1/8/14 – January Shows Kick Post-Holiday Blues



The 9 Songwriter Series
Charlotte Blake Alston
Hot Club of San Francisco

(Germantown, MD)— “January gloom” won’t cast its shadow over Germantown this month as BlackRock Center  for the Arts presents a number of entertainment options to help audience chase away the post-holiday blues. Whether it’s family fun with an internationally acclaimed storyteller, an evening showcase of talented singer songwriters or stop animation film shorts set to one of the finest Gypsy Jazz ensembles, audiences can enjoy glimmering artistry at pocket friendly prices that is sure to ward off the cold winter doldrums.  For more information or to purchase tickets call 240-912-1058 or go to www.blackrockcenter.org


The 9 Songwriter Series Singer/Songwriter
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8pm
Tickets are $14-22.

Why hear one or two gifted singer-songwriters when you can hear nine?  The 9 Songwriters Series features some of the most talented local songwriters in the region. It will be an evening full of surprises and pleasures where the collective talents of nine songwriters provide audiences with a rich, intimate, and varied listening experience.


Charlotte Blake Alston
Musical Storyteller
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD
Friday, January 24, 2014, 10am
Tickets are $14

Whether it’s a story with a thumb piano, djembe or 21-string kora, Charlotte Blake Alston’s most powerful instrument is her melodic and mesmerizing voice. She breathes life into ancient and contemporary tales, engaging the imagination while tapping into life lessons gained from centuries of human experience.  A hit for families with children of all ages, Blake draws on the rich source of stories, songs, games and rhythmic elements that are hallmarks of the African and African American oral traditions.


Hot Club of San Francisco and Cinema Vivant
Film Shorts set to Gypsy Jazz
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8pm
Tickets are $14-25

The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing inspired by Django Rheinhardt. Cinema Vivant is a celebration of imagination, innovation and red hot talent: Wizards of Gypsy jazz and three charming and whimsical stop-animation films. The magic of the performance is the opportunity to hear those vintage gypsy sounds accompanying a series of rare and altogether delightful classic silent films from roughly the same Django Reinhardt era.


For show details and to purchase tickets, please visit www.blackrockcenter.org or call 301-528-2260.  For further information, or to arrange interviews or photographs, please contact Lynne Kingsley, Director of Marketing and Communications at 240-912-1057or lkingsley@blackrockcenter.org.


Next up at BlackRock: Chelsey Green & the Green Project, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8pm in BlackRock’s Studio Theater.


BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone of Germantown that engages the communities of Upper Montgomery County to explore, experience, and celebrate the arts. For further information about BlackRock, call the center at 301.528.2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.  BlackRock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD, near the intersection of Middlebrook Rd. and Route 118.

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