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Artistry Weekend Friday and Saturday at the Opera House

Two shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this weekend capture the very soul of different, but equally transcendent, types of music: on Friday, August 1st, Flamenco and World music are at the heart of the Latin guitar sound of Incendio, while on Saturday, August 2nd, the acclaimed Philadelphia entertainer Eddie Bruce pays tribute to the great Tony Bennett, on the eve of the icon’s 88th birthday.

incendio at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseCapture a raging firestorm – that’s the music of Los Angeles-based Incendio!  At the heart of every song is the bold, romantic Spanish guitar, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements.  They create a polyrhythmic swirl of multiple Latin American music forms (boleros, cumbias, salsa, tango, mambo) and passionately combine them with Indian, Arabic and Celtic flavors.

The veteran songwriter/musicians knew the kind of inspired passion and energy they wanted to convey when they named their band in 1999. The Latin guitar world fusion sound created by guitarists Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand, and Liza Cabre’ has received international acclaim, and their reputation as a dazzling live act has spread.

On Saturday, August 2 Eddie Bruce, ably backed by the talented Tom Adams Trio, presents a heartfelt tribute to Tony Bennett, on the occasion of the great singer’s 88th birthday. Adams is a highly respected pianist, having performed with a host of legendary singers including Mel Torme, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence – even pop singers such as Jewell.

Eddie Bruce Sings Tony Bennett at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseAfter sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room, Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, and many other venues up and down the East Coast, Eddie Bruce brings “Bruce on Bennett: A Birthday Tribute,” to Jim Thorpe, PA.

Tickets for each show are only $20. Those attending both shows can attend the second show for half price by calling SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe at 570-325-4009 or by visiting the Opera House for tickets on Friday from noon until 5 PM. You can also call the box office at 570-325-0249. Showtime for both nights is 8 PM.

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incendio at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseThe Weekend of August 1st and 2nd features two shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in downtown Jim Thorpe that you won’t find together anywhere else. Both will both be immensely enjoyable, they’re very different from each other, but similar in terms of virtuosity and both won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Friday, August 1st features the world music ensemble Incendio, from Southern California, and led by the brilliance of their two lead Spanish guitarists. The first thought is that it’s flamenco, then you hear the overtones of Celtic, trance, classical, and New Age, and you can only conclude that it is a particularly absorbing, all-encompassing brand of world music.

It is particularly enjoyable in the relaxed space of the Opera House, with the delicacy and nuance of the sound heard as beautifully as it would be in a far bigger theater. While the skill level is there, the cost is most definitely not!

Eddie Bruce Performs the Tony Bennett Songbook at the Opera HouseCelebrate the 88th Birthday of a musical icon on Saturday, August 2nd! On the eve of the great Tony Bennett’s 88th birthday, Eddie Bruce and the Tom Adams Trio pay tribute to the music and magic of this American treasure.

Wish Mr. Bennett a Happy Birthday at the Opera House. This crowd-pleasing show, which is a favorite in New York City, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore, captures all of your favorite Tony Bennett classics, performed by the premier interpreter of Bennett’s music, Eddie Bruce, accompanied by the remarkable Tom Adams trio.

Fresh from appearances with the Philly Pops and the Ocean City Pops, you can see this show just as it heads to the Atlantic later in August!

Both terrific offerings appear at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Tickets for each performance are only $20 and two-for-one for Carbon County residents. They’re available 24/7 on the Opera House website, http://www.mcohjt.com, by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe from 10 AM to 9 PM, or by calling them at (570) 325-4009.

The Opera House is open on show days from noon to 5 PM, or you can call Monday through Friday at (570) 325-0249. Tickets are also available at the door when they open at 7 PM. Both shows begin at 8 PM.

 

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Eddie Bruce calls his new Tony Bennett tribute CD and cabaret show “Bruce on Bennett.” But having heard the disc, “Bruce IS Bennett” might be more appropriate. Seasoned Philadelphia belter and bandleader Bruce has the T.B. warble down perfectly – a subtle, note-quivering skill that adds an aura of emotion and vulnerability to tunes like “If I Ruled the World” and “The Shadow of Your Smile.”  – Philadelphia Daily News

Eddie Bruce’s remarkable renditions of Tony Bennett’s songs truly shine.

Eddie Bruce

Eddie Bruce Sings Tony Bennett

A regular at Caesar’s in Atlantic City, he has also performed at Bally’s Park Place, the Etess Arena of Trump Taj Mahal as well as such major events as the prestigious Grand Gala Opening of the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It’s not only that his singing is always marvelous, but he’s a natural performer with the kind of charm that allows him to claim any stage as his own.

Within the first few minutes of Eddie Bruce’s tribute to Tony Bennett, audiences realize he is a deeply talented singer with a special connection to an authentic music icon.

With sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room and also a two-week run at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, Bruce brings Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Tickets are only $20 and available by calling 570-325-0249 or by visiting the Opera House website, where you can select and reserve your seats.

The Philadelphia Daily News review almost says it all.

Courtesy of backing band The Tom Adams Trio, Bruce on Bennett also provides a glimpse of the remarkable talent that is bandleader Tom Adams. At the Mauch Chunk Opera House, he plays the venue’s 1898 Chickering grand, recently refurbished by Larry Trischetta, a respected piano technician who handles all the pianos for the Reading Jazz Festival and the Kimmel Center.

Eddie Bruce Sings Songs of Tony Bennett“That is an amazing instrument,” Trischetta marvels. “The craftsmanship is from another day. Many of the internal aspects of the piano I’ve worked on had never been touched before.”

In the hands of a pianist like Adams (backed by Don Moyer on upright bass, and  Grant MacAvoy on drums), the piano becomes the perfect instrument for the warm acoustics of the Opera House. You can see why he has played for Bette Midler, Anita O’Day, Petula Clark, Mel Torme – even pop singers like Jewell.

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Within the first few minutes of Eddie Bruce’s tribute to Tony Bennett, audiences realize he is a deeply talented singer with a special connection to an authentic music icon.

Eddie Bruce

Eddie Bruce Sings Tony Bennett

With sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room and also a two-week run at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, Bruce brings Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Doors open at 7 PM., show time is 8 PM.

Tickets are only $20 and available by calling 570-325-0249 or by visiting the Opera House website, where you can select and reserve your seats.

Eddie Bruce at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseEddie Bruce is backed by the superb Tom Adams Trio. Adams is a highly respected pianist, having performed with a host of legendary singers including Mel Torme, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence – even pop singers such as Jewell.

Presenting his personal interpretation to the jazz standards made popular by Bennett, Eddie Bruce receives rave reviews from critics:

“Eddie Bruce Triumphs in Act Devoted to Tony Bennett” was the headline in a review by Scott and Barbara Siegel on www.talkinbroadway.com. The Philadelphia City Paper summed it up, “Simply superb. He held the audience in the palm of his hand.”

Bruce remarks of his passion for Tony Bennett’s music: “I’ve been listening to Tony since I was a kid. I remember when his album, Art of Excellence was released over 20 years ago: I literally wore it out, listening so much.

Eddie Bruce

Eddie Bruce and Tony Bennett

“But even earlier, when I was 15 and on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour singing at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, it was Tony’s music that I sang. Tony Bennett has truly been a source of inspiration throughout my life.”

A frequent performer in New York and Philadelphia, Eddie Bruce is proud to have broken box office records at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s cabaret. Also a media personality, he is known for serving as the first host of the 1980′s hit television show “Dancin’ On Air” as well as for being a talk show host on WWDB-FM, Philadelphia’s most popular talk radio station in the 80’s.

An excellent article about Eddie Bruce and his many talents right here.

By tickets online on the Mauch Chunk Opera House website, or pick them up at SoundCheck Records in Jim Thorpe. Call the Mauch Chunk Opera House box office for more information at 570-325-0249.

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Within the first few minutes of Eddie Bruce’s tribute to Tony Bennett, audiences realize he is a deeply talented singer who has a special connection to an authentic music icon.

With sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room and also a two-week run at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, Bruce brings “Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure” to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are only $20 and available by calling 570-325-0249 or by visiting the Opera House website, where you can select and reserve your seats.

Eddie Bruce Sings Tony Bennett

Eddie Bruce Sings Tony Bennett

Presenting his personal interpretation to the jazz standards made popular by Bennett, Bruce receives rave reviews from critics.

“Eddie Bruce Triumphs in Act Devoted to Tony Bennett” was the headline in a review by Scott and Barbara Siegel onwww.talkinbroadway.com.  Roy Sander of www.bistroawards.comexclaimed that he is “a first-class vocalist with a voice that has the timbre of Bennett’s… A performance style of the highest order.”

The Philadelphia City Paper summed it up: “Simply superb. He held the audience in the palm of his hand.”

The music of Tony Bennett has been running through Bruce’s soul for most of his life.  During the show he shares the personal stories and anecdotes that bring the music of Tony Bennett to life.  His selections of songs range from Bennett’s earlier tunes like Because of You and Just in Time to songs like I Got RhythmIf I Ruled the World and Steppin’ Out that reintroduced Bennett to the MTV generation.

Bruce remarks of his passion for Tony Bennett’s music: “I’ve been listening to Tony since I was a kid. I remember when his album, Art of Excellence was released over 20 years ago: I literally wore it out, listening so much.

“But even earlier, when I was 15 and on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour singing at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, it was Tony’s music that I sang. Tony Bennett has truly been a source of inspiration throughout my life.”

A frequent performer in New York and Philadelphia, is also media personality, well-known for serving as the first host of the 1980′s hit television show “Dancin’ On Air” as well as for being a talk show host on WWDB-FM, Philadelphia’s most popular talk radio station in the 80’s.

Bruce is also a sought-after band leader, leading The Eddie Bruce Orchestra for some of the most prestigious events in the Philadelphia/New Jersey region. This spring he was proud to be a part of the fundraising gala for Papermill Playhouse along with award-winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz and cabaret artist Liz Callaway.

“Bruce on Bennett,” with the Toms Adams Trio takes place on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA.

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