The ground floor of Ciao Amici’s restaurant in downtown Brighton is the second of Kittens & Crooners, a three-concert series by Foggs Financial Group focusing on songs made famous by jazz vocalists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The season resonates with live music again. Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Great American Songbook.
According to the five-time Grammy nominee, these standards have been consistently sung and played for generations and are “the most An enduring canon of important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards.” Michael Feinstein.
The first Kittens & Crooners series, held earlier this year, was so successful that promoter Whitney McClellan-Stone and her husband Cal Stone (aka 2 Stones Events) decided to bring the series back.
“For each of these three concerts, we emailed attendees a short survey,” says McClellan-Stone.
• Out of five stars, three performers received an impressive overall rating of 4.74.
• Ciao Amici has an overall rating of 4.56.
• Brighton residents were the largest segment of attendees, but the concert attracted people from all over Southeast Michigan.
• 85% of attendees said they would attend future concerts. 15% is undecided depending on the schedule.
“One thing that attendees really liked was the way they made the room look like a jazz nightclub or speakeasy,” says McClellan-Stone. “There are only about 100 seats at each concert, so it’s a very intimate environment unlike other live music shows in Livingston County.”
The line-up for the 2023 season will include Paul King on February 18th. Skye Covington, March 18th. Pre-sale tickets were made available to his 2022 attendees on October 29 and are now open to the public.
Doors open for early shows at 5:30pm, with two sets of concerts starting from 6-7:30pm. Seat assignments for the late show will begin at 8:00 and will run in two sets from 8:30 to 10:00. There is a “cash only” bar and tickets are $25 at www.2StonesEvents.com.
“Attendees can also enjoy dinner and drinks upstairs before or after the show,” says McClellan-Stone.
One attendee was so impressed with the concert that she told her daughter, Laura Killen, event manager at Fogas Financial Group. Her company is now a Presenting Partner of Kittens & Crooners 2023.
“We love it when local businesses understand what we do and how we do it,” says Stone. “We are passionate about music and how it relates to the economic development of our communities.The importance of building and branding live music series, festivals and other music related events. It’s about sex and the impact music has on the well-being of people: communities, their residents, business owners.”
2 Stones events include Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival, Taste or Brighton, WAM Fest and Turn Up the AMP! There are also many local venues such as Brighton Bar & Grill and Single Barrel Social.
About the singer
Paul Kingwas born in Bay City, Michigan, and began singing with her father in church choirs and community variety shows at an early age. His musical journey continues today, with a passion for fine-tuning his style, technique and jazz chops, but always with a nod to the swing crooner of the big band era. He regularly sings with the Rhythm Society Orchestra (RSO), an award-winning swinging big band loved by dancers and swing music fans. You can also find King singing with many of Detroit’s best musicians throughout the Motor City area, including Dirty Dog He Jazz He Cafe, Cliff He Bell’s, London Chophouse and more.
Detroit-born singer-songwriter Skye Covington — Winner of the 11-time DMA for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and the DBMA for Best Jazz Vocalist, she is known for her singing and improvisational skills. Her traditional, along with her deep love for jazz, her phrasing is unique and her immersive, captivating the audience with every note. This year she celebrated her 20th anniversary by performing her own jazz production, The Billie Holiday Revue, and released her first jazz CD, her Club Crescendo Vol.3. Sky also shares residencies with jazz greats at her Club Crescendo at her Woodbridge Pub in Detroit.
John “TBone” Paxton I am a seasoned trombone player and vocalist who has been working professionally for many years in Southeast Michigan. He is a featured singer and trombone his soloist with the award-winning jazz ensemble Planet D Nonet. A second-generation musician and son of Jazz, his soulful sense of swing, phrasing, and ability to interpret lyrics to bring them personal meaning have made him a vocalist as well as an emotional You can connect with your audience on the level. as an instrumentalist. Paxton is joined by vocalist girlfriend Camille Price, who offers an impressive duo well known in the Detroit area.
Read more: Kittens and crooners
what: 2 Stones Events Live Music Series Presented by Foguth Financial Group
Where: Ciao Amici’s restaurant downstairs. 217 W. Main, Downtown Brighton
WHO: Paul King, February 18th. Skye Covington, March 18th. T-Bone and Camille, April 15th
time: Two shows at 6:00pm and 8:30pm (Doors open 30 minutes before)
tickets: $25; limited to 98 per show. http://www.2StonesEvents.com (When ordering tickets, be sure to receive your tickets by email and add your Eventbrite email as a contact.)
question: (586) 484-8797 or info@2StonesEvents.com
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