GALVESTON'S GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS EZRA CHARLES
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - The Ezra Charles Band will fill The Grand's stage with just one unforgettable performance at 8pm on Saturday, August 11 as Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House’ summer season “gets cooking” to the delight of audiences from all over the Gulf Coast region. Featuring a unique sound and a distinct “mix of ingredients”, the Ezra Charles Band is recognized in the world of Texas music as “one of the most diverse” and flaunts a style that is hard to categorize.
The Ezra Charles Band is the epitome of diverse Texas music. From swing to blues and boogie, to dance-hall beats to intimate, cabaret-style songwriting - each variety of music has entertained listeners and audiences for over three decades. Indeed, “The King” of Texas Blues Piano has created a show mix that “sizzles” with an all-female, “take-no-prisoners” three-piece Big Band horn section that will back up his amazing keyboard work.
Charles grew up in Beaumont and attended Rice University. Mentored by Leon Russell, Charles is not only the songwriter and arranger of the band's material, but also the bass player, creating bass lines himself through his own keyboard style and special equipment. Making their mark on the Houston area, The Ezra Charles Band has achieved multiple high-profile opportunities to perform including during the Houston Rockets NBA championship era (1993-1996), multiple performances at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and during the 2004 NFL Super Bowl festivities. They have performed for President George H. Bush, during the 1990 Economic Summit, and have given a private performance for The Rolling Stones.
While at Rice University, Charles invented a special microphone for pianos - an amplification system now used worldwide. It bears his surname and resulted in his receiving international fame as a technical innovator. And for the last 25 years, Charles has been writing and reflecting upon his life along the Texas Gulf ...creating an unmistakable “mood” that permeates his music.
Ticket prices $20 to $40. Call for pricing on Box Seats. Special discounts for group and senior tickets may be available. For information about this and other performances scheduled, please contact The Grand's box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand's website at www.thegrand.com. The theater, located at 2020 Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston, is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the state of Texas." All major credit cards accepted.
THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS ENCORE PERFORMANCE OF ROBERT EARL KEEN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
GALVESTON ISLAND - The Grand 1894 Opera House will present “a hearty serving of Lone Star musical cuisine” when one of The Grand’s favorite performers – Robert Earl Keen – returns again in concert Saturday, August 25th, at 8pm. Over the last decade, Keen has performed four times at The Grand and no matter how many times you’ve been in the audience… you are sure to want to be back again to enjoy outstanding evening of great music.
Keen is well-known for his talent of striking a unique balance between sensitive story-portraits – e.g. “Merry Christmas from the Family” and raucous barroom fun, as well as showcasing his emotional poignant ruminations with such favorites as “I’m Coming Home”.
As a singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation “as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers, who has been guided by several self-imposed rules and traditions that are often the antithesis of music industry standards.” Indeed – for over three decades - this formula has worked well for him and has certainly paved the way for a generation of songwriters and performers who make a living on the road. More importantly, this Americana music pioneer is separated from other songwriters because he matches his lyrical literature with irresistible melodies – resulting in music that attracts “thinkers and dancers alike.” Keen’s fans portray a cross section of music lovers devoted not only to his traditional – and alternative country hits – but to his folk, blues, rock, and Americana songs as well.
Keen grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University where he learned to read and write music. And much to his credit, he became friends with his neighbor Lyle Lovett while attending Texas A&M in College Station. This friendship inspired Keen to pursue a career in music and to relocate to Austin – “The Live Music Capital of the World”. Keen’s career took off immediately, and he quickly became known as “one of the most entertaining performers on the roadhouse circuit.”
His popularity and talent are also recognized by his peers –as such acclaimed entertainers as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, and others have chosen to record Keen’s songs over the years. Another testament to his popularity and talent is the fact that Keen and his entire band have stayed intact and performed together for almost two decades –i.e. his band has performed with him on every album since 1997’s Picnic.
You won’t want to miss this incredibly-talented performer as he sings songs from his latest release Ready for Confetti as well as longtime, legendary favorites such as “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Feelin’ Good Again.”
Ticket prices range from $22 to $48. Call for pricing on Box Seats. Special discounts for group and senior tickets may be available. For information about this and other performances scheduled, contact The Grand's box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand's website at www.thegrand.com. The theater, located at 2020 Postoffice Street, in historic downtown Galveston, is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the State of Texas." All major credit cards accepted.
GALVESTONGRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS ROBERT IRVINE LIVE
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - Robert Irvine Live takes center stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House for one multi-sensory theatrical performance on Saturday, August 18, at 8pm. With over 25 years of experience, Chef Robert Irvine brings more than a cooking demo to his audience – he brings an interactive show “peppered” with audience participation, and of course… taste-testing that will tempt even the most discriminating palate. In other words… “this is one evening that really cooks”!
Probably best known and recognized as the star of the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" and "Dinner Impossible", Irvine is also a business owner of The Irvine Group – specializing in media productions, food shows, food production, and more. In addition, he is recognized for his signature line of spices, oils, and vinegars.
Irvine began his culinary career at the age of 15 when he joined the Royal Navy. Since then he has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the America's and has prepared world-class cuisine for many of our world leaders – including four U.S. Presidents and many members of British royalty.
His impressive list of accomplishments, titles, and honors range from an award from Men's Fitness Magazine as one of the “25 Fittest Guys in America” (2007) to Certified Executive Chef in the American Culinary Federation.
In addition, Irvine has served on numerous judging panels and culinary committees throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has worked on cruise ships, for exotic resorts and hotels, and organized a star- studded team of chefs to produce the "most amazing Oscar Night Food" according to the L. A. Times.
Prior to his performance at The Grand, Chef Irvine will host a 30-minute cooking demonstration offering fans a rare opportunity to take part in a private cooking lesson. Tickets for the cooking demonstration are $200 per person and include a Gold seat to the performance. Space at the cooking demonstration is very limited.
Performance only ticket prices are $22 to $68. Call for pricing on Box Seats. Special discounts for group and senior tickets may be available. For information about this and other performances scheduled, contact The Grand's box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit the Grand's website at www.thegrand.com. The theatre, located at 2020 Postoffice Street, in historic downtown Galveston, is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the State of Texas." All major credit cards accepted.