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Please scroll to see upcoming events and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door.  We offer a 20% student or military discount.  Just present your student or military ID and purchase your ticket at the door or call ahead to reserve your seats.  Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.  

Important!  If you have received free tickets from one of our sponsors, please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your seat.  We may not be able to guarantee your seat without a reservation.


New Program!  Community TicketsPlease 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.


Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle

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

Not much is more magical than friends swapping songs and stories in an intimate setting, especially when they chime in on each others' tunes and musically support each other. Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas Songwriting Circle brings a captivating evening of songs, harmony and conversation. Joining Beth in the Circle are Hannah Harber, Zoya Zafar, Amy Robbins (Maple Sparrow) and Renee Arozqueta (Renee is a Zombie) with Tracey Gibbs on percussion.

Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas Songwriting Circle is a collective of female songwriters of varying ages and stages. The group kicks off the Swamp Sistas La La at Orlando Fringe Fest each year and plays a key role in raising funds to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida feed hungry kids during the summer months, over $50,000 to date!

Steve Arvey

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

Seasoned blues veteran plays solo and demonstrates the cigar box guitar, one of the original designs for delta blues musicians at the turn of the century. These hand crafted instruments are enjoying a revival of sorts. Steve will also play acoustic solo guitar as part of the program.

https://youtu.be/MduRjqv43vQ

http://youtu.be/auY4Vx99MfE

http://stevearvey.com/blog/

Read about the history of the cigar box guitar here: https://www.daytonabeachbluessociety.org/home.html

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

Jeff Rupert Quartet

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

"When I heard his sound, it was like a girl saying Yes!"- jazz guitarist Eddie Condon upon hearing Bix Beiderbecke for the first time.

Jeff Rupert and his Quartet play music about the kinder, smarter sex, and man's greatest weakness.

Joining the group will be: Tom Parmerter - trumpet Marty Morell - drums Richard Drexler - Piano Ben Kramer - bass

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Rupert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqs5Fm3DGw

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Thursday Night Hang: Steve Luciano Trio

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

Free admission!

Steve Luciano leads his swinging trio! Steve on guitar; Ron Mills on keys; Walt Hubbard on drums. Don't miss it!

Guitarist and educator, Steve Luciano has performed with many jazz musicians including, Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb and Adam Nussbaum. He has also performed with Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Michael Feinstein, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight.

Steve has participated in the television program “ Jazz Here and Now” for WCEU Public Television in Daytona Beach Florida, with one of his original compositions being aired. He has also been part of the pit orchestra for “The Broadway Series” at the Bob Carr performing arts center in Orlando, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Steve also wrote a jazz guitar method book for Alfred publishing entitled “Jazz Sounds for Guitar."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjwcjcSXntA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZ76CqJM_o

Dan Jordan Trio presents Sound Sculptures featuring Fred Johnson and Michael Ross

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

An eclectic mix of standards, R&B and unique improvisational interactions between Fred and the audience.

Dan Jordan has been an educator and musician since 1976. He has a flexible and common sense approach to teaching and playing. He was titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and has performed with a multitude of renowned artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many more. He has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless other shows and productions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CmBIIjbhfI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQkRHlUVfcc

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The Conglomerate

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

The Orlando based jazz-funk-R&B fusion ensemble returns to the Bamboo!

The group originated the Conglomerate Performance Series, a recurring concert series, that served as the debut for the collective, and drew a definitive line in the metaphoric sand separating them from the pack.

The Conglomerate comprises musicians and producers who have created and contributed to works by LaRue Howard, Hananeel, Jazmin Ghent; performed with Tye Tribbett, Haley Reinhart (American Idol), The American Gospel Choir, Sisaundra Lewis (The Voice) and Disney ensembles.

The band moves as a cohesive unit of old souls performing original music or standards with vivid passion and pure organic leanings that harken back to a time past.

https://youtu.be/7Ymp3pgUEfM

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

Selwyn Birchwood

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

The Selwyn Birchwood band returns to the Bamboo for another smash show. Don't miss it. Alligator Records top tier act.

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulance, Birchwood's meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics' Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band—saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney "Big Love" Girlie—takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.

https://www.selwynbirchwood.com

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Vivacity - Great Gatsby Event!

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

Show Time: 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Vivacity brings you the glitter, glamour and hot jazz of the 1920s for another Great Gatsby Event! Bring your dance shoes and get ready to swing dance the night away to classic tunes from the 1920s-1950s, or come to enjoy the fabulous music of the Vivacity band.

Featuring Heather Thorn on xylophone and guest drummer, Eddie Metz!

Visit @VivacityMusic for more information. Be sure to buy your tickets early- the last one sold out!

$25 general admission/ $20 students/ $150 for a VIP table for four including one bottle of house wine or four drinks.

Visit www.vivacitymusic.com and @VivacityMusic for more information about the band.

Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

Bobby Koelble Band Plays Led Zeppelin!

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

Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz arrangements of the music of Led Zeppelin, featuring a nine-piece band of all-star Orlando musicians with the amazing Kaleigh Baker on vocals.

Bobby Koelble is a guitarist and teacher whose artistry ranges from straight-ahead jazz to heavy metal. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and was a member of the foundational death metal band Death. He also released four albums as the guitarist/vocalist/composer for the eclectic rock band Junkierush. Today, Koelble is a professor of Jazz guitar at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He is guitarist for the Dave LaRue Band, The Absinthe Trio, and is a member of the hit jazz group "The Jazz Professors," who have released two Top Twenty Billboard Jazz albums to date. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Chris Potter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Drew Jr. and the finest jazz musicians in Central Florida.

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1859054557444065/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePgBB3f7b8

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Brooklyn

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

Storyteller Madeline L Pots takes us on a journey through her Brooklyn childhood. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes serious, these are her stories of growing up in an eccentric family in that great urban ethnic melting pot. The show is augmented with the musical stylings of jazz artist Dan Jordan, Jonathan Bear on bells and Brooklyn poems by Johanna Jordan, read by Elizabeth Levensohn.
Madeline has performed nationally, including at The National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN, Exchange Place Concert and the National Storytelling Festival Slam. Her stories have been aired on NPR. She is the Grand Slam Orlando Story Club Champion for 2016 and 2017. Her tales touch the heart and awaken the stories within the hearts of her listeners.

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Smokin' Torpedoes

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

Orlando's premiere boogie blues band! http://www.orlando-blues.com

The Smokin' Torpedoes consist of four experienced musicians committed to providing an entertaining, live performance based on a variety of jazz & blues influences. Each member brings their own unique style to the band, providing every listener with genuine blues rhythms, melodies and the charisma associated with bands paying tribute to the music we all love…the BLUES.

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez Trio

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

Free admission!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris Cortez ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world.

The always joyful Chuck Archard is an accomplished bassist, composer and educator. His original works have been played on all of the major television networks as well as HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and thirty international markets. His music has been used in numerous motion pictures including, Career Girls, Substance Of Fire and Santa, Jr. He is the author of two of the best selling bass instruction books, "Building Bass Lines" and "No Brainer Bass" published by Alfred, Inc. and has had two articles published in Bass Player Magazine. Chuck is an in demand studio musician playing on more than one hundred CDs, national television commercials and is the bassist for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard educational publications. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell, Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows.

Drummer extraordinaire, Marc Clermont, is also a vocalist, solo performer, guitarist, percussionist and CEO of Airtight Music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1772161886133333/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music