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Tom Segura
Friday 09/18
Tom Segura @ The Howard Theatre
$30 / $35
Tom Segura is a comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His television credits include Conan, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, Comedy Central Presents: Tom Segura, Mash Up and his One Hour stand up special Completely Normal on Netflix. Segura also co-wrote and starred in the short series, Cutman, which aired on Comedy Central. When he’s not touring clubs, Tom continues to perform at the top comedy festivals in the world, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival - Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Hong Kong Comedy Festival. Tom also regularly appears on radio shows like Ron and Fez and some of the most downloaded podcasts in the world of comedy such as The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron among others. Additionally, his noted podcast, Your Mom’s House, which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, was a finalist for Best Comedy Podcast at the Stitcher Awards and profiled by VICE. Tom recently released his third hour-long stand up album, which sat atop the iTunes and Billboard Comedy charts for consecutive weeks. Tom’s first two albums Thrilled and White Girls with Cornrows also debuted at number 1 and continue to play heavily on satellite radio and streaming music platforms. When Tom isn’t performing on stage or recording a podcast he’s watching College Football or waiting for College Football to come back.
Vivian Green
Thursday 08/20
Vivian Green @ The Howard Theatre
$25 / $30
Born in Philadelphia Vivian Green was raised in a home where Motown classics were always blaring. Her parents were avid music lovers with talents of their own. Her mother sang and her father, an engineer, played the trumpet. She began singing at age five, started playing piano by eight, and by eleven began writing songs. She knew by age thirteen, that she wanted to sing professionally. She honed her craft at the piano everyday after school, writing mature love songs far beyond her years. At fifteen she began to record at multi-platinum group Boyz II Men's studio. This gave Green a taste of life as an artist and led to an opportunity to write with the band. At seventeen she received her first professional songwriting credit co-writing the song "Dear God" on their platinum selling album Evolution. Green was also offered a recording contract from Ruffhouse Columbia, but her protective parents felt she wasn't ready. Determined to be a recording artist, Green continued to record relentlessly. Her mature, sultry voice and knowledge of material allowed her to sing in some of Philadelphia's premiere jazz clubs despite her age. She also obtained a job singing with two of the top party orchestras in Philadelphia. Additionally, Green sang background for renown soul singer/actress Jill Scott. Green teamed up with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson to create the demo that would win her a deal with Sony Music. The demo contained her first smash hit "Emotional Roller coaster". Her debut album A Love Story released in 2002 and was certified Gold. It received rave reviews from People, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and USA Today to name a few. Her second album Vivian released in 2005 and produced "Gotta Go Gotta Leave" a no.1 AC/Dance hit. The New York times called the album a "stellar sophomore performance". Vivian has several notable features and collaborations. She made her film debut in the Oscar nominated biopic De Lovely portraying a jazz singer performing the classic "Love For Sale". She also appeared in the TV Series American Dreams, portraying Brenda Hollaway singing "Every Little Bit Hurts". Green wrote the songs for playwright/film-maker David. E. Talbert's stage play Love in the Nick of Thyme. She is featured on Cyndi Lauper's album The Body Acoustic and the late Guru's Jazzmatazz 4. She was also featured on Soundtrack to a Revolution, a compilation of spiritual songs featuring artist like Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, The Roots, and Mary Mary. Most recently she collaborated with jazz pianist Brian Culbertson for his album Dreams and produced the top 10 AC hit "Still Here". The song also appeared on Vivian's 4th album The Green Room. In 2004 she gave birth to her son Jordan who was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Between 2005 and 2010, Jordan's multiple surgeries and health issues demanded her to take a hiatus from releasing albums, but her strength and resilience always pushed her to continue doing what she loves. "Being Jordan's mom is my life and I wouldn't have it any other way", says Green. Green is an advocate for children with special needs and will push her #IamDifferentIamHuman PSA campaign. In 2015 Vivian is set to release her latest Album entitled "Vivid" under Producer/Artist Kwamé Holland's label: MakeNoise/Caroline. "It's different from my other albums because of the energy; but very much still me." The title is certainly fitting. Green's prior work established her as a balladeer and this album will add to that; proving her ability to deliver feel-good upbeat records.Totally produced by Kwame, (Mary J Blige, Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia) it is the first of Green's to entice you to dance; colored with ballads that showcase her effortless vocal prowess. In the ever-changing music business Green has stayed afloat delivering classy, heartfelt, and often therapeutic music for her fans. Vivid will assuredly continue her legacy in music. "What I can and will always do is produce music that is from my heart" Says Green "I think that's the essence of soul music anyway.Vivid definitely won't be getting you down. If anything, it'll make you get up."
Strunz & Farah
Sunday 08/16
Strunz & Farah @ The Howard Theatre
$25 / $30
Strunz & Farah, performing together since 1980, have created an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. From Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, profoundly influencing guitarists everywhere. The duo's music is perhaps best described as original international acoustic improvisational guitar music, world guitar, or ethnojazz. Their style is saturated with their cultural roots, which include Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, flamenco, and Middle Eastern music, and it draws heavily from the jazz concept of improvisation. The first meeting between these two musicians in 1979 marked the first time that Latin American and Middle Eastern music came together on the guitar. The travels of his diplomat father brought Strunz to the United States, while Farah arrived as a student of architecture. Farah came to see Strunz perform with his Latin jazz group Caldera and decided to meet him. Upon meeting, it was instantly obvious that the two were brothers of the guitar from opposite ends of the earth. They quickly prepared a repertoire, began performing, and recorded their first project, Mosaico, in 1980. Although record companies at that time were not ready for this exotic new music, jazz radio embraced it, and world/jazz industry pioneer Richard Bock got the duo signed to the prestigious jazz label Milestone, on which Strunz & Farah cut the records Frontera (1983) and Guitarras (1984). These records defined world music on guitar years before the world music category even existed. Since their genre-defining beginning, the duo has continued releasing complex and beautiful albums, most of which have been on Selva, the duo's own artist-friendly label. Notable efforts included Primal Magic (1990), which won Billboard's World Music Album of the Year award, and Americas (1992), which won a Grammy nomination. Both albums spent months on the top of Billboard's World Music chart. In addition to their own recordings, Struntz & Farah have collaborated with dozens of renowned world, jazz, and classical musicians, including Dr. L. Subramaniam, Ashish Khan, Heyadeh, Manoochehr Sadeghi, Bijan Mortazavi, Jihad Racy, Edwin Colon Zayas, Stanley Clarke, Hubert Laws, Liona Boyd, Joan Baez, and Jackson Browne. Their latest album, Journey Around the Sun, came out in 2011.