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Non-stop entertaining throughout their show, Rhythmic Circus satisfies their rhythmic appetite on everything from sand to folding chairs while investigating their early beginnings as a band of traveling misfits. Full of energy and charm, the performers even utilize the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps during a dance vs. beatbox battle leading their audience into a land of their own making. Guaranteed to be unforgettable, this show has proven to leave audiences of all ages amazed and dancing in the aisles with its unique "you have to see it to believe it" quality.
Ryan & Ryan is a dynamic father-son piano duo that blends classic and contemporary music into an enthralling concert experience. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools. As a performing team, Donald and Barron amaze audiences with their skill, expressiveness, and love of making music. Their experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, hip-hop, and funk allows them to create exciting new music and give fresh interpretations of old.
Praised for their "high level of musicality and technical ability" and for their "clean, clear and precise sound", the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as "one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music." Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S.
For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul. Their first album was literally a commercial success, with Chevrolet using one of the songs to promote their Chevy Blazer. The duo has shared the stage with such notable Celtic musicians as Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, and John Williams. Wherever they play, no matter the size or age of audience, Switchback always captivates and charms folks with their energy and creativity.
Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay (formerly 42Five) performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. Fit for all ages, VoicePlay’s recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.
For over 20 years, Rex Havens has entertained and educated audiences in all 50 states and 15 plus countries around the world with his insightful observations about the hilarious miscommunications that populate our personal lives. Rex takes the very heart of the world around each of us, applies his own gentle combination of logic, bemusement and insanity, and offers it back to his audience in a way that is engaging, thoughtful and hilarious. Rex's show is suitable for all ages!
Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan," Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University. Along with Clifford Alexis, he co-directs the NIU Steelband. He has distinguished himself as the recipient of many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including championships for his ability with the steelpan, violin and recorder. Some of these performances include opening for the MC Hammer tour of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago Jazz Festivals, the Cool Drummings Percussion Festival in Toronto, and MusicFest in Vancouver, Canada.