2019 MusicThank you to our stage sponsors for helping to provide music for the event!
The Elegant Bachelors were birthed out of action-packed necessity. Playing to bars, weddings, private parties and corporate events all over Atlanta, the band has prided themselves on playing songs that people want to hear, but don’t always hear. If it’s a non-stop dance party your’re craving, then look no further. The songs span the decades. The good times…well they span too. Come and stay awhile, but make your stay Elegant.
Made up of all Guitar Shed students, Cosmik Debris combines to create a unique blend of rock, soul, and blues. From Smashing Pumpkins to BB King, the band has a little something for everybody.
9:00 - 10:00 - PRINCE: A Celebration of the Genius
Led by world-renowned bassist and Music Director, Khari Cabral Simmons (India.Arie, Jiva), this band of touring musicians pays homage to the Greatest of All Time, Prince Rogers Nelson. This sought after group of musicians will take you on a musical exploration of some of Prince’s biggest hit as well as the songs that you know and love from his unparalleled catalog. The Kirkwood Wine Stroll will be the first time this band has done this show outside of their regularly sold out series at Venkman’s. So all you Purple music lovers come out and enjoy this collection of world-class musicians perform the music of the incomparable Prince!
Photo courtesy of Next Level Atlanta
The Bonaventure Quartet faithfully recreates the sound and ambience of a French nightclub in Montmarte in the 1930s .Those were the years when the music of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France was at the forefront of European/Continental jazz and the notion of an ‘all string’ swing group was revolutionary. Django was an illiterate, gypsy guitar virtuoso who combined his mastery of European classical and ethnic music with the American swing style as exemplified by Louis Armstrong. The result is a unique acoustic music known as gypsy jazz and is today popular in Europe and increasingly so around the world.
The BVQ ‘All Strings’ formed in Atlanta in 2000 and has been playing concerts, clubs, festivals, and private events around Atlanta and the Southeast ever since. The group’s players are Gabe Granitz on accordion, Charles Williams and Nick DeSebastian on guitars, and Mike Beshara on upright bass. When not playing the music inspired by of Django Reinhardt, the group is joined by chanteuse Amy Pike and plays the original music from their three CDs, Blue Rendezvous, The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour, and Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. On January 19, the BVQ All Strings will be playing an all instrumental repertoire of music primarily composed by Django Reinhardt and some originals by the band.
TRIO JOCKAMO is a collaborative trio featuring jazz organist David Ellington, drummer Marlon Patton, and saxophonist/vocalist Will Scruggs. With a dynamic mix of New Orleans Jazz, Mardi Gras Indian Music and adventurous original compositions, Trio Jockamo is sure to get the party started right!
Kirkwood resident Will Scruggs was born in Atlanta and grew up in Raleigh, NC. Drawn to jazz after he began playing saxophone at the age of 8, Will returned to Atlanta in 1998 to attend Emory University. He has released four CD’s as a bandleader: Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship(2005), BlueBari Jam(Summit Records, 2007), CC Booker III feat. Will Scruggs(2010), and Song of Simeon: A Christmas Journey(2012). His recordings have received international radio airplay on Sirius XM and NPR and strong reviews in numerous publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Will has been featured as a soloist with the Belgium Chamber Orchestra, toured and recorded with Natalie Cole, appeared on albums by Cee-Lo Green, the Wood Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, and worked with producers Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri. He also teaches at his Woodshed Saxophone Studioin the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta.
Mike Joyce of the Washington Post writes: “Scruggs’s flair for evoking classic jump-tune romps and horn-powered Crescent City funk couldn’t be more apparent. His music is an enjoyable trip that will appeal to fans of traditional jazz as well as devotees of R&B, Blues and Reggae.”
9:00 - 10:00 - The Bullfrogs
The Bullfrogs are an Americana band consisting of adult students from Guitar Shed. Carrying on a long tradition of acoustic music, The Bullfrogs play everything from Appalachian Bluegrass to Wilco. With a diverse set of instruments and multiple vocalists, they always end the song with a smile. Come on out and hear the chorus of The Bullfrogs.
Brian Revels is energy and angst in a comet trail of music that is as perceptive as it is entertaining. He hearkens back to an earlier time, a bygone era when words were true and hearts were strong. His observations of Americana ring with authenticity, with the rawness of earth, the clarity of rainwater and the depth of the sky.
He’s a wily veteran of the Atlanta, Georgia music scene, a multi-instrumentalist, a natural-born storyteller with a poetic edge. He helped to build the band City Mouse into a regional force before it was finally time to step out on his own.
He’s from folk and blues and country and bluegrass, an alternative to them all and a better man for their influences. The hole he’s worn in his guitar is not as large as the one he’s worn in his heart with the cares of the lives he hopes he can redeem one song at a time.
Be sure you see him now so you can say you knew him when – before the wider world discovers him and lifts him away. His timeless musicality will touch your soul with the drama, and the significance, of love lost and regained, of the human frailty that reduces and yet ennobles each of us.
— Jack Couch, Songwriter
Vivian Slade is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer in multiple musical genres including: rock, pop, jazz, cabaret, folk and musical theatre. She received airplay on over 70 radio stations (eastern US) and charted to CMJ on eight of those stations (1999-2000). Touring has taken her from Miami to Vermont to Austin. Vivian’s recorded catalog includes: Vivian Slade (1999), Vivian Slade Live (2000), After (2007), The Pacha Mamas (2007), Breathe in Life (2009), and most recently, The Dragon King (2012), www.TheDragonKing.com, a children’s illustrated book, audio book, musical, and values education curriculum (musical premiered with the Academy Street Theatre Group, Cherokee County, GA, January 2019). Vivian performed extensively with Nashville’s acclaimed children’s theatre company, www.OldeWorldeTheatre.com (2005-2009), and with the three women performance group, The Pacha Mamas (2006 to 2016) and as the in-house jazz vocalist at The Jazz Society listening room, Cuenca, Ecuador (2012-2013). Vivian currently teaches private music lessons in Atlanta, GA. To hear her music, visit: www.vivianslade.com.