Art Deco Weekend 2023 Live Music Preview

Deco Jazz Dancing Stage

The 46th Annual Art Deco Weekend is closer than ever!

Among the many events taking place this weekend is a stellar live music lineup! It’ll be the ultimate Deco jazz-age winter festival.

Meet us there, January 13-15 at the Jazz Age Stage on Lummus Park and 12th St to dance the night away in true Deco fashion.

Excited? Here’s a preview of our live acts for 2023.

And make sure to check out the Official Art Deco Weekend 2023 Collectible Program Guide, now available online.

Friday

Opening Night Soirée

Friday, January 13th, join us for our members only/VIP Opening Night Soirée with The Cab Calloway Orchestra from 8-10 pm. 

This marks the return of the jazz icon’s band, now directed by Cab’s first-born grandson, “The Prince of Hi De Ho,” C. Calloway Brooks.

The Cab Calloway Orchestra comes directly out of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Dixieland tradition.

C. Calloway Brooks and The Cab Calloway Orchestra

An Art Deco legend and star during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and 1940s, Calloway and his Orchestras came to define the hot swing sound and the jump genre of the era. Their progressive approach to performance, which took clubs like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom by storm during the Harlem Renaissance.

Dress dapper and enjoy swing dance performances, mini-dance lessons, and more! This will be a high-energy, joyous, and soulful performance ignited with audience participation.

Make sure to check out our blog post spotlighting Cab Calloway’s Deco stardom and influence on American culture.

Saturday, January 14

You can also catch the Cab Calloway Orchestra on Saturday, Jan 14th.

Carrying on the tradition of American big band music, The Cab Calloway Orchestra’s goal under C. Calloway Brooks is to expand the recognition and appreciation of its unique sound and sensibility while maintaining the integrity of Cab’s amazing musical repertoire.

Julio Montalvo’s Fabulous Dixie Kings

That same day, enjoy authentic traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz from Julio Montalvo’s Fabulous Dixie Kings with guest vocalist Shira Lee. Led by

Latin Grammy winner and trombonist Julio Montalvo, their toe-tapping, swinging, and infectious music will create the perfect fun, upbeat atmosphere.

They will be accompanied by Shira Lee, one of Florida’s great jazz and country singers. In her voice, the classics of the swing era come to life and transport you to the golden age of jazz.

Sunday

LeNard Rutledge
The LeNard Rutledge Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, January 15, catch The LeNard Rutledge Jazz Ensemble. This Miami-based ensemble is known for their captivating, soul-stirring, earthy and funky jazz.

Named “Best Jazz Artist” by the Miami New Times, Rutledge’s dynamic style is influenced by his church choir work.

The warm exchange of give and take between his stage presence and his band will bring out the inner jazz-lover you didn’t know you had.

FIU Art Deco Combo
FIU Art Deco Combo

Later, enjoy live jazz by FIU students from the FIU Art Deco Combo under the direction of Dr. Lisanne Lyons.

Consisting of vocalists and a rhythm section, the group emphasizes close harmonies, improvisation, and addcutting-edge repertoire of jazz and jazz-influenced music, as well as contemporary, latin, and a cappella styles.

Tango Dancers

Finally, end your weekend of live music with Tango Fusion accompanied by special dance performances during Anibal Berraute’s Milonga Under the Stars.

Led by Berraute, the Argentinean piano player, composer, arranger, and producer is known for his signature fusion of tango with elements of other musical forms.

This includes the “Uruguayan candombe” with its African roots and Argentinean rhythms, traditional country folklore sound, and American jazz, among others, creating a new vibrant harmonic approach to the genre.


Don’t miss our upcoming music events and more! Schedule your weekend ahead and RSVP today at artdecoweekend.org.

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Art Deco Weekend:
Jan 13-15 2023
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