August 2014

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Contact: Dior Metcalf
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Atlanta Jazz Vocalist Nazia Chaudhry premiers Debut CD entitled “Time After” with Release Party at Alpharetta’s The Velvet Note

ATLANTA, GA. August 11, 2014  Atlanta-based jazz vocalist Nazia Chaudhry will be premiering her debut album release entitled Time After during a one-night only concert at The Velvet Note. With a distinctively timeless, rich vocal style from simple tenderness to sultry pop, Nazia, known as Naz, is quickly gaining attention and acclaim as a contemporary jazz recording artist specializing in the The Great American Songbook & Latin jazz traditions. While performing at both large concert halls and the most intimate venues – filled with audiences from every day families to dignitaries – this vocal dynamo became a Sennheiser/Neumann Authorized Partner just before the release of her highly anticipated debut jazz album, Time After.

Nazia Chaudhry will debut music from her album, Time After, at The Velvet Note on Saturday, September 6, 2014 for 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows. The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Tickets are $20. Call (855) 583-5838 or visit www.thevelvetnote.com/nazia-chaudhry/ to purchase tickets. Naz has invited an All-Star cast of Atlanta’s best jazz musicians to accompany her on stage including, Tyrone Jackson (piano), Sam Skelton (reeds), Craig Shaw (bass), Justin Varnes (drums), and Emrah Kotan (percussion). Classic, yet contemporary, Naz’s voice is often compared to Roberta Gambarini, Gretchen Parlato, Jane Monheit, and Lauren Desberg. Time After features a balanced blend of Latin style jazz arrangements and a selection of classic favorites, one of which is an adaptation of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” arranged by Naz and guitarist Gilberto Contreras, as well as a Latin twist on Frank Sinatra’s definitive swing standard, “Fly me to the Moon.”

This versatile crossover stylist, with passionate vocals and an unforgettably expressive stage presence, is fast becoming an industry “one to watch.” From classic jazz to adult contemporary music, Naz’s ability to express and elicit emotions through her singing is as natural as breathing. “One of the most driven, tenacious, energetic, and talented performers in her cohort. Her passionate, malleable vocal abilities can both evoke and surprise,” says J.W., a fan of Naz’s music. “A luminous voice,” explains Tamara Fuller, owner of The Velvet Note. Christopher Currier, Studio Systems Product Specialist at Sennheiser/Neumann states, “Sennheiser/Neumann is incredibly proud to partner with Naz. Our company is all about being a full audio solution provider and with the quality of Naz’s work, in both the vocal recording world and with her voiceover work, we could tell that she shares a similar philosophy. She is a rising star and we are so pleased to be a small part of it.”

Naz is a multifaceted performer, music arranger, and educator. In addition to her career as a vocalist, she has found success from stage to screen as an actress in voiceover, television, and film, as well as in musicals, opera, and theater. Naz toured internationally as a featured jazz soloist with Jubilate, one of South Florida’s highly acclaimed small vocal groups. While touring regionally with Jubilate, Naz performed in concerts with 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin, Latin Grammy Award-winning flautist Nestor Torres, legendary actor/singers Clifton Davis and Harry Belafonte, and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Marvis Martin.

For additional information about Nazia Chaudhry visit, www.nazvoice.com, call (703) 346-8829, email directly at nazchaudhry@aol.com, or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com. To request interviews or media coverage at event contact Dior Metcalf at (678) 661-1003, or email dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. To purchase tickets to Nazia Chaudhry’s Album Release Concert, call The Velvet Note at (855) 583-5838 or visit www.thevelvetnote.com/nazia-chaudhry/.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts
BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlight Atlanta’s music and performing arts scene. We feature jazz, blues, Country, Singer/Songwriters, Pop, Latin, World & Classical, music, theatre, dance and comedy. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 400 shows a year. All information about up- coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com, facebook.com/bestofAtlantaConcerts and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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March 2014

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Contact: Marianela Belloso
Company: Caló Gitano
Phone: (404) 966­1347
Email: calogitano@gmail.com

Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass
Gets Spiced-up with New Flamenco Musical Production, Wonderland

ATLANTA, GA. March 27, 2014 Caló Gitano, Georgia’s largest flamenco theatre company and dance academy, presents Wonderland, a musical production and original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass with a flamenco spin. Wonderland will run May 17 & 18, 2014 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30338.

Wonderland is Caló Gitano’s biggest flamenco theatre production to date and features actors, dancers, singers, and live musicians. Performances will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, May 18 at 7:30pm at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30338. Tickets are $23 and $30 online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/566215. Caló Theatre Company offers $5 off each ticket for groups of 10 or more. For group reservations, contact Marianela Belloso directly at calogitano@gmail.com.

Wonderland is a musical production and original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass featuring flamenco music and dance. “This show is completely original, in that it combines the music and dancing of flamenco with the acting and storyline of a major theatrical production in order to create what we like to call a ‘flamenco musical.’ No one else in Atlanta in doing what our theatre company has been doing for the past several years, and this is our biggest production yet! Kids and adults alike love the story of Alice in Wonderland, and the fact that we can give families that story in a truly original, fun, and culturally significant way makes us all really excited to share Wonderland with audiences everywhere!” ­­ Kevin Wilson, Co­Owner of Caló Dance Studio, home of Caló Gitano Flamenco Dance Company

For additional information about Wonderland visit http://www.calogitano.com/home.html or contact Marianela Belloso directly at calogitano@gmail.com or by phone at (404) 966-1347or contact Best of Atlanta Concerts at (678) 661-1003 or visit bestofatlantaconcerts.com or contact by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/566215.

About Caló Gitano Flamenco Dance Company and Calό Theatre Company

Caló Gitano Flamenco Dance Company and Academy was founded by Marianela “Malita” Belloso in 2000 in Atlanta, GA. Since its inception, Caló Gitano’s performers have transported audiences straight into the cultural heart of Spain with their energetic and authentic flamenco performances. In 2011, Belloso teamed up with actor, dancer, and musician Mary Beth Morrison to create Caló Theatre Company. Caló Theatre Company focuses on creating original flamenco theatrical productions, including the sold­out shows Raíces: A Flamenco Journey, Once Upon a Christmas in Olelucía, and Sueños Andaluces.

For more information about classes and performances, visit http://www.calogitano.com, www.calotheatre.com, and www.calodancestudio.com.

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November 2013

Media Contact:
Stephanie Lee
Office of the Arts
404-894-9196
slee@ferstcenter.org

Jenna Farmer
Office of the Arts
404-385-4219
jfarmer@ferstcenter.org

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FERST CENTER PRESENTS SERIES WELCOMES BACK
“A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS” WITH RICK BRAUN AND MINDI ABAIR

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Office of the Arts continues the 2013-2014 Ferst Center Presents series with A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Audience members are invited to “Jazz Connect,” a free pre-show jazz talk led by Jay Edwards, host of WCLK 91.9FM’s “Jazz Tones,” beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For nearly four decades, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.

White launched his solo recording career with the 1990 release of “Reveillez-Vous.” White’s latest albums, “Good Day” (2009) and “Here We Go” (2012), confirm his status as a virtuoso of contemporary and classical jazz. While he has maintained an ambitious solo recording schedule over the course of his prolific career, he’s also appeared on several recordings by many of his friends and jazz contemporaries including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and many others. White has toured the country in numerous “Guitars and Saxes” tours, and has established an annual “Peter White Christmas Tour” fueled by the success of his two highly regarded holiday albums, “Songs of the Season” (1997) and “A Peter White Christmas” (2007).

Trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun’s path toward solo stardom led him to some prestigious behind the scenes roles, first as a pop songwriter (REO Speedwagon’s “Here With Me” in 1988), then as a touring sideman with Rickie Lee Jones, Tina Turner, Sade, Rod Stewart, Glenn Frey, Natalie Cole, Crowded House, Tom Petty and War. Braun set a record at the 2002 National Contemporary Jazz Awards by winning a total of five trophies, including Best Male Artist, Best Album for “Kisses in the Rain,” Song of the Year and Best Brass Player. He also shared a Best Collaboration award with Boney James for their 2000 hit “Shake It Up,” which topped the Billboard Jazz chart for 11 weeks. Braun’s latest album, “Rick Braun Sings with Strings,” marks a return to his vocal roots with a diverse track list ranging from American standards to international ballads.
One of the most recognizable saxophonists in the nation, Mindi Abair has sold a half million records as a solo artist, been featured as a saxophonist on “American Idol,” toured the US with Aerosmith and appeared with the Paul Shaffer Band on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” among her many musical accomplishments. Abair’s solo career has produced 10 chart topping radio singles and six major label solo releases including “It Just Happens That Way” (2003), “Come As You Are” (2004), “Life Less Ordinary” (2006), “Stars” (2008), “In Hi Fi Stereo” (2010) and “Summer Horns” with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot (2013). She has won numerous awards, most recently the Best International Instrumentalist at the 2011 Wave Awards in Toronto and Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards.
Ticket and Performance Information: Tickets: $42, $52 and club seating section $67. Audience members are invited to “Jazz Connect,” a free pre-show jazz talk led by Jay Edwards, host of “Jazz Tones” on WCLK 91.9 FM at 7:00 p.m. For information and directions (349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30032-0468) contact the Ferst Center Box Office at 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.

Venue Information:
Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332
Tickets and Info: 404-894-9600
www.ferstcenter.org

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About the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts
The Office of the Arts is a leader for the Georgia Tech community in the exploration of the arts by advocating, promoting and facilitating arts partnerships that enhance the campus arts experience, providing provocative fine arts choices and creating a bridge to the larger Atlanta community. The Ferst Center Presents artist series, the major public program of the office, is dedicated to bringing world class performances and artist residency programs to the Georgia Tech campus that will enhance the total learning experience of the Georgia Tech student body, serve the surrounding Atlanta community and engage artists in a way that is uniquely Georgia Tech. Funding for the series is provided in part by contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Major corporate support is provided by the Coca-Cola Company and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For ticket information call 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.

September 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dior Metcalf
Company: Best of Atlanta Concerts
Phone: (678) 661-1003
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Email: dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com
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Veteran Atlanta Comedian Uses Music to Put the SHOW back into Comedy Show

Atlanta, GA, August 28, 2013 – Comedy veteran TuKute presents TuKute’s Jokes & Jazz, a monthly series that starts the Fall by featuring background vocalist for R&B super star Monica, David Williams.  This one night only event will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Café 290 in Sandy Springs.  Hosted by TuKute, the event is a mix of Jazz, Blues, R&B and the American Song Book with musical performances from featured artist David Williams along with Atlanta-based artists such as former Raylette for Ray Charles, vocalist Rita Graham and vocalist Emile Worthy. “We create events to showcase the talents of local artists” says TuKute. The comic relief portion of the show includes TuKute and Atlanta veteran comic Bo P http://xeeme.com/BoPBarnes.

TuKute’s Jokes & Jazz is a monthly series that spotlights top Atlanta-based musicians & comedians in an intimate fun environment.  The upcoming show is one night only at Café 290 in Sandy Springs on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00pm & 9:30pm shows.  Tickets are available at www.tukute.net for $10 in Advance (use PromoCode “MEDIA”) and $15 at the door.  Each show includes popular Jazz and Blues songs performed by vocalist Emile Worthy, and former Raylette, vocalist Rita Graham and a spotlight from featured artist David Williams.  David will be performing R&B, Jazz & Gospel selections that have helped to define his success in the music industry thus far.  Event host, TuKute, is a veteran comedian with over 10 years experience producing shows.  She is also an author and playwright with the premiere of her Comedy Showcase “Singles Seminar – A Comedy Experience” Tuesday, August 10th at Café 290. It is a parody on a Singles Seminar with an eye opening, thought provoking, hilarious view on finding a mate. It is interactive and audience participation is encouraged. “We provide clean comedy combined with great live music for mature audiences” says TuKute.

“I am excited to be able to do what I love in the context of Jokes & Jazz which allows me to showcase my talents” says David Williams.  Born in Portsmouth, VA David Williams made his professional singing, acting and emceeing début at Oakwood College which led to engagements throughout the world including audiences in Amsterdam, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and numerous states in the America.  David has performed in front of millions over the years with appearances on the greatest national & international stages, on television and in musical theatre.  Having sung backup and opened for some of the world’s greatest gospel, R & B, Jazz and classical musicians, David proclaims one of the highlights of his career was experienced most recently as he toured the country and opened for poet, best-selling author and 3 time Grammy award winner Dr. Maya Angelou.

For additional information about upcoming TuKute Presents shows visit, http://www.tukute.net, phone TuKute at 404-394-4779, email directly at tukute@tukute.net or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com.  To request interviews or media coverage at event contact Dior Metcalf at (678) 661-1003 or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com.  Tickets are available for purchase at http://tkpsept.eventbrite.com.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters, World music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up- coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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July 2013

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Contact: Dior Metcalf
Company: Best of Atlanta Concerts
Phone: (678) 661-1003
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Email: dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com
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Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention Feature Tributes to Soul & Jazz Legends

Atlanta, Georgia, June 11, 2013 – Cool Jazz Forever and BKS Events presents Soul & Jazz for the Cure, benefitting Susan G. Komen of Atlanta.  This is a one night only event will be held on Friday August 30th, 2013 at Center Stage Theater.  The event is an evening of Soul & Jazz music celebrating four of the greatest American vocalists of the 20th century; Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Phyllis Hyman and a birthday tribute to Michael Jackson.  Atlanta-based songstress Toni Redd who dominated the UK Soul charts will be a featured performer with her tribute to Phyllis Hyman.  Five dollars of each ticket sold will be donated to Komen Greater Atlanta. There will be a special guest performance by a surprise entertainer celebrating the life of Michael Jackson. Actress and Motivational Speaker Jonna Johnson will be the host for the event.

Soul & Jazz for the Cure brings iconic music to Atlanta for one night only at Center Stage Theater in Midtown on Friday August 30th, 2013 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Jazz-Soul-For-The-Cure-tickets/artist/1854100 for $30 general admission and $40 VIP seating. VIP seating includes a VIP reception before the event from 5:30 to 7pm in the Center Stage lobby.  “Toni and her all-star band will bring the heat” says Rod Kyle, event concierge.  The show will also feature tributes to some of the greatest American music legends of all time including Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, and a special birthday tribute to the greatest entertainer of the 20th century Michael Jackson.  Sharing the stage with Toni will be Pacific Coast Recording Artist, Art Sherrod Jr., Expansion recording artist Marc Staggers, and Jazz/Soul/Classical vocalist Melodie Nicole.

This event is dedicated to raising money and awareness for The Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate. Komen Atlanta is the local resource for breast cancer screening, education and support.  Komen Atlanta is proud to award $1.9 million to 19 community breast health projects for the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Through events and contributions, the Affiliate raises funds to enable women to detect and survive breast cancer. “Our mission in Atlanta is to present quality affordable entertainment and raise money for the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta affiliate. We believe in their mission to focus on education, breast cancer screenings, and support for women and families” says Brian Smith, BKS Events. Seventy-five percent of all funds stay in Atlanta to provide breast health services for women who could not otherwise afford them. Twenty-five percent supports national research efforts to finding a cure.

For additional information about Soul & Jazz for the Cure visit http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com or contact Rod Kyle directly at (214) 641-7695 email directly at rkyle@cooljazzforever.com or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com or to request interviews or media coverage at event contact Dior Metcalf at (678) 661-1003 or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com.  The show tickets are available for purchase at www.centerstage-atlanta.com or directly at the box office. Pre-show event at Tailfeathers Piano Bar (5975 Roswell Rd. #B225 Sandy Springs, GA) Thursday 8/29 at 8pm until. No cover charge and drink specials.

Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters, World music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up- coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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January 2013

Contact: Jessica Cook, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687
High-resolution photos available.
Read the release online: http://tinyurl.com/bzyldmt

Saxophonist Victor Goines Headlines Emory Jazz Fest

ATLANTA (Jan. 8, 2013)—Saxophonist Victor Goines brings his New Orleans style to the Emory Jazz Fest, Feb. 8-9 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Joining Goines will be the Gary Motley Trio: pianist Gary Motley, Emory University’s Director of Jazz Studies, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Terreon Gully.

Goines and the Gary Motley Trio perform Feb. 8 in a ticketed concert. On Feb. 9, the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra join Goines and the Trio in a free concert. They will perform lively big band tunes as well as an original work by Motley, in honor of the Schwartz Center’s tenth anniversary.

Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, Goines is one of the most respected, and multi-faceted musicians in the jazz world today. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world. His recording credits are extensive; and he has collaborated with many noted jazz and popular artists such as Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Dianne Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and many more.

The 2013 Emory Jazz Fest is Feb. 8-9 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets for the Feb. 8 show with Goines are $20. The Big Band Night on Sat., Feb. 9 is free. On Thurs. Feb. 7, free public events include an improv class with Rodney Whitaker and Terreon Gully at 10 a.m. and a master class with Victor Goines at 2:30 p.m. Details at http://arts.emory.edu/jazz

Celebrating 10 years, the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community.

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Contact: Jessica Cook, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687
Photos and CDs available upon request.

Pianist Yefim Bronfman to perform Feb. 2
Concert celebrates Schwartz Center’s 10th anniversary

ATLANTA (Jan. 7, 2013)—Widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, Yefim Bronfman performs at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. In this solo recital, Bronfman will perform Arabeske in C Major, op. 18 by Robert Schumann; Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, op. 5 by Johannes Brahms; Sergey Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, op. 84; and Sisar (New Work) by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Highly praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings and especially admired for his performances of modern Russian repertory, Bronfman’s commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won consistent critical acclaim.

His many accolades include the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, a 2009 Grammy Award nomination for his recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piano concerto with Salonen conducting, and a Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti with Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Read more about Yefim Bronfman: http://tinyurl.com/ak8clcx

The Feb. 2 concert is part of the 2012-2013 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, and also marks the 10th anniversary celebration of the Schwartz Center. An anniversary champagne toast and reception will be held after the concert. Single concert tickets and spring Candler Concert subscription packages are available. Event and ticket details at http://arts.emory.edu/bronfman.

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Celebrating 10 years, the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community.

November 2012

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Contact: Dior Metcalf
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New Atlanta-Based Theatre Company Make’s it Debut
with a Christmas Show with Flamenco Roots

Atlanta, Georgia, November 16, 2012 – Calo Theatre Company presents Once Upon a Christmas in Olelucia the debut theatrical production for the new Calo Theatre Company in Atlanta. The production will run for three days starting November 30th and ending with a matinee on December 2, 2012 at The Horizon School Theatre. The production is the brain child of flamenco dancer Marianela “Malita” Belloso and guitarist Farzan “Fernando” Kendrick founders of Calo Gitano a professional flamenco dance company and producers of the successful sold-out theatrical show, “Raices”.

Once Upon a Christmas in Olelucia will bring its full complement of dancers, actors and musicians to the Horizon School Theater for three days. Calo Theatre Company will perform Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 8:00pm and a matinee Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00pm. Tickets are available at http://calotheatrecompany.brownpapertickets.com/ for $20 general admission. The story is about a proud King and his fair queen that encounters a band of colorful characters as their stories intertwine to make this a Christmas Eve that could only happen in mythical Kingdom of Olelucia. The production features an evening of dance, music, song, intrigue and romance. Once Upon a Christmas in Olelucia is the premiere production for Atlanta’s new Calo Theatre Company. This is one of the first theatre companies in Atlanta to make flamenco a central theme of its productions. “We are very excited to bring flamenco, in a theatrical setting to Atlanta.” says Malita Belloso, Calo Theatre Artistic Director.

The production lends its strong elements of flamenco dance to its founders, flamenco dancer Marianela “Malita” Belloso and guitarist Farzan “Fernando” Kendrick founders of Calo Gitano, a professional flamenco dance company. Malita is from Caracas, Venezuela and studied flamenco dance at Siudy Quintero’s Flamenco Academy, the largest academy in Venezuela. She later co-founded professional flamenco dance company Calo Gitano. In 2011, Calo Gitano ventured into uncharted waters with their sold-out theatrical show, “Raices” leading to the creation of the new Calo Theatre Company. “Never would that shy and awkward little girl, back in Caracas, ever have dreamed of having a professional career in flamenco. Today, I feel so blessed and fortunate to have the Academy and to have so many talented people by my side!” says Malita. The group performs regularly throughout the Atlanta area and has garnered recognition on the award-winning program, “This is Atlanta” and has had the opportunity to perform on CBS’s “Better Mornings Atlanta”.

For additional information about Calo Theatre Company’s Once Upon a Christmas in Olelucia visit http://calotheatre.blogspot.com/ or contact Malita Belloso directly at (404) 966-1347 or by email at calogitano@gmail.com or visit www.BestofAtlantaConcerts.com or to request interviews or media coverage at event contact Dior Metcalf at (678) 661-1003 or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. The show tickets are available for purchase at http://calotheatrecompany.brownpapertickets.com/.

About Calo Gitano

Caló Gitano is a professional flamenco dance company and academy that was founded in 2001 by flamenco dancer Marianela “Malita” Belloso and guitarist Farzan “Fernando” Kendrick. Caló Gitano offers flamenco classes for children and adults of all skill levels, flamenco shows (in English or Spanish) for parties, restaurants, weddings, and private or other special events, and specializes in live, interactive, and energetic flamenco presentations for audiences of all ages.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts
BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters, world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.
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October 2012

Contact: Jessica Cook, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687
High-res photos available upon request.

Assad brothers blend classical and Brazilian heritage on Nov. 10

ATLANTA (Oct. 15, 2012)—Legendary classical guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad perform Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The Brazilian-born brothers—known for their guitar innovation, ingenuity, and expression—present a concert that blends classical music with their Brazilian heritage.

The first half of the program features selections from European composers, such as Fernando Sor and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Selections from Rameau’s “Pièces de Clavecin” are transcribed for guitar by Sérgio Assad.

The second half of the program, titled “Journey of the Brazilian Guitar through History,” presents music by seven Brazilian composers, and features classical influences, waltzes, chôros, jazz and bossa nova. The program opens with “Batuque” by Ernesto Nazareth, acknowledged as the first pillar of Brazilian music. Other highlights include “Abismo de Rosas” (Abyss of Roses) by Américo Jacomino, considered the first masterpiece composed for the guitar in Brazil; and “Manha de Carnaval” (Morning of Carnival) by Luiz Bonfá, a jazz and bossa nova piece, made famous by the 1959 film “Orfeo Negro” (Black Orpheus).

View the entire program: http://tinyurl.com/cwqparh

The Nov. 10 concert is part of the 2012-2013 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, hosting world-renowned solo artists, chamber groups, and orchestras in the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall. Event and ticket details at http://arts.emory.edu

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September 2012

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Toni Simmons Henson, Founder and Executive Director
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival
P.O. Box 76
Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: (770)827-9606
Email: ATLBTF@yahoo.com
Web: www.AtlantaBlackTheatreFestival.org
Facebook: Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ATL-BTF)

The Inaugural Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Now Accepting Submissions
Atlanta’s Leading Black Stage to Host 40 Plays in Four Days in Midtown Atlanta’s Magnificent Theater District

ATLANTA, GA, March 10, 2012 – Toni Simmons Henson, founder and executive director of the inaugural Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, is now accepting submissions from playwrights for the Oct. 4-7 festival in midtown Atlanta’s Theatre District.  The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a weekend celebration of theatrical expression and showcases a variety of spell-binding and provocative performances from a host of the most talented performers in the world. It will bring the best in black theatre to Atlanta each fall.

The weekend celebration is expected to draw more than 5,000 theatre lovers and 200 performers from all over world to perform than 40 plays in four days.
Director/Producer Toni Simmons Henson, who grew up in the backyard of Broadway in New Jersey, has had a passion for theater that stems back to her childhood when she and her sister Wanda wrote, directed and produced popular plays, attracting neighborhood kids, and yielding enough in ticket sales to cover expenses “and lots of ice cream,” Henson said.

Henson graduated from Howard and New York Universities, married and was raising four children when, in 2004, her penchant for acting re-emerged. Henson, burst on the scene as the executive director of the Princeton Territory, the largest acting academy in the world, the Helen O’Grady Acting Academy (or Drama Kids in the U.S.). In a few years, her company had produced more than 80 plays and presentations and trained more than 750 kids in acting and public speaking. The explosive popularity of the program attracted national publicity in Entrepreneur Magazine and the graced the cover of the Princeton Packet Weekend Magazine.

In 2007, Henson moved to Atlanta and founded Micah 6:8 Media, LLC. She produced and directed two hit stage plays: Once Upon a Dream by Khristi Adams and Big Girls Gotta Eat, Too! by Melissa Blackmon & Wanda Simmons. As a newcomer to the Atlanta theater scene, Henson, noticed a huge opportunity to create a platform for black theatre. “Atlanta area is home to the second largest population of African-Americans in the country and has the fastest growing film industry south of Hollywood,” Henson said. “The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival was born. Our art is our history, so I consider this my mandate and that’s a serious responsibility.”

To submit for the October 2012 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, plays must be written, co-written or directed by an African-American or individual of African descent. The main character (or at least the two key roles) must be performed by an African-American or individual of African descent.

The subject or theme must be based on an historic figure, incident, or period relating to the black experience.
Henson welcomes all types of play submissions, whether traditional such as the writing of August Wilson, conventional with a twist such as The Wiz, urban contemporary such as Tyler Perry, gospel, musical, comedy, classical, experimental or a new interpretation. Submissions from international artists are strenuously encouraged.

The categories include full-length, solo, and one-act performances; authors for the Festival’s Author’s Alley; poets, singers, dancers and more. In addition, the Theatre also accepts playwright submissions for performances by those under age 21 for the Festival’s Youth Showdown, and welcomes industry experts for workshops.

“Our goal is to deliver festival patrons quality plays long enough to satisfy their theatrical experience yet short enough to retain their desire to attend multiple performances. Quality is determined by six standards: crisp dialogue, savvy construction, a satisfying ending, strong character development, a competent producer and the production value.”

Please see the Festival’s website at www.AtlantaBlackTheatreFestival.org.  For more information. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 15, 2012.

Contact:

J. Barkley Russell – 770.235.3612

barkley@barkleyrussellagency.com

Jazz and Soul Concert

An Evening with Al Jarreau & Ramsey Lewis

September 8, 2012 (Atlanta, GA) —- The debut concert of the Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Series is the Jazz & Soul Concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. The performance will take place in conjunction of the Cobb Energy Centre Foundation’s annual benefit celebration, Overture Gala and its 5th anniversary.

The concert will feature Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis, both of whom are legends. Al Jarreau is known for his nice blend of unique and innovative musical expressions, having won seven Grammy Awards, as well as many other musical awards. Ramsey Lewis is a well-known pianist and composer, who also hosts PBS’s TV series, Legends of Jazz. Mr. Lewis has won multiple Grammys and is a NEA Jazz Master.

JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series was created in conjunction with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Established in 2008 and presented in cities throughout the United States, JAZZ ROOTS celebrates the blend of jazz, blues, gospel and R&B that, along with cultural, political and stylistic elements from American history help create the music called jazz.

Double Time: music and a mission

Music great Quincy Jones has proclaimed JAZZ ROOTS “the most important new concert and educational jazz series in America . . . this series is simply imperative.” The JAZZ ROOTS series will offer a unique opportunity for a host of young music lovers, 100 high school students from a metro Atlanta school will attend the show, as well as, enjoy the privilege of attending pre-concert sound checks and participating in special Q&A sessions with the performers. “JAZZ ROOTS is a natural fit for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, whose mission is to provide quality arts education programs and community outreach initiatives to the region,” said Alice J. Thacker, the Foundation’s Director of Development. “Through the JAZZ ROOTS education opportunities, the Foundation is able to further its mission and support of arts in education.”

Sponsors for the series currently include: Copeland’s of New Orleans, and media sponsors 91.9 – WCLK-FM, “The Jazz of the City” and Atlanta Tribune – The Magazine.

The Jazz and Soul Concert will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are affordably priced at $40- $100 and are available at the Centre’s Bank of North Georgia Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, Ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Attendees have the option of adding the pre-concert, Remy Martin Jazz Reception featuring Remy Martin cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres for an additional fee of $25.00 per person. The box office, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, is open Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., closed on Sundays. The venue is located at 2800 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.

About Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen, musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur, has had an impact on virtually all areas of the music industry. He is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS. Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., co-founder, along with GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Dave Grusin of GRP Records, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS Television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and he is the creator and producer of the multi-media TV series RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone. www.jazzroots.net www.larryrosen.com

About Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is charged with securing financial resources for the Foundation’s community and educational outreach activities including its signature, ArtsBridge education program. Additional information about the foundation and ways to contribute is available at www.cobbenergycentre.com<http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/>.

About Cobb Energy Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a 2750 seat, state-of-the-art facility, is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is metro Atlanta’s premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational performances, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts four resident companies, the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, ArtsBridge and the Gas South Broadway Series. Additional information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is available at www.cobbenergycentre.com<http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/>.

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August 2012

JAZZ, SOUL SINGER GREGORY PORTER
PERFORMS ON ATLANTA PERFORMS ON  ATLANTA STAGE

Atlanta, GA – He is perhaps one of the most refreshing and distinctively defining voices in Jazz in a long time, and now you can experience the vocal styling and harmonic rhythms of Grammy
nominated Jazz Vocalist Gregory Porter at the Jazz 91.9 WCLK Jazz Night on Friday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The evening will feature a montage of songs from Porter’s new album, Be Good, which combines up beat, spiraling melodies with meditative Jazz and Soul ballads. Porter has made the world his musical home and, credits singers like Nat King Cole, Joe Williams and Donny Hathaway as influential to the development of his artistry. The benefit concert will include a special opening performance by acclaimed Flautist Claudia Hayden.
As the longest running Jazz station in Atlanta, Jazz 91.9 WCLK connects listeners to a culture of music, education, community engagement and performing arts by offering unparalleled
entertainment. The WCLK Jazz Night benefit concert is an anchor for WCLK’s fundraising efforts to continue providing uninterrupted, quality programming and service to the Atlanta community.
WHO: Jazz 91.9 WCLK – The Jazz of the City
WHAT: WCLK Jazz Night featuring Gregory Porter along with Claudia Hayden
WHEN: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
350 Ferst Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30332
Sponsorship packages, including premium tickets to the concert, are being offered to listeners, businesses and organizations. Please contact the WCLK Underwriting and Sales Department at (404) 880 – 8017 or Ray Cobb rcobb@cau.edu. Individual tickets are $ 57.50, $ 47.50 and
$ 32.50. Tickets are available now at (404) 894 – 9600 or line at https://dance.ad.gatech.edu/peo/default.asp

About Jazz 91.9 WCLK
Jazz 91.9 WCLK, a 501(c) 3 non profit radio station licensed to Clark Atlanta University, is committed to preserving the legacy of Jazz through dynamic Jazz musical selections, cultural programming and community-focused initiatives. Founded in 1974, Jazz 91.9 WCLK broadcasts a mix of classic and contemporary Jazz, Gospel and Blues music. WCLK is a nonprofit, member supported, National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate and Public Radio International (PRI) station that serves the interest of the citizens in metropolitan Atlanta. For more station information, programming details, and to listen on the Web, please visit: www.wclk.com.

Media Contact
Shed Jackson, director
Communications and Marketing
Jazz 91.9 WCLK
(404) 880 – 8277 Phone

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Contact: Jessica Cook, jlcook2@emory.edu 404-727-1687
Video: http://www.youtube.com/marsalismusic
High-resolution photos and CDs available.

Branford Marsalis Quartet Performs Sept. 21
First US concert since the release of new critically acclaimed CD

ATLANTA (Aug. 24, 2012)—Legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet will perform at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Quartet members include Joey Calderazzo, piano; Eric Revis, bass; and Justin Faulkner, drums.

The quartet will perform selections from the recently released album “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.” The Emory concert is the first in the US since the CD was released this month.

The album features original compositions by band members, a Thelonious Monk classic, and one standard dating to 1930, “My Ideal.” “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes” is also the first album since hiring young drummer Justin Faulkner three years ago and has received rave reviews for its energy and innovation.

Three-time Grammy winner and Tony Award nominee composer, Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with orchestras around the world.

The concert, “An Evening with Branford Marsalis” is Sept. 21 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and opens the 2012-2013 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. Single concert tickets are $65 and Candler Concert subscription packages are also available. Event and ticket details at http://arts.emory.edu/

Read the complete release: http://tinyurl.com/cyzw3v8

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May 2012

Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and The Smooth Jazz Cruise welcome
GEORGE BENSON
Presented by
THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE: THE GREATEST PARTY AT SEA
at
The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
on
June 1, 2012

*TICKETS ON SALE March 2, 2012 @ 10:00AM EST*

23 February 2012 (Atlanta, GA) – Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and The Smooth Jazz Cruise announced today that George Benson, one of the most influential crossover musicians in contemporary jazz, R&B and pop, will perform at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater (“The Fred”) in Peachtree City, GA on Friday, June 1, 2012 to help launch The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00AM EST and are available at The Fred box office, Ticket Alternative outlets, via the Ticket Alternative phone line (800.745.3000) and online at http://www.ticketalternative.com/.

Benson will be the special guest performer on The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013, which will be his cruise debut. The 10-time Grammy winner will perform shows over two days when the luxurious 7-day Caribbean cruise is in port at Cozumel. At various points along the four-decade continuum of Benson’s illustrious career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. Benson is presently touring in support of his latest album, “Guitar Man.” “It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master said of his longevity. “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me.”

Opening the concert at The Fred will be Atlanta-based jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville, whose musical essence lies in the Baptist church. “When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy’. If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music. Soul communication is the key.” His latest offering, “The Get Down Club,” is iconic, forward-thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities.

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Party: Greatest Party At Sea (www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com) and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com) and The Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com). Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC will have produced 37 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2012

Contact: JennyCostantino
404-664-6607
Jenny@KickStrategy.com

Actor’s Express is Thrilled to Announce
XANADU
May 12 – June 16, 2012
(previews May 10 & 11)

THE 80s DISCO AND ROLLERSKATING MUSICAL TAKES ON ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GA — April 26, 2012 – Atlanta’s cutting-edge Actor’s Express is proud to announce the opening of the Broadway hit Xanadu, running May 12 through June 16 (previews on May 10 and 11). Xanadu is based on the Universal Pictures’ film of the same name; the screenplay is by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel; and the musical was originally produced on Broadway by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith/B. Swibel, Saro Murchson/Dale Smith and Cari Smulyan. Tickets for Xanadu are on sale now at the box office (404-607-7469) or online at http://www.actors-express.com/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/view2.txt.

Xanadu, the cult-y, over-the-top homage to the Olivia Newton-John 1980 movie by the same name, roller skates its way into Atlanta in a frothy explosion of camp, comedy and disco on May 12 at Actor’s Express under Sherri D. Sutton’s direction and Ricardo Aponte’s choreography. Xanadu was the surprise hit of the 2007-08 Broadway season, delighting audiences night after night, and the Actor’s Express company will host a DANCE PARTY with the cast on the set after each performance.

“We are so ecstatic about having a houseful of fun every night as we close out this fantastic season!” says Artistic Director Freddie Ashley. “Doing Xanadu is something we’ve toyed with over the years and it turns out that this celebratory season is the perfect time for it.”

ABOUT “XANADU”
The uproarious musical is set in 1980, the self-declared cultural turning point (and the year “Xanadu”, the movie, dawned). Clio, our heroine, roams Venice Beach, California, and ultimately lends her super-power support to hunky Sonny, our chalk-mural artist, who’s long on looks and short on talent, and who dreams of having his own roller disco. Yes, that’s really the premise, tongue-in-cheek though it may be… Oh! And there’s a lot of really great 80s music.

MEDIA INVITATION
Members of the media are invited to attend to Opening Night on Saturday, May 12, 8pm curtain. Tickets are limited, so please RSVP as quickly as possible to Jenny@KickStrategy.com.
If preferred, or when Opening Night media tickets become unavailable, the media are also welcomed to attend the Sunday, May 13, 2pm performance.

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ABOUT THE CAST
Xanadu features some of Atlanta’s favorites, as well as some AE vets—Lindsey Lamb Archer (Kira/Clio), Jordan Craig (Sonny), Mary Nye Bennett (Erato), Greg Bosworth (Muse/Ensemble), Jill Hames (Calliope), Marcie Millard (Melpomone), Christen C. Orr (Muse/Ensemble), Al Stilo (Danny Maguire/Zeus), and Craig Waldrip (Muse/Ensemble).

TICKETS
Tickets are on sale now. (Hurry! Some performances are already sold out!)
Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.actors-express.com or by calling the box office at 404-607-7496(SHOW). All tickets for preview performances start at $15 and are on sale now, as well.
Patrons can avoid the addition of a $2 ticket processing fee by ordering online.

INTERVIEWS
Interviews with directors, company members and administration available upon request. Show imagery available prior to opening. Contact Jenny Costantino: Jenny@kickstrategy.com.

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS:
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Fulton County Arts Council
Georgia Council for the Arts
Turner Broadcasting
Realm Advertising
Cool Dog Interactive, Inc.
Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP
Holland IT

ABOUT ACTOR’S EXPRESS
Since our founding in 1987, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta’s artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta’s reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance.

Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.

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April 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dior Metcalf

Company: Best of Atlanta Concerts

Phone: (678) 661-1003

Fax: (770) 206-2267

Email: dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Website: www.BestofAtlantaConcerts.com

Authentic Traditional Flamenco Festival Make’s its Atlanta Premiere

Atlanta, Georgia, April 12, 2012¡Venga! Flamenco presents Siempre Flamenco’s VII Festival de Cante Flamenco. This annual event is in its seventh year in Miami and is making its debut in Atlanta on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Hotel Melia in Midtown Atlanta for one night only. The event features an evening of traditional Flamenco song and dance from Spain. Festival de Cante Flamenco will feature Spanish Flamenco singers, Internationally recognized Flamenco guitarist, singer and composer Paco Fonta, and Nationally acclaimed Flamenco dancer and teacher Celia Fonta.

The Siempre Flamenco VII Festival de Cante Flamenco brings dynamic Flamenco music, dance, and singing to the Hotel Melia Atlanta on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239921 or http://bestofatlantaconcerts.com/tickets-2/ for $30 general admission, $35 for admission plus after-show tapas reception with artist, and $200 for on-stage table seating with wine. Pre-show cocktails will be available at 7:00pm prior to the show’s 8:00pm start. The show will feature Spanish Flamenco singers: Kina Mendez, Javier Heredin and Jesus Montoya accompanied by guitarist Paco Fonta and dancer Celia Fonta. “Atlanta will have the opportunity to experience authentic Flamenco at its highest level” says Event Promoter, Julie Baggenstoss.

Siempre Flamenco’s VII Festival de Cante Flamenco was created by acclaimed Flamenco duo guitarist Paco Fonta and his wife dancer Celia Fonta. Paco learned Flamenco as a native of Southern Spain and Celia studied Flamenco in Madrid under internationally renowned teachers. As professionals the duo has performed together across Europe, the United States and South America with organizations based in Madrid, Switzerland, Miami, Chicago and Venezuela. In 2006, Celia & Paco established the highly successful Siempre Flamenco festival in Miami showcasing traditional Flamenco singing, music and dance.

Festival de Cante Flamenco is dedicated to presenting the Flamenco tradition in fresh and engaging performances that delight its audiences. Laurie Horn of Miami Herald says “The best part of the program was guitarist Paco Fonta’s pristine, unblemished rendering of the classical tour de force Asturias… and his elegant Bulerias de Lebrija”. The show also highlights singing, an essential part of Flamenco’s roots. In keeping with the gypsy origins of Flamenco, the performers share the stage with audience members seated on-stage creating an in-the-round setting and bringing audience members close to the action. This setting was the norm when Flamenco first originated among gypsy circles in southern Spain, as families and friends gathered in small groups to share emotional expressions.

For additional Information about Siempre Flamenco’s VII Festival de Cante Flamenco visit http://www.vengaflamenco.com/ or contact Julie Baggenstoss directly at (404) 277-1499 email directly at info@vegaflamenco or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com or to request interviews or media coverage at event contact Dior Metcalf at (678) 661-1003 or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. The show tickets are available for purchase at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239921.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters, world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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January 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 9, 2012

Contact: JennyCostantino 404-664-6607 Jenny@KickStrategy.com

Actor’s Express announces

NEXT FALL

by Geoffrey Nauffts

directed by Kate Warner

Opens January 14 and runs through February 11, 2012

(preview performances January 12 and 13)

Media Invitation

ATLANTA, GA — January 9, 2012 –Actor’s Express kicks off the 2012 with the heartwarming, funny, play, “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts. “Next Fall” runs January 14 – February 11, with two preview performances on January 12 and 13. Tickets are on sale now at the box office ( 404-607-7469 ) or online at http://www.actors-express.com. Mitchell Anderson and Jenny “Souper Jenny” Levison star;

Kate Warner directs.

ABOUT NEXT FALL

Twenty-something Luke, who believes in God, is deeply in love with the slightly older Adam, who believes in everything BUT. When a tragic accident interrupts their perfect New York life, Adam must turn to Luke’s friends and deeply religious family for support – and answers. This runaway New York hit began off-Broadway in 2009 and transferred by popular demand to Broadway in 2010. The New York Times called Next Fall “smart, sensitive and utterly contemporary…the funniest heartbreaker in town.”

MEDIA INVITATION

Members of the media are invited to attend opening night on Saturday, January 14, 8pm curtain, and the reception with the cast and crew immediately following the performance. Please RSVP by email to Jenny@KickStrategy.com by Thursday, January 12. If you would like to bring a guest, please RSVP for two in your reply email.

NEXT FALL CAST

Mitchell Anderson returns to the Atlanta stage as Adam; Joe Sykes is Luke; Jennifer Levison is Adam’s friend, Holly; John Benzinger is Luke’s friend, Brandon; Patricia French is Luke’s mother, Arlene; and William S. Murphey is Luke’s father, Butch.

TICKETS

Subscription packages and single tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.actors-express.com or by calling the box office at 404-607-7496 . All tickets for the preview performances are $15 and are on sale now, as well.

INTERVIEWS

Interviews with directors, company members and administration available upon request. Show imagery available upon request. Contact Jenny Costantino: Jenny@kickstrategy.com.

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS:

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

Fulton County Arts Council

Georgia Council for the Arts

Turner Broadcasting

Realm Advertising

Cool Dog Interactive, Inc.

Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP

Midtown IT

ABOUT ACTOR’S EXPRESS

Since our founding in 1987, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta’s artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta’s reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance.

Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jennifer Dwyer, Communications Director

678.528.1504 ; jenn.dwyer@theatricaloutfit.org

Theatrical Outfit Announces the

2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Red

October 17, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Theatrical Outfit is proud to announce the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Red. February 1 – March 11, 2012 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Starring Tom Key as Mark Rothko and Jimi Kocina as his young assistant and directed by David De Vries.

Obsessive, vain, arrogant and brilliant, modernist painter Mark Rothko turned the art world on its head with his revolutionary studies in color, shape, and texture. In this raw and provocative portrait of the master abstract expressionist and his young assistant, ambition and vulnerability go hand in hand as Rothko tries to create his crowning achievement that could also become his undoing.

“An intense and exciting bio-drama.” – New York Times

WHAT: Red by John Logan. Recommended for 14 and up.

WHERE: Theatrical Outfit

The Balzer Theater at Herren’s

84 Luckie Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

WHEN: February 1 – March 11, 2011. Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm; $15 Senior Matinees on Wed 2/15 at 2:30 and Sat 2/25 at 2:30. Group discounts available; call 678.528.1497 .

TICKETS: $15 – $40. Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, noon to 6:00 pm and prior to performances. 678.528.1500 ; www.theatricaloutfit.org.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

John Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago’s famed amusement park. His play Red about artist Mark Rothko received six Tony Awards in 2010, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television movie RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the Best Picture-winner, Gladiator in 2000. He gained another nomination for writing 2004’s The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton-directed musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award. Logan’s most recent feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski, the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, and the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret directed by Martin Scorsese.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

David DeVries is pleased to be with the Outfit again after beginning his career at the old Kress Building in shows like The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Moon for the Misbegotten, I’m Not Rappaport and most recently in Freud’s Last Session. He went on to appear as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and has toured the country in the National Tour of Wicked. Recent credits: Carapace (Alliance), Circle Mirror Transformation (TITS), Necessary Roughness (USA Network) and Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime). David is an award-winning audio book narrator and is the proud father of Willem, who possesses a nasty slider.

ABOUT THE CAST:

Tom Key (Mark Rothko) has served as Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995. Tom Key has performed at the Lambs Theater off-Broadway, the John F. Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Theater Center and the Alliance. With the late singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin, he conceived and co-authored the off-Broadway musical hit, Cotton Patch Gospel. Most recently he has adapted John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces at T.O. and starred in T.O.’s The Young Man From Atlanta. Tom Key is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community.

Jimi Kocina (Ken)

MEDIA

Interviews with the cast and design team can be arranged through Jennifer Dwyer: jenn.dwyer@theatricaloutfit.org or 678.528.1504 . Photos are available upon request.

To attend Media Night, Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM please email your request to jenn.dwyer@theatricaloutfit.org.

About Theatrical Outfit

Theatrical Outfit is an Atlanta-based professional theater company whose purpose is to provide its diverse audiences, actors and artists with a rich theater experience and to produce works that stimulate thoughtful discussion. It is intentional about using local talent to tell its “Stories that stir the soul” – which often come from classic and contemporary literature – featuring themes that are both relevant and revelatory. Theatrical Outfit is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization supported by private and public funding, along with ticket sales revenue. Major support is provided by the Fulton County Commission through the Fulton County Arts Council, the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, the Georgia General Assembly through the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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For Immediate Release:

Critically Acclaimed Atlanta Singer/Songwriter Eliot Bronson Plays Red Light Cafe With Band Of Local All-Stars

Eliot Bronson, former half of the award-winning acoustic folk/pop duo The Brilliant Inventions, will perform at The Red Light Cafe, January 28th, backed by some of Atlanta’s finest musicians.

Atlanta, GA — Dec 28, 2011— With a bundle of glowing reviews for his latest album Blackbirds under his belt, award-winning Atlanta singer/songwriter, Eliot Bronson will perform at the Red Light Cafe with a band of all-star locals, on Jan 28th.

Once half of the acclaimed acoustic duo, The Brilliant Inventions, Eliot Bronson and his burgeoning solo career seem ripe for a Paul Simon comparison. With a bundle of new material, drawing more on country, folk, and roots rock influences than The Brilliant Inventions ever did; and a top tier band, featuring ex-members of Sugarland and the BoDeans, Eliot Bronson seems poised to eclipse the success of his earlier efforts. Says Jezebel Magazine, “Eliot Bronson always seemed destined for bigger things than The Brilliant Inventions.”

The popular duo won the famed Eddie’s Attic Shootout (also won by John Mayer and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland), was voted “Best New Music Act” by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, and secured management with Russell Carter (Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, Fastball), all in their first year of performing together.

The Washington Post called The Brilliant Invention’s music, “clever contemporary acoustic pop that invites comparison to Ben Folds Five and Fountains of Wayne — literate story-songs at once amusing and moving, with catchy melodic hooks”. The Atlanta Journal Constitution raved, “bright, witty, and Velcro-catchy pop songs.”

“But a funny thing happened on the way to the top,” as Bret Love of Insite Magazine remarked. “At some point after the release of their 2009 album Have You Changed, Lamkin [the other half of TBI] decided the life of a touring artist wasn’t for him, leaving the more career-focused Bronson to start over from scratch. If Blackbirds, his debut solo LP, is any indication, it was the best thing that could’ve happened to him.”

Paste Magazine followed up: “while playing under his own name may not have been the road Bronson originally envisioned for himself, he seems to be that much better because of it.” And Georgia Music Magazine decreed “Blackbirds proves Bronson a formidable talent in his own right, ready for the big time all by his damn self!”

Contact:

Travis Grubb

Resonate Atlanta ResonateATL@gmail.com

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PRESS RELEASE: December 23, 2011 For Immediate Release

RE: The AAOI’s Jazz fundraiser will take place at Acoustix Jazz Restaurant and Lounge, Thursday, January 26th.

The AAOI event will take place between the hours of 7:00pm-11:00pm, with doors opening at 6:00pm. The Acoustix Jazz Restaurant & Lounge is located at 840 Marietta Street, Atlanta, Ga.

This wonderful event features special live performances by Grammy Nominated keyboardist, Alex Bugnon, featuring special guest The P.R Experience.

Tickets are $40 per person for VIP Cocktail hour, $25 Preferred seating, and $20 General Admission. For tickets or more information, visit jazzforacause@eventbrite.com, email: developmentforaaoi@gmail.com; or jazzbeatpromotions@gmail.com.

The AAOI Chairs gratefully acknowledge the annual support received from the Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Services Planning Council, as well as the community partners.

100% of proceeds from the event will go towards the AAOI 2-day educational conference scheduled for February 18-19, 2012.

The African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) is an annual educational forum for African Americans living with HIV/AIDS, established in 1999. Our mission is to encourage African Americans who are living with HIV/AIDS to access holistic treatment services in order to increase utilization of health care and promote medical adherence by providing information on available services, programs and other resources. Each year the goal has been to identify those individuals that live in the 20 county Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA).

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November 2011

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Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” Album 40th Anniversary Concert Featuring 9 Top Soul & Jazz Artists

Atlanta, GA November 25, 2011Invictus Promotions presents Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On” Album, 40th Anniversary Celebration, a one night only event at Ferst Center for the Arts, featuring live performances from contemporary soul & jazz artists such as Anthony David, Joey Sommerville, Avery Sunshine, Julie Dexter and more. The celebration will be hosted by Jamal Ahmad of WCLK’s Soul of Jazz and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to WCLK 91.9fm and Clark Atlanta University. Invictus Promotions is also producing a Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Celebration commemorative booklet in honor of the album’s 40th anniversary.

The “What’s Going On” Album, 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring songs from the classic Marvin Gaye album will be held at the Ferst Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at http://www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu/ for $30, $35 and $40. Partial proceeds will go to benefit WCLK 91.9fm and Clark Atlanta University. The 1971 released “What’s Going On” album spent over a year on the Billboard Pop Album Charts and had sold 2 million copies by end of 1972. In 2004, the album’s title track was ranked #4 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #6 on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was one of the 50 recordings chosen in 2003 by the Library of Congress to be add to the National Recording Registry. It was a surprise that Motown would release such an album because the album directly challenged social and political concerns of the day. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Gaye stated “I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world.”

“[What's Going On] still strikes a particular chord with listeners because of its timeless themes and sound. [Our 40th Anniversary Celebration] is going to be a memorable evening.” says Harold Watkins, Invictus Productions CEO. The concert features 9 of today’s most talented soul & jazz artists, each performing an interpretation of one song from the album. Artists performing include Anthony David, Avery Sunshine, Joey Sommerville, Julie Dexter, Phonte (The Foreign Exchange), Carmen Rodgers, Rahbi, Kipper Jones and The Darryl Reeves Group. The event will be hosted by Jamal Ahmad of WCLK’s Soul of Jazz. In celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary Invictus Promotions is also producing a limited edition 40th Anniversary Tribute Concert Booklet highlighting the evening’s performances and the story behind the album and its songs.

For additional information about the Marvin Gaye Tribute concert visit http://www.invictus-productions.com/ or contact Harold Watkins at hwatkins384@gmail.com by phone at (678) 576-3383 or contact Best of Atlanta Concerts at (678) 661-1003 or visit bestofatlantaconcerts.com or contact by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. Get information about performers by contacting Jamal Ahmad at (404) 953-8633 or by email at jamalahmad19@gmail.com. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu/.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

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Multi-Talented Artist Creates a Theatrical Concert Experience for the Debut CD Release, “Songbird”

Atlanta, GA, November 7, 2011- Atlanta-based songwriter, composer, piano player, guitar player, and actress Brenda Nicole Moorer has created a one-of a-kind theatrical concert experience complete with storyline, musical score, multi-media art and dance for the CD release for her debut CD, “Songbird”. Brenda Nicole Moorer’s background is as unique as her upcoming concert. She is a self-taught guitar and piano player, and an extraordinary writer. She has toured with the likes of rappers, Ludacris & Busta Rhymes; and soul singers Anthony David, Algebra and Julie Dexter. She has also acted on film, stage, musical theater, and television.

Brenda Nicole Moorer will be debuting her highly anticipated CD, “Songbird” at the 7 Stages Theater on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8:00pm. 7 Stages Theater is located at 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 in the Little Five Points neighborhood. Tickets are on sale in advance for $15 and $20 at the door. Brenda will be performing with a 9 piece band that includes LiL John Roberts, Khari Cabral Simmons, Brandon Thomas and Kenny Banks Jr., with a special performance from Jimi Cravity. Her theatrical concert will also include the violin, cello, dance & acting pieces, original film clips and other media. “I wanted to do a show that people don’t get a chance to see often, something that combines the acting, dance and musical elements of my career.”, says Brenda.

Brenda Nicole Moorer’s comes from a diverse musical background. She is the granddaughter of the lead singer Alvis Moorer, from the 60’s hit group, The Esquires. She started her music career as a part of Dave Hollister’s girl group Nia. At age 15 she released a UK dance chart topping hit under the UK label MAPP Records. Seeking to get more personal with her music, Brenda became attracted to Atlanta’s soul scene where she regularly performed with Julie Dexter, Algebra, Anthony David, Heston and others. She was inspired to utilize a more striped down sound for her debut CD “Songbird” resulting in a singer/songwriter feel with a touch of soul and jazz.

For additional Information about Brenda Nicole Mooore visit http://www.brendanicolemoorer.com/ or contact Brenda directly at brendanicolemoorer@gmail.com or call (678) 661-1003 or visit http://bestofatlantaconcerts.com/ or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. The show tickets are available for purchase at http://www.7stages.org/.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Songer/Songwriters, world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 show a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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October 2011

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Classical Pianist turn Jazz Vocalist Performing in CD Release Concert for New Sophomore CD

Atlanta, GA, September 4, 2011 – Atlanta-Based jazz vocalist Jessie Davis will be launching her sophomore CD Release “Him and I Gemini” during her one night only concert at The Five Spot in Little Five Points. Jessie’s latest CD project has attracted the some of Atlanta’s top up & coming jazz talent such as Grammy Winning keyboardist Phil Davis, Tyler Perry trumpeter Melvin Jones and Little John Roberts celebrity drummer for Janet Jackson, En Vogue and George Duke. “Him and I Gemini” with it’s all-star cast is a credit to Jessie’s long journey from classical pianist to respected jazz musician.

Jessie Davis will be debuting her highly anticipated CD, “Him and I Gemini” at The Five Spot on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9:30pm. The Five Spot is located at 1123 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 in the Little Five Points neighborhood. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Jessie’s vocal style has been describe with comparisons to Norah Jones and Diana Crawl. This latest CD project has attracted the some of Atlanta’s top talent such as Grammy Winning keyboardist Phil Davis, Tyler Perry trumpeter Melvin Jones and Little John Roberts celebrity drummer for Janet Jackson, En Vogue and George Duke among others. The Cd features six original tunes and 3 cover tunes one of which is an adaptaion of the Nina Simon classic “Go to Hell” and another a Bessie Smith tune “Gin House Blues”. “Him and I Gemini is an album that was inspired by my life experience as well as love, particularly one relationship I had. It tells a love story that starts off sweet and mushy, but begins to fall apart and I hit rock bottom.”

Jessie is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and began her musical career training as a classical pianist. Her studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston sparked her passion for jazz. It was there she meet international recording artist Vinx that invited her to tour with him along the East Coast at venues such as Blues Alley in DC, Center Stage Atlanta and the Gibson in NYC. Her work with Vinx led her to Atlanta where she has been based since 2007. Jessie has played extensively in the Atlanta scene performing at Fernbank’s Martinis & Imax, Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe, National Black Arts Festival and even leading her own 16-piece big called the Drive-by Big. In 2010, Jessie released her first solo EP, “Half Between Here and the Middle of Nowhere” which has been played on radio stations throughout the Southeast and Intermountain West.

For additional Information about Jessie Davis visit http://www.jessiedavismusic.com/jdmusic/ or contact Jessie directly at jessiedavismusic@gmail.com or call (678) 661-1003 or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. The new Cd is available for purchase at http://himandigemini.myshopify.com/.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Songer/Songwriters, world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 show a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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September 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Debut CD “Tribulation” from Chameleon Guitarist Aims to Drop Pretension From Jazz

Atlanta, Ga, September 13, 2011 – Atlanta-Based jazz guitarist Jacob Deaton will be launching his debut CD Release “Tribulation” during a two night concert stand at Chuchill Grounds Jazz Cafe. Deaton has played and recorded with numerous Atlanta bands spaning jazz, rock, singer/songwriter & soul including Indie Revenge named “Top Five Band to Watch” by Creative Loafing. The highly anticipated CD, “Tribulation”, marks Deaton’s first lead solo jazz project featuring original improvisational compositions.

Jacob Deaton and his quartet will be debuting Deaton’s highly anticipated CD, “Tribulation”, at Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:30pm & 11:30pm shows and on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 9:30pm & 11:30pm shows. Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe is located at 660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Deaton is a veteran guitarist in the Atlanta music scene known for his versatile style. He performs both as an independent artist and currently with two bands, Indie Revenge and Sweet Deat & The Revivalist. Indie Revenge is known for their experimental jazz/avant-garde sound and was named a “Top Five Band to Watch” by Creative Loafing. Sweet Deat & The Revivalist is a five-piece emsemble that features New Orleans sounds from the 1920s.

The release of “Tribulation” begins a new direction for Deaton. The CD includes jazz tracks that vary in style and combine styles including straight-ahead, swing, and bop. He is joined on the CD by noteable Atlanta musicians Justin Chesarek on drums, Craig Shaw on bass, Akeem Marable on alto saxophone and Nick Rosen on keys. “The result is a jivin album that you’ll find yourself humming along to and marveling at the high level of improvisation.” says JazzTimes.com contributing writer Bruce Pulver. “Jacob Deaton is a musician committed to his heart and soul. Live or recorded he brings something unique in each setting he joins.”

For additional information about Jacob Deaton visit http://www.jacoballendeaton.com/live/ or contact Jacob directly at jacob.deaton@gmail.com or call (678) 661-1003 or visit www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com or by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. Get information about the complete “Tribulation” cd review at http://jazztimes.com/community/articles/28286-tribulation-jacob-deaton.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters, world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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Atlanta Premier of Louis Armstrong Tribute Concert featuring Internationally Acclaimed Trumpeter

Atlanta, GA, September 2, 2011 – JVC Promotions presents A Night with Satchmo, a one night only concert event featuring the music of jazz great Louis Armstrong hosted at the newly opened Fabrefaction Theatre. A Night with Satchmo Louis Armstrong Tribute is an evening of live performances of Louis Armstrong hits and a pre-concert retrospective from internationally acclaimed Longineu Parsons, who has toured the world with such greats as Cab Calloway, Nat Adderly and Nancy Wilson.

A Night with Satchmo Louis Armstrong Tribute featuring Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Longineu Parsons will be held a the Fabrafaction Theatre on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 6:15pm. Tickets are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com in advance for $18 and at the door for $22. The concert will feature some of Louis Armstrong’s greatest hits such as Hello Dolly, Mack the Knife, Black & Blue and more. At 5:00pm Longineu Parsons will provide a pre-concert retrospective of Armstrong’s life including antidotes from Armstrong’s time on the road. Long time Louis Armstrong enthusiast, Longineu Parsons teaches Music and African American Studies at Florida A&M University. The retrospective will be moderated by Jay Edwards, the host of WCLK’s Jazz Tones. “We want the people to have more personal look of what Louis was really like when he was not on stage” says the show’s promoter, Joe Cleveland.

Longineu will also be leading his quartet in honoring the music of Louis Armstrong. Longineu provides the distinctive vocals for which Armstrong is well known. “Even though our lives are far apart in time and distance, I feel his music is like mine. Playing like Louis is a natural for me as walking. I never had to try to play his style. I could just do it” says Longineu. This will mark the first time Longineu’s nationally acclaimed Louis Armstrong Tribute has been performed in Atlanta. Longineu has been hailed by critiques internationally as being one of the world’s finest trumpet players. He is the protege of the great cornetist, Nat Adderly and has performed and recorded with such greats as Cab Calloway, Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams. He has performed for such dignitaries as the King of Morocco, The Royal Family of Monaco, President of Austria and the Royal Family of the Netherlands.

For additional information about the Louis Armstrong Tribute concert contact Joe Cleveland at vjc-ent@live.com or call (678) 661-1003 or visit bestofatlantaconcerts.com or contact by email at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com. Get information about Longinue Parsons at tribaldisorder.com.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature jazz, blues, Latin, Singer/Songwriters world music, theatre and dance. We are Atlanta’s #1 source of FREE concert tickets with giveaways to over 350 shows a year. All information about up coming shows, tickets and promotions are available on BestofAtlantaConcerts.com and through our weekly e-concert newsletter.

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July 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joanie Baptist

404-523-3471

office@wrfg.org

WRFG Celebrates 38 Years of Broadcasting with Festive Birthday Block Party

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 2 – 7 pm

(Atlanta, GA) In celebration of 38 years of continuous broadcasting, WRFG 89.3 FM is hosting a fun-filled Birthday Block Party on Saturday, July 30, from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm on the grounds of the Little Five Points Community Center at 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta 30307.

Just like the diversity of WRFG’s programming, the Birthday Block Party offers something for everyone. The day includes exciting live performances, fun children’s activities, a scrumptious variety of foods, and an eclectic mix of merchandise vendors. Two special highlights are a lively demonstration of the Cajun Two-Step and the Zydeco Slide by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association, and the Charles Bates Astronomy Project, a mobile planetarium for some daytime stargazing.

Featured performers include Elliot Holden, Sarah Belladae, Phillipe the Philosopher, Julie Gribble, Jacque Howard, Jeremy Johnson, Kevin KalimbaMan Spears, and the Soulphonics & Ruby Velle. Among the WRFG airshifters who will perform are the soul/hip-hop fusion band Maximum Sound and blues singer Stephen Duncan.

The Birthday Block Party is a free, fun event for people of all ages, and the perfect time to meet the WRFG airshifters who make the station’s music and public affairs programs some of the best radio in the nation. So bring your lawn chair and come join the party on Saturday, July 30, to wish WRFG a happy 38th birthday.

WRFG has been a trusted, progressive, noncommercial media outlet for the diversity of people, ideas, and cultural expressions that exist throughout metropolitan Atlanta since 1973. WRFG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and provides a voice for those who traditionally have been denied access to the broadcast media. WRFG streams 24/7 at www.wrfg.org.

For more information about the Birthday Block Party and to find out how to become a sponsor or vendor, contact Joan Baptist, WRFG’s Station Administrator, at 404-523-3471.

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March 2011

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Freddy Cole & Bucky Pizzarelli Reunite at 22nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Party

Atlanta, GA, March 21, 2011 – International recording artist Freddy Cole will be the spotlight during the weekend long 22nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Party. Freddie will be reunited with Frank Senatra’s legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli for an evening of classic jazz. The weekend activities includes over 20 All-Star jazz musicians from across the country from bassist Paul Keller to Kristin Korb. Music is in the tradition of Chicago/New York, BG Quartet, West Coast, New Orleans jazz bands and combos.

The 22nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Party will be held at the Atlanta Westin Perimeter North Hotel beginning on March 15 – March 17, 2011 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shows are presented in The Grand Ballroom, with cabaret-style seating. The All-Star line-up will play a seven set session on Friday, seven set session on Saturday afternoon, seven set session on Saturday night and seven set session on Sunday. All musicians perform during each session. Tickets are available for individual sessions for $50 & $55 or for all sessions for $225 which includes a special Saturday Patrons Jazz Brunch. “For fans of classic jazz, this is about the most fun you are going to find in Atlanta. We have a ball every year and this year we’re taking it it up a notch.”, says Philip Carroll of Atlanta Jazz Party.

The 22nd Atlanta Jazz Party will be featuring International recording artist Freddy Cole during this year’s event. Freddy Cole recording career as an singer/pianist has spanned over fifty years. He is the brother of Nat King Cole and uncle of Natalie Cole. Cole was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album” and Inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Cole will be reunited with Bucky Pizzarelli after more than 20 years. The legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli had early success at a member of the Doc Serverinson Band on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He has toured with Benny Goodman and has performed at the White House for presidents Reagan and Clinton. Bucky was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Awarded the MAC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Atlanta Jazz Party also showcases an All-Star cast of nearly 20 jazz musicians from across the country. This year’s lineup includes Paul Keller, recognized for his numerous collaborations with Diana Krall, new to the LA Jazz scene Kristin Korb on vocals and string bass, Russ Philips on trombone, Chuck Redd formally with the great Charlie Byrd and recently on tour with Ken Peplowski on vibraphone and drums. Joining them will be long-time Atlanta Jazz Party favorites Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Ed Polcer, Allan Vache, Ron Hockett, Bob Havens, John Sheridan, Johnny Varro, John Cocuzzi, Matt Munisteri, Russ Phillips and Ed Metz Jr rounds out this years All Star Lineup.

For additional information about the Atlanta Jazz Party call (770) 645-6844 or (678) 661-1003. or visit www.AtlantJazzParty.com or www.BestofAtlantaConcerts.com. Contact by email at philip@atlantajazzparty.com.

About Best of Atlanta Concerts

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February 2011

Contact: Jessica Cook, Sr. Editor, Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLqETb8MOXQ

High-resolution photos, CDs and MP3s available upon request.

All-Star SFJAZZ Collective Performs March 18 at Emory’s Schwartz Center

Program includes the works of Stevie Wonder

ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2011)— The all-star jazz ensemble SFJAZZ Collective performs Fri., March 18, 8 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The program includes the works of Stevie Wonder as well as new compositions by the SFJAZZ Collective.

The SFJAZZ Collective comprises eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ—the West Coast’s largest nonprofit jazz institution and the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival—the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes.

In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs contemporary interpretations of a modern jazz master, as well as pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s organizational commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

After exploring the work of masters such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, the Collective takes on the material of pop music icon Stevie Wonder for its spring 2011 tour—an artist outside of the jazz tradition, but one whose sophisticated songcraft and timeless melodies are more than worthy of exploration. Arrangements include “Blame it on the Sun” and “My Cherie Amour” among others.

The Collective’s 2011 roster features MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner, three-time DownBeat “#1 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” and founding member Miguel Zenón; trombonist Robin Eubanks, a two-time DownBeat “Trombonist of the Year,” trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Grammy-nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris and the incendiary rhythm section boasts 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Edward Simon on piano, along with two of the most in-demand sidemen on the international scene—bassist Matt Penman and Eric Harland, winner of DownBeat #1 Rising Star drummer for the last three years.

The SFJAZZ Collective performs Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. In addition, trumpeter Avashai Cohen and bassist Matt Penman will lead a Q&A with Emory jazz students on Friday afternoon, March 18, 2-3:15 p.m. The public is welcome to observe the Q&A. For concert tickets and details, visit http://www.arts.emory.edu/ or call the Emory Arts box office at 404-727-5050.

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The Flatlanders to Perform at Agnes Scott College

Historic Presser Hall – 141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

ATLANTA (February 14, 2011) — The legendary Flatlanders — Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock — three of Texas’ most respected singer/songwriters, will perform at Agnes Scott College on Mar. 25. This one marks the third concert for the Eddie and Agnes Concert Series, a partnership between Eddie’s Attic and Agnes Scott.

The general admission event will be at 7:30 p.m. at Agnes Scott’s Presser Hall. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at www.ticketalternative.com, www.eddiesattic.com, or by calling the TicketAlternative Box Office at 1-877-725-8849.

The Flatlanders, lifelong friends, began making music together over 30 years ago, releasing their first work in 1972 as an eight-track tape only and then on vinyl that was only available in Europe. The band gained a cult following but, with the recordings rare and hard to find, went their separate ways, each becoming successful musicians on their own, but remaining friends. They reunited in 1998 when asked to write a song for “The Horse Whisperer” soundtrack – which they wrote together (for the 1972 recording they wrote individually recording each other’s songs). The collaborative effort paid off, leading to the critically acclaimed Now Again (May ‘02) and Wheels Of Fortune (Jan ‘04). The group, known for their extensive touring schedule, poetic lyrics and superior musicianship, do not disappoint on their latest album, Hills And Valleys (Mar ‘09).

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Contact: Rhiannon Clark at 404-909-4157 or rhiannon@eddiesattic.com

January 2011

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2011

Contact: Jessica Cook, Sr. Editor, Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts http://www.arts.emory.edu/, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687

Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Wu Man, Pipa, on Feb. 13

ATLANTA— Hear the ancient sounds of the pipa along with the dramatic arrangements of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Wu Man, pipa virtuoso, joins the orchestra to perform on the two thousand-year-old plucked instrument. A 3 p.m. free concert lecture and demonstrations of traditional Chinese instruments will precede the performance for ticket holders. And, as part of Emory University’s commitment to serve the Atlanta community, Wu Man will give a pipa demonstration and lecture to DeKalb School of the Arts students on Monday, Feb. 14.

With acclaimed Yiu-Kwong Chung conducting, the Feb. 13 concert program blends traditional Chinese and Taiwanese folk music with a contemporary spirit. Using instrumentation, voices and visual effects, many pieces portray imaginative and dramatic scenes, such as the pipa concerto “The Yang’s Saga.” The three-movement concerto depicts a famous story beginning during the Northern Song Dynasty, as the Khitan Liao are attacking China from the North while generals from the Yang family (the Yang Warriors) provide their faithful service to the Northern Song Dynasty. Other concert pieces include: “Ceremonial Joyful Dance,” “Portrait of Taiwanese Opera,” “Quarreling Chickens and Ducks (Chinese percussion),” “Taiwanese Folk Song Suite,” and “Northwest Suite,” by legendary composer Tan Dun.

The Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), the first professional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan, has long established a high reputation for its versatility and artistic excellence since its founding in 1979. TCO has experienced an era of unprecedented artistic growth, with a reputation for innovative and adventurous programming that has served to broaden the definition of traditional Chinese music.

Renowned internationally as a virtuosic pipa performer, Wu Man has also carved out a career creating and collaborating on projects that give this ancient Chinese instrument a new role in today’s music world, not only introducing the instrument to new audiences, but greatly enhancing and growing the core repertoire.

Editor’s Note: High-resolution photographs are available upon request.

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Calendar Listing:

Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Wu Man, pipa, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m. lecture; 4 p.m. performance at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, 30322. Tickets: $42; Discount Category Members $36; Emory students $10. The 3 p.m. lecture is free for concert ticket holders. For details: Arts at Emory box office: 404-727-5050, boxoffice@emory.edu, www.arts.emory.edu.

December 2010

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TITLE: LYRA and Friends with Robert Spano

DATE: Sunday, March 13, 2011

TIME: 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306)

PARKING: Free on-site

ADMISSION: $18 to $25

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and LYRA present

LYRA and Friends with Guest Artist Robert Spano

Atlanta, GA, (December 17, 2010) LYRA and Friends with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Robert Spano in One Performance Only.

Enjoy a star-studded evening as Conductor Robert Spano joins LYRA for an unforgettable evening of chamber music at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Maestro Spano performs as pianist with cellist Christopher French and members of LYRA for this not-to-be-missed event. Callanwolde sets the stage for great musical moments of some of the most profoundly moving music ever written. In a LYRA concert at Callanwolde the boundaries of stage and expectation dissolve.

Tickets: $25 General Admission; $18 Students/Seniors; $3 Discount at the door for Callanwolde members.

For more information or to purchase tickets please call 404-373-7756 or order online at www.lyraquartet.org.

Group tickets available. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Proceeds to benefit collaborative educational projects undertaken by LYRA, Inc. and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

LYRA is about Chamber Music. LYRA began as an opportunity for artistry among a group of musicians in the Atlanta area in the late 1999’s. Fostered by the efforts of two of its founding violinists, husband and wife team Judith Cox and Raymond Leung, LYRA has blossomed in the past decade into one of the most recognized and far- reaching community and educational resources in the city of Atlanta. A string quartet-based group, LYRA promotes chamber music performance, education, and community service throughout the Southeast. In addition to its active performance schedule, LYRA is dedicated to sharing the joy and connective power of music to thousands of children of all ages throughout metropolitan Atlanta, offering coaching and teaching to students of all ages. LYRA presents the highest quality performances by musicians from the Atlanta area as well as internationally renowned guest artists. In its residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, LYRA is actively involved with special events, performances, workshops, and educational outreach. For more information on LYRA’s community engagement, to contact the musicians of LYRA, or to donate, please log on to www.lyraquartet.org. LYRA is a non-profit arts organization serving Atlanta.

About Callanwolde Fine Arts CenterCallanwolde Fine Arts Center is located at 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. A busy non-profit arts center the magnificent Gothic-Tudor style mansion is situated on a beautifully landscaped 12.5-acre estate in the heart of Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde’s combination of history, architecture and art education makes it one of the most unique art centers in the country. Callanwolde is an exquisite setting for weddings, meetings or other special occasions. Find more information at www.callanwolde.org

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November 2010

For immediate release: November 23, 2010

Contact: Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, Jessica Cook, Sr. Editor, Jessica.l.cook@emory.edu 404-727-1687

Tradition Comes Alive with Emory’s “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”

When the lights dim in Glenn Auditorium, candlelight fills the sanctuary, and the Emory University Chorus begins to sing “Once in Royal David’s City” the Christmas season has arrived. An Atlanta tradition since 1935, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be held December 3 (8 p.m.) and December 4 (4 p.m. & 8 p.m.) at Emory’s Glenn Auditorium. Based on the traditional Christmas service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, the program is performed by the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson.

The candlelit service begins with the Bidding Prayer, followed by readings of nine lessons from the Old and New Testaments leading to the birth of Christ. Between readings, the University Chorus and Concert Choir perform carols and hymns.

This year’s festival features more than 150 singers directed by Dr. Nelson, along with Emory University Organist Timothy Albrecht, pianist Deborah Thoreson, and a brass ensemble. Choral selections include classics such as Bach’s “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” Manz’s “E’en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” as well as more recent offerings “Ancient Nova” by Craig Courtney, and “The Dream Isaiah Saw” by Glenn Rudolph. Favorites such as “Joy to the World” are on the program, as well as melodies from around the world.

The local tradition of “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” grew out of Christmas concerts performed at Atlanta’s First Presbyterian Church in 1925. The annual event moved to Glenn Memorial Church upon its completion in 1931, and the current format for the program was adopted in 1935, enduring in the hearts and voices of Atlantans ever since.

Emory University presents “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” Fri., Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, 30322. Tickets: $15; Discount Category members $12; Emory Students $5. For tickets and information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050, or email boxoffice@emory.edu. Visit the Arts at Emory online at http://www.arts.emory.edu/.

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Jimmy Webb to Perform at Agnes Scott

ATLANTA (November 17, 2010) — Acclaimed song-writer Jimmy Webb will perform at Agnes Scott College on Dec. 12 as part of the Eddie and Agnes Concert Series, a partnership between Eddie’s Attic and Agnes Scott.

The general admission event will be at 7:30 p.m. at Agnes Scott’s Presser Hall. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.eddiesattic.com, by calling 1-877-548-3237or at the Eddie’s Attic box office. A limited number of discounted tickets will also be available for Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff.

Though best known for the classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Where’s The Playground, Susie”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park,” “Didn’t We”), the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away,” “This Is Your Life”), The Brooklyn Bridge (“Worst That Could Happen”), Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”), Linda Ronstadt (“Easy For You To Say”), Joe Cocker (“The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress”) and many more, Webb continues to write songs as carefully crafted as his earlier works.

Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit No. 1 in the 1980s with another Webb standard, “The Highwayman,” a ballad which won him another Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year and a CMA Award for Single of the Year. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded several of his songs throughout her recording career, included four of his efforts on her double platinum album, “Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind.” With a discography that reads like a “Who’s Who” in the music world, Webb’s songs continue to appear on major recording artists’ albums, from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, to Urge Overkill, Reba McEntire and Shawn Colvin.

Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. He is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. According to BMI, his “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” has been the third most performed song in the last 50 years, with “Up, Up and Away” on the same list in the top 30. Webb’s, “Wichita Lineman” has been listed in MOJO Magazine’s worldwide survey of the best 100 singles of all time in the top 50, and was singled out in the Oct/Nov 2001 issue of Blender as “The Greatest Song Ever.”

Contact Rhiannon Clark

404.377.4976 or Rhiannon@eddiesattic.com

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Media Contact: Cooper Friend, 678-437-5743, cfriend@donnellycommunications.com

Rollicking High Spirits and Mystical Beauty of Celtic and Appalachian Traditions at the 18th Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert

December 18-19, 2010, 8:00 P.M. & December 19, 2010, 2:30 P.M.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University

Tickets: $25, $20 discount category members and groups of 10 or more, $10 students/children

Call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-229-5050 or buy tickets online at www.arts.emory.edu

ATLANTA – Pagan meets St. Patrick and the Celtic world meets Appalachia at the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, produced by the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory University. Featured in this year’s performance, which will be filmed as a PBS Christmas special, is Moya Brennan, known as the “Queen of Celtic Song,” and a brilliant ensemble of traditional musicians from Ireland. Also joining the Celtic Christmas family are Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, madcap string player and percussionist Joe Craven, and balladeer John Doyle in a program of non-stop delight. Whether it’s your first or fifth time, join us this year for a unique reprieve and colorful pause for spiritual refreshment. Who knows? As members of the Celtic Christmas gathering, you may find yourself immortalized in a PBS special for years to come.

In its eighteenth season, the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert is one of the most popular events of the Holiday Season in Atlanta. Called by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “a rollicking yet reverend time,” the Concert celebrates in music, dance, poetry, song, and story the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Celtic and Appalachian Christmas traditions.

“People tell us that they return to the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert year after year because they find there a sense of community missing in the more hectic commercialized activity of the holiday season,” said James Flannery, Director and Host of the Concert, an internationally renowned Irish tenor, storyteller, producer, Yeats scholar and Winship Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Emory University. For Flannery, the principal appeal of the Concert to people of all ages and religious affiliations lies in the way it expresses the quest for spiritual renewal at the heart of the Christmas season.

Over the past seventeen years, audiences have been drawn to the Schwartz Center at Emory University to honor the birth of the Christ Child and celebrate the Holiday Season with the laughter and tears, whistles and shouts, clapping hands, rocking bodies and quiet moments of reflection evoked by the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert. A family entertainment for audiences of all ages, there’s always something old and new in the Concert. Whether in the gentle lilt of a fiddle tune, the bird-like cry of a gorgeous tin whistle, the snapping rhythm of a Scottish strathspey, the buoyant energy of Irish step dancers, or the shimmering echo of a harp floating through the auditorium, people are inspired to seek their own spiritual renewal. Both a celebration and a reflection, the Concert has for many Atlantans become a fun-filled yet inspirational way of finding themselves once again at home with the true meaning of Christmas.

The W.B. Yeats Foundation was established by James Flannery in 1989 to honor the ideals and achievements of W.B. Yeats and thereby to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Irish an d Celtic culture in general. In addition to the annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, the Yeats Foundation regularly presents lecture series, symposia, poetry readings, and exhibition themes of broad public interest.

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October 2010

For immediate release: October 21, 2010

Contacts: Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, Kristen Gwock, Kristen.gwock@emory.edu, 404-727-5674; Sally Radell, Emory Dance Program, sradell@emory.edu, 404-727-2835

Emory Dance Company Presents Diverse Program for Fall Concert

The Emory Dance Company has teamed up with other Atlanta colleges and choreographers to produce a diverse selection of work for its fall concert, November 18-20, at Emory’s Schwartz Center Dance Studio. The concert features new work by Emory faculty members Gregory Catellier and Lori Teague, as well as guest choreographers Tara Lee, principal dancer with the Atlanta Ballet, and T. Lang, director of Spelman Dance Theatre. Bridget Roosa, director of the dance program at Agnes Scott College, will restage Shakers, the 1931 modern dance classic by Doris Humphrey. The cast for this piece features student dancers from both Agnes Scott and Emory. For the Saturday matinee, Spelman’s student company will join the Emory Dance Company in a work choreographed by Emory faculty member George Staib.

Tara Lee will present “After the Curtain,” a modern ballet for six dancers, which explores what choices an individual might make if it were their last moments living in this world. What would they choose to hold onto? How would their emotions take them to this place?

“Off Main, Veer Left,” choreographed by Spelman’s T. Lang, is based on Push, the brutal and redemptive novel by Sapphire. This dance investigates the physical and emotional trauma of victims of sexual abuse. This quintet is a dark and somber work which attempts to physicalize the emotions of the novel’s characters through both abstraction and literal movement.

A special highlight of the concert is the restaging of “Shakers,” set to traditional shaker hymns adapted by Pauline Lawrence. This dance is inspired by the simple, authentic steps and patterns of Shaker ritual. The Shaker sect flourished on the East Coast in America during the last two hundred years, but has now died out. They believed that one’s body could be shaken free from sin by dancing in a rhythmic manner, which evolves into bursts of hysterical flying and jumping.

Gregory Catellier’s quartet “Chimera” uses lighting as an integral and distinctive component of the overall composition. Lori Teague has created a work using eight dancers, developed through the improvisation process, which addresses the idea of uncertainty. How do the random acts of nature shape who we are as individuals?

The Saturday afternoon performance will include “Count to Ten.” Choreographed by Emory faculty member George Staib and danced by Spelman performers, this septet is an exploration of temper, and the not so easy task of controlling it. The vocabulary for the piece is derived from exaggerated physical responses to nuisances, annoyances, and the editorial way we control our actions and thoughts.

The fall concert will run Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Schwartz Center Dance Studio (1700 North Decatur Road). For tickets ($12 general public; $10 discount groups; $5 students), information, a listing of discount categories and directions, visit www.arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050. A reception follows the Nov. 20 concert and proceeds from that performance will benefit the Emory Friends of Dance Scholarship Fund.

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CALLANWOLDE CONCERT BAND PRESENTS WATER MUSIC

We cordially invite you to join us for the first concert in the thirty-ninth season of the Callanwolde Concert Band, Raymond Handfield, Conductor, on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta.

Featured work on the program will be a suite from The Water Music by Georg Frideric Handel Among other works on the program are the Overture to I Vespri Siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi, a medley from the musical Evita and a selection of Woody Herman .favorites.

The Band, a community organization for nearly forty years, is DeKalb County’s premiere symphonic wind ensemble. Admission is $10. Admission is $10. For students, seniors, and Atlanta Artscard and Atlanta Planit members, admission is $5. PBA Advantage members receive two for one admission. Tickets will be sold only at the door – no advance sales.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting concert.

Further information about the Band is available at its web site, www.calcb.org

Susan Summers

Publicity and Arts Events Director

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

980 Briarcliff Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30306

(404) 872-5338 ext 228

ssummers@callanwolde.org

http://www.callanwolde.org

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SEAN COSTELLO MEMORIAL FUND’S SECOND ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

A BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL

DATE: Sunday, October 10, 2010

TIME: Doors at 4:00 PM, Music at 5:00 PM

PLACE: Tabernacle’s Cotton Club 152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

WHO: Burnt Bacon, Candye Kane and Band, Coy Bowles and the Fellowship, Jon Justice, Seth Walker, Sonia Leigh.

WHAT: The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research will hold its second annual benefit concert Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Tabernacle’s Cotton Club, located at 152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. This year’s lineup features: Burnt Bacon (featuring local musicians Oliver Wood, Jon Liebman, Dave Roth & Chris Uhler), Candye Kane and Band, Coy Bowles and the Fellowship, Jon Justice, Seth Walker, and Sonia Leigh. Concert will include special guests Paul Campanella and Aaron Trubic. Doors open at 4pm for review of silent auction items and entertainment will follow from 5pm-11pm. A limited number of advance tickets are available at http://www.seancostellofund.org. Tickets are also on sale at http://www.livenation.com (search Sean Costello) and at the Tabernacle Box Office. Advance ticket purchases will include a special DVD of Sean. Ticket cost is $30.00 (plus applicable service fees) in advance and $35 (plus applicable service fees) at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Donations are tax deductible according to IRS guidelines.

Sponsorship information is available at http://www.seancostellofund.org/sponsors.html

Sean Costello was most recently recognized for his posthumously released Sean’s Blues: A Memorial Retrospective, which was nominated for Best Historical Album in the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and Best Contemporary Blues Recording in the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards.

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is uniquely focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder. The Fund supports and conducts research on bipolar disorder and creativity while promoting awareness, providing education, and serving as a resource for these musicians and their

support systems in order to foster acceptance, functioning and health.

For volunteer opportunities, silent auction donations, and more information, please visit

http://www.seancostellofund.org

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September 2010

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Contact: Dior Metcalf

Company: Best of Atlanta Concerts

Phone: (678) 661-1003

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Email: dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Website: www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com

New Concert Series “A Time for Love” Adds Spunk to Romantic Jazz Standards

Atlanta, Georgia, September 15, 2010 – Romanic jazz standard gets a facelift with a new concert series of that spans the ups & downs of classic jazz love songs. Café 290 is the host for the premier of the new “A Time for Love” Concert Series. Atlanta’s first monthly concert series with an ode to love without the tears. It’s an evening of high energy, fun and romance with songs written by the jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Peggy Lee and others. Live performances by accomplished songbirds Nina Carl, Denise Kirkland, and Tia Rix. You will hear songs of new love, old love, sizzling hot love, and what-went-wrong love.

The “A Time for Love” Concerts Series is a monthly concert series that debuts Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 8:00pm. The doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Café 290 is located at 290 Hilderbrand Drive in Sandy Springs, GA 30328. This cabaret styled show is four years in the making that combines an evening of an of fun, romance and live music featuring classic American standards by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Cole Porter, Peggy Lee. The “A Time for Love” concert series is the first of it kind in Atlanta with music showcasing jazz standards covering the universal language of “LOVE”. “Love is something we can all relate to and it influences everything.” say vocalist Nana Carl. Expect a high energy show featuring blues, swing, ballads and Latin arrangements performed by Tia Rix, Denise Kirkland and Nina Carl over two forty-five minute sets culminating in a trio performance at the of both sets. The backing trio include respected jazz veterans Terry Harper on piano, Moffett Morris on Bass and Mark Raedebaugh on drums.

The “A time for Love” concert series is brain child of longtime friends Tia Rix, Denise Kirkland and Nina Carl. “We all love straight-ahead jazz. Even though we are over 50 women, it doesn’t matter. We have a passion for this type of music and we refuse to not do what we love” say Tia. Tia’s voice has been described as “The female Chet Baker”. She has sang at the legendary Birdland jazz club in New York and preformed with greats such as Russell Malone and Johnny O’Neal. Denise Kirkland has lent her deep warm voice to theatrical performances to her one-women show of “Moms Mabley”, Guys & Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors. Nina Carl the storyteller with a wide vocal range and has been a guest vocalist in the prestigious Southeastern Organization of Jazz Arts (SOJA) concert series. “We really love singing for the audience and that comes through in the music.”

For additional information visit http://www.songbirdconcerts.info/. For information on Tia Rix visit http://www.tiajazz.com/ or Denise Kirkland visit http://denisekirkland.com/index.html or Café 290 visit http://www.cafe290atlanta.com/ or call (404) 256-3942. For ticket information visit http://songbirdconcerts.eventbrite.com/. For interviews contact Dior Metcalf at dior@bestofatlantaconcerts.com or (678) 661-1003.

Best of Atlanta Concerts spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature music such as jazz, blues, Latin and singer/songwriter. All information about upcoming shows, tickets and promotions is available online and through our member e-newsletter.

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July 2010

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Contact: Ashley Porter

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Phone: (678) 661-1003

Fax: (770) 206-2267

Email: aporter@bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Website: www.BestofAtlantaConcerts.com

Eddie’s Attic Hosts Award-Winning Songwriter Mat Kearney

Atlanta, Georgia, July 20, 2010- Eddie’s Attic will be hosting critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Mat Kearney on July 30th.  Mat’s songs have been featured on numerous hit television shows such as 30 Rock and The Hills.  Matt Kerney has experienced commercial success with 6 singles reaching US Hot 100 chart, Adult top 40 and Pop 100 charts. For his latest CD, City of Black & White, Matt attempted to project a classic feel reminiscent of Motown.

Mat Kearney will be performing on Friday, July 30th at 8:00pm. The doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 and 4-seat table reservations are $100. Eddie’s Attic is located at 515-B North McDonough St. in Decatur, GA 30030.  Mat Kearney has had four songs become top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 Chart. He was the winner of the GMA Dove Award in 2006. His electrifying songs have been featured on over 20 hit television shows, including Without A Trace, Bones, The Closer, Scrubs, NCIS, 30 Rock, and Grey’s Anatomy. He has toured with a number of well known musicians like John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, The Fray, and Jason Mraz.

Mat’s current CD release, City of Black & White debuted on the Billboard 200 at #13. The first half of the CDwas written in that manner—to carry a Motown sort of heartbeat.  The lead single was “Closer To Love” and it received much airplay, on secular and Christian outlets.  City of Black & White also features Kearney playing a lot more electric guitar on record than he has in the past. “If the last record was more stream-of-consciousness with lots of words and images, City of Black & White feels intentional and refined, attempting to be classic as well as grandiose. I didn’t want to hold anything back.”

For additional information on Mat Kearney and to hear his music, visit www.myspace.com/matkearney. For more information on Eddie’s Attic, visit www.eddiesattic.com or call 404-377-4976.

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature music such as jazz, blues, Latin and singer/songwriter. All information about upcoming shows, tickets and promotions is available online and through our member e-newsletter.

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June 2010

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Contact: Ashley Porter

Company: BestofAtlantaConcerts.com

Phone: (678) 661-1003

Fax: (770) 206-2267

Email: aporter@bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Website: www.BestofAtlantaConcerts.com

Jazz Greats Help Celebrate 11th Anniversary of Atlanta’s Oldest Jam Session

Atlanta, Georgia, June 4, 2010- Danny Harper’s Tuesday night jam session goes into its 11th year as the longest running jam session in Atlanta. Celebrations will go on throughout the months of June and July. In honor of his 11th year, Danny Harper will be playing songs from the 11 most popular artists in jazz history. Churchill Grounds’ relaxing and comfortable atmosphere lends itself to a diversity of people. Arguably the city’s most well-known jam session, it attracts tourists, locals and celebrities alike.

Danny Harper’s jam sessions take place on Tuesday nights at Churchill Grounds from 9:30 pm – 12:00 am. There is a $7 cover and a $5 minimum. Celebrations begin on June 29th and continue on July 6th, July 13th and July 20th. Danny will be performing songs by Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Charlie Parker. Three legends will be featured each Tuesday for the first three weeks and two legends will be featured on the final week. Danny’s goal is to play and revive songs that even though they are by popular artists, aren’t played as often. “I hope people will enjoy sounds they don’t get to hear enough,” he explained. BestofAtlantaConcerts.com will be giving away CDs, t-shirts and tickets among other prizes to celebrate.

Churchill Grounds is an intimate place similar to a European lounge. Its candle-lit tables and pictures of jazz legends on the wall help make it a shrine to jazz. It attracts some of the city’s best musicians like Joe Gransden, Russell Gunn, and WCLK radio personality Riva Blue. Producer and actor Tyler Perry used the venue as a setting for his 2005 film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Part of Churchill Grounds’ appeal is the musical melting pot along with the different styles of jazz such as vocal jazz and bluesy jazz. Dior Metcalf of bestofatlantaconcerts.com says “I’ve loved this place since the first time I stepped in the door. It’s a good place to go to reconnect with your sanity.’’

Danny Harper’s jam session attracts a variety of people ages 20 to 70, including both locals and tourists. The musicians and audience together make up a racially diverse crowd. Celebrities such as rap star Ludacris, singer India Arie, comedian Ron White, and actress Winona Ryder have all patronized of Churchill Grounds. Anyone who comes is sure to feel welcome.

For additional information on Danny Harper contact Danny by phone at (404)824-7071 or by email at t14@bellsouth.net. Hear his music at http://makotosato.com/audio-music_in_south-54470-danny_harper. Check out our blog about Churchill Grounds at http://bestofatlantaconcerts.ning.com/profiles/blogs/churchill-grounds-with-danny.

BestofAtlantaConcerts.com spotlights the live music scene across Atlanta. We feature music such as jazz, blues, Latin and singer/songwriter. All information about upcoming shows, tickets and promotions is available online and through our member e-newsletter.

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May 2010

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Contact: Mae Ernst

Company: Bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Phone: (678) 661-1003

Fax: (770) 206-2267

Email: mernst@bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Website: www.bestofatlantaconcerts.com

Villa Christina Presents Atlanta’s 7th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series

Atlanta, GA, May 25, 2010 – The complimentary Summer Jazz Series is returning to the Villa Christina to showcase the hottest artists in Classic and Contemporary Jazz. The festivities will begin with New York saxophonist Reggie Hines, who has played and written for legendary names, as well as performed his own tunes on recognized talk shows. The musical tradition continues a couple weeks later with a performance by sultry vocalist Tabitha King, who has shared the stage with prominent artists and sung the National Anthem at several NBA games.

The 7th annual concert series will be held on the lovely grounds of Villa Christina beginning on Sunday, June 13th with Reggie Hines and will return on Sunday June 25th with Tabitha King. Doors open at 4:00 pm and the music beings at 5:30 pm. There is no admission charge. Children of all ages are welcome. The concerts will be staged outdoors among landscaped gardens, winding streams and scenic waterfalls. “We love hosting the outdoor jazz concerts here. The series is a relaxing and festive way to spend time with family and friends, enjoying live music, terrific food and refreshing beverages in our gardens. The outstanding entertainment combined with a gorgeous outdoor setting and incredible food is a temptation too strong to resist!” says Villa Christina General Manager Adam Ghali.

Reggie has played for musical icons including Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight and John Legend, among many others. He has also written hit songs for Gerald Alston from the Manhattans, Regina Belle and Phyllis Hyman, one which was Grammy-nominated for best R&B song of the year. He has reached out to national audiences by performing on shows including the David Letterman Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly.

Tabitha has performed with talent such as Usher, Boys II Men and Keith Washington. R&B artist Frankie Beverly has requested Ms. King to be his opening act at The Atlanta Civic Center, the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and Yokohama, Japan. She has also had the honor of performing the National Anthem at a number of NBA games.

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