URBAN PRODUCTIONS in association with The 2012 FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL present:
"Occupy the Heart!" Valentine Variety Show
an all-star cast! LGBT and LGBT-friendly performing artists celebrate love & romance!
Sunday February 19 - 7pm to 9pm - Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC - door $10
with musical host - Robert Urban of URBAN PRODUCTIONS
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
singer/songwriter - Elijah Black
An Akron, Ohio native, currently living in New York City, Elijah Black experienced opening for legendary rockers Motley Crue, Kings X, Styx, Neil Young, Cinderella, Ratt and Jackyl. After several national tours, Elijah has proven his staying power and is said to be one of the hardest working musicians on the touring circuit. Elijah's most recent tour was sponsored by the LOGO/MTV Channel in support of his latest release "BETTER MAN." Elijah, also pursuing his acting dream, as a Capital One Viking in their national commercial campaign and in the upcoming feature film called "The Undertaker's Son.
monologuist - Joanne Borden
Joanne Borden is a Transgender woman. She lives in Nassau County, is a widow, has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Before retiring, Joanne was an Industrial Engineering Consultant, a Registered Professional Engineer and was president of two Engineering Societies. In retirement, Joanne is an author of many monologues and a just completed book, "The Transgender Handbook". She has performed in the Vagina Monologues and previous Fresh Fruit Festival Shows She is also an Advocate for the Civil Rights of Gender Variant people in Nassau County and Albany.
performing duo Tina Marie Carr and Ron R. Alvarez
RON R. ALVAREZ started studying sax at the age of 8. While in school he also studied clarinet, guitar and bass. He is also a long time singer with the Downtown Glee Club under the direction of Dr. George Mead and has sung at Carnegie Hall 6 times with that group. Ron's own band's have played on Broadway, the Catskills, and the Jersey Shore.
Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist TINA MARIE CARR has a long history of musical performance, both live and studio, having shared to stage with top national acts that include Pat Benatar, Stephen Stills and Johnny winter all over the United States and Canada playing both large arenas and intimate venues for the past 35 years. Her most recent performances include the Long Island Transgendered Day of Remembrance and The NYC Jeff Buckley Tribute.
pop vocalist duo Ashley Greco & Parker Morgan
International entertainer - Cindy Diamonds
Sexy, fun and funny Cindy Diamonds performs in South Beach, New York, San Juan and Fire island! "I sing with love for my public and my people!!" says Cindy
singer/songwriter - Martina Downey
pop sensation - Matthew Duffy
comic entertainer - Kelli Dunham
KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, genderqueerious stand-up nerd comic and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children's books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has appeared on Showtime, the Discovery Channel and once--just once-at a livestock auction. Kelli is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir, NYC's only queer storytelling show. Her hilarious new family-secret revealing show, Normal at Nite: Good Times & Family Matters with Perfect Strangers (a collaboration with R Eric Thomas) debuted February 18 at NYC's Stonewall Inn.
singer/songwriter Daniel Freeman
rock chanteuse Francesca MacAaron
Francesca is an actress, writer and singer, who has been has been performing in bands since the age of 15. Her first professional band, Avatar, became a fixture in the New York 80s music scene, playing clubs like CBGBs, China Club, Trax, and Kenny's Castaways. Francesca's current project is a collaboration with her co‐writer, guitarist, and brother, Dave Mack
singer/songwriter/pianist - Tracy Stark
Pianist/Arranger/Conductor/SingerSongwriter, Tracy Stark is a 5-time MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) in the categories of Song of the Year, Music Director, and Piano Bar Entertainer. She is also a Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction, and winner of the Dottie Burman Songwriter of the Year Award. Tracy has worked with Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Randy Jones (Village People), Nona Hendryx, Jane Monheit, Jimmy Osmond, Tovah Feldshuh, Eric Millegan, Tonya Pinkins, Ann Crumb, Lea Michele, Marni Nixon, and hundreds of other rock, jazz, and Broadway vocalists. She has conducted, played, and sung at all the finest and the sleaziest venues all over the world. She has played/conducted on numerous television shows, including The Today Show. Her songs are included on at least 20 different compilations, and have been winning accolades in songwriting competitions for the past couple of decades. Her last CD, 'Feast for the Heart' is exquisitely produced by Richard Barone, and includes a duet with the inimitable Phoebe Snow. She is knee-deep in recording a new CD with her label, Miranda Music.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C
Reverend Pedro Pietri Way
New York City
SHOW CONTACT: robert urban - URBAN PRODUCTIONS, NYC www.roberturban.com - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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