Blue Bamboo Center For the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3), NON-PROFIT, charitable corporation. Registration #: CH46010


We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Blue Bamboo!

Please scroll down to see upcoming events and to purchase tickets. Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.

If you missed a recent event, it may be archived over on our video page the very next day.  Please check it out. 


Julian Bond - Socially Distanced Online Only

Sat, Jul 11 @ 8PM

What does this amazing composer, arranger, magician and man about town have up his sleeve this time?  Classical?  Jazz?  Magic?  All three?  Join us to find out.  Always spellbinding.

Julian Bond is a Pianist, Vocalist, Composer, and Arranger, with a love of diverse musical styles. He was born in England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating with an Honors degree in Composition. He has worked internationally as a composer, pianist, conductor and producer. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where he diversifies himself among many companies, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Julian has won numerous awards for his playing and writing, including EMI’s “Make Music” award, the Guildhall’s Alexander Grotsz Prize for composition, and in 2004 was named one of the USA’s top 10 young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies. He has written for several notable and diverse clients, including Nancy Kerrigan’s Ice Castle Show.

Julian performs a tremendous repertoire of songs. He composes new material and arranges music for The MasterSounds. Julian is also an accomplished professional Magician!

This show is being presented online only. No live audience. To purchase tickets, click Watch Online below. You will receive an email confirmation with a link that says "Access Online Event." A few minutes before the show, click the Access Online Event link and enjoy the show. You can also watch the show anytime after the actual show time by clicking the Access Online Event link in your email confirmation.

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Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  DVD option is also available.


Jack Graham and Madeline Pots Songs and Stories - Just Us

Fri, Jul 17 @ 8PM

Jack and Madeline are well known to fans of the Blue Bamboo, Living Room Theatre, and Pechakucha, and Orlando Storytellers.  Their shows are always thoughtful, inspiring, full of humor, and most of all LOVE.  They always turn out to be just what you needed.  Join us for another moving journey.

This show is being presented online only. No live audience. To purchase tickets, click Watch Online below. You will receive an email confirmation with a link that says "Access Online Event." A few minutes before the show, click the Access Online Event link and enjoy the show. You can also watch the show anytime after the actual show time by clicking the Access Online Event link in your email confirmation.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO WATCH ONLINE 

Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  DVD option also available.


Blue Bamboo's 4-year Anniversary!

Sat, Jul 18 @ 8PM

We made it!  Hard to believe we're still here, but we defied the odds again.  Come to the celebration featuring the Orlando Jazz Orchestra Septet!

This show is being presented online only. No live audience. To purchase tickets, click Watch Online below. You will receive an email confirmation with a link that says "Access Online Event." A few minutes before the show, click the Access Online Event link and enjoy the show. You can also watch the show anytime after the actual show time by clicking the Access Online Event link in your email confirmation.

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Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  DVD option also available.


Lakeside Chamber Players - Summer Winds Program

Sun, Jul 19 @ 3PM

Lakeside Chamber Players presents a delightfully enchanting woodwind quintet concert featuring

David Suarez - Flute, Charles McGee - Oboe, Jesse Gilday - Clarinet, Janet Harris - Bassoon, Sharon Janezic - French Horn

Wind Quintet

Paul Taffanel (1844-1908)

I. Allegro con Moto

II. Andante

III. Vivace

Wind Quintet, Opus 43 

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

I. Allegro ben moderato

II. Menuetto

III. Praeludeum. Adagio. Tema con variazioni: Un poco andantino

This show is being presented online only. No live audience. To purchase tickets, click Watch Online below. You will receive an email confirmation with a link that says "Access Online Event." A few minutes before the show, click the Access Online Event link and enjoy the show. You can also watch the show anytime after the actual show time by clicking the Access Online Event link in your email confirmation.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO WATCH ONLINE

Watch online anytime after 3PM on day of show, for the next year.  DVD option is also available.


An Evening of Bossa Nova and Jazz with Daniela Soledade and the Nate Najar Trio

Fri, 7/24 @ 8PM

Featuring Daniela Soledade on vocals, Nate Najar on guitar, Joe Porter on bass, Ed Metz on drums and Alvon Griffin on percussion.

Downbeat Magazine calls her a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil among others. As a child Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and maintains a busy performing schedule. Her debut album, “A Moment of You” was re- leased September 6, 2019 on Blue Line Music Records.

Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess- not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene...." Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd says it best: "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!!!"  

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Terri Binion

Sat, 7/25 @ 8PM

Join us for an emotional evening of song.

"Orlando, Florida-based singer songwriter Terri Binion has just released The Day After The Night Before and there is a wealth of inspiration and heartache in this powerful collection of eleven songs.

This immensely personal group of songs has an intensity and honesty that is hard to neglect.  It is not just raw emotion on display here though.  The fine songwriting is beautifully detailed and captivating arrangements permeate the album.  And it is not bitter and depressing, there is hope and a sense of looking forward." Rob Dickens, No Depression

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Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  Online access included with live ticket.  DVD option also available.


Brad and Tina Hunting-Gant - A Visit to Vienna

Sun, Jul 26 @ 3PM

For over 25 years, Brad and Tina Gant have artistically collaborated to perform classical violin and piano masterpieces. This program features works of composers from Vienna, renowned for cultivating classical masters. Enjoy Mozart's cheerful, elegant Sonata in G Major and Beethoven's vibrant second Sonata. Immerse yourself in the rich lyricism of the Sonata in A Major by Brahms, and be thrilled by the virtuosity of some of Fritz Kreisler's favorite showpieces.

 

 

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Watch online anytime after 3PM on day of show, for the next year.  Online access included with live ticket.  DVD option also available.


Cortez and Koelble

Fri, 7/31 @ 8PM

Chris Cortez is the owner of Blue Bamboo and an accomplished songwriter and recording artist.  Bobby Koelble is a frequent performer with his own groups and as everyone's favorite sideman.  Together they explore the possibilities of the Jazz guitar duet format.  The material is eclectic and involves both instrumental and vocal selections.  

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Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  Online access included with live ticket.  DVD option also available.


Beth McKee and her Funky Time Band

Sat, 8/1 @ 8PM

Art and activism. It’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins with traveled Orlando musician Beth McKee. But these days, that separation matters less and less.

Musician Beth McKee is the gestalt of all the places she’s settled. From her native Mississippi where she learned the blues firsthand from Malaco Records session musicians to her immersion in the scenes of Austin, New Orleans, and now Orlando – all their musical terroir is in her sound. But those influences, too, have become less distinct in the distillation of Beth’s aesthetic. You’ll recognize the hues if you really wanna parse it. But if you just listen, you’ll hear a sound that is quintessentially Southern. It’s tapped from the roots and rolls like honey. And that voice is rich and fortified but never has to peacock to show its easy radiance.

A working pianist since she was 14, Beth McKee’s identity really began when she moved to Austin, Texas. From the trenches of bars and blues bands, she was recruited by harmonica legend Greg “Fingers” Taylor to join his band and embarked on a tour opening for Jimmy Buffett. Afterwards, Beth moved to New Orleans to join noted ‘90s bayou-country band Evangeline, which was discovered and signed by Buffett to his Margaritaville Records label. She released two albums with Evangeline before setting out to make her own mark.

Beth’s solo career has spanned this decade with several albums, including a 2010 tribute to Louisiana music icon Bobby Charles (I’m That Way). The legend himself was so impressed with her interpretations of his songs that she was invited to sing with him on his own record Timeless, the last before his death. “Bobby Charles mastered simplicity and universal truth in his songs; Beth was his favorite interpreter of the bared-soul truth his songs communicated,” says Jim Bateman, Charles’ longtime manager. “Everything she does taps into that universal thread that everyone understands without thinking.”

In addition to touring and coordinating the Swamp Sistas, Beth mentors songwriters, conducts songwriting clinics as musical “informances” at various Southern universities, and hosts a songwriters series in Orlando to showcase homegrown and visiting talent, as well as road-test her own material.

While her records are slices of soul, Beth McKee’s energy has progressively become more oversoul. As the founding principal of Swamp Sistas, she mobilizes an ever-growing alliance of over 2,700 creative and active Southern women that’s inclusive of all age and genre. More relevant than ever, the Swamp Sistas support not just each other but their home communities at large. Artistically, they collaborate, mentor, and perform in the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle. Philanthropically, they organize and perform to raise money and awareness for targeted local causes and organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank in major events like the Swamp Sistas La Las, Beth’s big reimagination of the traditional Creole house party.

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Watch online anytime after 8PM on day of show, for the next year.  Online access included with live ticket.  DVD option also available.


 

John Charles

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Singer, songwriter, comedian John Charles brings the perfect harmonies of comedy and music to the stage. He is one of the most popular performers in the corporate, convention and cruise markets. Voted “Best Solo Artist” by American Entertainment Magazine and “Best Local Performer” by Orlando Magazine, John Charles combines his incredible singing voice and guitar playing, with his quick witted improvisation and unique audience participation which results in one explosive reaction, yet the atmosphere remains light and informal.

John Charles has shared the stage with world renowned acts such as John Davidson, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, Del Vikings, The Temptations and Doobie Brothers just to name a few. John Charles has written and produced over 40 songs for the Walt Disney Company. All these ingredients make for a WOW evening of entertainment! With his ability to customize his material he is perfect for session openers and closers.

John Charles knows how to entertain any audience, anywhere, with material that is appropriate for all ages. John Charles leaves everyone with the feeling that the entire show was created especially for them. It’s no surprise that no two shows are ever alike. From Country to Rap, Rock & Roll to Broadway, John Charles will take you on a wild ride through his magical land of music and comedy!

https://johncharlesent.wixsite.com/johncharles/

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Mark Dawson

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Orlando resident, Mark Dawson is the lead vocalist and bass guitarist for the legendary pop/rock band The Grass Roots. He also splits his time as a solo recording artist, and a nationally-syndicated radio show host.

On Saturday, November 28 at 8pm, Mark will perform his 3rd Annual “Mark Dawson & Friends” Holiday Concert (special guests TBA) at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park, FL.

Tickets for this year’s event are $20 in advance. Tickets are limited, so get yours early.

*A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NAMI Greater Orlando Foundation. NAMI Greater Orlando is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and supporting families affected by mental illness.

https://markdawson.us

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Community Tickets – Please consider purchasing additional tickets, for “community” status.  Community Tickets are given free of charge, to someone who cannot afford to attend.  Retirees, shut-ins, students, etc… are given the opportunity to attend the show thanks to your generosity.  Blue Bamboo will match every community ticket sold.  Unclaimed tickets are applied to the next event.  If you would like to donate community tickets, just purchase the additional tickets, and send an email to bluebambooartcenter@yahoo.com with the subject line “Community’  In the body, please indicate which show, and how many tickets you intended for “community status.”  If you’d like to be considered to receive community tickets, please contact Melody Cortez at MelodyCortez@live.com or call 407-636-9951.