Afterglow Entertainment for the 2016-2017 Season
The Hambone Friendly
In anticipation of the hotly-contested Hambone Cup Quartet Contest held each Spring, join us for a preview of the competition, in a decidedly non-competitive evening of singing, posturing, and good-natured ribbing! This year’s Hambone Friendly! Form a quartet and sing a song! Contact Activities Director Andy Tyson to sign up.
October 6th, 2016
October 13th, 2016
October 20th, 2016
Daniel Bates, Tenor
Melissa Elledge is a musician based in New York City. She received her MA from New York University in Piano Performance, and in 2007 she began teaching herself the accordion. She started busking in the NYC subways in 2009, and was awarded a coveted spot in the Arts For Transit program, Music Under New York, in 2012.
When not busking, she works as accordionist, pianist, and assistant music director with Untitled Theater Company no. 61. She has lent her playing to several locally-produced films, variety shows, and podcasts. She performs locally and nationally with a variety of acts, from performance art to reality shows, country noir to gypsy punk, cemetery tours to Japanese children’s television shows.
In 2009 she played a month-long national tour with well-known goth/steampunk
act Aurelio Voltaire, hitting 23 cities in 28 days. In 2015, she performed alongside Mark Nadler in his production of I’m A Stranger Here Myself for a 3 week run at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. She has organized large scale accordion
performances for the annual Make Music New York events since 2012. She has appeared on a number of albums with various bands, and in 2014 she released her first solo CD, The Bellows Below.
The Broken Reed Saxaphone Quartet
Stick around this week for a unique and wonderful sound as The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet returns to perform for The UGC!
Charley Gerard started the The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet in 2002. A composer, saxophonist and music author with a degree in ethnomusicology from Columbia, Charley Gerard lives jazz.
He has been lauded by the Washington Post for his “humor and crossover composing skill,” “chops and range” and the “ingratiating,” “lived-in feeling” of his music” and by hurdaudio.blogspot.com for his “muted, yet powerful tone and special attention toward phrasing and accent structure.” Dance Magazine dubbed his music “brilliant” and jons-show-log.blogspot.com
His headier music often functions as a mosaic—artistically assembled bits of sound strung together by his expert composing and perceptive performances from the BRSQ group members. Together, they transport their audience everywhere, from New Orleans jazz clubs and the swinging sixties, to the Baroque period and the pages of poetry and popular culture.
As its name implies, the group is as linked by its sense of humor as it is by its unique sound. BRSQ has been described by Dr. Sherrie Maricle, the Leader of the Diva Jazz Orchestra and the Director of Education for the New York Pops Orchestra, as “one of the most unique, innovative music ensembles I’ve heard in recent years. Their arrangements are both original and exciting, encompassing all of the relevant emotions of music, from the subtle to the explosive.”
UGC Veterans Day Show
The USO Show Troupe is part of an American tradition that goes back over 75 years to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific. Today, the pride and passion that fueled that early music lives on through the USO Show Troupe. The Troupe entertains approximately 600,000 service members and their families and over 2 million outside the military in over 350 performances around the world every year.