Playhouse – The Comedy Night with Jerry & Steve

His unique style of hip piano finesse and warm-blooded humor endears him to fans. Best of all, he personalizes each performance, weaving his audience into each routine.
Fans have voted Jerry One of the Top Five Celebrities in Atlanta in an Atlanta Constitution / WSB Radio Poll. He was elected Entertainer of the Year by Atlanta Magazine three times in recent years.
Featured in a short documentary about his life as an older comedian on the road. It’s called   “Jerry-atric: One Comic’s 77-Year Climb to the Top of the Bottom” and premiered at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in 2016.

Coming with Jerry is Steve Mingolla, “Mr. Nice Guy”. Steve’s show covers anything and everything that is funny about life, with an act that is always clean – never mean.

Playhouse – N’awlins Night with Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band

Playhouse introduces Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band, an experience that will set your feet firmly on Bourbon Street in Old New Orleans. You’ll experience every bit of the joy, energy, and humor of that early American Jazz called Dixieland. Songs from Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Louie Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, plus many old favorites like “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Royal Garden Blues”, “South”, “Hard Hearted Hannah” and “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” are all part of Hotlanta’s musical treat.

Tho’ the band has performed in clubs all over the world the South is their home. They aim to entertain. Their audiences become part of the concert when they do audience requests. From a list in their program, the audience will write down their requests during intermission. These requests are then performed during the concert second half. Audiences always have a great time with this popular Hotlanta feature.

Join us for “N’awlins Night” at The Playhouse and experience a little taste of the fun, food and singing-along that goes with Mardi Gras.

 

Playhouse – Rita Graham & Friends

Legendary jazz, blues and soul singer Rita Graham was born near Charleston, Virginia. She grew up in Detroit, where her father ran a barber shop/beauty parlor that featured a rather unforgettable jukebox. Her mother, a jazz pianist, also exposed Rita to a wide variety of performers and styles.

In her late teens, Rita moved from Detroit to California. Rita loved music more than anything and she knew that making music was her destiny. She finished three years of college while singing around the clubs and skipped her last year of college to ‘just sing’.

After moving to Los Angeles, California in the 1960s, Rita was approached by Lou Barreto where she recorded the UK Northern Soul Classic, Gone with the Wind Is My Love, a song originally performed by Rita and The Tiara’s. Right after Gone with the Wind Is My Love, she got a gig working with a Rhythm and Blues Band in Sydney, Australia. It was in Australia, where Rita met Ray Charles.

Rita’s career as a jazz vocalist was jump-started when Ray Charles produced an album of lush standards for her in 1969. Her LP, Vibrations is the only major project that Ray Charles produced for a female artist on his label Tangerine Records.

After being one of Ray Charles’ Raelettes, she spent several months on the road opening for Oscar Peterson, Redd Foxx, and George Kirby, plus a two-year featured spot with the Harry James Orchestra, on European and Far East tours, and a series of recordings produced by TV composer Mike Post.

In 1974, she landed the role of Coretta Scott King in the docu-musical production of Selma. She reprised the role off-Broadway in 1983. This was also the time that comedian Redd Foxx brought Rita to Atlanta to perform scenes from the play, Selma, at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference event.

Seven years later Ms. Graham relocated to Atlanta to be a featured vocalist in the African-American Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Graham recorded and produced a live CD of jazz and blues standards, “Rita Graham Live at Sambuca Atlanta” where she was known as “The First Lady of Sambuca” (Atlanta’s famed jazz supperclub) from 1999-2009.

Rita has performed with other jazz greats such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mercer Ellington to name a few. At present, Rita performs with several Atlanta bands and is featured with Sammy Blue and The All-Star Georgia Music Revue.

Check out the Package Deal available with this show

 

Playhouse – Leah Calvert Band

Traditional Ballads to Blues Fiddler, Leah Calvert, is many things, among them a singer-songwriter as well as an in-demand Atlanta-area fiddler and vocalist. Over the years she has shared the stage with award-winning artists including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and renowned songwriter Radney Foster. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is a member of two of Atlanta’s finest bands, The Dappled Grays and The John Driskell Hopkins Band.

With her new album, Satellite, she moves into uncharted territory, articulating a sound that is wholly her own. On this album her compositions give a humble nod to her acoustic bluegrass roots, deftly maneuvering through forms and styles ranging from traditional ballads to blues.

 

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