Concert Series

BERLIN IM LICHT – A KURT WEILL CABARET

 

Performance Date

Sunday, July 21st – 7pm

“COME, TURN ON THE LIGHTS SO WE CAN SEE WHAT THERE IS TO SEE: BERLIN IN LIGHTS!”

 

Performed by

Aaron Benham and Michelle Jasso

German-born American composer Kurt Weill revolutionized what theatre could be – both in terms of musical form and satirical content – through his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht in Berlin. Their “epic theatre” exploits led to Weill’s music being banned in his native country, and earned both Weill and Brecht a place on the Gestapo’s hit list. Fleeing to the U.S. in 1935, Weill was quickly influenced by Broadway and jazz, and would ultimately collaborate with many greats of Broadway’s Golden Age: Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner, and Ogden Nash to name a few. Longtime friends and artistic collaborators Jasso and Benham present a musical love letter to Weill’s prolific opus.

Aaron Benham is an award-winning music director, pianist, and composer. More at aaronbenham.com

Michelle Jasso is an award-winning performer with credits encompassing opera, cabaret, theatre, television, commercial, and voiceover. More at michellejasso.com

A Weekend of West African Music with PRT

Oumar Le Blanc

Performance Date

Friday, July 26th – 7pm

This first Group is from Guinea West Africa. They are in Los Angeles performing for the beginning of their world tour. Oumar Toure, after whom the group is
named is considered one of the best singer of his generation. His last album sold 10 million copies. This talented group of 7 performers includes, 2 singers/chorister, 2 drummers, and 2 Koni/balafon guitarists. They’ll also play Kora and Goni drums.

Koundouwaka

Performance Date

Saturday, July 27th – 7pm

The Group Koundouwaka is very popular in Guinea, West Africa and has been together for over 10 years. Abdoulaye Kaba (alias Koundouwaka), a handicaped artist, is a singer and dancer who plays the drums and calebasss gogoma. His last album sold 20 million copies.The group is know as one of the best Artists on stage in West Africa. This magical group of 8 people is known for a remarkable dance that they do on stage during thecperformance.

Kadiatou Lelouma

Performance Date

Sunday, July 28th – 7pm

The West African group Kadiatou Lelouma is from Guinea. Kadiatou Diallo, the main singer is very well known as one of the best female singers from West Africa. This amazing group from Foulani pays tribute to goni and griot. The group’s band of 6 is from fouta djallon sa makala, which is an very high mountain range in the center of Guana and is the source of some of the bigest rivers in West Africa.

Join us for this night to remember – an exciting cultural experience!

LUCY LETSCHER

 

Performance Date

Sunday, August 4th – 7pm

Lucy Letscher is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Her music beautifully encapsulates the essence of the teenage experience, creating a blend melancholy and discovery. In the past year, Lucy has collaborated with organizations like the artist collective SofarSounds, and local theaters to curate captivating performances featuring other local artists. She’s not just a songwriter but a versatile musician, proficient in piano, guitar, violin, drums, and bass. With a deep well of emotion and a desire to connect with her audience, Lucy draws from a diverse range of influences and experiences, crafting a sound that resonates on a personal level. Lucy has received a National Youngarts award, recently graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, and will be attending the Clive Davis Institute at NYU Tisch in the fall.

PAST CONCERTS

A LITTLE FUN AND WHIMSY
WITH RITA OBERMEYER

 

Rita Obermeyer, a long time member of Pacific Resident Theatre is excited to  return to Wanda’s, PRT’s Concert space for another concert on  Sunday at 7pm June 9th.  Rita is singing some of her favorite standards  performed with a Bluesy, jazzy style.  She is, of course accompanied by her also favorite pianist, the fabulous David Barker with the hope that maybe a friend or two may drop in. 

Performance Date

Sunday, June 9th at 7pm

 

ALOKE DASGUPTA & SUPRATIK SENGUPTA

Performance Date

Sunday, April 28th at 7:00pm

From humble beginnings to the international stage, Aloke’s journey is one of inspiration and determination.

Encouraged by an uncle who played sitar to pursue his creative passion and cautioned by a brother to adopt a traditional occupation that would pay the bills, Aloke chose accounting as his profession.

While excelling at a day job keeping books, his passion for music continued to grow until he decided to transition to music studies. He obtained a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University.

This led to an epiphany: while the sitar might have support from percussion and drone instruments, it plays a single and distinct line whereas western music involves musicians coordinating their performances to create a melodic style that is completely different.

DARDEN

Performance Date

Sunday, April 14th at 7:00pm

With Michael Jost Opening

Hailing from the sunny shores of Orange County, California, Darden isn’t just a band; they’re a family of five siblings – Clarah, Havilah, Tabbi, Josiah and Noah- bound by blood, rhythm, and a shared love for the music of the ages. In the heart of Orange County, Darden has spent years curating their musical sound. With a genuine passion for crafting authentic tunes, they have ventured into the realm of Alternative Americana. In their early years, they performed as a family band in various churches all around the U.S. Most recently, they ventured overseas, completing a German tour in 2022.

Each member of Darden adds his or her unique talents to the musical mix. Together, Darden creates its own unique blend of guitar, bass, mandolin, keys, and soulful lyrics. Influenced by timeless bands like The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and The Beatles, Darden brings its own fresh perspective to the rich tapestry of Americana. Harmony is the heartbeat of Darden. Blessed with angelic voices, these siblings turn each song into something all their own. This is exactly what
captivates Darden’s audiences everywhere they go.

Darden isn’t just a band; they’re storytellers. Their music carries the essence of shared moments on the highway, a testament to the unbreakable bond that family, music, and the open road can forge. From Fullerton to the hearts of listeners worldwide, Darden’s music transcends boundaries. Their journey is a testament to the power of family, music, and the indomitable spirit of those who dare to dream in harmony.

Survivor’s Cabaret and Friends

Performance Date

Sunday, April 7th at 7:00pm

Performed by

Kendra Munger, Alex Enbeg, and Musical Theater Friends!
David Scott Cohen on Piano

A Benefit Performance for STAY WITH UKRAINE.ORG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to getting tactical medical supplies including tourniquets to the front lines in Ukraine.

This is Kendra Munger and Alex Enberg’s 3rd cabaret fundraiser together, and this time Kendra has invited some of her musical theatre co-stars to join the show and raise money for Ukraine! Come out for an evening of music, and save lives by supporting STAY WITH UKRAINE.ORG. Every $36 buys a tourniquet and saves a life!

A singer and actress, Kendra created the role of Princess Diana in the original Off-Broadway cast of “Queen of Hearts”. In Los Angeles, roles have included The Beggar Woman in “Sweeney Todd” at the El Portal, Glinda in the original production of “Next Fairy Tale” at the Celebration Theatre and Helena in Salty Shakespeare’s “A Midsommer Night’s Dream” directed by PRT’s own Nancy Linehan Charles. Film/TV: Star Trek: Picard, NCIS, A.P. Bio, Y&R, All My Children, and the recurring role of Peg Entwistle on the cult web series They Live Among Us.

Kendra is joined by long-time PRT lead actor, Alex Enberg, who’s returning to PRT for the third time since his stroke in 2013 at the age of 41. Doctors gave Alex no hope of coming out of his coma, and we invite you to share in his inspirational recovery. Alex will play guitar and collaborate on a number of songs. Among his many PRT Credits: The Swan, Playboy of the Western World, Big Love, Lulu and Hello Out There. Fim/TV credits: Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Next Gen, Gia, Junior, American Sweethearts, NYPD Blue and Murder One.

Maestro Aloke Dasgupta

Performance Date

Sunday, February 18th at 7:00pm

Performed by

Maestro Aloke Dasgupta

From humble beginnings to the international stage, Aloke’s journey is one of inspiration and determination.

Encouraged by an uncle who played sitar to pursue his creative passion and cautioned by a brother to adopt a traditional occupation that would pay the bills, Aloke chose accounting as his profession.

While excelling at a day job keeping books, his passion for music continued to grow until he decided to transition to music studies. He obtained a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University.

This led to an epiphany: while the sitar might have support from percussion and drone instruments, it plays a single and distinct line whereas western music involves musicians coordinating their performances to create a melodic style that is completely different.

Aloke’s tutelage under one of India’s greatest maestros, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and his own musical instincts have underpinned his genre-bending reputation as an Indian classical musician who can blend Indian and Western harmonies to deliver a unique sound that began breaking barriers when he decided On a fuII-ti me career in music

Mark Leggett and Michael Jost

Performance Date

Sunday, January 28th at 7:00pm

Performed by

Mark Leggett and Michael Jost

Mark Leggett is a guitarist/composer in Los Angeles. His many credits include music, film and television projects with Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Werner Herzog, Richard Thompson, My Name Is Earl, Kylie Minogue, among many others. He is twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for his music scores. As a guitarist he has been featured in Acoustic Guitar, Fretboard Journal and Fingerstyle Guitar Journal. Mark plays regularly in the Los Angeles area both solo and with The Mark Leggett Quartet.

Michael Jost’s music is a journey in time & space fueled by his passion for music & his instrument. His main instrument is the guitar with all the different colors & emotions. Michael’s influences are very multicolored & involve different styles, continents and time periods. Live or on in the studio expect to be surprised…

Guitarras Hermanas and Peter Demian

Performance Date

Sunday, November 5th at 7:00pm

Performed by

Michael Jost, Frank Slamka, Peter Demian, and Greg Cruz

A true Venice Legend, Singer Songwriter PETER DEMIAN is the man with the golden voice & the matching stories. He will be featuring another Venice Legend, the one & only Gregory Cruz on guitar. Together they will perform songs from Peter’s latest album: Mother Earth & so much more. It doesn’t get much better than Peter Demian live in an intimate venue like Pacific Resident Theater.

MICHAEL JOST & FRANK SLAMKA will perform some of their newest compositions. They will perform on their “Sister Candelas Guitars” These 2 Spanish guitars have been built literally from the same tree… While the guitars are sisters, Michael & Frank play together like brothers. Get lost in some sweet songs sung by beautiful guitars.

Gabrianna “Punky G” Crawford

Performance Date

Friday, November 17th at 8:00pm

Performed by

Gabrianna Crawford

Gabrianna “Punky G.” Crawford, a Los Angeles native, has developed her unique style from taking her original spoken word content and blending them with her original melodies combined with her love for Rock & Roll. Punky G. infuses her messages of love, hope, respect, faith, unity, and individuality in melodies that stick, words that matter, chords that unite, lyrics that heal, provoke and restore! Blending various sounds and styles of rock, soul, funk, spoken word. Punky G. tends to fall into her own genre called Rock Fusion. With a bold yet graceful approach to challenge and confront the status quo, Punky G. strides in a lane of her own, between her broad lyrical content and musical diversity. Providing the world with timeless melodies and timeless content, her music will make you dance, rock, cry, laugh, think, perhaps even change. She has spent the foundation of her career performing in juvenile halls, camps, schools, churches, mentoring programs, and bars and clubs.

It’s Never Too Late

Performance Date

Sunday, September 17 at 7:00pm

Performed by

Prince Peter (formerly Peter Elbling)

Prince Peter is an actor, writer and musician. As well as acting and writing for tv and movies, Peter also wrote the NY Times best-seller, The 1980s – A Look Back (written in 1979) and the novel The Food Taster, which was published in 20 countries around the world. His one man show, “It’s never too late,” starts its World tour Sept 17 th at the Pacific Resident Theater in Venice.

“It’s Never too Late,” sees Peter return to music, his first love, and also dive into the world of storytelling, which he recently discovered. Both the songs and stories are original. He will be accompanied by wonderful musicians Leon Rubenhold on guitar and Rick Moors on bass. There may be some surprise guests. Then again there may not.

 

Featuring an art show with Joseph Muchina Mwangi

Prince Diabaté and Michael Jost

Performance Date

Sunday, September 10 at 7:00pm

Performed by

Prince Diabaté and Michael Jost

 

2022 Highlight

PRINCE DIABATÉ hails from a prominent, Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa. He learned his art from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté. Breaking with tradition, his father also taught Prince’s mother, Hadja Djéli Sira Cissoko, to play kora. The young boy became an exceptionally early starter by accompanying his parents to their concerts throughout West Africa. Despite his father’s disapproval, he decided to make music his life. When he was eight years old, former Guinean President, Sekou Touré, came to his home town, Kindia, for a celebration in Independence Square. Braving the outraged soldiers and his own fear, the young musician grasped his kora, threw himself at the President’s feet and played a special song for him. Greatly touched by his skill and audacity, Sekou Touré became his benefactor, enrolling him into the National Children’s Theatre in Conakry. At 16 years of age, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he stumbled upon a videocassette of Jimi Hendrix and, inspired by what he heard, entered an international kora competition. Taking first prize that day he became known as ‘Prince Diabaté, Prince of the Kora.’

MICHAEL JOST’s music is a journey in time & space fueled by his passion for music & his instrument. His main instrument is the guitar with all the different colors & emotions. Michael’s influences are very multicolored & involve different styles, continents and time periods. Live or on in the studio expect to be surprised…

JOSEPH MUCHINA MWANGI is a Kenyan-born, self-taught artist/painter. “I work  with acrylic paint on canvas to create images from memory of things I have seen or can imagine.” His work has been exhibited all over the world.

 

Jason and Ridley and Downs Family Jam

Performance Date

Saturday, September 16th at 5:00pm

Performed by

Jason Downs, Ridley Downs & Family

Jason Downs is an actor, writer, director, producer, musician…and father! His daughter, Ridley, is already way cooler than he ever was. They are both songwriter’s, only difference is Jason was signed to Jive Records during their heyday (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake) and released a couple albums overseas, including a top 20 hit intriguingly titled White Boy With A Feather…whereas Ridley is currently creating her first album. Ridley and Jason, along with mom (if they can coax her up on stage) will do some originals and plenty of familiar favorites to make up a casual and pleasant listening experience. 

 

Bill Burnett in Concert

Performance Date

Sunday, August 27 at 7:00pm

Performed by

Bill Burnett

Michael Jost

Matt Bunsen

& Special Guests

 

When Bette Midler needed an exciting opening number for her new Las Vegas show, she called on Bill Burnett to adapt his famous “Life Is Still Very Wow.”
She also CLOSED the first set of her Divine Miss Millennium tour with Bill’s hilarious “I Regret Everything.” Patti Lupone has performed that same song for years, putting it on her lovely Matters of the Heart album. So have over 60 cabaret performers all over the world. One of the them was Ellie Stone, the late star of the original cast of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well.
But that doesn’t make Bill Burnett a cabaret guy.  He’s a consummate songwriter, as comfortable in the world of Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen singer-songwriters as he is in the biting satire of Tom Lehrer and the absurdist whimsy of Shel Silverstein. Bill wrote over a hundred songs for his hit Nickelodeon series ChalkZone and for the groundbreaking animated feature The Electric Piper. Bill’s songs will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. He’ll be joined onstage by guitarist extraordinaire Michael Jost and bassist Matt Bunsen, with a steady supply of special guests during the course of the night.
Don’t miss this rare and special performance.

 

A Life, in Music

Performance Date

Sunday, August 13th at 7:00pm

Performed by

Alan Trinca on Keys

Jordon Matlock on Guitar

 

“Alan Trinca is an actor/musician with a BFA in theatre performance from Niagara University. He spent 6 years in NYC, performing in off-Broadway plays and musicals, most notably starring in a series of parody shows as Joey in FRIENDS THE MUSICAL, Uncle Jesse in FULL HOUSE THE MUSICAL, and Dylan McKay in 90210 THE MUSICAL. Influenced by 70/s80’s rock and growing up with 90’s-00’s pop, rock, and punk, he likes to play acoustic versions of songs by bands like Radiohead, Elton John, and Coldplay. Alan was most recently seen right here at PRT in American La Ronde!”
Jordan Matlock grew up in Oklahoma where he fell in love with theater and music. After obtaining his BFA in Theater performance and playing in a metal band for a couple of years, he moved to Hawaii to expand his perspective on music and life. Jordan loves many genres of music and enjoys playing Spanish classical, pop, rock, metal, blues, jazz, and more. Currently, you can catch Jordan on TV in his National Home Depot Commercial and his Supporting Lead Role as MICHAEL in the Hallmark Movie, Aloha Heart.

 

Summer Sizzle

with Nathan and Brenna

Performed by

Nathan Madden
Brenna Yeary

Nathan and Brenna are back again and this time they’re turning up the heat with Summer Sizzle! Broadway’s Nathan Madden (An American in Paris, Hello Dolly, Chicago) and songstress Brenna Yeary are bringing Broadway favorites, classics from the American Songbook, and some smokin’ surprises you won’t want to miss. Come see the duo audiences coast to coast have been calling “a breath of fresh air” and “the best evening out in ages”! 

Nathan Madden received his BFA from the Juilliard School and has taught and performed worldwide. He graced the stages of countless theaters during two seasons with Ballet Jazz Montreal, touring with Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, and guesting with Lar Lubovitch Dance.   Nathan started his Broadway journey with CHICAGO, became an original cast member of Christopher Wheeldon’s An American In Paris, where he covered two leading roles, and was thrilled to be a part of bringing back the revival of Hello Dolly.  As a choreographer, he was awarded the “Héctor Zaraspe Prize” for exemplary movement, was a finalist for the Capezio ”ACE Awards”, and has had his workplace in “The National Society of Arts and Letters” competition. Currently designing and creating fountain choreography worldwide with Water Entertainment Technologies and loving it! “I’m so grateful to be continuing to grow from “Glory to Glory.”

Brenna Yeary has studied with Douglas Davidson, Claire Warden (The Shakespeare Forum), Andrew Borthwick-Leslie (The Humanist Project), Dianna Shoenborn (The Linklater Center), as well as intensives with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She apprenticed at Flat Rock Playhouse and considers it her artistic home away from home. Favorite NYC and regional credits include Henry V (Henry),  Zelda (world premiere), Noises Off (Poppy), Guys and Dolls (Sarah u/s), It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey), Cabaret (Sally), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet/Tybalt), and Much Ado About Nothing in Reading, UK. Brenna is passionate about making the actor’s journey accessible to anyone curious about their capacity for connection and discovery.  She loves people-watching, finding treasures on Craigslist, caramel cone ice cream, and light bulb moments