Ft. Pierce Hosts 2nd Touring Jazz & Blues Artist Series at Sunrise Theatre Presented by Bluebird Productions
An Exciting Season of
Musicians Mostly Heard
at Large Venues and
Festivals Around the World!
The Sunrise Theatre
117 S Second Street
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Bluebird Productions proudly presents its second full season series of touring artist performances at the historic Sunrise Theatre in Downtown Ft. Pierce. Once again Florida's Treasure Coast will have incredible shows within driving distance and the luxury of an intimate setting. These shows are not solely for jazz and blues lovers as the level of talent and entertainment will appeal to all who know and understand quality.
Upcoming Series Performances
Friday, November 2, 2018 ~ 8pm
Vanessa Collier is a rising star on stages all across the world with her charismatic charm, soulful songwriting and searing saxophone solos. In the past year, she has toured 11 different countries and as a Berklee College of Music grad, she commands a stage with the old soul presence of a veteran punctuated by the vibrancy of a young woman under 30. Her debut album “Heart Soul & Saxophone” was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show winning her accolades as the Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. Her 2017 sophomore release, Meeting My Shadow, has garnered many prestigious awards and honors, including 2018 Blues Music Award (BMA) nominations for Instrumentalist-Horn Player of the Year and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 ~ 8pm
Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist.As founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot ( TUF), Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the annual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today Nick performs with his own band, as does his sister Danielle Nicole and brother Chris. The siblings still perform a few re-union shows as Trampled Under Foot. Now, Nick Schnebelen continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals, backed by a hot rock n blues band.
Friday, January 11, 2019 ~ 8pm
At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound—equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions—is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 ~ 8pm
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship. The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine...they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the other gems written by Uncle J.B.
Friday, March 22, 2019 ~ 8pm
CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion
Critics and fans have called CeCe Teneal “a musical force to be reckoned with”, and her achievements in the industry over the past decade are certainly testament to that view. A country girl blessed with a powerful voice that is filled with soul and resonance, CeCe began as a cover artist and is now planning to captivate the globe by performing her own original music that aligns with a blues/soul/funk soundtrack. Born in Osteen, just outside of Orlando, Florida, CeCe never envisioned herself as a performer. Having inherited her voice from her mother, she was handed a microphone in the family church at the age of six and stunned people with her chillingly beautiful vocals. At first keeping her talent within the walls of her home, CeCe quickly felt something bigger beginning to emerge. God had a different plan from what she had first imagined, and after singing at venues throughout her region, her career skyrocketed when she was selected as the lead singer for B.B. King’s Blues Club in Orlando in 2007. CeCe succeeded in transforming B.B. King’s into the most frequented live music venue in Orlando, and in 2011 she released her debut blues album, “Train from Osteen”, performing to sold out crowds and eventually being dubbed the “Voice of Neo-Blues.”
Saturday, April 20, 2019 ~ 8pm
2015 Latin Grammy Award Winner for Best Instrumental Album and 5X Grammy nominee - Dr. Ed Calle. Around the globe, Calle is a renowned musician, composer, orchestrator, scholar, professor, and leader. Throughout his legendary career, Calle has become one of the most recorded saxophonists in history appearing on more than 1, 200 albums, almost 9, 000 singles, and countless television and movie soundtracks with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz to Sylvester Stallone and Andy Garcia.