Performance series coming to Austin

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will bring a year-long performance series to Austin for the summer.

Beginning April 13, Juicebox, a new performance series currently held at the Chicago Cultural Center, will relocate to the Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St. every other Saturday. The show will run in Austin through August.

Performance will include singing, various instrument ensembles, performing arts and even puppetry.

All shows will begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public.

Check out the upcoming shows!

Frank Rosaly and John Niekrasz

Friday, April 12, 10 a.m – Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

Frank Rosaly and John Niekrasz are accomplished Jazz drummers, composers involved in the improvised and experimental music scene in Chicago. Not only are they phenomenal Jazz artists, both are innovative musicians able to deliver a rewarding performance for audiences of all ages.


Manual Cinema and Chicago Q Ensemble – FJORDS

Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. – Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

FJORDS toes the line between live scored cinema and performance art using live shadow puppetry, actor puppet interaction, video projection and manipulated slide projection.


The Rempis/Daisy Duo

Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. – Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m – Austin Town Hall

Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy are two musicians whose work has helped to define a generation of Chicago improvisers. Their duo grouping has a long history, focusing on both compositions and free-improvisation with a wide sonic range upon which to draw. 


Jeff Parker & Rob Mazurek

Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

Jazz guitarist Jeff Parker and cornetist Rob Mazurek delight all audiences with their love of Jazz. Parents and kids will experience a rare treat with a performance by two artists with Chicago roots steeped in the City’s Jazz community.


Adolphe’S AX

Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

*Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. – Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave Chicago, IL

A man named Adolphe Sax changed the world of music forever when he invented an instrument and gave it his name-the Saxophone. No one had ever heard anything like it before. Now, one hundred and fifty years later, the saxophone is one of the most popular instruments in the world.  Find out why with Adolphe’S AX, Cameron Pfiffner’s saxophone ensemble.


The David Boykin Expanse

Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

The David Boykin Expanse is an authentic Chicago South Side jazz ensemble possessing exceptional individual instrumental virtuosity. With this lineup Boykin has recently added the infusion of his own hip-hop style rhyming into the music without sacrificing the core elements of each.


Magic Carpet

Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

Magic Carpet is a diverse group of musicians who creates the unique sound. Each instrumentalist in the group is focused on cultivating excellence in his particular area of study and experience.


Tomeka Reid’s Chicago String Collective

Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka is adept in classical and jazz artist finding herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Ms. Reid’s music combines her love for groove and freer concepts.


Dana Hall Project

Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

As a jazz drummer and percussionist, Dana Hall is an in demand artist who has performed and/or recorded with an array of top jazz, world music and pop musicians from Branford Marsalis to Ray Charles.


Marquis Hill Quintet

Saturday, August 31, 11 a.m. – Austin Town Hall

At age 25, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago Jazz Scene. After retrieving a Bachelor degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, he started performing heavily in Chicago.

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