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David Arquette Stars on Stage as Sherlock Holmes October 27 - November 8 2015 in Toronto & US Tour

Casting Update: Casting Update: James Maslow and Renee Olstead to star opposite David Arquette in Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes will be staged at The Ed Mirvish Theatre from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8 with performances Tuesday -Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  • On sale now, tickets range from $39.95 to $119.95 and are available online at and by phone at 1-800-461-3333. • For additional information visit or . A new theatrical adventure and fresh take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales, to be staged at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8 Toronto ON: Producers at Starvox Entertainment and June Entertainment announced today James Maslow and Renne Olstead will join David Arquette on stage in Sherlock Holmes. Maslow, best known for playing the role of James Diamond in Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, will star as the legendary Dr. John

Saxophonist & Composer Jon Irabagon Previews New CD Behind the Sky September 7 2015 at the Detroit Jazz Festival

From a media release: Jon Irabagon Quartet Monday, September 7, 2015 • 4:30pm • WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY PYRAMID STAGE Part of the Detroit Jazz Festival • Behind the Sky available for pre-order on Amazon UK Saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon previews his new CD Behind the Sky on Monday, September 7 at the Detroit Jazz Festival.  He's joined by pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Rudy Royston, all featured on the album. • Check out the full schedule for the Detroit Jazz Festival here • Check out Jon's website for NYC & other East Coast shows in September & October Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, has performed extensively as both a sideman and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects. Jon has studied under such divergent artists as Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Jason Moran and Victor Goines, and has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries such as

UPDATE: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal - Musique de Nuit (Six Degrees Records - September 4, 2015) - Pre-order Now & New Video

From a media release: CD Release: Midnight Music and Rooftop Freedom: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Deepen the Conversation on Musique de Nuit (Six Degrees Records - September 4, 2015) Check out the release announcement here UPDATE: Musique de Nuit is available to pre-order: • Amazon Canada • Musique FNAC (France) • Amazon UK • iTunes (France) Here's a taste - a new video featuring a track from the album called Passa Quatro:

PROOF by David Auburn on Stage at 4th Street Theatre New York City September 2-13 2015

From a media release: PROOF by David Auburn directed by Johanna Day featuring Lolita Foster*, Nafessa Monroe*, Alejandro Rodriguez*, and Count Stovall* Strictly Limited Engagement September 2 – September 13, 2015 Performances Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 pm 4th Street Theatre - 83 East 4th Street, First Floor, NYC 10013 Tickets: $18 General admission • Click here to purchase tickets or • visit and Lolita Foster of Orange Is The New Black (OITNB)  and Broadway veteran Count Stovall lead a multi-ethnic  production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  Obie winner and Tony Nominee, Johanna Day, directs. NEW YORK CITY - Casting is now complete for Quick Silver Theater Company (QST) and Classics in Color’s (CIC) co-production of PROOF. Broadway veteran Count Stovall will play Robert. Lolita Foster (OITNB) will play Catherine. Nafeesa Monroe, co-producer of PROOF, will play Claire. Alejandro Rodriguez, QST core comp

Tix Running Out for The Public Theater's New York Premiere of Eclipsed by Danai Gurira - Starring Lupita Nyong'o

From a media release: THE PUBLIC THEATER ANNOUNCES NEW YORK PREMIERE OF ECLIPSED BY DANAI GURIRA ADDED TO 2015-16 SEASON Featuring Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o Directed by Liesl Tommy Performances Begin Tuesday, September 29 to November 8, 2015 For Strictly Limited Engagement • Get your tickets quick before they sell out! NEW YORK CITY – The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced that the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira, has been added to the 2015-16 downtown season. Making her New York stage debut, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will play “The Girl” in this powerful story of survival and resilience, directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy. ECLIPSED begins previews at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and runs through Sunday, November 8, with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. “Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, th

Richard Nelson Reimagines American Roots Music on Deep River, a Suite For Boston's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - September 8, 2015 on Heliotrope Records

From a media release: Guitarist/Composer Richard Nelson Audaciously Reimagines American Roots Music on Deep River, a Suite For Boston's Adventurous Aardvark Jazz Orchestra To Be Released September 8, 2015 on Heliotrope Records CD Release Concerts: * September 12 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME * October 8 at Scullers, Boston For many, becoming a parent alters the experience of time, shifting one's perspective inexorably toward the future. But for Maine-based guitarist/composer Richard Nelson, fatherhood set him on an epic journey into the past, where he found the raw materials and inspiration for Deep River, a singular jazz suite that reimagines and reclaims early 20th century American roots music. Conceived for Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, the inveterately inventive Boston ensemble in which Nelson has performed since the late 1980s, the album brings a 21st century improvisational aesthetic to the unvarnished and idiosyncratic folk forms of an Americ

Folk-Popster & ER Nurse DEREK OLIVE takes the David Suzuki’s BLUE DOT message across the country on a Cycling CD Release Tour

From a media release: Folk-Popster & ER Nurse DEREK OLIVE takes the David Suzuki’s BLUE DOT message across the country on a Cycling CD Release Tour WHEN:  Sat Aug 29, 8:00pm WHERE:   Free Times, 320 College St, Toronto TIX: $10 (proceeds for the Blue Dot)   • Sample/order the CD for $10 • Check out Derek's full tour schedule What does a guitar, a bike and an olive have in common? This August singer songwriter Derek Olive embarks on a 10-city, 3000km music cycling tour in support of the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement. With a Masters in Music and as an Emergency Room nurse, Olive isn't just driven, he's pedal powered to make a change. “For all I was trying to do in my daily life, compost, ride my bike year round, recycle, buy used, buy local, don't buy, I was feeling that all my choices didn't matter and all I could do was complain. I decided that I needed to take action beyond my daily life; I started planning a music cycling tour t

New York City Funk: Shakey Tables Release Video for 'I Like Your Shoes'

From a media release: New York City Funk:  Shakey Tables Release Video for 'I Like Your Shoes' • Buy the CD NYC funk rock stalwarts The Shakey Tables have just released the video for 'I Like Your Shoes' - a fun, campy take on the usual girl meets boy story. With their roots deep in funk and soul, The Shakey Tables have quickly grown into an ambitious band whose music defies labeling. Forming in 2013 around lead singer/songwriter Jaclyn Dima’s music, the band evolved into creating a sound all its own. By 2014, they had refined their classy three-part harmonies and high-energy, funked-out rhythm section and were being touted by local press as a hybrid of The Supremes and Red Hot Chili Peppers. While becoming known for their female-fronted, upbeat performances in and around NYC, The Shakey Tables remained steadfast at their usual haunts: Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric and Arlene’s Grocery. They also found time to give back by hosting events for charity org

Joel Johnson Blues Band at the Kitchener Blues Festival August 8th 2015

From a media release: Just wanted to mention that FB Friend Dwayne Laforme plays guitar with this hard hitting blues band - a phenomenal musician with his own band Joel Johnson Blues Band at the Kitchener Blues Festival August 8th 2015  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Clock Tower tent stage • 3pm at the BB KING tribute at Cork Hall by McCabes • 10:30pm at Bobby O'Briens • Check out the Kitchener Blues Festival's full line-up , including legends Mavis Staples, Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, David Wilcox & More - August 6 to 9, 2015 Joel Johnson is soon becoming a household name when it comes to blues in North America. Joel Johnson is an award winning and highly acclaimed blues guitarist from the Six Nations and has won a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for best blues album of the year. A former member of the band Blues House Hustlers, Johnson won for his debut solo album, Blues Joose Vol. 1, which was recorded by Duke Foster at Hamilton’s Catharine North Studio.

Latin Alternative: Pacha Massive New Album ‘Where We Come From’ - July 31, 2015 - Nacional Records

From a media release: Pacha Massive New Album ‘Where We Come From’  Out on July 31, 2015 - Nacional Records The NYC-Based Band Pioneered a Style That Fuses Spanish and English • Buy the Album Pacha Massive is New York City in a nutshell—where every street corner is a meeting of cultures, stories, and sounds. We’re excited to announce the release of their stunning new album, ‘Where We Come From’ on July 31. Pacha Massive was founded by Nova. Those beautiful vocals you hear interwoven throughout many of the songs is Patricia Lynn. Upon the release of Pacha's previous album, ‘If You Want It,’ The New York Post summed up the band's uniqueness perfectly: “If fusion is the future of music, then Nova, founder of Pacha Massive, is ahead of the game with his bilingual fusion of electronica and Latin rhythms.” Pacha Massive has been hailed since their beginnings for their seamless use of bilingualism which, in turn, has lead them to connect with audiences across the country

Experimental Rock Icon Geen Ween Returns to Toronto October 6 2015 at the Horseshoe

From a media release: GENE WEEN RETURNS TO TORONTO THIS FALL Horseshoe Tavern - October 6, 2015 • Tickets Toronto - Toronto Downtown Jazz and The Other Operation present Aaron Freeman as he returns to the Toronto stage on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Horseshoe Tavern, bringing back the eponymous Gene Ween, made famous as one half of the popular band, Ween. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 31, at or by calling 1.888.655.9090 FREE. For nearly 30 years, Freeman led one of experimental rock's greatest genre-hoppers as Ween tackled everything from funk to country and reggae to Irish ballads. Since disbanding the legendary group in 2012, Freeman has reinvented his career, first, releasing a solo album, Marvelous Clouds, in 2012 and created a new band, Freeman, in 2014. Backed by a four-piece band with material ranging from Freeman's solo work to pieces from the Ween catalogue, he returns this fall performing a variety of hits for one special night. Gen