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The Landscape of Guitar: Animated Painting Concert Experience

Friday, February 23, 2024; 7:30pm

Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like “Malaguena” to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of “Sounds of Silence” this duo takes the art of guitars to another dimension with their new animated animated painting concert experience. A colorful backdrop of lush vibrant painted landscapes based on the guitar theme flows thru the concert. Moving in 3D guitar birds fly through guitar mountains and over guitar rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive with music in this unforgettable surround art experience.

Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. Terra Guitarra is reviewed as “one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world” - Zone Music Reporter. They have 4 top 5 internationally charting albums including Of Sea & Stars winner of “Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2017”. Public Radio favorite Patchouli features Julie’s sparkling lead vocals, beautiful duets and award winning compositions. The Chicago Tribune says the duo’s “songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit”. See and hear “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel, the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings and the colors of Van Gogh”.

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The Music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Featuring Drummer Paul Gavin

Thursday, February 29, 2024; 7:30pm

Art Blakey was both a powerhouse drummer and a charismatic bandleader who co-founded The Jazz Messengers and led the legendary group from 1956 until his death in 1990. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, aka “The Hard Bop Academy,” birthed some of Jazz’s best-known musicians and compositions. Arts Bonita Resident Artist and world-class pianist, Dr. Zachary Bartholomew puts the spotlight on drum master and special guest, Paul Gavin, as they present a concert featuring the music of the Jazz Messengers, celebrating Blakey’s deep influence on jazz.

The Band:
Dr. Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Paul Gavin - drums
James Suggs - trumpet
TBD - saxophone
Brandon Robertson - bass

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STAGE 2 IMPROV presents 
COMEDY MASH UP

Improv Comedy show

Friday, March 8, 2024; 7pm

It’s time for another Stage 2 Improv Comedy Mash Up! Join us for a night of friendly Improv Competition where the games are fueled by the audience suggestions! Let the games begin!

https://www.stage2improv.com/

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3 Redneck Tenors

Saturday, March 9, 2024; 7:30pm

The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like the Blue Collar Comedy Tour goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! It has been said that if Larry the Cable Guy, Il Divo, and Mrs. Doubtfire had a baby, that child would be The 3 Redneck Tenors. Written by opera-veteran Matthew Lord with music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler and starring Mr. Lord, Blake Davidson, and Grace Lord, The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on "America's Got Talent" and have been thrilling audiences since 2004.

Who says you can’t wear a cowboy hat and a tuxedo at the same time? At The 3 Redneck Tenors, we’re smashing musical stereotypes faster than a banjo on a bender! These singin' songbirds of the trailer park have seen it all, sing it all, and make us laugh 'till we double over, reminding us that in life, it's not just the destination; it's the journey. Get ready for one side-splitting ride as we go on an excursion only The 3 Redneck Tenors could have had… delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs ranging from Country to Broadway to Classical and everything in between!

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Compton & Bennett in A Cracker at the Ritz

Tuesday, January 9 & 23, 2024; 7pm
Tuesday, February 6 & 20, 2024; 7pm
Tuesday, March 12 & 19, 2024; 7pm

Satirists Compton & Bennett present their newest musical, A Cracker at the Ritz. Enjoy a 85-minute satirical roasting of all things Florida in song and sketch comedy. You'll hear Snowbird Come and He Won't Go Home, Swampland Scam, Migrant Worker Man and many more! Includes a 15-minute intermission.

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GO Divas

Presented by Gulfshore Opera

Thursday, March 14, 2024; 7pm

Gulfshore Opera’s popular women’s vocal ensemble, the GO Divas, return this spring for a fun and friendly concert at ArtsBonita. These five beautiful classically trained singers will perform a variety of repertoire with piano accompaniment. Their trademark rich vocal harmonies cross over from opera scenes to popular, contemporary songs featuring familiar groups like The Beatles, Crosby Still and Nash and Queen. Pop favorites include “Hello, Goodbye”, “Stayin’ Alive” and “Our House”. The addition of a beautiful quartet from the opera Little Women and other classical vocal works make this a truly unique, uplifting and memorable vocal concert.

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JESSE JONES, JR.

Jazz Saxophonist Extraordinaire

Friday, March 15, 2024; 7:30pm

"'J'" is for Jazz in South Florida and Jesse Jones, Jr. is here to prove it. The Miami native is a saxophonist extraordinaire and continues to be on the forefront of a burgeoning jazz renaissance in South Florida. Jesse and his brother, Melton Mustafa, who is one of the great trumpet players of our time has been a running force in music for many years. Jesse Jones Jr. is one of those hidden treasures that you can't help but to share with the world. Jesse overwhelms you with his infectious positive attitude and dynamic stage presence.

The Jesse Jones Jr. Quartet puts on a show audiences remember for a long time. In addition to working with his own quarter, Jesse gigs with other performers and other bands as a free-lancer. His ability to captivate the audience with the classics, and adapt them to his own swinging interpretations, is legendary. "I can only thank God for His blessings. With the love and encouragement of my wife Thelma, family, friends and incredible fans, my heart will continue to pour out the music that we love so well." -Jesse Jones, Jr.

https://jessejonesjrmusic.com/home

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THE WEIGHT BAND

Featuring members of THE BAND and THE LEVON HELM BAND

Saturday, March 16, 2024; 7:30pm

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante —both former members of The Band— performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder Garth Hudson. Inspired to carry on the rock band's legacy, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Ciarlante began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals), Matt Zeiner (keyboards, vocals), and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider and Mitchell. After years of touring, The Weight Band recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaging for today’s Americana base.

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Rick Howard's 2024 SWFL GUITARFEST

A Multi Genre Celebration of the Guitar

Thursday, March 21, 2024; 7:30pm

Guitarist Rick Howard and Arts Bonita present a night of guitar music at its best.

Classical, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk and Country…all represented in this six string extravaganza featuring some of our area’s most popular and accomplished guitarists!

All the artists will be accompanied by David C. Johnson on Bass, Bill E. Peterson on drums and Jerry Fierro on Percussion, who as the locals know were members of the area’s legendary group MUDBONE!

A night of Guitars. Guitars, and more Guitars! The world’s most popular, and diverse musical instrument. What could be better?

"If you are a fan of the guitar, and love great music of any style, come check out Rick Howard's 2024 GUITARFEST!! Guitar virtuoso Rick Howard has assembled a Who's Who of guitarists from every style of music for an epic night of music at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the great Rick Howard. His artistry and musical vision captivates audiences with a multi-stylistic approach and a delivery that is purely from the heart. This promises to be a highlight concert of the year!!"
-Chuck Bergeron,
Director - South Florida Jazz Orchestra
Program Director - University of Miami
Frost School of Music

"In an area loaded with guitar talent, Rick Howard is one of South Florida’s finest. His guitar event will surely prove to be an evening of musical virtuosity and diversity!"
-Matt Mangas, US 41 Radio

"I’ve been working as a luthier in SW Florida almost 20 years. In this time I have met many guitarists, of which there are a great amount of awesome, talented musicians here. Rick is one of these great players. From Jazz to Rock, Blues to Metal..he’s worked with some of the greats, and a true friend. If you wish for a taste of this talent, come to the GuitarFest March 21st at Arts Bonita."
-Stephen George Brown, SGB Guitars

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Compton & Bennett in...
ASSISTED LIVING THE MUSICAL

Saturday, March 23, 2024; 2 & 7pm
Saturday, March 24, 2024; 2pm

Assisted Living: The Musical® features a lively cast of eccentric characters, portrayed by two actors who play 18 different roles, supported by a three-piece band. From Lotharios to lawyers, nurses to neurotics, the show is a comedic parade of personalities, including golfers, gropers, and a retired Catskills comic. Touring nationally and receiving standing ovations in sold-out venues, it promises an entertaining experience without sad songs or inappropriate language—guaranteed fun for audiences of all ages, much like other beloved productions that defy stereotyping.

This show is for everyone who hopes to grow old with laughter and joy...including you.

“Audiences are laughing so hard they cry.”
-Associated Press

“Absolutely thrilling.” -Broadway World

"You'll die if you don't see this show."
-San Jose Mercury News

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Zach Bartholomew Trio: 88 Keys Meet the Great Ladies of Jazz

Featuring Vocalist Dr. Argarita Johnson

Thursday, March 28, 2024; 7:30pm

Award-winning pianist Zachary Bartholomew and his trio are joined by world-class vocalist and flautist, Dr. Argarita Palavicini-Johnson, to present an exciting and interactive concert showcasing compositions and arrangements of songs from the great ladies of jazz.

Argarita dazzles audiences all over the world with her beautiful voice, musicality, story-telling ability, and undeniable stage presence and this show features her hand-picked favorite selections from the songbooks of singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.

Plus, you’ll hear a few songs that feature her amazing flute playing as well as a selection showcasing Zach and his trio.

The Band:
Dr. Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Marty Quinn - bass
TBD - drums
Dr. Argarita Palavicini-Johnson - voice & flute

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BACKTRACK BLUES BAND

Friday, March 29, 2024; 7:30pm

With impressive accolades that include a Grammy Award, two Blues Music Awards, and a Keeping the Blues Alive Award, Backtrack Blues Band stands as one of America’s enduring and highly accomplished blues groups. They boast an extensive history and a global presence with sold-out concerts worldwide. With a six-piece lineup featuring harmonica, guitar, B3 organ, vocals, and an unstoppable rhythm section, their authentic and dynamic blues sound will energize any audience.

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IT'S DE-LOVELY: Jeff Harnar Sings Cole Porter

Saturday, March 30, 2024; 7:30pm

“Harnar and Porter are a perfect fit!”
– New York Times

“Jeff Harnar is nothing less than the singer Cole Porter deserves."
– San Francisco Exampiner

“The smootherst of the smooth Cole Porter evergreens.”
– The Times London

Award-winning vocalist JEFF HARNAR debuts at Arts Bonita with his acclaimed COLE PORTER show, "IT’S DE-LOVELY." Featured at Cole Porter’s Centennial Gala at Carnegie Hall, Harnar's solo performance premiered at The Russian Tea Room and continued at The Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room. Harnar, a Carnegie Hall veteran, has PBS televised concerts and has garnered multiple MAC, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, The Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award, and released four solo CDs.

The evening includes beloved favorites such as “Night and Day,” “Under My Skin,” and “Begin the Bguine”.

“The most important male cabaret performer to emerge since Michael Feinstein."
– New York Times

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THE BLUE DOGS

Americana

Friday, April 5, 2024; 7:30pm

South Carolina's The Blue Dogs have defied musical norms, blending bluegrass, country, rock, and soul to create what's now known as Americana. Led by Bobby Houck and Hank Futch, childhood friends turned musical visionaries, the band's country-rock vibe resonates in original songs that capture the essence of their roots.

Teaming up with songwriter Phillip Lammonds, The Blue Dogs produced iconic studio recordings under the guidance of renowned producers.

Blue Dogs shared performed with legends like Willie Nelson, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Widespread Panic. Their annual Homecoming event has become a celebrated tradition, featuring guest artists such as Jerry Douglas and Radney Foster.

In 2022, The Blue Dogs continue to evolve, expanding their lineup and creating a symphony of sound that elevates their dynamic live performances. With drummer Greg Walker providing the heartbeat, The Blue Dogs are not just a band; they're a musical journey, bringing the soulful essence of Americana to audiences worldwide.

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BILLY PRICE BAND

Award-Winning Blues

Saturday, April 6, 2024; 7:30pm

Blues Music Award (BMA) Winner and perennial BMA nominee Billy Price makes his debut at Arts Bonita! Bursting onto the national stage during his three-year collaboration with guitarist Roy Buchanan, Price's distinctive vocals are featured on two of Buchanan's acclaimed LPs, "That's What I'm Here For" and "Live Stock." Since then, whether fronting the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, or in solo endeavors, Price has created an impressive catalog of 20 albums, CDs, and DVDs.

His 2016 album "This Time for Real," recorded with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, earned a coveted Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. The accolades continued with his 2018 release "Reckoning," nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2018, and his 2019 album "Dog Eat Dog," nominated for a 2020 BMA for Best Soul Blues Album of 2019.

Price received BMA nominations for Best Male Soul Blues Artist in 2020 and 2022. Celebrating over 50 years of soul, he released a compelling 3-CD retrospective titled "50+ Years of Soul".

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VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE TRAIN

Friday, April 13, 2024; 7:30pm

“Savannah, GA native Victor Wainwright is all about boogie woogie piano, deep soul, and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a blues star, a tremendous player.” -Chicago Blues Guide

Victor Wainwright and the Train have garnered widespread recognition for their exceptional musical prowess. The band has been honored with numerous awards, including the coveted Blues Music Award for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, which Wainwright has clinched three times. Their album "Victor Wainwright and the Train" received critical acclaim and earned the 2019 Blues Blast Music Award for Blues Band of the Year. Known for their high-energy performances and a fusion of various musical styles, Victor Wainwright and the Train continue to captivate audiences around the world, solidifying their status as one of the preeminent forces in contemporary blues music.

"Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over! Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world-class entertainer and vocalist." - Blues Revue Magazine

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Zach Bartholomew Trio: Giants of Jazz: Music from the Premiere Pianists

Thursday, April 18, 2024; 7:30pm

Presented by award-winning pianist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew and a world-class trio from Miami, experience an interactive and dynamic concert showcasing compositions and arrangements from some of the most influential pianists and piano trios in the history of jazz and American music. The program will include compositions and arrangements from legendary pianists such as Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, to living legends like Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper with a few surprises in between!

The Band:
Dr. Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Vince DuPont - bass
Lucas Aposotoleris - drums

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GENERAL/STUDENT ADMISSION
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Arts Bonita Young Actors Theatre Production

April 26, 2024; 7pm
April 27, 2024; 7pm
April 28, 2024: 2pm

May 3, 2024; 7pm
May 4, 2024; 7pm
May 5, 2024: 2pm

THE SENSATIONAL JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT TELLS THE JOURNEY OF JOSEPH, SON OF JACOB AND ONE OF TWELVE BROTHERS, AND HIS COAT OF MANY COLORS.
Based on the Bible’s book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, Joseph is a much-loved family classic.

Written in 1968 and featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph features iconic pop and musical theatre classics known around the world such as UK #1 Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, and Go, Go, Go Joseph.

Joseph has been performed in 86 countries and has starred many famous faces around the globe, including Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond, Phillip Schofield, Alexandra Burke, Sheridan Smith, Darren Day, Stephen Gately, Gareth Gates, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, David Cassidy and more.

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RESERVED SEATING
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Arts Bonita Young Actors Theatre Production

April 26, 2024; 7pm
April 27, 2024; 7pm
April 28, 2024; 2pm

May 3, 2024; 7pm
May 4, 2024; 7pm
May 5, 2024; 2pm

THE SENSATIONAL JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT TELLS THE JOURNEY OF JOSEPH, SON OF JACOB AND ONE OF TWELVE BROTHERS, AND HIS COAT OF MANY COLORS.

Based on the Bible’s book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, Joseph is a much-loved family classic.

Written in 1968 and featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph features iconic pop and musical theatre classics known around the world such as UK #1 Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, and Go, Go, Go Joseph.

Joseph has been performed in 86 countries and has starred many famous faces around the globe, including Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond, Phillip Schofield, Alexandra Burke, Sheridan Smith, Darren Day, Stephen Gately, Gareth Gates, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, David Cassidy and more.

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Zach Bartholomew: Brilliant Corners: The Music of Thelonious Monk

Featuring Saxophonist Mark Small

Thursday, May 23, 2024; 7:30pm

Thelonious Sphere Monk was one of America’s most important jazz pianists and composers. He is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time Magazine and is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington. For this concert, pianist Zach Bartholomew is bringing in award-winning saxophonist Mark Small (former saxophonist/arranger for Michael Buble) to join his trio in showcasing Monk’s unique compositions. Audiences can expect an evening of rhythmic, dynamic, and energetic jazz you can’t find anywhere outside of New York City!

The Band:
Dr. Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Mark Small - saxophone
Vince DuPont - bass
Brandon Lee Lewis - drums

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Zach Bartholomew: Jazz as World Music

Thursday, June 27, 2024; 7:30pm

Jazz, in the words of the iconic musician Jack DeJohnette, “has always been a world music.” That is the premise of this pathbreaking concert, in which Arts Bonita Resident Artist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew brings in the internationally renowned ethnomusicologist and percussionist Michael Bakan, joined by bassist Brandon Robertson and vocalist Nicole Bartholomew, for a diverse program of world-inspired jazz and jazz-inspired world music. Highlighting compositions by Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Alice Coltrane, Astor Piazzolla, Abbey Lincoln, and Tito Puente, Bakan and company will take you on a musical journey extending from India, Turkey, and Tunisia to Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Don’t miss this one!

The Band:
Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Michael Bakan - drums and percussion
Brandon Robertson - bass
Nicole Bartholomew - voice

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Zachary Bartholomew: “Balancing Act” Album Release Concert

Thursday, July 25, 2024; 7:30pm

This concert features an all-star group with musicians from all over the country led by Miami-based award-winning pianist/composer and Resident Artist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew. Zach's virtuosity, musical creativity, and fun energy has made him a fan favorite of audiences throughout all parts of the Sunshine State and his diverse musical repertoire make every concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This will be not just a show, but a party celebrating the release of Zach’s brand new album: Balancing Act! Hear the stories behind the compositions directly from the composer and enjoy a night of world-class music and fun! This show features world-renowned trumpeter Benny Benack III from NYC, Grammy & Latin Grammy award winning saxophonist David Fernandez, University of Miami’s professor of Contemporary Bass Marty Quinn, and Costa Rican master drummer and Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Fullerton Rodolfo Zuniga!

The Band:
Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Benny Benack III - trumpet
David Fernandez - saxophone
Marty Quinn - bass
Rodolfo Zuniga - drums

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