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Kyle Dunnigan
Wednesday 10/07
Kyle Dunnigan @ The Howard Theatre
$20 / $25
“One of the most innovative, clever and hysterical acts ever unleashed at the fest” said the Montreal Gazette of Kyle’s performance on a prestigious gala set at the 2013 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Most recently Kyle was hired to write and perform on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer for both seasons 1 and 2. In addition to this, Kyle has an animated pilot set-up at Nickelodeon, where he is set as the creator, Executive Producer and voice of the title character. Kyle’s original character “Craig” has garnered over 8 millions views on his YouTube channel, which currently has 27,000 subscribers. Kyle continues to build a following in the digital space with his weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which he co-hosts with Tig Notaro. In 2013 the podcast was all over the top ten iTunes Comedy Podcast Charts, and peaked at #1 numerous times. Furthermore, Kyle has been invited to perform at the most prestigious comedy and music festivals in 2013 such as Montreal and Chicago Just for Laughs, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Vancouver, San Francisco Sketchfest, Fun Fun Fun Fest and Sasquatch is on the books for 2014. Kyle also released a comedy and music Christmas album last year, which heavily featured this original character “Craig” along with a host of other original characters and celebrity impressions. The album peaked at #6 on the iTunes comedy album charts. Kyle has been featured by prominent media outlets such as The Onion AV Club, Marvel Comics, Paste Magazine, Thought Catalogue, Social Times, Crave Online, New Media Rockstars, Laughspin and The Comics Comic. In previous years Kyle was cast in the pilot Garfunkel and Oates for HBO GO and recurred on Reno 911. As a stand-up comic Kyle has had his own half hour special on Comedy Central along with numerous late night performances (Conan, Kimmel, Leno).
Lalah Hathaway
Saturday 09/26
Lalah Hathaway @ The Howard Theatre
$52.50 / $60
An instrument embodied, timbre unmatched with words that call our most internal emotion… Lalah Hathaway’s presence is never mistaken nor forgotten. Skilled to the highest order, Hathaway’s voice possesses both power and vulnerability with a quiet resonance that fills spaces of grandeur and the hearts of many. “Lalah Hathaway is, quite simply put, the truth.” (Diriye Osman, Huffington Post) Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway’s career was never a choice: “I was always a musician” Hathaway clarifies, “there was never a moment of maybe I’ll be…” Preparations for the release of Hathaway’s debut self-titled album were firmly in motion during her final semester at Berklee College of Music, where the Chicago-native nurtured her multi-instrumental and songwriting talents. Since inception, Hathaway’s musical journey has remained devoted to education and musicianship. “I never wanted to be known as just a singer. I always wanted to be a well-rounded musician, with my voice as my primary instrument.” Proof of Hathaway’s musical prowess is evident in her work, operating as performer, musician, writer and producer. Revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost Hathaway’s 25-year success. A true bridge between masters of the Jazz and Soul traditions and new generations of Popular Music innovators, Lalah Hathaway has performed with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Prince, Mary J. Blige, Metropole Orkest, Esperanza Spalding, David Foster, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Experiment, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, The Winans, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Kirk Whalum, Donald Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride and many more. Enamoured with colour, space and the evolution of music, Hathaway’s six studio albums chronicle an emotive journey through R&B, Jazz, and Soul. The inflections of Blues, Funk, Gospel, Classical, Country, Rock and Folk cited in her work, are a reflection of this virtuoso’s versatility. With the 2014 Grammy win for Best R&B Performance fresh in mind, Hathaway describes how her career continues to rejuvenate with new beginnings and possibilities. “Throughout my career there have been points where new recognition or opportunity has emerged that inspires me in new ways.” Underscored by singing three notes at one time (a chord), the Grammy-winning performance of Hathaway’s 1991 single “Something,” recreated with Jazz collective Snarky Puppy, affirms Hathaway’s timeless relevance and documents the vast breadth of her vocal capabilities. Lalah Hathaway is, in every sense, a live performer. 2015 will bring the release of Lalah Hathaway LIVE, Hathaway’s first ever live album. Supported by her international fans and peers, Lalah Hathaway LIVE is a result of a successful internet-based crowd-funding campaign. “I wanted to make an album for the fans and with the fans. My fans constantly relay to me how the music they love on my records is taken to a whole new level when they experience it live.” Evident in her online presence and strong interaction with social media, Hathaway’s engaging, comedic personality is embraced by her fans, both new and longstanding. “The listeners are a huge part of my live performance and I want their presence to be captured and acknowledged on this album.” Whether live, recorded, televised or online, Lalah Hathaway’s incomparable skill, talent, musicianship and presence are recognised by artists and fans the world over. Like her father before her, Lalah Hathaway stands as music quality personified, optimum in every way.