

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

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his year Keb’ Mo’ is celebrating his 25th Anniversary year of performing under the moniker, with the release of two albums, Oklahoma (June 14) and Moonlight, Mistletoe, And You (Oct. 11), Keb’s first ever holiday album released throughout his lengthy and successful career. This fall, Keb’ Mo’ will embark on a holiday tour, Jingle Bell Jamboree, which will feature the four-time Grammy-award winning contemporary Blues and Americana artist performing songs off of Moonlight, Mistletoe, And You. 

Over the years, Keb’ Mo' has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. From performing in front of President Barack Obama at the White House to the LA Forum with Garth Brooks, Keb’ Mo’ is keeping the Blues alive with the ability to demand the attention of broad audiences spanning the globe. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer and Tom Jones have all recorded his songs while his list of collaborators include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke, and many others.

Keb’ Mo’ has racked up four GRAMMY awards with the most recent being a 2017 GRAMMY for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” for TajMo, a collaborative effort with legendary bluesman Taj Mahal. He has also earned multiple Blues Music Awards for “Album of the Year,” “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year.” His masterful guitar playing has inspired leading instrument makers Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model.

The multi-talented artist has worked in TV and film as well, having written and performed the theme song for the smash sitcom, “Mike & Molly,” and acting as the music composer for TV’s “Memphis Beat.” He also played Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary “Can’t You Hear The Wind Howl,” while also appearing on “Touched By an Angel,” and John Sayles’ 2007 movie, “Honeydripper.”

Philanthropy is high on the priority list for Keb’ who has been involved with Playing For Change since it’s inception, a program created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Additionally, Keb’ is a celebrity mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program, a highly successful program began under the guidance of Michelle Obama where artists work as mentors, working with teachers, students, parents and the community to help build a successful arts education program.

Special Guest: Alicia Michilli

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Hot Tuna featuring Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams • Garde Arts Center • 12.7.19
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Hot Tuna featuring Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams • Garde Arts Center • 12.7.19

Hot Tuna

Celebrating 50 Years

featuring Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Hot Tuna Music Without Borders

No one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. Now these living legends, joined by Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, will bring their bluesy fusion of rock and free rhythmic techniques to our stage.

Hot Tuna –  Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady – started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days.  The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in rock history.

From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, DC area, through years of inventive rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current acoustic and electric blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.  At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen is a highly respected interpreter of roots music, blues, Americana, and popular rock-and-roll.  Jorma’s repertoire goes far beyond psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music. Jorma tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues while writing new songs of weight and dimension.

One of the most unique innovators in the sixty-year history of the bass guitar, Jack Casady made his sweeping melodic mark helping to create the “San Francisco Sound” with legendary rock group Jefferson Airplane. Jack went on to track with Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Warren Zevon, members of the Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, and Gov’t Mule. Casady, regarded as one of rock’s greatest bassists, is certainly one of its most original.

“Hot Tuna is a Psychedelic-Blues Institution” – Rolling Stone Magazine

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Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas • Garde Arts Center  • 12.20.19
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas • Garde Arts Center • 12.20.19

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas Music Without Borders

'It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do,' says The Boston Globe of Cherish The Ladies, Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene.

Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They've brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which received an Emmy Award. The Washington Post praises the 'astonishing array of virtuosity' that Cherish The Ladies bring to the stage on a regular basis.

Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. 'It was the greatest gift they could give us,' says bandleader Joanie Madden. 'We're carrying on the music of our fathers.' As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

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Randy Rainbow • Garde Arts Center • 1.17.20
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Randy Rainbow • Garde Arts Center • 1.17.20

Randy Rainbow

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Randy Rainbow Music Without Borders

Please Note: This performance was rescheduled from November 9, 2019. If you previously purchased a ticket for that date, it will be good for the same seat at  the January 17 performance.  You do not need to exchange your ticket.  If you have questions, call the Box office at 860-444-7373 ext 1. 

 

Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views.  He’s been called “the best thing about the 2016 GOP race” by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV’s Will & Grace to parody a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election.

Randy has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards and some of New York City’s most popular night spots including 54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC where his own weekly show ran for two years.

He’s been seen as a talking head on VH1 and has been heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator and star of the long-running BroadwayWorld.com web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow. 

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story • Garde Arts Center • 1.18.20
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Simon & Garfunkel Story • Garde Arts Center • 1.18.20

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

The Simon & Garfunkel Story Music Without Borders

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is touring North America again this year! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60’s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance.

With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, their “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album was nominated at the Brit Awards for Best International Album. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

‘‘Fantastic’’ – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio and “Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage

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Get The Led Out • Garde Arts Center • 1.31.20
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Get The Led Out • Garde Arts Center • 1.31.20

Get The Led Out

A Celebration of “The Mighty Zep”

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Get The Led Out Music Without Borders

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage.

The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert.  GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

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The Machine performs Pink Floyd: The Wall @40 • Garde Arts Center • 11.8.19
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Machine performs Pink Floyd: The Wall @40 • Garde Arts Center • 11.8.19

The Machine performs Pink Floyd: The Wall @40

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Garde Arts Center

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When Pink Floyd released The Wall in 1979 it brought the legendary band into a different realm. The Machine presents a special 40th Anniversary performance of The Wall in its entirety as only The Machine can, plus an encore featuring fan favorites from other Floyd albums. Featuring the Interstellar Lights.

THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation for extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, selling out theaters across North America, Europe and Asia, performing at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Gathering of the Vibes, and sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and San Diego Symphonies, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic.

The New York-based quartet performs a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems. With stellar musicianship and passionate delivery, The Machine explores collective improvisation rivaling that of an early 1970's Pink Floyd. Their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays and lighting continues in the spirit of the later Floyd of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Special shows include lasers by the same company that provides classic Pink Floyd laser effects for Roger Waters and David Gilmour tours. 

The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and long time band mates Stephen Bard (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).

"They duplicate the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy, and they play for a hell of a long time."   - Matt Diehl - Rolling Stone

"These guys are great!" - Bob Ezrin - Co-Producer, Pink Floyd's The Wall

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Michael Franti & Spearhead • Garde Arts Center • 11.2.19
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Franti & Spearhead • Garde Arts Center • 11.2.19

Michael Franti & Spearhead

with Devon Gilfillian

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Michael Franti & Spearhead Music Without Borders

An American rapper, musician, poet, activist, documentarian, and singer-songwriter, Michael Franti, creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock.  Franti is an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues, especially as an advocate for peace in the Middle East.

Franti believes that there is a great battle taking place in the world today between cynicism and optimism, so he made his most recent album, Stay Human Vol. II, to remind himself and anyone else who’s listening, that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for. The album has seen early critical acclaim and soared to the top of the charts including, #1 Billboard Independent Album Sales, #1 iTunes Top Albums Singer/Songwriter (US and AUS).

The songs on Stay Human Vol. II was inspired by Franti’s new self-directed documentary Stay Human, which has recently won an array of awards on the film festival circuit. Stay Human features “heroic everyday people” whose stories have inspired the singer, activist, and yoga practitioner during his travels around the world. Stay Human Vol. II is the 10th LP from Michael Franti & Spearhead, featuring the group’s signature sound. It follows three consecutive albums that climbed into the top 5 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. He’s also charted five singles in the top 30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart and had eight songs reach the top 25 on the Triple-A Chart. His hit, “Say Hey” has accumulated more than 2 million downloads worldwide. Franti also had a No. 1 hit single with his 2010 song, “The Sound of Sunshine.”

The album and film are both part of a multi-pronged effort to spread positivity through Franti’s music, Soulshine Bali hotel that he built as a home for yoga destination retreats, and Do It For The Love, a non-profit he and his wife, Sara Agah Franti, founded in 2013 to bring people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. To date, Do It For The Love has granted more than 2,000 wishes with the support of more than 100 artists.

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today - Tour 2019: A Tribute to The Beatles White Album • Garde Arts Center • 10.18.19
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today - Tour 2019: A Tribute to The Beatles White Album • Garde Arts Center • 10.18.19

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today - Tour 2019

A Tribute to The Beatles White Album

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Garde Arts Center

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today - Tour 2019: A Tribute to The Beatles White Album Music Without Borders

An all-star band including Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Jason Scheff (Chicago) and Joey Molland (Badfinger) pays tribute to The Beatles White Album with a special 50th Anniversary show, performing their greatest hits along with songs from The Beatles' White Album! Musical Director: Joey Curatolo (the musical director of RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles).

Venerated as one of the greatest albums of all time, The Beatles’ ninth album "The White Album", released in November 1968, reached No. 1 on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.  The double album's 30 tunes include such classics as “Back in the USSR”, “While My Guitar Gently Sleeps”, “Blackbird”  “Rocky Raccoon” “Julia”, “Helter Skelter,” and “Birthday.”  

Todd Rundgren catapulted into fame as “Rock's New Wunderkind.” with 1972's seminal “Something / Anything?” It was followed by such landmark LPs as “A Wizard, A True Star” and “The Hermit of Mink Hollow,” as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light, “Hello It's Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”

Singer/ Songwriter Christopher Cross won five Grammy Awards for his eponymous debut album released in 1979. The singles “Sailing” (1980), and “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)” peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. “Sailing” earned three Grammys in 1981, while “Arthur's Theme” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981.

Micky Dolenz is best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop legends The Monkees.  Their first four albums all reached the number-one position on the charts and launched three number- one singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I'm a Believer” (both with lead vocals by Micky), and “Daydream Believer.”. Micky has also released several critically acclaimed solo albums. 

Jason Scheff is the longtime tenor lead vocalist of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted super group Chicago. His songwriting, vocals, and musicianship helped create the most successful recording era of Chicago, the 1980s and 1990s.

Joey Molland, is an English composer and rock guitarist best known as the guitarist, singer and songwriter of classic rock legends Badfinger, the first group signed by the Beatles' Apple label. Their hits include “Without You”, “Come and Get It”  “Day After Day”. Molland is the last surviving member.  

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Jim Breuer • Garde Arts Center• 10.13.19
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Jim Breuer • Garde Arts Center• 10.13.19

Jim Breuer: Live and Let Laugh

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM at The Garde Arts Center

Jim Breuer Music Without Borders

Not long after Jim Breuer did his first official standup gig in Clearwater, Florida, in 1989, industry folks began asking him, “What’s your point of view?” “I don’t know…” He searched for a meaningful response to a ridiculous question. “To make people laugh?” 

The freewheeling, New York bred comic storyteller – who made the list of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” - is hotter than ever, a global touring sensation and regular presence on radio and television whose rabid audience, he’s thrilled to note, is filled with “lifetimers.” Once folks see him live, they’re hooked. Breuer estimates that 78% of his fans have seen him “five, six, seven” times. It’s becoming a family thing, with parents even bringing young teens to see the family man and father of three daughters, all providing genius “dad” material for his sets. Having evolved both personally and professionally since the beginning, Breuer’s pleased to say he’s been F-word free for ten years and counting. 

Breuer came to national attention during his seasons on Saturday Night Live (1995-98), a rebuilding era whose cast featured Will Ferrell, David Spade and Norm McDonald. But don’t call him “Goat Boy” (one of his characters on SNL) or ask him to do his Joe Pesci impression. Those things are eons ago. Some even still associate him with “Half Baked,” a stoner comedy flick from around that time that starred Dave Chappelle and featured cameos by Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong.

The fans who got into Breuer in the new millennium were drawn into his whirlwind journey through his Comedy Central specials such as “Hardcore” (2002) and “Let’s Clear The Air” (2009), one of the highest rated comedy specials in the network’s history – popularly known as his “coming out party” as a dad, cleaning up his act and focusing on the fun and foibles of family life. His next special "And Laughter For All" (2013), became the highest rated original comedy special on EPIX to date, earning it’s spot as a family favorite for it's relatable and multi-generational humor. His latest special "Comic Frenzy" (2015) is currently available on Amazon Prime. 

Many of Breuer’s newer fans know him from the multitude of hilarious hours he’s spent as a guest on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show.” Howard’s hosted some of pop culture’s biggest comedy icons over the past 30 years, yet Breuer gets people telling him he’s their favorite guest ever. “Howard’s audiences know comedy,” he says. “If they come and I’m not funny, they’re not coming back.” That’s never happened and never going to. Breuer was also the host of “Fridays with Jim Breuer” Sirius XM, originally known as “Breuer Unleashed.” He currently hosts a podcast called “The Jim Breuer Podcast,” which is available on iTunes and JimBreuer.com.  

Over the years, Breuer has been something of a multi-media sensation currently appearing alongside Kevin James on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS as well as popular films “Zookeeper,” “Dick,” “Titan A.E.” and “Beer League”; hosting MTV's popular “Beach House” and VH1’s “Web Junk 20”; and being featured on “Comedy Jam,” “This Is Not Happening,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Marriage Ref.” 

Since 2015, he’s shared his dual passions for comedy and baseball (particularly his New York Mets) with thousands via his video recaps of games that he posts on Facebook. Their viral impact has been massive, with clips airing on the MLB Network and ESPN Sportscenter among others, and even inspiring Mets fans in other cities to hang with Breuer to root their team on. A die-hard metalhead, Breuer made his musical debut, Songs From The Garage in 2016. Produced by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) the album features tracks such as "Raising Teenage Girls," the throwback anthem "Old School" and “Mr. Rock n’ Roll” with the one and only Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

All Breuer aficionados know that family is everything to him, and his mission is to share the highs and lows, find the humor in the day to day, laughing with the triumphs and tragedies and using comedy as a tool to conquer fear – as he did when posting videos of his wife going through cancer treatments the past few years. In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create “The Jim Breuer Road Journals,” which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary “More Than Me,” which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In line with his love of family. “Comic Frenzy” focused on what Breuer’s life (and all our lives) truly consist of: dealing with the elderly, becoming our parents’ caretakers and what it takes to be a “marriage warrior.” 

“I’m a deep-rooted family guy with hardcore blue collar roots,” he says. “My father was a World War II vet and my mom lost her first husband to WWII. As a child growing up in Valley Stream, New York, I lived in low income housing, then an attic apartment, to eventually moving down the street into a home of our own, always surrounded by faith and love. My career reached a new level when I started to raise a family of my own and realized I should stick to what I know, what everyone could relate to no matter their socio-economic status. My oldest daughter just went to college and we’ve dealt these past few years with mortality issues, and I’m just there to find the funny in that. It all started with ‘Let’s Clear the Air,’ which focused on me being a new father who came from another world and who wasn’t prepared for the responsibilities at all.”

The crazy state of the world today makes Breuer’s upcoming tour all the more essential. Breuer’s set will be decidedly non-political, but he will have much to impart about the foolishness of ruining our lives over media-generated frenzies that we have no control over. “My huge focus is, listen, stop getting caught up in the hoopla the news, politics and all that jazz,” he says. “If every day you wake up and you’re watching five to six hours of it, it starts to darken your soul. If you spent even ten percent of that time on your wife, husband, child or someone else you love, your personal life would get better and you could help so many people. I’m here to say that life isn’t that horrendous. Can you still eat? Can you still watch your 60” plasma TV? Call me when you have to eat a squirrel for breakfast, okay? Do something you can control that’s good, because you can’t fight hate with more hate. Let’s concentrate on the most important things in life.”

“My job as a comic is to talk about the many great loves of my life, recognizing that yes, we are all on borrowed time but we can still enjoy life with a passion and not get caught up in all the madness,” Breuer adds. “ We’re not here for very long, and we’re all stuck here together. Everybody needs to laugh and be uplifted. We’re here to take care of others. I’m on a mission to lift you in the only way I know how.”

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Justin Hayward • Garde Arts Center • 10.12.19
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Justin Hayward • Garde Arts Center • 10.12.19

Justin Hayward

of The Moody Blues

with Mike Dawes

Saturday, October 12, 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Justin Hayward Music Without Borders

Having chalked up over fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for The Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists.  Justin is honored with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard and this year the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Justin’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings. Upon leaving school at 17 he became a guitarist for UK Rock and Roll hero Marty Wilde, who Justin credits for his inspiration to become a songwriter. 

Justin joined the Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High,” he followed it up with the classic hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Passed. This album went on to become a favorite of the NASA astronauts and was taken aboard the Atlantis shuttle space craft by Chief astronaut “Hoot” Gibson on many missions.

Classic genre-defining hits “Question,” “The Voice”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”, “The Story In Your Eyes” and “Your Wildest Dreams”  laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day.

When the Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Justin worked on the Blue Jays album, followed by the hit single “Blue Guitar” (recorded with the members of 10cc). Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Justin also found time to create several solo albums: Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill.

In the 1980s, he was made a member of the famous “SODS” (The Society of Distinguished Songwriters) and in 2012 he was elected ‘King SOD’.  He also collaborated in 1989 with Mike Batt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded the album Classic Blue.

Justin was presented with “The Golden Note” award from ASCAP in 2005, the top honor for a British writer, and he has appeared in Nashville regularly with other songwriters in showcase events. In 2013, The Performing Rights Society in the UK awarded him his second Ivor Novello statue for ‘Outstanding Achievement’.

Justin records in Italy and France of which he says, “Spending time making music in a beautiful place with your friends is every songwriter’s dream.” Justin undertook extensive solo tours in both 2016 and 2017; and in 2018 Justin will again head out on the road bringing his wonderful music to his fans in the UK and Europe, as well as North America.

As well as live shows, Justin has released several solo recordings; an album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky – for Eagle Rock – was released in 2013 followed by several solo tours, and in 2014 a “live in concert” DVD Spirits…Live was made available, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Video chart. 2016 saw the release of All The Way (Eagle Rock Entertainment), a compilation from Justin’s solo career. All The Way includes Justin’s solo songs, a recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, solo live performances and unique versions of classic Moody Blues tracks and the brand new song “The Wind Of Heaven.”

2018 saw the 50th anniversary of the Days Of Future Passed album. The band marked this with some North American dates and the release of the concert recording Days Of Future Passed Live.

“I have spent most of my life, so far, on the road,” says Justin. “Playing live and creating a small piece of magic in a room is like a drug to me, one that I never want to give up.”

Mike Dawes: This young steel string guitar virtuoso returns to New London after having opened for master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel at the Garde on July 18.

A native in the South of England, Mike Dawes, discovered the music of Pierre Bensusan at an early age.  Mike has been stunning audiences and critics with his guitar playing since 2008. His music often defies description, taking influence from Celtic, Rock, World and Popular music.

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Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories • Garde Arts Center • 9.21.19
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories • Garde Arts Center • 9.21.19

Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM at The Garde Arts Center

Graham Nash Music Without Borders

Graham Nash will perform songs from his days in the Hollies through his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash as well as from his beloved solo recordings, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career.   Throughout the evening,  Nash will be accompanied by longtime collaborator,  and This Path Tonight producer, Shane Fontayne on guitars and vocals, and former CSN keyboard player and vocalist, Todd Caldwell. 

Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

The litany of songs that he has written has become the soundtrack of the past half-century, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

While in Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) he wrote the classics   “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs”, “Lady Of the Island,” “Teach Your Children” and “Our House”.

Overlapping CSNY, Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs For Beginners (1971), whose “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” were fueled by the Long Hot Summer, the trial of the Chicago Eight, and the ongoing Vietnam war.  Other songs from that LP include  “I Used To Be A King” and “Simple Man”.  His next album, Wild Tales(1974), addressed (among other issues) unfair jail terms for minor drug offenses (“Prison Song”), unfair treatment of Vietnam vets (“Oh! Camil”) and the unfairness of fame (“You’ll Never Be the Same”).

The eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), includes Nash’s “Southbound Train”  and “Immigration Man” and was followed by the duos  back-to-back albums, Wind On the Water (1975) and Whistling Down the Wire (1976).

On the CSN reunion studio LP (1977), Nash took top honors with “Just A Song Before I Go”.  On CSN’s Daylight Again (1982),  Nash penned their second (and final) Top 10 hit, “Wasted On the Way.”

The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events.  In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. 

In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which  landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was released in paperback in late 2014.

In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award.  His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009). Nash’s work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. 


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A Night With Janis Joplin • Garde Arts Center • 9.20.19
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

A Night With Janis Joplin • Garde Arts Center • 9.20.19

A Night With Janis Joplin

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

A Night With Janis Joplin Music Without Borders

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and breakout performances, A Night with Janis Joplin, written and directed byRandy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.

The New York Times raved that A Night with Janis Joplin “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.”

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An Evening with Gov't Mule • Garde Arts Center • 9.14.19
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Gov't Mule • Garde Arts Center • 9.14.19

An Evening with Gov’t Mule

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

Gov't Mule Music Without Borders

Gov’t Mule stormed the jam band scene in 1994 with a bluesy blend of Southern rock. Guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody originally formed the band as a side project of the Allman Brothers Band. A cornerstone of the American music landscape, Grammy Award winning rock legend Warren Haynes is hailed as one of the finest guitar players in the world.  

Gov’t Mule's music is defined by its noodling blues-rock jams and Parliament-funk freak-outs. The band’s concerts and tours bring to mind legendary 1960s acts like Cream, Grateful Dead, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Little Feat. Gov’t Mule have been a staple on the summer festival scene since their inception, entertaining college kids and older hippies alike with good old-fashioned Southern rock and roll, with songs and set lists that seem to rise, swell and go on for hours. Today, Gov’t Mule are one of the last pillars of the jam band scene. 

In 2017, Gov’t Mule released their tenth studio album Revolution Come...Revolution Go on Fantasy Records. In 2013, Gov’t Mule released the double-album, Shout!, their first LP in four years which included new material, and collaborations with high-profile musicians like Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews and Steve Winwood. Gov’t Mule has released nine studio albums and several live discs. The band scored its highest chart release with 2006's High & Mighty, which peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Indie Chart. 


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Tommy Emmanuel • Garde Arts Center • 7.18.19
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Tommy Emmanuel • Garde Arts Center • 7.18.19

Tommy Emmanuel

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Garde Arts Center

Tommy Emmanuel Music Without Borders

Acknowledged as the international master of the solo acoustic guitar, Tommy Emmanuel started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career.

One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he’s piled up numerous accolades, including one Grammy Award and two nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll.

A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but Emmanuel  never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London.

Influenced by the Merle Travis/Chet Atkins fingerstyle of guitar picking, Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band– covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar and a vocal melody simultaneously. No loop pedals, no overdubs, just one man and ten fingers. While some artists take ten-piece bands on the road and still fill out the sound with backing tracks, Tommy builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.

His idols are not just the great players, but also the great pop songwriters and singers–Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Beatles and their ilk. While thousands of fans have spent years trying to unpack and imitate Tommy’s technique, for him it’s just the delivery system. His approach is always song and emotion first, his music the embodiment of his soulful spirit, sense of hope and his love for entertaining.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be in show business. Now I just want to be in the happiness business–I make music, you get happy. That’s a good job.”

Mike Dawes (opener) U.K. native Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers. His acclaimed solo music has gained over 80 million hits on popular video sharing sites and since the release of his debut album in 2013 he averages 150 concerts per year. Mike was named ‘’Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World Right Now’’ in both 2017 & 2018 by Total Guitar Magazine/MusicRadar.

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Happy Together Tour 2019 • Garde Arts Center  • 6.28.19
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Happy Together Tour 2019 • Garde Arts Center • 6.28.19

Happy Together Tour 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Garde Arts Center

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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Happy Together 2019 Tour stars The Turtles (“Happy Together”, “Elenore”), Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night (“Joy to the World”, “Mama Told Me Not to Come”), Gary Puckett & the Union Gap (“Woman, Woman”, “Young Girl”), The Buckinghams(“Kind of a Drag”, “Don’t You Care”), The Classics IV (“Stormy”, “Spooky”), and The Cowsills (“Love American Style”, “The Rain, the Park, & Other Things”).  

The Turtles have sold over 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include: “Happy Together” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “You Showed Me” and many more.

Chuck Negron, brings Three Dog Night’s biggest hits to the stage, including “Joy To The World,” “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “Shambala,” “One”, “Easy To Be Hard” among others.

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap features Gary’s trademark voice belting out his hits: “Young Girl,” “Over You” “Woman, Woman”, “This Girl Is A Woman Now”, “Lady Willpower”, “Don’t Give In To Him” and more.

The Buckinghams formed in 1966, and went on to become one of the top selling acts of 1967, including their #1 hit “Kind of a Drag,” and other hits “Don’t You Care,” ”Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song” With 3 chart hits at one time on 2 labels, in 1967, Billboard Magazine named them “The Most Listened to Band in America.”

The Cowsills have been dazzling crowds the last three years on the Happy Together Tour with their effervescent brand of contagious pop magic. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for television’s, The Partridge Family. Best known for songs “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake” and “Love American Style.” 

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David Crosby & Friends • Garde Arts Center • 6.12.19
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

David Crosby & Friends • Garde Arts Center • 6.12.19

David Crosby & Friends

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Garde Arts Center

David Crosby Music Without Borders

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is on tour in May and June. Joining him will be five musical friends, collectively and affectionately known as the ‘Sky Trails Band’. James Raymond on keys, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is. On this tour, he will be performing some of his best loved songs and greatest hits from right across his illustrious career, alongside material from the Skytrails album, plus a few surprises as well.


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Arlo Guthrie • Garde Arts Center • 6.7.19
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Arlo Guthrie • Garde Arts Center • 6.7.19

Arlo Guthrie

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

arlo guthrie mwb music without borders

Arlo Guthrie will perform one of America’s greatest musical treasures celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arlo’s seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” and the 50th Anniversary of the feature film “Alice’s Restaurant.”

Arlo along with his son Abe will be joined onstage  with longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals) and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion) and Arlo’s daughterSarah Lee Guthrie, a lauded singer-songwriter in her own right, who will open the show.

The movie, originally released in 1969, starring Arlo as himself, and directed by famed director Arthur Penn, was filmed in the Berkshires, Arlo’s own backyard garnering a “Best Director” Oscar Award nomination for Penn. 

"Alice's Restaurant" is weaved into the fabric of American society as part of the annual Thanksgiving tradition, but also as one of the more pronounced “anti-stupid” rally songs. Every year, Arlo receives handfuls of letters from Vietnam vets and soldiers currently at war expressing their heartfelt connection to the song.

In March 2018, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress inducted "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" into the registry honoring the recording for its cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape.

"A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues." Rolling Stone

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Another Tequila Sunrise & Hey Nineteen • Garde Arts Center • 4.13.19
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Another Tequila Sunrise & Hey Nineteen • Garde Arts Center • 4.13.19

Another Tequila Sunrise & Hey Nineteen

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

Another Tequila Sunrise Hey Nineteen MWB Music Without Borders

ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE is America’s premier Tribute to the Eagles. Since 2001, this New England based tribute band has been delighting sell-out crowds across the country with a catalog of music that encompasses the classics and deep cuts from the Eagles’ studio collection, as well as, the biggest hits from the solo careers of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Joe Walsh. HEY NINETEEN! , an eleven piece groove machine, brings an enormous amount of energy and the authentic sounds of Steely Dan, playing big hits and the deep cuts, from “Do It Again”  to “Your Gold Teeth II”, from “Reelin’ in the Years” to “Doctor Wu” and many more.

History often repeats itself.  And there is certainly history between 70’s rockers the Eagles and Steely Dan. In 1976, the track ‘Everything You Did’ from Steely Dan’s, The Royal Scam, features the line, “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening”.  Allegedly, Walter Becker’s girlfriend loved the Eagles, and as the story goes, this line stemmed from an argument between the two of them. While the Eagles were upfront about their admiration of Steely Dan, they weren’t about to be out-done, and fired back with the line, “Stab them with your Steely knives, but just can’t kill the beast” from the title track of the iconic Hotel California album. Finally, an opportunity to bring together the music from these two legendary groups has arrived, and history will repeat itself.

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Lewis Black - The Joke's On US Tour • Garde Arts Center • 4.4.19
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

Lewis Black - The Joke's On US Tour • Garde Arts Center • 4.4.19

Lewis Black

The Joke’s On US Tour

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

Lewis Black MWB Music Without Borders

One of the most prolific and popular performers working today, stand-up, actor and author Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. 

Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. 

In 1996, he created a weekly three-minute rant segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” which  evolved, one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show and with  his four specials for the “Comedy Central Presents” series helped win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.

Black has released nine CDs that have received five Grammy® nominations and two wins for the Best Comedy Album.  He has filmed two specials for HBO, one of which was nominated for an Emmy® in 2007. He had a regular feature for two seasons on “Inside the NFL”, for which he earned a Sports Emmy.  He has filmed two feature length concert films and has appeared on “Larry King Live,” and late night shows hosted by Piers Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Conan O’ Brian and Craig Ferguson. Black has written three best-selling books and more than 40 plays., many of which have been produced around the country, including at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

Black has appeared in films, co-starring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s “Man of the Year” (Universal Pictures), as well as roles Steve Pink’s “Accepted”, and Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors.” In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning film from Pixar, “Inside Out.” 

Black is a strong supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. He was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award and also has performed in three USO tours, visiting several Middle Eastern and European military bases.

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B-The Underwater Bubble Show • Garde Arts Center • 3.31.19
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

B-The Underwater Bubble Show • Garde Arts Center • 3.31.19

B-The Underwater Bubble Show

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 5PM at the Garde Arts Center

MWB Music without borders

This is a story about each and everyone’s life. We all know life can be gray or colorful - this time it is going to be very colorful! After another long day full of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself transported to a magical world that’s inhabited by seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and more. They carry Mr. B along his imaginary journey in this beautiful underwater world where fantasy becomes reality and you are invited to follow him.

Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology combining dancers, acrobats, lasers,  snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled soap bubble machines, optical illusions and many other surprises.  Lasers, low ground smoke and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere. A juggler in a huge plastic ball is the performer that immediately attracts Mr. B and the audience into Bubblelandia‘s wondrous world, while dancers and acrobats serve as “small colorful fish chasing Mr. B and each other inside the aquarium.  The main character is played by a skillful actor/mime exaggerating his gradual transformation from stressed out modernity to blissed out wonder, transporting the audience into this parallel universe of joy and freedom. 

Creators Enrico Pezzoli and bubble artist/spouse, Dace Pecoli,  have toured the world as a duo act for nearly twenty years working with the form, including a performance at the Sochi Olympics.


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The Fab Four • Garde Arts Center • 3.15.19
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Fab Four • Garde Arts Center • 3.15.19

The Fab Four

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

The Fab Four MWB Music without borders

Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute shows due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun," and "Hey Jude", the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.

Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

The Fab Four is truly the Ultimate tribute.

www.TheFabFour.com

The Fab Four Video

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Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt • Garde Arts Center • 3.3.19
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt • Garde Arts Center • 3.3.19

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7PM at Garde Arts Center

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt Garde Arts Center MWB Music Without Borders

The dynamic duo of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt re-unite on the Garde stage for an evening of great music and conversation. 

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music's most vibrant and celebrated performers. A Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor, he has broadened the definition of American music, fusing elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

John Hiatt is a talented singer and guitarist best known for his prolific songwriting. His songs have been successfully covered by musicians from Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers to Iggy Pop and Three Dog Night. With 11 Grammy nominations and 24 albums to his name, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.


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BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour • Garde Arts Center • 2.24.19
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour • Garde Arts Center • 2.24.19

BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6:30PM at the Garde Arts Center

BANFF Mountain Film Festival MWB Music Without Borders

The 2018/19 World Tour features on the Garde’s giant screen with 4k digital cinema and surround sound, an exhilarating and provocative collection of the world’s best environmental films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures.

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SPAMALOT • Garde Arts Center • 2.16.19
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

SPAMALOT • Garde Arts Center • 2.16.19

SPAMALOT

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

SPAMALOT MWB MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS

The Tony Award winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez.

Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up SPAMALOT!

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STOMP • Garde Arts Center • 1.18.19
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

STOMP • Garde Arts Center • 1.18.19

STOMP

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center

STOMP MWB Music Without Borders

STOMP is an explosive, inventive, provocative and unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows.

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Cherish the Ladies • Garde Arts Center • 12.21.18
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Cherish the Ladies • Garde Arts Center • 12.21.18

Cherish the Ladies:
A Celtic Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018 at Garde Arts Center

Cherish the Ladies Music Without Borders Christmas Celtic

Celebrate the holidays with A Celtic Christmas, a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, stunning step dancing, and great wit.

For more than three decades, Cherish the Ladies - one of the top Celtic groups in the world  - has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide as well as the White House, the Olympics, and PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies has collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O’Connell as well as being the featured soloist with major symphony orchestras.

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Laurie Berkner Solo Holiday Show • Garde Arts Center • 12.15.18
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Laurie Berkner Solo Holiday Show • Garde Arts Center • 12.15.18

Laurie Berkner Solo Holiday Show

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00AM at the Garde Arts Center

Laurie Berkner Music Without Borders MWB

The Laurie Berkner Solo Holiday Show will celebrate the season with traditional songs like “Jingle Bells,” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie’s well-loved album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, including “Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight” and “Candle Chase.” This performance will also showcase many fan favorites from Laurie’s recently released “greatest hits” album, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection. Bring a stuffed animal for your head and your holiday cheer!

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Lindsey Buckingham • Garde Arts Center • 11.29.18
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

Lindsey Buckingham • Garde Arts Center • 11.29.18

Lindsey Buckingham

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT

Lindsey Buckingham Music Without Borders MWB

Lindsey Buckingham stops in New London for his Garde debut and only Connecticut appearance as part of his North American tour in support of his new 3-disc CD release Solo Anthology - The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and three- time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is a celebrated solo artist and was the featured guitarist and male singer for Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 and 1997 to 2018.

Opening for Buckingham is Minneapolis-based Nairobian native singer/songwriter J.S. Ondara who cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, Ray Lamontagne, and Bon Iver.

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Fran Lebowitz • Garde Arts Center • November 10
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Fran Lebowitz • Garde Arts Center • November 10

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

In Conversation with Wally Lamb

Garde Arts Center, Saturday, November 10th at 8:00pm

Fran Lebowitz Garde Arts Center Music Without Borders

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz in conversation with host Wally Lamb

Author, journalist, actress, and raconteur Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan.

Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whose writing — pointed, taut and economical — is equally forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated on stage. Named one of the year's most stylish women by Vanity Fair, Lebowitz remains a style icon.

Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.

Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order, and a part in the Martin Scorsese’s film, "The Wolf of Wall Street." She has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Bill Maher.

Wally Lamb Music Without Borders Garde Arts Center

A Connecticut native, Wally Lamb is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels, including She's Come Undone, and I Know This Much To Be True (which is currently in development for an 8 episode HBO miniseries. His lastest novel, I'll Take You There, was largely set in the Garde Theater.  Wally has been a volunteer educator for the CT Department of Corrections for 19 years, and has edited three anthologies of women prisoners' writings. The latest, You Don't Know Me, will be released in Spring 2019.  

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The Machine: 30 Years of Pink Floyd • Garde Arts Center • 11.9.18
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Machine: 30 Years of Pink Floyd • Garde Arts Center • 11.9.18

The Machine: 30 Years of Pink Floyd

Garde Arts Center, Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:00PM

The Machine Music Without Borders

THE MACHINE, America’s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation for extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, selling out theaters, premier rock clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, performing at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Gathering of the Vibes,  and sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.

The New York-based quartet performs a diverse mix of The Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems.  With stellar musicianship and passionate delivery, The Machine explores collective improvisation rivaling that of an early 1970’s Pink Floyd. Their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays and lighting continues in the spirit of the later Floyd of the 1980’s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet.  The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and longtime bandmates Stephen Bard (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).

“They duplicate the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy, and they play for a hell of a long time.”- Matt Diehl – Rolling Stone

“These guys are great!”- Bob Ezrin – Co-Producer, Pink Floyd’s The Wall

“The Machine look nothing like Pink Floyd, but that doesn’t matter – they sound exactly like Pink Floyd, and that’s what counts.”- Matthew Webber Spin Magazine

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Los Lobos & Funky Feat • Garde Arts Center • 10.21.18
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Los Lobos & Funky Feat • Garde Arts Center • 10.21.18

Los Lobos & Funky Feat

Garde Arts Center, Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7PM

Los Lobos Funky Feat Music Without Borders MWB

Since 1974, East L.A.’s Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock & roll. Although the band first gained fame as part of the early-Eighties roots-rock revival, they didn’t so much strip music down as mix it up, playing norteño, blues, country, Tex-Mex, ballads, folk, and rock. While often cited as one of the great bands of Latino Rock, Los Lobos’ eclectic sound in fact defined them as a vital example of America’s cultural melting pot.

Three original members of Little Feat Paul Barrere (guitar, vocals), Fred Tackett (guitar) and Kenny Gradney (bass) are joined by long time Feat drummer Gabe Ford for a raucous evening of all the Little Feat hits like "Dixie Chicken," "Willin'," "Down On The Farm," "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" and so much more.

Media Sponsor: K-Hits 100.9

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Brian Regan • Garde Arts Center • August 23
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Brian Regan • Garde Arts Center • August 23

Brian Regan

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:00PM at the Garde Arts Center

Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian Regan continuously fills theaters across 100 cities in North America every year, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall. In 2015, Brian made history with his stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall, the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history.

A regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Brian made 28 appearances as a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Brian premiered his seventh hour of comedy, the Netflix special, Brian Regan: Nunchucks And Flamethrowers, November 2017, with a second Netflix special planned for 2019. He has earned acting accolades this past fall in director Peter Farrelly’s new TV series, Loudermilk, scheduled to begin shooting for a second season this summer.

 

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Paula Poundstone Live at The Garde Arts Center • Aug 10th
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Paula Poundstone Live at The Garde Arts Center • Aug 10th

Paula Poundstone Live

The Garde Arts Center • 08.10.18 • 8 PM

Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone

With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.  Poundstone’s razor-sharp wit and impeccable timing make for the perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! When asked about Paula, Wait, Wait, host, Peter Sagal replied, "Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious. If you cut her into bits, each piece would be funny. (But don’t!). Air becomes funny having been breathed by her.”

 

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Martina McBride • Garde Arts Center • June 14th
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Martina McBride • Garde Arts Center • June 14th

Martina McBride

June 14th, 2018, 8:00pm

Martina McBride • Garde Arts Center • Music Without Borders

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. Martina has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist.  She has been awarded 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence.

Through her Team Music Is Love charity initiative, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the towns she's performing in. Martina also invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need. For more information, please visit TeamMusicIsLove.com. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration.

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