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Audition Notice: Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

Posted in Art Festivals, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Comedy Bonita Springs, Comedy Southwest Florida, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Lectures and Performances, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on January 5, 2017 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

On February 18 & 19, 2017 CFABS will be staging performances of 12 of the winning plays from our first ever, Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition and… WE NEED ACTORS! Robert De Niro once said, “One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

We would like to invite you to take a chance at “living another person’s life without paying the price” by coming to audition for a role (or roles) in these fantastic short plays. Open auditions for the Stage it! 10 Minute Play Competition are being held at our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 starting at 4:00pm. (Rehearsal schedules will depend upon the role, and cast member availability).  Performances will be held February 18 and 19 at the Center for Performing Arts.

We are looking to fill 36 roles, (18 men, 17 women and 1 child). The characters range in age from 10 – 70.  The audition is open, and all types are welcome.

The twelve outstanding plays being staged were each carefully selected by a jury consisting of 26 judges from across the nation. A brief description of the plays and the roles being cast is below:audition-notice

Counting On Love

by Rod McFadden

A discussion after a first date.

A smart romantic comedy.

VINCENT, 29 years old, magazine writer

SOPHIA, 27 years old NYU post-grad.

(math)

The Dating Game

by Rod McFadden

One single, one married, talking about

the current dating scene. Situational

comedy

MARGE, about 65 – 75

NETTIE, similar age as MARGE

Everyone’s Child

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

Kos, Greece, an island near where

refugees land. Dramatic.

PETER, young Greek male, age 14

KILIKINA, Greek woman,

mother of PETER

The Last Holdout

by Judd Lear Silverman

A menu change at a local senior center

finds the last holdout in final

negotiations with the only staff member

who can get the job done.

IVAN, a senior at the senior center

DOROTHY, at least 20 years Ivan’s junior,

administrator

Life Jacket

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

On a beach near Bodrum, Turkey and a

beach on the Greek Island of Kos, two

refugees cross dangerous waters.

GALIA, a Syrian woman refugee, age 20

AYLAN, a Syrian male refugee, age 20

AHMAD, a Turkish seller of life jackets to

refugees, age 28

The Nude

by William Newkirk

The opening of a new show at an art

gallery. Artist and her new model

meet accidental patron and the

snotty art critique.

CLAIRE, in her 50’s-ish

LISA, in her 50’s-ish

BRIAN, in his 50’s-ish

JEFFREY, in his 50’s-ish

Ode On A Donut Shop

by Ethan Warren

An existential, absurdist comedy

in a donut shop at 1:24 AM.

JUDD – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

SEAN – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

DWAYNE – in his 50s, friendly and

paternal but with a temper

MAN IN THE JACKET – in his 30s,

ominous and powerful

An Ordinary Woman

by Sean Patrick Nill

Ordinary Suzy Ponelle confesses a

series of vengeful crimes to the police.

SUZY PONELLE, female, late 20’s

to early 30’s

DETECTIVE MORROW, adult female, 30-40

DETECTIVE FEINSTEIN, adult female,

30-40

CAPTAIN MASTERSON, male, 40-50

 

The Professor And The Flea

by Denise Hinson

An odd farce based on a fable.

Presentational characters in an oddball,

artistic comedy.

THE PROFESSOR, 30-70s

CAPTAIN, 30-70s

GOVERNOR, 40s to 60s

WIFE OF GOVERNORE, 40s to 60s

PRINCESS, teens to 20s

The Promise

by Mary Lescoe-Long

A woman confronts her own demon,

literally. An emotional drama.

WOMAN, any age, preferably

late 40’s or early 50’s

BANSHEE, same age as WOMAN

Toil and Trouble

by Trevor Suthers

A retelling of Macbeth. A literal and

intellectual comedy, but still broad.

MAMMY, the grandmother witch

GRANNY, the mother witch

FANNY, the youngest of the witches

MACMETH, drug kingpin on some

crappy streets

Violating Uncle Piggy

by Judd Lear Silverman

Parental betrayal traded for loose change

must be explained in this interrogation

—Uncle Piggy was found violated.

MOMMY, 30ish

DADDY, 30s

INVESTIGATOR, a child

 

IF YOU COME TO AUDITION:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

WHAT:  Stage IT! 10-minute play competition

WHEN:  Auditions: 4:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Performances: Evening of February 18th & 19th, 2017

WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135

PRICE:  No fee to audition.

Make Thursday January 24 “A Night to Remember”

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Doug RenfroeMake Thursday January 24 “A Night to Remember”
Broadway Legend Douglas Renfroe Live! At the Promenade

By Patrice Shields

At 7:00p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013, Broadway legend Douglas Renfroe will be performing “A Night to Remember” including Broadway favorites that include selections from Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and more at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Live! at the PromenadeBonitaBay performance space.  The Center for the Arts cozy café theater seating offers the perfect atmosphere to watch and hear Renfroe perform.  

Douglas Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his LincolnCenter debut in Schumann’s Paradise and Peri and his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Renfroe has specialized in oratorio works including the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Conductors with whom he has sung include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Loren Maezel.

Critics in Austria said “Douglas Renfroe’s virile bass, remarkably lyrical in the upper register, was equally rich in the dark deeps of the low sustained tones.” Regarding his theatre works as Tevye, it has been said: “Mr. Renfroe owns the role of Tevye. His rich vocal line is only matched by the warmth he displays as the father. He acts as if he talks to God on a regular basis.”

Dr. Renfroe has appeared at the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, and has been a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management. From 1970-1974, he was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he made his Edinburgh Music Festival debut. He has been featured as soloist in several recordings with various symphonies throughout the world in addition to a solo recording of German lieder. In 2006 he returned to Bulgaria and Israel performing the Verdi Requiem and portrayed Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof. He returned to the Varna International Music Festival in 2007 and sang Elijah prior to returning to Scotland for his fifth concert tour. In 2009 he presented his ninth European concert tour.

 As a conductor, Renfroe has created two equity theatre companies, the Concord Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Lakes Region Symphony. He was responsible for the Summer Pops programs while with the U. S. Navy Band, and has appeared as a guest conductor at the Varna International Music Festival prior to his performing as a vocal soloist at the New Hampshire Music Festival. In 2010, he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Voices of Naples, an auditioned choral ensemble in Naples, FL.

Presently living in Ft. Myers, FL, he has been the Cantor and Music Director at TempleBat Yam on Sanibel Island since 2001, Music Director at BeachUnitedMethodistChurch on Ft.MyersBeach, served as Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera in Naples, and was Adjunct Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at EdisonCollege. He is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States and is listed in the 1980 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and the 2004 edition of Who’s Who in America for his outstanding achievements in the performing arts. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from University of California.

The Center for the Arts’ Live! at the Promenade series is sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Lee County Tourist Development Council Arts & Attractions Grant & WGCU Public Media.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first – time members only.  Tickets to “A Night to Remember” with Douglas Renfroe are available as part of this promotion.

If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: The Music of Broadway with Douglas Renfroe
When: 7:00pm January 24, 2013
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members

 

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
10:00am-5:00pm January 12-13

By Patrice Shields

February Bonita Springs National Art FestivalJanuary marks the Bonita Springs National Art Festival’s 26th festival at the Promenade, rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The January festival is bringing a number of fresh new artists to join returning award winners.

Master of kiln formed glass, artist Scott Amrhein returns to the January festival where he won best in show in 2012. His glass sculptures show the hands-on care of an artist who has painstakingly created these timeless works of art. Scott fashions striking pedestals to complement his luminescent glass bowls. The result is Scott’s fine reputation for unique and exceptional handcrafted artwork that is known throughout the United States.

GL-005 Scott Amrhein EBLAST“It has been said that ‘man cannot duplicate nature but merely represent it.’ I hope that every piece I create, combining natural and man-made materials, is a reflection of that statement,” says Amrhein in speaking of the inspiration behind his work.

“Is it a painting or a photograph?” This is the most asked question about the larger than life oil paintings of Jeannie Maddox that have been capturing the attention of art festival crowds for over 33 years. Maddox work took Best in Show at the January 2011 Bonita Springs National Art Festival.

“To the viewer, my paintings appear to focus on photo realism. As an artist, my journey is through small abstract areas of shape, color and contrast, that, when completed and taken as a whole constantly surprise me by becoming hyper-real. I often say that I am a photo realistic painter who paints abstractly,” says Maddox.

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In 1976 Maddox took some photographs of one of her young art students in a pool. The painting sold immediately and soon art show patrons were signing up on a two-year waiting list for a commissioned painting by Maddox, which took an average of 425 hours to create. In 1977 at Burdines of Florida bought her complete display during a festival show and continued buying for several years reproducing Maddox’s work to hang in the large atrium areas of the stores that were opening every six months across Florida. Maddox became one of the most recognized artists in South Florida.

“I believe there are many ways to express the art form known as jewelry,” says Jewelry Artist Kim Koch, winner of Best of 3D at the January 2012 Bonita Springs National Art Festival. “I choose quiet refinement, in which splashes of color radiate from my design through precise goldsmithing. My craftsmanship is a process; over three decades of working metals to fulfill my artist mission, while keeping sight of the enjoyment jewelry brings us.”

Koch is recognized nationally for innovative award winning design and craftsmanship, which he maintains by personally designing and creating each piece. His techniques include: casting, forging, fabrication, and multiple surface treatments, often all utilized in a single piece. Koch specializes in rare, color gemstones set in gold and platinum.

In addition to the Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Koch is three-time winner of Wisconsin Jewelers Association, AGTA Spectrum, Signity, and The Niche Award.

If Amrhein’s glass, Maddox’s photo realistic larger than life oil paintings, or Koch’s finely crafted gold jewelry are not intriguing enough, the 208 additional artists who passed the discriminating jury process for January’s festival will certainly offer fine art to make this a festival you will remember.

All proceeds from the festival support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs programming and its mission to provide opportunities for education and artistic expression for everyone—regardless of economic ability.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our 25 festivals at the Promenade. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida,” said Susan Bridges, President of Center for the Arts.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals offer ample free parking on site with food and beverages available for purchase. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Center for the Arts programming.

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at The Promenade located at 26805 South Bay Drive in BonitaSprings. It will run on January 12-13, 2013 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13, 2013
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts of

If You Are Looking For Some Good Old Fashioned Fun in the New Year…

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Night Train Band-Fifties ShowIf You Are Looking For Some Good Old Fashioned Fun in the New Year…
The Night Train Band May be Just the Ticket!

By Patrice Shields 

The Night Train takes the stage for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Live at the Promenade performance Series at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013. With a local reputation for putting on a great show, the Night Train has earned a reputation for consistently selling out performances. So polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor because the Night Train is bringing the fun and music of the 1950’s to their show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs café theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  

Come dance to the hits of the 1950’s with Vic Tommarchi and the Night Train Band.  Tommarchi has been in the music business since 1959 when as a sixteen-year-old student he worked as a lead guitar player in the small recording studios in New York’s now famous BrillBuilding. 

“We usually worked on Sundays, since that’s when studio time was less expensive. Sometimes we’d do up to 17 takes, and I’d get home via subway at 3:30am with my Fender guitar in one hand and amp in the other, says Tommarchi.  “Who knew that a half a century later that we’d call that music Doo -Wop, Rock a Billy, or simply ‘Those Oldies, but Goodies’. There is something timeless about the music of the fifties. It seems to be loved by young and old alike. The fifties were just a time that frankly, people wouldn’t mind going back to.”  

The band has changed since Tommarchi began in 1959, but the passion for the music of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, B.B. King and the Platters is the same for Tommarchi today as it was back then.  The Night Train Band is comprised of Bernie Panto who sings and fronts the band, Pat Bracy on vocals and keyboard, Kenny Mariano on Bass and Joey T on drums. Tommarchi plays lead guitar and acts as the bandleader. 

The dance floor will be open at the Center for the Arts cozy café theater where every table offers a great view of the performance.  So ‘Bop,’ ‘Twist,’ ‘Bunny Hop’ or ‘Swing’ your way down to the Promenade for the most fun you will have this side of the 1950’s. 

The Night Train Band performs their 1950’s Tribute at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10 at the Promenade at BonitaBay. The Promenade is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north of Bonita Beach Road. The performance space is located at the northwest corner of the Promenade, space #114. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open seating is available.  Advance reservations are suggested and tables can be reserved for groups of four or more.

To purchase tickets or for more information regarding this performance, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989.  

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only. 

If You Go: 
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 
What: 50’s Night with The Night Train Band Live! At the Promenade 
When: 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013  
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 
Cost: $15 Members/ $20 non-members 

 

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music
Classical Music Virtuosos Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo & The Bay Singers Choir
Take the Stage Live! this Month at the Promenade at BonitaBay

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By Patrice Shields

Nothing encourages the spirit of the holidays like music, and nothing creates special holiday memories like listening to that music with those you love.   The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is offering two opportunities this December for you to share the music of the holidays with friends and family.   At 7:00 p.m. on December 6, virtuosos   pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo bring an evening of classical music to the stage.  At 7:00 p.m. on December 13.  The Bay Singers Choir, lift their voices to bring you the beautiful music of December.

World renowned pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo present an evening of music that spans the lyrical works of Schubert to the heartfelt romances of Dvorak, and even the syncopated, jazzy American Rag. These two musicians return to the Center for the Arts Live! performance space with a new program of music for the holidays. The musical synergy created by training together for years at Yale, makes Niskala and Koo a treat for the ears.

Both Niskala and Koo have a long list of accolades. From teaching to performing, each has mastered their craft. Niskala has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across the globe, with stints in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada and Japan. Additionally, her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR’s “Performance Today”. Her release of the first complete recordings of Helps’ solo piano was chosen as one of its 2007 Best of the Year cds. Her recent performances include the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall, Spectrum Concerts Berlin at Philharmonic Hall in Germany, and soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of Russia.         

Violinist Salley Koo is also no stranger to performance and teaching. She maintains her career performing solo and chamber music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from Harvard-RadcliffeUniversity. Koo also earned her Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from YaleUniversity. Her current educational pursuits have taken her to StonyBrookUniversity where she is working on her D.M.A. under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer.

Then join local favorites, The Bay Singers, to celebrate the many holidays of the season with their 40-person choir.  Conductor Bruce Galbraith has planned a varied program, so the audience is sure to enjoy it all – and might even join in!
Tickets for both performances are still available, and refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available at both shows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Open seating is available to individuals and reserved seating is available for groups of four or more.     

To purchase tickets, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live! performance at the Promenade.   Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! An Evening of Classical Music with Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! The Bay Singers Choir
When: Thursday, December 13, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

 

 

 

Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings
Thursday, November 15, 2012 

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By Patrice Shields

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music.

Claire grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. There she began her education in country music and became immersed in the bluegrass revival of the 1970’s, joining a band called Hickory Wind.  The band later changed its name to the Front Porch String Band with Claire’s vocals as its centerpiece.

As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis.  Lynch’s first album, “Friends for a Lifetime” was released in 1993 followed by “Moonlighter” in 1995 for which she received her first Grammy. “Silver and Gold” from 1997 was also nominated for Grammy glory.  She was named the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. 

Lynch sang harmony on “The Grass is Blue” and “Little Sparrow,” which led to promotional tours as a backup vocalist for Dolly Parton, who has described Lynch as “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”  Lynch has graced other artists’ albums with her background vocals, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley.  Lynch’s current list of guest appearances continues including spots on albums by Donna the Buffalo, Sara Watkins, the Gibson Brothers, Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Winchester.

Lynch struck out on her own in 2005, forming the Claire Lynch Band and releasing the aptly named “New Day” CD. It was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  In 2010 Lynch won the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year from the IBMA.

The Claire Lynch Band will be making one appearance in Southwest Florida during their 2012 tour.  The band will perform live at the Promenade in BonitaSprings, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts members, and $25 for non-members. Advance reservations are suggested by calling 239-495-8989. 

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive two free tickets to a Live! performance, including this performance by The Claire Lynch Band.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

“Her original songs display her gifts as a songwriter of uncommon skill, and her outside song choices reinforce her artistic self, one who feels deeply about home, family, strength, resilience and courage.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter  

 

If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! Bluegrass with The Claire Lynch Band
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

 

Take the Uptown Express for a Night of Motown and Doo Wop Magic April 12 Live at the Promenade

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade!, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

by Krystal Butherus

Uptown Express takes the stage in the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Live at the Promenade Performance Series on Thursday, April 12th. Uptown Express has quite the reputation in theSouthwest Florida area and frequently sell out performances. This latest show will bring them to theBonitaSprings area in a one night only concert. Since 1985, Uptown Express has been performing in a variety of venues and have fine tuned their sound. With over 27 years of gigs, audience members are wowed by the polished sound of this ensemble.

             Ten musicians make up Uptown Express, which is a premier Doo Wop group, and they happen to be the oldest continuously performing oldies act inFlorida. Playing Chicago Rhythm & Blues, New York Doo Wop & Motown Soul, this dynamic stage show will even have a dance floor available at their performance at The Promenade.

             Not only do they perform doo wop, but Uptown Express sings your favorite Motown songs from the 50s and 60s. Uptown Express’ five vocalists are Tommy DeSantis, Tony Squitieri, Robert Atmore, Bob Stewart, and Nick Ticich. DeSantis founded the group and is a former member of The Enchantments fromNew York City. Squitieri is a former member of The Cameos, while Stewart was an original member of The Cordials in the 60s.

             Backing up the vocalists is Uptown Express’ band which rounds out the sound of their performances. John Cortese is on the drums, Ron Casella plays guitar, Rick Polce plays the saxophone, and Robby Cutler is on keyboard while Mike Marciano mans the bass guitar.  Cortese was a member of The Rogues and recorded with The Barons and The Crowns. Casella has performed with many groups such as Bo Diddley, The Chimes, and The Crests.

             “This is our 27th year of performing together. We play music from The Crests, The Temptations, and more,” DeSantis said.

             Uptown Express plays Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Promenade atBonitaBay. The Promenade is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 andSouth Bay Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north ofBonita Beach Road. The performance space is located at the northwest corner of the Promenade, space #114. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open seating is available.

             To purchase tickets or for more information regarding this performance, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989. Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. Uptown Express does qualify for this promotion. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.