Evenings at the Council 2017

For Performance Opportunities Contact

Marlon Foster, Visitor Services and Music Manager
mfoster@palmbeachculture.com
(561) 472-3338

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Lobby Desk Concert: Sunnyside Swing

Lobby Desk Concert: Sunnyside Swing

November 3, 2017

Hailing from Delray Beach Florida, Sunnyside Swing was formed in 2014 when Tom Regis and Jill Lurie began their musical collaboration. Through their exploration into the history of vintage jazz, blues, and country swing genres and tunes, they evolved a sound akin to the music of the early to mid 1900’s, making it fresh for today. Their repertoire includes the songs of Fats Waller, Hank Williams, along with Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, and originals. Sunnyside Swing can be found playing south Florida venues and festivals as a due, trio, quartet, and beyond.

Jason Hanley

Jason Hanley

October 6, 2017

Lobby Desk Concert: Cultural Whiplash

Lobby Desk Concert: Cultural Whiplash

April 21, 2017

Our very own house band, Cultural Whiplash, will be our featured guest for this season’s final Lobby Desk Concert. The show will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature both original songs and cover versions of rock ‘n roll’s greatest hits. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Cultural Whiplash is a multi-talented, eclectic team of players that consists of Steve Trezise on guitar, Harold Peeno on bass, Ginny Meredith on violin, Michael Duncan on drums and Kat Mahoney on vocals.

Lobby Desk Concert: Hal Abercrombie

Lobby Desk Concert: Hal Abercrombie

April 7, 2017

Celebrate the end of the week with a night of piano featuring special guest musician, Hal Abercrombie, for this season’s penultimate Lobby Desk Concert. Over the past 11 years, Hal has performed at over 30 locations in Palm Beach County, and produced two CDs: “Why Katrina Why” with the award-winning Marilynn Seits Jazz Quartet and “Dinner Jazz,” a solo performance album.

The show will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature original songs and American standards. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Jam Night

Jam Night

March 17, 2017

The Cultural Council invites you to our Open mic/Jam night with the very special and talented Cultural Council House Band-Cultural Whiplash. Bring an instrument, play an instrument or sing along, either way just come jam with us. Our House Band has supported many different talents at the Cultural Council and would love to play along with you. Please don’t miss this very special event. There will be refreshments available and good time to be had.

Evenings at the Council jam nights are free and open to the public.

Lobby Desk Concert: Jason Hanley

Lobby Desk Concert: Jason Hanley

March 3, 2017

Jason Hanley seems laid back and mellow but what he can do with a guitar is a bit more complicated.

His style is rooted in jazz and blues. His sound ranges from funk to outright rage. His lyrics can polish loss until it glows, make a programmed population think and even plunge us into wells of compassion just when we thought we’d never care again. His compositions move live audiences to laugh, cry and get mad when getting mad matters.

Then there’s his dreamy, mellifluous side that just lets you relax into an easy groove. “Music ain’t just about hearing with your ears,” Hanley explains. “Your whole body is a receptor. I compare it to a painter’s palette. The more colors the painter has available, the more he or she can paint what’s deep down inside.”

Open Mic

Open Mic

February 17, 2017

 

Lobby Desk Concert: Tailored Soul

Lobby Desk Concert: Tailored Soul

February 3, 2017

Tailored Soul are a musical duo, formed in 2010, comprising the guitar talents of Jason Alexander and vocal stylings of Danielle Moreno. After finding a common bond in their enthusiasm for music, they started performing together shortly after meeting. Combine the powerhouse “sass” of Etta James, the dance moves of James Brown and the smooth soul of Sade—and you have Danielle. Backing her up is Jason, a multi-instrumentalist influenced by early jazz music, on electric guitar and saxophone. The pair never holds back and always gets the crowd going! The show will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Jam Night

Jam Night

January 20, 2017

Lobby Desk Concert: The Jonathan Auerbach Trio

Lobby Desk Concert: The Jonathan Auerbach Trio

January 6, 2017

Three’s certainly not a crowd when you can enjoy an evening of acoustic rock-fusion with The Jonathan Auerbach Trio. Fresh from their first year of rockin’ in Palm Beach County, these hometown heroes head to the Cultural Council headquarters for their second Lobby Desk Concert. The show will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Billie Holiday Jazz Concert

Billie Holiday Jazz Concert

December 16, 2016

For this special Evenings at the Council event, take a trip back to the 1930s with the one and only Yvette Norwood-Tiger and her jazz ensemble. The group will perform works by the late, great Billie Holiday in addition to a few holiday standards.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets now online or call (561) 472‑3338 to pay by phone.

Lobby Desk Concert: Eric Ryan

Lobby Desk Concert: Eric Ryan

November 18, 2016

Country fans can hitch their rides to the Cultural Council headquarters this Friday night for a Lobby Desk Concert featuring “Nashville Star” finalist, Eric Ryan. Eric is a singer/songwriter making the rounds of Palm Beach County with his original country and alternative rock music. The show will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Lobby Desk Concert: Cultural Whiplash

Lobby Desk Concert: Cultural Whiplash

November 4, 2016

Our very own house band, Cultural Whiplash, will be our featured guest for this season’s first Lobby Desk Concert. The show will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature both original songs and cover versions of rock ‘n roll’s greatest hits. Refreshments will be provided gratis.

Cultural Whiplash is a multi-talented, eclectic team of players that consists of Steve Trezise on guitar, Harold Peeno on bass, Ginny Meredith on violin, Michael Duncan on drums and Kat Mahoney on vocals.

Lobby Desk Concert: Jonathan Auerbach Trio

Lobby Desk Concert: Jonathan Auerbach Trio

October 7, 2016

Join us for the first Lobby Desk Concert of the season, featuring the exciting Jonathan Auerbach Trio. Launched in 2016, the South Florida trio is a union of virtuoso talent making waves throughout Palm Beach County.

Jonathan Auerbach, composer, guitar & vocals
Carole Charlin, vocals & percussion
Jose Roman Duque, drums and keyboards


Epicurean Pleasure

Lobby Desk Concert

March 4

Epicurean Pleasure

Open Mic Night

January 15

2015

Open Mic Night

December 18

It’s your last chance to take the Cultural Council stage in 2015 to belt out your favorite songs, compositions or poems before a live audience during Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. in our building. Email mfoster@palmbeachculture.com if you’d like to perform.


Kleya Rice

Photo Credit: Kléya Rice and Shani Simpson


 

Lobby Desk Concert: Kléya

December 4

Kléya Cimrin is a multi-talented actress, screenwriter, vocalist, and choreographer. Trained in stage and opera, she is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theatre Department. She has studied under the direction of actors Danny Glover and Faye Dunaway. Her roots are firmly planted in the arts.

 

Lobby Desk Concert

November 6, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mykal Morrison

In November, an expanded Lobby Desk Concert features three talented local singer/songwriters:

Mykal Morrison

Mykal Morrison is an artist based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. His sound is a pleasant departure from the effect laden, overly processed music that floods the airwaves. His first effort is the full length album titled “Elemental”. A collection of songs that are remnant of a better time in music. A time when you could get an album, just push play, and let it ride.

Yolexis Pena

Yolexis is one of our newest musician members. He is soulful with an abundance of Spanish flair. Fantastic on the guitar and very entertaining.

Maco Monthervil

Maco was born in New York to Haitian parents and got his start singing gospel at Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church in Delray Beach, where he has served as choir director, youth director and church secretary. He was also the lead singer of the Lovers Key. Monthervil’s other project was a Christian album sung in Creole, “Mwen pou Jezu.”


Kyle DJ Thought Holder

 

Lobby Desk Concert: DJ Thought – Kyle Holder

October 2
7 – 8:30 p.m.

DJ Thought is originally from Washington, D.C. and grew up in Delray Beach, Florida. He started Djing in 2010 after gaining local notoriety as a prolific slam poetry artist. DJ Thought has an intense appreciation for the poetry of music and a unique attention to detail for sound quality. His coming of age was in the 90s during the dawn of the Neo-Soul era of the music industry, and early in his DJ career he became known for his ability to set the right vibe for intimate venues and the artistic poetry and open mic scene.

DJ Thought has evolved into a skilled, charismatic DJ and sound support provider who is sought after due to his reliability, professionalism, work ethic, and radio-edited family-friendly selections. He has a special ability to connect with diverse audiences and shift his set list to meet the needs of clients and patrons of all ages. Covering music from a variety of genres and time periods, DJ Thought “Cool Cat #1” is known for taking audiences on an enjoyable and memorable musical journey.

DJ Thought is also the visionary of the Delray Beach based mini-music festival, Funk-Sway. His company, Smooth Bounce Entertainment, produces the event in collaboration with the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. Funk-Sway is a monthly event featuring live entertainment that delivers dynamic R&B, Jazz and Latin sounds.

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Ruby Hummingbird - The Harp Lady

Lobby Desk Concert: Ruby Hummingbird

September 4
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Ruby Hummingbird began playing the Harp in 1984 after giving birth to her first child. Ruby had a recurring dream that she played the harp to soothe her infant and she followed her dream and learned to play! After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ruby moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 and started the Sassafrass Harp business with her Harp maker husband, David.

In 2015, Ruby and David moved to Palm Beach County permanently, where they will continue to share their wonderful Harps. Ruby has performed and instructed over 25 years at festivals, schools, libraries, weddings and arts events.


Jumbo Shrimp

April 3

Jumbo Shrimp

This pint-sized band from Palm Beach County delivers powerful energy, playing their own original music and covering some of the greatest tunes in Rock and Roll. Before hitting the SunFest stage on May 2, you can catch these psychedelic rockers up close and personal at the Cultural Council’s Lobby Desk Concert during Evenings at the Council.



February 20

Open Mic Night


Duover

February 6

DUOVER

A new endeavor with old roots, DUOVER consists of local scene veterans Craig McInnis (Gonemad, Speaking Volumes) and JC Dwyer (Raped Ape, The Mobile Homies), both on Vocals, Guitar and Percussion. Their sound is a showcase of their 2 different backgrounds, an eclectic mish-mash of Funk, Folk, Blues and Country, with the Songs always remaining the focus. They have their way with classic covers and standards, and pack an extensive catalog of original tunes they’ve written together and separately over the course of nearly 20 years of musical collaboration.


Evenings at the Council

January 16

Open Mic Night

On Friday, January 16, the Cultural Council hosted its third Open Mic Night, hosted by Wayne Perry and Vanessa Diaz. This Friday featured a special singing competition with a prize of $100, sponsored by Suri Tapas Bar.

 

2014


Open Mic Night

 

December 19

Open Mic Night

Hosted by Wayne Perry and Vanessa Diaz
Music provided by DJ Thought aka Kyle Holder

Wayne Perry has been performing for a number of years and has hosted his own open mic event in West Palm Beach, “Open Mic, Open World,” which had a huge following and was the place to be to discover new talent. Wayne is an established trombone player and has performed all over America, having had regular features at live music venues throughout Palm Beach County. Vanessa Diaz is an established vocalist and song writer and has been a prominent performer in the local music scene.

Although anyone can apply to perform, only a select few will get the chance to be showcased. We want the selected musicians to really have the chance to shine. Unlike most open mics, our show will offer high quality entertainment.

All those who would like to perform, whether singer, poet, rapper or instrumentalist, are encouraged to contact our Visitor Services and Music Coordinator at mfoster@palmbeachculture.com or (561) 472-3338.


Dr Skitzo Silent Disco

December 5

Silent Disco

This silent disco will be dj’d by Brandon Steinbrecher and Brad Holland. Originally from the West Coast. Dr. Skitzo aka Brandon, likes to think outside the box when it comes to his mixes. Anything from Electro to Dub and DnB, this multi-genre mind bending DJ is guaranteed to have you going crazy over his music. High energy, all day party monster behind the decks. Brandon comes from a family of promoters for EDC and loves the festival and EDM movement. You can now see him perform in SFLA residing at Kavasutra, & Respectables Street Cafe, which is a 25 year staple in the underground.

For more information, contact Marlon Foster at mfoster@palmbeachculture.com or (561) 471-2901.


Open Mic Night

 

November 21

Open Mic Night


On November 21st the Cultural Council will hold its first Open Mic Night.

This inaugural Open Mic Night will be unlike others. Although anyone can apply to perform, only a select few will get the chance to be showcased. We want the selected musicians to really have the chance to shine. Unlike most open mics, our show will offer high quality entertainment. Being part of a select few will give each performer the privilege to really show up fully and bring their craft to the next level, to be the stars of the ‘Cultural Council’s Got Talent’ show.

For future Open Mic Nights we are planning to have a band that will perform musical transitions in between acts, this will create a professional feel and high-class showtime atmosphere. All those who would like to perform are encouraged, whether singer, poet, rapper or instrumentalist, to send an email to mfoster@palmbeachculture.com.

November 7

SugaWack

SugaWack


SugaWack is becoming known around the state of FL, having performed in Jacksonville as part of the Jazz Festival, in Orlando at Timucua Arts White House, and in palm Beach and Broward counties at various festivals and venues. They are seasoned musicians who like to play with or without various conventions, and with or without traditional instrumental roles, creating spontaneous compositions, chamber-type pieces and audioscapes. SugaWack blends the technical and the organic, creating a hybrid of sound as each piece develops. They like to perform and record in various settings of duos, trios and quartets. This keeps it fresh, and provides opportunities to more deeply explore their relationships and varying roles.

On brass and effects will be John D. Beers, on doublebass is David Tomasello, and on drums and toys it’s Jeff Abbott. They will also be joined by Brooklyn alto saxophonist Gary Levy.

SugaWack has three releases so far, all available for download online at sugawack.bandcamp.com. To contact them, email sugawackmusic@gmail.com.


Magic

October 17

Magic

Magic is a 24 year old Florida native who has lived all over the US and spent some of his time out in England where he studied music. His musical talents are just as diverse as he is; whether its singing, rapping, poetry, playing the guitar, drums, keyboard he can do it all with ease.

Magic is known for his charisma on and off stage and always puts on an entertaining event and loves to engage with the crowd…. I guess that’s why they call him Magic he can do just about anything.


Dennica Pearl Worrell

September 19

Dennica Pearl Worrell

Dennica’s performance is a mix of genres, including jazz, soul, pop and R&B.

JC Dwyer

May 16

On May 16, come by the Cultural Council to hear local musician JC Dwyer perform from 5 – 7 p.m. Our galleries currently feature Art Outside the Walls: En Plein Air and solo exhibitions from Leora Stewart and Raymond Neubert.


Ruby Hummingbird - The Harp Lady

March 21

The Harp Lady

Join us in March as our featured musician – Ruby (The Harp Lady) – plays Traditional, Classical, Contemporary and Seasonal Selections. Admission is always free, so come enjoy the live music while you stroll through our gallery and browse our Uniquely Palm Beach store and Cultural Information Center. Currently, the gallery will feature the Interior Design: The Florida Room exhibition, on display through March 29.Ruby began tap dancing at age 5, in front of the Ed Sullivan Show. The rest is history…Over the years Ruby became a professional musician, entertainer, and teacher. She sings, dances and plays the harp, ukulele and percussion instruments, not all simultaneously. Ruby has performed for 25 years, for all ages, at festivals, schools, libraries, weddings and arts events.


Mykal Morrison

Valentine’s Day with Mykal Morrison

February 14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Cultural Council (and that special someone, of course) by joining us for Evenings with the Council. Enjoy the Interior Design: The Florida Room exhibition in our gallery while you’re serenaded by the smooth sounds of local musician, Mykal Morrison. And you might even find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift in the Uniquely Palm Beach store. Then, be sure to pick up a Restaurant Club card and take a romantic stroll down the avenues where you’ll receive special discounts at various restaurants – including Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Mykal Morrison is an artist based out of West Palm Beach, Florida, and a favorite of some of the Council staff. His sound is a pleasant departure from the effect laden, overly processed music that floods the airwaves. His first effort, the full length album titled “Elemental”, is a collection of songs that are remnant of a better time in music. A range of music that goes from hooking up (Tonight) to heartbreaks (Next To You) as well as tracks that are sobering observations about the tribulations of life (Population Hope, Elemental).Check him out on ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/mykalmorrison

 

2013

December 20

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is Palm Beach County’s premiere community-based children’s choir. They are a multi-racial, multi-cultural arts education organization based centrally in West Palm Beach at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and whose enrollment for the 2012-2013 choir season is comprised of singers in grades 3-12 from all parts of Palm Beach County’s diverse racial, ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic communities.Stop by the Cultural Council and hear the Young Singers’ talented Cantate Ensemble sing a selection of Holiday favorites from 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at www.yspb.org.



December 6

Christian Rivera

Christian Rivera was born in the South Bronx and soon moved to South Florida as an adolescent. He grew up listening to all types and styles of music including Salsa, Soul, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical and Hip Hop.While in Florida he started performing for the youth in church and got good early exposure to the stage as a result. In the 6th grade, he started to play in a local Salsa group called “Tropical Sounds Orchestra” and later on in high school he developed a strong passion for songwriting and music production.After High School Christian moved further south to West Palm Beach where he started working with a management team called the A.O.N Group and produced his freshman Album “Jusill Presents Street Poetry”. This led to an opportunity to create radio beds for radio personality Ciarra “The midday Goddess” of the Hip Hop and RnB Station X102.3. He later produced a Jazz-inspired record called “Life of an Angel” on the “DESEO” album for Sony Jazz Saxophonist artist Jerry D.

Christian re-located to various cities including New York and Atlanta in relentless pursuit of his musical passions, most recently he re-connected with producer David Abraham who agreed to executive-produce a new EP to be released in 2013. The first-fruits of this collaboration has yielded the release of “Silhouette Love” a romantic ballad written by Philadelphia songwriter Samuell, who also directed a compelling video that has been receiving raving reviews on YouTube.

Christian is currently hard at work completing his EP which promises to be an eclectic mix of modern rhythms, catchy lyrics and thoughtful messages. Stay tuned.



November 15

Bak Middle School of the Arts Piano Majors

October 18

Raggy Monster

Raggy Monster is an Indie Rock/Classical/Alternative band based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. After playing countless shows all over Florida, including Sunfest (opened for Train), Moonfest (opened for Bow Wow Wow), and Respectable Street’s 25th anniversary (opened for The Misfits), and releasing their debut album and music video, Raggy is now preparing for their first East Coast tour. The story behind the name goes back to Billy Schmidt’s early childhood:Long ago, during arts and crafts time, Billy created Raggy Monster. He was his imaginary best friend/bodyguard/alter ego throughout Kindergarten. More than a decade later this simple drawing that remains in Billy’s hometown of Mount Dora, FL would be the inspiration for the band’s name.Nowadays Raggy Monster (The band) has been extremely busy playing shows all around Florida and has already begun working on their next album, which Billy promises to be “more mature, creative, and blow your dentures out” than the first.www.raggymonster.com



September 20

Mykal Morrison

Mykal Morrison is an artist based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. His sound is a pleasant departure from the effect laden, overly processed music that floods the airwaves. His first effort, the full length album titled “Elemental”, is a collection of songs that are remnant of a better time in music. A range of music that goes from hooking up (Tonight) to heartbreaks (Next To You) as well as tracks that are sobering observations about the tribulations of life (Population Hope, Elemental).

Though new to you this is a project many years in the making. A culmination of many tastes and disciplines aquired over a great period of time and “Elemental” is a stellar reflection of this fact. With musical influences as varied as Andrea Bocelli, Trent Reznor, Fiona Apple, Ray Lamontagne, Tool, Beethoven, Imogen Heap, and Boyz 2 Men, it is not hard to believe that the sound, genre, and even messages in his music differ on a song by song basis. However the one constant that remains prominent in Mykal’s body of work, is passion.

Although his sound is mainly a combination of reggae, island, and spanish stylings, which all can be found in abundance in the melting pot that is South Florida, he is by no means limited to them alone. Listen closely and you will hear folk, alternative, punk, blues, and rock influences as well. One thing for sure is that the sky is truly the limit for what this artist can do.
www.reverbnation.com/mykalmorrison


Mykal Morrison