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Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ!

Gary Santucci’s SPANJAZZ! A World Beat Jazz Project: Saturday, July 13. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors / un(der)waged.  A collection of musical compositions inspired by world music rhythms, performed in a jazz context by the 6-piece world-beat jazz ensemble, SPANJAZZ! Featuring: Jordan Abraham – keyboard, Jeff Plumbley – trumpet, Aidan Sibley – trombone, James Gannett – bass, Rob Santos – drums and Gary Santucci – guitar. All musicians are highly respected performers in their own fields; the juxtaposition of their different styles and approaches creates the unique sound and experience that is SPANJAZZ!

The Passion of Flamenco! ADALANTE: Sat, July 6.

The Passion of Flamenco! ADALANTE: Makeda Benitez with Dennis Duffin & Tamar Ilana: Saturday, July 6. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. “Adelante” or “Onwards” is a passionate night of Flamenco straight from Seville, Spain — full of emotional bursts of expression to dramatic flurries of technical prowess. Toronto’s talented young dancer Makeda Benítez returns from studying and performing in Seville, Spain, to present a traditional Flamenco show “Adelante” in Toronto. She is accompanied by Flamenco guitarist Dennis Duffin (also based in Seville) and singer/dancer Tamar Ilana (of Ventanas fame). www.tamarilana.com
The show will transport you to the tablaos in the small streets of Seville. Featuring solos of guitar, singing and dance.
Makeda Benitez with “Persamenco” in Toronto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afLvPt6Idqo
https://www.facebook.com/mak.ben.77

FRIDAY VARIETY SHOW! Larry Smith’s Hi-Larry-Us! Comedy, with Renee Christiansen, Gus Apostolos, & El Santucci: Friday, June 21

FRIDAY VARIETY SHOW! Larry Smith’s Hi-Larry-Us! Comedy, with Renee Christiansen, Gus Apostolos, & El Santucci: Friday, June 21: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20/ $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged. The perpetrators of this Comedy Variety Show decided to give this night a touch of diversity…. Join the irrepressible Cartoonist/ Stand-Up Comedian Larry Smith and musicians Renee Christiansen (powerful, sultry, bluesy voice), Costas Gus Apostolos (finger-style guitar from rock to flamenco) and Gary Santucci (flamenco, classical & jazz guitar).

The Kerr St Big Band: Friday, June 14

The Kerr St Big Band: Friday, June 14. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. “The Kerr St Big Band is excited to be bringing our swinging style for our first engagement at the Pearl Company! Playing the music of the big band era and beyond, we are an 18-piece band under the direction of trumpeter Ray Chantler. The evening will feature Basie classics, along with some contemporary Gordon Goodwin arrangements. We are pleased to showcase the passionate and polished Claire Rodger on vocals, singing such favourites as “A Foggy Day” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Join us for an evening of toe-tapping fun!”
“Rodger has an interesting and unpredictable voice steering boldly between brassy bravado and the trite and lite…a sunny and appealing sound” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star.

Colour Film: New Songs. With HarpAcash: Sat. June 15

Colour Film: New Songs. Special guest HarpAcash. Saturday, June 15. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.
Music for your mind’s eye. With songs that play like home movies rich in imagery and characters, Colour Film is the stage name of Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete.  Mixing a storyteller’s eye for detail with melodic pop hooks, he takes snapshots of everyday life to illuminate the threads beneath the surface. Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and meeting Beck. For this concert, Colour Film will play new and unreleased songs with a small ensemble.  www.colourfilm.ca
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_judrBFsfiE
HarpAcash
is a duo from Barrie who blend R&B-infused pop songs with jazz and soul elements, incredible vocal range, and unique scat-like rhythms.  www.harpacash.com

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25

The Jazz Connection Big Band: Saturday, May 25. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20. They’re back!!! Catch the powerful sound of this fabulous big band in our relaxed, atmospheric venue. The JCBB is a well-established 17-piece jazz ensemble comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians, performing only the best modern big band charts from the books of Goodwin, Martin, Menza, Rich, Basie, and many other great contemporary composers. Jazz Connection delivers high energy, uncompromising, straight ahead jazz, funk, and Latin, combining the highest level of musicianship and great charts in an entertaining show that engages both the jazz enthusiast and the casual listener. The excellent acoustics at The Pearl easily accommodate their very cool (& hot!) surround-sound. “This is one of the most exciting, entertaining and musically interesting jazz ensembles to come along in many years – the musicianship, the repertoire and the energy are all of the highest level!” Nick Deutsch – Mohawk College, Faculty of Music.  www.jazzconnection.ca  Listen: http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=2691

Big Johnny Blue: Not a CD Release! Friday, May 17

Big Johnny Blue: Friday, May 17. 8:00pm, $20 / $15 students/seniors/wage-challenged…. The show will not be a CD Release because of technical details… Johnny will explain.
Like the blues? You’ll love them Big Johnny Blue style!  Big Johnny’s a Hamilton guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Hamilton Blues Society. No matter the venue, Big Johnny captivates his audience with the winning sounds of what he has coined “Hammer Blues”. His brand new CD showcases the evolution of Big Johnny Blue’s original music. Guitar: Robert Tyler, Bassist: Brad Hill, Blues Harmonica: Charly Chiarelli, Drummer: Steve Ruddick, Back up vocals: Luanne Carrier. Come, revive your soul with great new music! With special guest opening act, Thom Adkins.

Leanne Hoffman with Kim Harris: Saturday, May 18

Leanne Hoffman with Kim Harris: Saturday, May 18. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/ seniors/ un(der)waged.  Those east coast female voices! Leanne Hoffman’s work is a tribute to the magic of songwriting. The Halifax based singer-songwriter can lift words off a page and hearts out of their chests. It is the pursuit of that magical pairing of lyrics and melody that lead her to create unique songs that are impossible to ignore. Her debut solo-album, “What Remains” produced by Erin Costelo feels equally indebted to contemporary pop acts like Metric as it does to songwriting greats like Randy Newman and Paul Simon. Hoffman’s lyrics and resonant voice are front and centre: she’s singing about subjects from romance to family and aging to gender equality, sharing her soul as she chases that magical musical synergy.
Kim Harris’ emotionally driven alternative pop is rich, deep and moving. Her sophomore LP, Heirloom, produced by Daniel Ledwell, will be released in January 2020 with its first release and title track coming this spring

Valdy! Sunday, May 5

Valdy: Sunday, May 5. 7:30pm. $25: Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 36 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist, storyteller, and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. Thirteen albums, 2 major Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a 7 Juno nominations, and 4 Gold albums to his credit, has made Valdy a true folk icon. He has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at Texas’ prestigious Kerrville Festival. Today, he is based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat.
Anyone who has seen Valdy perform knows his shows are energetic, engaging, and a ton of fun. We are delighted to have him back at The Pearl!
www.valdy.com   Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

REGRESSTiVAL! Entertainment for your INNER Child. Friday, April 19

REGRESSTiVAL! Entertainment for your INNER Child. Friday, April 19.  Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $15 / PWYC 19+..Puppetry! Claymation! Music! Whimsy! Prizes! Colouring! Child-LiKE whimsical, eccentric, eclectic, electric entertainment of all kinds…for the kid iN you… Live Music by Will Gillespie, Dave Gould & Chris Cracknell, Art and animations by Susan Robinson.
REGRESSTiVAL!!! In this day and age of Adult cartoons, graphic novels, special collectors edition action figures, adult onesie pyjamas, and chewable gummy arthritis medication we decided to “celebrate” this brave new world with a childhood-regression festival of our own.
Hosted by Johnathan P. Bowles from “Toilet Humour” with his potty-mouthed cousin Lou, this show features music by the world’s preeminent Loo-ist, Dave Gould, the always artful and engaging Chris Cracknell and Singer-Songwriter Will Gillespie as well as live puppetry, videos, claymation and introducing the Middle Finger Puppets. http://www.willgillespie.ca  http://www.davegould.ca

Celebrating the Arts! Thurs to Sun, April 11-14

Celebrating the Arts! April 11-14. Doors 6:30 pm. Curtain 8:00 pm sharp. Matinee April 14: Doors 12:30 pm. Curtain 2:00pm sharp. Tickets: $25 online or at the door. You are cordially invited to The Pearl Company for An Evening of Theatre, Visual Arts and Live Music in support of SAVIS of Halton and #FeedtheHammer . Start Spring right! Support this fundraising initiative complete with a silent auction, 50/50 draw, food drive, live theatre, visual arts displays and a full musical set by RnR. Special Musical guests include Robert Laszcz, Rod McTaggart, and Chris Reid, laying down those solid grooves while you browse works of art by professional local artists, bid in the silent auction, and take part in the 50/50 draw. At 8pm, round off the evening with 2 one-act plays: The Dilemma, a black comedy written and directed by Joel Pettigrew, starring Lucas James and Thomas Sarigiannidis, and Carol Churchill’s A Number, directed by David Nash and starring Chris Reid and Rod McTaggart. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break in the program.

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31

ENCUENTRO FLAMENCO: Sunday, March 31, Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $20. A quest for freedom within the constraints of tradition. The artists: Tamar Ilana: vocals/dance; Matt Sellick: flamenco guitar; Derek Gray: percussion.
The dancer calls, the musicians answer; the guitarist sings and the singer replies. Each is an individual artist, but together, it becomes a whole universe into which the audience is invited. In Encuentro, Tamar and Matt share their discovery of each other as artists, themselves as individuals, and what it means to be Canadian flamenco artists. In this encounter between the new and the old, the original and the traditional, the composed and the interpreted, Tamar and Matt rearrange traditional pieces, present original choreographies, and share new compositions.
Powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana has studied, lived and performed in Paris, Seville and Barcelona; she has been featured in flamenco festivals across North America. She is releasing her third album with her award-winning band, Ventanas, this May. Tamarilana.com (more…)

Jazz @ The Pearl: April 4, 5 & 6

Jazz @ The Pearl:  April 4, 5 & 6: Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $15 students/seniors/un(der)waged. A weekend of great jazz with talented practitioners of the art!

MOJO (Men of Jazz Octet): Thurs. Apr. 4, is a Hamilton based combo playing Cool, Hardbop and Beyond. They cover from hard bop to modern composers like Freddie Hubbard. MOJO’s a bit edgier, a bit more in your face than a traditional octet. Lindsay Paul formed them to bring together great players with a repertoire which challenges them. Come out and get your mojo on with an energy filled night of Jazz..

David Brideau Quartet CD Release: Fri. April 5, Brideau has covered a lot of styles in his musical journey; he thrives upon the motivation of finding something new. Come hear the latest foray through his new CD! David Brideau (jazz guitar), Jonas Pearson Paavola (bass), Vince Waters (drums), and Michael Morabito (saxophone).

The Hamilton Dixieland Allstars: Sat. April 6. The Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars have been entertaining audiences from Toronto to Niagara Falls for 15 years. Six highly talented and entertaining musicians perform a vast repertoire of music played in the Dixieland style.

Gary Santucci’s Concert for Colin Macdonald Community School: Sat. March 30

A Fundraising Concert for Colin Macdonald Community School: Saturday March 30. Doors: 7:00pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 (More if you wish…).  Guitarist/composer Gary Santucci will be performing his original works for solo classical and flamenco guitar.  He will present a program that he has been working on for months (years actually) and plans to take on the road! All proceeds will be donated to Colin Macdonald Community School (an individualized, interest-led, and self-directed education in a holistic Montessori-based learning environment – which Barbara co-founded with the late Colin). Gary’s granddaughter Charlie is a student at the school. It’s her ‘favourite place in the world.’  www.colinmacdonald.ca

Together Again! Erin & Nara! Leonard, Burns & Dell! Robin Benedict! Saturday, March 23

Together Again! Erin & Nara! Leonard, Burns & Dell! Robin Benedict! Saturday, March 23. Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8:00. Tickets: $20 / $25 at the door. With Amy Di Nino.  It’s been 2 ½ years since these women performed together!  Come join them for a Farewell to The Pearl Company Variety Show! Featuring the harmonious vocal wonders: Leonard, Burns & Dell! (Strong solo artists all, they’re good friends who love to make music, write songs, and sing harmonies.) The musical comedy stylings of Erin & Nara! (Unbelievably creative, over-the-top hilarious, and just generally not-to-be-missed!)  WithSpecial’ Guest the soulful powerhouse Robin Benedict! (Raw and fearless vocals with a distinctly vulnerable cadence. She packs a potent punch live!) A truly special concert from these truly special women.  What a night; you don’t want to miss this one!


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