Flip Fabrique in Federal Way

Flip Fabrique is bringing us on a crazy, acrobatic, and poetic journey through a winter snowstorm with their new show “Blizzard.” Met with extraordinary reviews in its original home of Québec, Canada, Flip Fabrique is kicking off their U.S. Tour at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center in Federal Way on January 24. This perfomance takes the audience into a widespread snow day, following the acrobats and artists as they create outstanding visual poetry in the theme of a blizzard.

    “What if winter had taken over? Everything, absolutely everything, buried under the snow. Would it be a catastrophe, or a chance to start over, to fix our mistakes?” This is the question that Flip Fabrique’s performance “Blizzard” seeks to ask with its music and choreography. 

Flip Fabrique, a circus company born out of a group of six friends in 2011, is composed of world-class artists with a love for fun. Bruno Gagnon, the original founder of the company, says about his love for his art, “I still play around whenever I can. Somewhere along the line, certain ones among us lose their inner child; the one who amazes us, delights us, fills us with happiness and keeps us alive.” The team that makes up Flip Fabrique share a common love for fun and connecting with the audience. “Blizzard,” under the executive and artistic direction of Bruno Gagnon, is an excellent representation of the wonder of winter and the talent of the performers.

    Don’t miss the U.S. debut of Flip Fabrique with “Blizzard” on January 24 at 8:00 pm. For more information on tickets, visit the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center’s website, or to learn more about Flip Fabrique, visit their website

MARTINA PRESTON

Tango Del Cielo Comes to Federal Way

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is excited to present an exotic fusion of harp, strings, percussion, and dance this November! Experience this captivating music in an entirely new way with Tango Del Cielo, a unique theatrical music and dance program. This event has been met with standing ovations nationwide.

    Tango Del Cielo, literally translated “Tango of Heaven,” features a fusion of various Latin styles in both music and dance, such as Argentine Tango, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, and Latin Jazz. The concerts are especially entertaining through their tribute to the era of silent films, with incorporations of multi-media film art, staging, lighting, and effects. Tango Del Cielo programs are always exciting to watch and fun for the whole family.

    Anna Maria Mendieta, the founder, artistic director, and harpist for the program, has an extensive history performing throughout the world. She is recognized nationally for her musical advancements in the realm of the Argentine Tango on the harp, and has brought many more exceptional musicians and dancers to be a part of the Tango Del Cielo, a few being Matthew Szemela of the multi-Grammy nominated Quartet San Fransisco, and acclaimed dancers Fanny Ara and Marcelo Molina.

    Beyond being masterfully delivered and performed, the program’s music in itself is a treat to listen to. Jorge Calandrelli, a Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee, arranged and composed the music for Tango Del Cielo, along with Pablo Ziegler and Daniel Binelli, also Grammy Award winners. Several other notable artists and Grammy nominees also contributed to the program’s extensive score, including Jovino Santos Neto as well as violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, also of Quartet San Fransisco. 

    The Tango Del Cielo performance at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is an event you will not want to miss. From the flamenco dancers to the jazz tunes to the Argentine Tango, everyone will find something to love at this event. For more details, visit https://fwpaec.org

MARTINA PRESTON

Super Diamond– A Neil Diamond Tribute

Super Diamond – tribute to the much-loved international pop icon, Neil Diamond – performs the timeless classics including “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Cherry Cherry;” “Song Sung Blue,” “Forever in Blue Jeans” and many more on Friday, June 21st, 8p.m. at Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Super Diamond’s success in America is unprecedented for a tribute band. With a nod from Neil (the man himself), Super Diamond has been embraced by the long time Neil Diamond fan-base and also found huge popularity in the hip rock clubs of America.

Over the last ten years, Super Diamond has consistently sold out shows at most of America’s coolest rock venues, such as The Fillmore and Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, The House of Blues, located in multiple major cities across the US, Showbox Theatre in Seattle, Ogden Theatre in Denver, 930 Club in Washington DC, Irving Plaza in New York, to name only a few.. In addition to performing at many festivals, fairs, theaters and performing arts centers, Super Diamond has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, Fox News, and VH1, and have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin, and The New York Times.

Super Diamond delivers a glittering performance of Neil’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm! Every Super Diamond show is pure entertainment – classic music combined with fun, energy, and passion – creating nostalgia for the good old days and excitement for today’s generation.

For more information visit https://superdiamond.com.

Robert Cray comes to Federal Way PAEC

Blues is the foundation of the music of Grammy Award winner Robert Cray. But it’s nearly impossible to limit his talent to one genre when his music is also influenced by traditional American rock, soul, jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.

“When I first started playing guitar, I wanted to be George Harrison. That is, until I heard Jimi Hendrix,” explains Cray. “After that, I wanted to be Albert Collins and Buddy Guy and B.B. King. And then there are singers like O.V. Wright and Bobby Blue Bland. It’s all mixed up in there. You just never know. I always attribute it to the music we grew up listening to and the radio back in the ’60s. It’s pretty wide open. It’s hard to put a tag on it.”

With five Grammys won, 15 nominations received, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold-out performances, Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. In 2011 he was credited by Rolling Stone with reinventing the blues with the release of his Strong Persuader album in 1986. Cray’s “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” on that album, the magazine wrote, “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues.”

That same year, the rock blues icon was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, making him one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor. The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made the blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording.

Robert Cray will bring his trademark sound and distinct style to the stage at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. With state-of-the-art acoustics, this intimate venue, seating only 700, is the perfect place to showcase Cray’s smooth vocals and expressive guitar solos. by Julie Leydelmeyer

For ticket information:

253.835.7010

Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S

Federal Way, WA 98003

Visit www.fwpaec.org

Taking The World By Storm

Storm Large has been taking the nation by storm with her singing talent and rock and jazz musical infusions since 1989. Yet most people may not have known about her until 2006 when she was a contestant on the CBS reality television show Rock Star: Supernova. On Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m., she will take the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center by storm.

A native of Southborough, Massachusetts, Large has an extensive musical history that’s taken her all across the United States. Now with eight studio albums and a long list of touring experiences, she’s a master of her craft and of performing. And she’s more than a singer. She’s an actor, musician and author too. She has worked on musicals, one specifically to be performed at the Public Theater in New York City, and her rock performances are examples of her acting talents.

Near the beginning of her musical career, Large moved to Portland, Oregon, with a new career in mind as a chef. But music wasn’t going to let her go so easily. Not long after her move she was singing again, this time in her band. Many saw her in 2010 performing with the Oregon Symphony, and she’s sold out shows multiple times since then.

After performing at Carnegie Hall in 2013, The New York Times called her “sensational.” From her long resume, it looks as if she never takes a break, as if her creative juices are constantly flowing. That’s more than likely true, and even more likely is that no one is complaining.

Her latest album Le Bonheur is like an ode to love itself. Storm Large seems to have found a niche in subject matter that her fans can’t get enough of. Her performance this Dec. 1 in Federal Way will no doubt be exhilarating and moving. Try not to miss it. For ticket information, visit fwpaec.org

JORDAN MARIE MARTINEZ

South Sound Fall Arts 2017

With the days shortening and the weather getting cooler, now is the time to plan your fall arts calendar. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll find outstanding performances in the South Sound this autumn. We’ve selected a few standouts that you shouldn’t miss.

POWERHOUSE VOCALS
Experience a night of electrifying music that traces the journey of American superstar Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin. You get two chances to see this amazing performance that celebrates the queen of rock ’n’ roll at either the Pantages in Tacoma or the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.

More amazing vocals are on stage in Piaf! The Show coming to Olympia in October. Focused on legendary Parisian chanteuse Edith Piaf, known as “the swallow of Montmartre,” the show follows the ragsto-riches story of the singer’s career through unforgettable songs, complemented by historical photographs from a bygone day.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Are current events getting you down? A night of laughter awaits with The Capitol Steps at the Pantages. “Putting the mock in democracy,” this performance will have you rolling in the aisles as Hillary Clinton sings a show tune, President Trump performs a rock ballad or Chris Christie dances ballet. This lighthearted show will certainly put a smile on your face.

Once you get the taste for comedy, you may be interested in checking out other comedic offerings such as the semifinal round of the Seattle International Comedy Competition at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and stand-up star in the making Hari Kondabolu, who has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show with David Letterman and who just released his second comedy album with major success.

BACK TO CLASSICS
The brand-new Federal Way Performing Arts Center opens its inaugural season with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. It’s been 50 years since Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released and here’s your chance to be immersed in Beatlemania.

Other classics offered this fall include Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Footloose, Symphony Tacoma’s West Side Story, Lakewood Playhouse’s all-kid performance of Alice in Wonderland, and a chance to belt out “Tomorrow” at the Sing-a-long Annie show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

You don’t need to go far for great performances that will keep your evenings entertaining this fall. The South Sound is full of amazing choices, so book your tickets soon.

HILLARY RYAN

BROADWAY CENTER
broadwaycenter.org

THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
washingtoncenter.org

FEDERAL WAY PERFORMING ARTS AND EVENTS CENTER
fwarts-eventcenter.org

TACOMA MUSICAL PLAYHOUSE
tmp.org