Sauce Boss

at The Lyric Theatre Mar 5, 2015 7:00 pm

Come with an empty stomach and a hankering for the blues and the Sauce Boss will deliver. The one-man band and Florida legend is back again at The Lyric Theatre for a night of swamp-style slide guitar and local storytelling. On his ’53 Telecaster and 1948 Fender amp, the Sauce Boss will perform some of his most famous hits, including “Great Big Fanny” and “Let the Big Dog Eat,” while cooking up a big pot of his world-famous gumbo. Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Food Network’s Extreme Cuisine, the Sauce Boss is taking on the world one mouth and two ears at a time.

The Sauce Boss has always had a love for music. The Orlando native started performing at the age of 14, playing in nightclubs and coffeehouses by the age of 17. But it wasn’t until one day in the 1970’s when he woke up one morning to find a 1933 National Steel guitar in his front yard that he really began to devote himself completely to the blues. The Sauce Boss began to draw international attention after the success of his release “Let the Big Dog Eat,” which was featured in the 1986 Jonathan Demme film Something Wild.

Since then, the Sauce Boss has become famous for more than just his musical talent. The Sauce Boss developed his signature performing style over the years, which he maintains to this day, incorporating his crowd-rousing blues music with a very different kind of skill: cooking. In every performance, the Sauce Boss cooks a mean pot of spicy gumbo for his audience onstage all while playing some good, old-fashioned blues. The Sauce Boss gained the recognition of Jimmy Buffet and Parrotheads everywhere with the release of Buffet’s 1999 hit, “I Will Play for Gumbo,” which references the Sauce Boss’ distinctive performance style. His unique mix of music and food has been featured in a number of major television shows, radio programs, and magazines, including notably Living Blues, GQ, and Gourmet Magazine.

When he’s not performing for sold-out audiences across the country, the Sauce Boss is giving back to the community. The Sauce Boss has cooked for over 190,000 people for free throughout the United States while playing his homegrown, blues-inspired set. In 2003, the Sauce Boss created the non-profit foundation “Planet Gumbo,” through which he donates performances and delicious gumbo to homeless shelters around the country. This year, the Sauce Boss returns to his Florida roots at The Lyric Theatre. As always, expect a tasty meal and a savory blues performance from the Sauce Boss.

SWINGTIME featuring The Jive Aces with Special Guests The Tinseltown Jitterbugs

at The Lyric Theatre Mar 3, 2015 6:00 pm

Celebrated across the globe for their musical talent and audience engagement, the London-based Jive Aces present SWINGTIME!, a night of swing, jive, and R&B. The Jive Aces cover hits from some of the music industry’s greatest stars, including Louis Prima, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darin. Called “absolutely brilliant” by the notoriously critical Simon Cowell, the Jive Aces bring energy to every performance, creating an atmosphere of nostalgia and excitement.

Combining perfect technique with practiced improvisation, The Jive Aces are the U.K.’s “No. 1 Jive and Swing Band.” After becoming the first band to reach the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, the Jive Aces had the honor of performing for the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The sextet have performed at thousands of festivals across the world, impressing audiences with a style they call “Jump Jive” music, described as a combination of swing and rock music. Over the years, the Jive Aces have worked with a number of major recording artists, including John Travolta, Chuck Berry, and Isaac Hayes. In their performance “In Full Swing” at the Royal Albert Hall, the Jive Aces headlined the sold-out show which marked the famous venue’s first swing dance event.

The swing group has released seven studio albums over their career so far, including an album devoted entirely to the genre of skiffle, a type of music typically performed using homemade or improvised instruments. Their latest album, entitled King of the Swingers: A Salute to Louis Prima, features guest artists Kenny Ball, Toni Elizabeth Prima, and many more. Despite their success as recording artists, The Jive Aces remain most effective as live performers, bringing new energy and excitement to each and every show. Their production Swingtime! celebrates the greatest swing, jive, and R&B musicians of the 20th century.

John Hammond

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 19, 2015 7:00 pm

Grammy-nominated blues musician, John Hammond, arrives at The Lyric Theatre this February for an evening of soulful renditions of timeless blues classics. Heralded by the New York Times as a “blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s,” Hammond reinterprets some of the blues’ most venerated compositions with originality and intensity. His raw, live performances showcase the musician’s genius combination of gritty vocals, slide guitar, and accompanying harmonica.

Born in New York City, John Hammond felt an immediate attraction to music, and specifically the guitar, as the son of the successful record producer John H. Hammond. With dreams of becoming a traveling blues singer, Hammond envisioned himself as a “one man, one guitar” kind of musician. Hammond, inspired by the music of Chuck Berry and Robert Johnson, quickly taught himself the guitar and continued his lessons through high school and college. By the 1960s, John Hammond was touring nationally and recording with a number of famous electric blues musicians in the New York area, including Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, John Hammond has been credited with giving major recording groups such as The Band and Jimi Hendrix wider recognition.

Now, over 50 years since his first album debut, John Hammond has released over 34 albums and continues to tour tirelessly across North America. Hammond’s work has received both popular and critical acclaim across the world. The blues veteran has been nominated for four Grammy awards and received the 1985 Grammy award for his performance of “Blues Explosion,” which featured Steve Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor, and many others. In 2011, Hammond was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. His newest album, entitled Timeless, celebrates his artistic milestone of reaching 50 years in the music industry. The album was recorded live at one of John Hammond’s favorite venues in the world, Chan’s in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

The Best of Broadway presents “BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS!”

“This was an impressive quartet of performers and their professionalism showed brightly at every turn and nuance at the Kirby Center. The dynamic performers yielded a seemingly unending stream of masterpieces. Whether it was the passion from selections from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA or lighthearted numbers from CATS, THE BEST OF BROADWAY turned out to be just that both in program content and presentation.” – Citizen’s Voice