Saturday, January 7, 2012


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51 N Swinton Ave. Delray Beach FL 33444 (561)243-7922

Feb 2: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play
March 2-3-4: Debby Boone - Reflections of Rosemary

Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals).  Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. Triple Play’s musical roots go way back (nearly 40 years!) in each member's history. Chris and Madcat have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians in the group "New Heavenly Blue" (with albums on RCA and Atlantic Records), "Sky King"(on Columbia), and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck.

CHRIS BRUBECK first distinguished himself as a jazz musician performing and recording with his father, the legendary Dave Brubeck. Chris plays bass, trombone, piano, guitar and sings. In the past few decades, he has earned international acclaim as composer, performer and leader of his own groups. On stage, Chris' irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his fluid command of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical musical styles. As an award- winning composer, he is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music.  Chris has also recorded his original music and toured the world with his own rock, jazz and folk groups. He currently performs and records with his group, Triple Play, an acoustic blues/jazz/folk trio, with vocals that includes guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth.  In addition, Chris has joined such diverse artists as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Gerry Mulligan, Dawn Upshaw, Bela Fleck, Muddy Waters, Bobby McFerrin, Stephane Grappelli and Bob Dylan onstage and has been featured on dozens of recordings. He has written three musicals and hundreds of songs, including covers sung by R&B legends, Bobby Womack and Patti Labelle.

PETER MADCAT RUTH has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk music, jazz, country or rock and roll. Performance Magazine refers to him as "A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status."  Madcat's music has been evolving for nearly 40 years, starting in Chicago with playing folk/blues on guitar and studying harmonica with Big Walter Horton. He later moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a key presence in two of the city's finest progressive rock bands: New Heavenly Blue and Sky King. By the mid 1970's, Madcat was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. Madcat later went solo, infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In 1990, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane.  Madcat has been an invited guest performer at many harmonica festivals in the United States and Europe. His harmonica playing is heard on over 50 recordings. National television and radio appearances, symphony orchestra performances, radio and television advertisements and harmonica workshops all attest to Madcat's reputation as one of the best and most versatile harmonica players in the world.

JOEL BROWN, guitarist. Joel’s eclectic career has taken him to England for a recording with the London Symphony, to Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw, recitals and recordings with Frederica von Stade and extensive touring and recording with Chris Brubeck’s cross-over trio, Triple Play. He has appeared at New York's Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Tanglewood Festival, the Chamber Music Festival at Saratoga, Music in the Mountains in British Columbia, the Barbican Centre in London and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In addition to touring and recording with Triple Play, Joel has appeared as concerto soloist with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. and in the Czech Republic, the St. Cecilia Orchestra, as well as many other orchestras across the U.S. He is founding member of Tritonis, who 's CD, Five Premiers:Chamber Music with Guitar contains five new pieces that Brown commissioned. Tritonis has been featured at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Miami The National Flute Association Convention in both New York and Boston, the Caramoor Festival, the Ithaca College Guitar Festival, the Juilliard School the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as many other venues across the country. Joel has helped create the highly regarded CD Chords and Thyme with guitarist Edward Flower on the Dorian label that Guitar Player Magazine called “...beautiful and imaginative.”  Joel worked with Bill Crofut and Chris Brubeck for nearly a decade and was an integral part of their recordings, Lullabies and dances; Unsquare Dance; Red,White and Blues; and Bartok and Kodaly, all on Albany Records. Joel is also the featured guitarist on a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Bach to Brubeck on Koch International Classics with bill Crofut and Chris Brubeck.  Joel is Senior-Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Crest Theatre at Old School Square, restored from its historic roots as Delray High School (c. 1925) and dedicated in 1993, has become one of the most successful performing arts theatres in South Florida.  The Crest also serves as a showcase venue for other area community and professional arts organizations and continues to be in demand for a variety of music, dance and theatre performances as well as town meetings, corporate, private and media events.  Crest Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, the Florida Arts Council and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.  Old School Square, located on the corner of Atlantic and Swinton Avenues, is a National Historic Site and Florida Cultural Institution also housing the Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture (in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary School building), Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1926), School of Art & Photography and outdoor Entertainment Pavilion – presenting art, music, theatre, dance, festivals and hosting a variety of other community events.  For information on programs, exhibits, classes, membership or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit

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