"Mark Phillips has skill to burn." - Washington Post
Tired of dinner and a movie? Magic isn't for kids anymore. First rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of Best Magician in The Magic Duel. This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you. Badly. It involves the audience from start to finish. At the end of the show, the audience votes for the winner. An amazing night out!
BRIAN CURRY "Brian is as sharp as the tack he put on your seat!" Brian has become a force in the magic world. His original work has been published in trade journals and he’s been featured in newspapers and performed on TV shows across America. With thousands of shows under his belt, Brian has emerged as one of the Washington, DC’s hottest magicians.
Brian performed his first trick 20 years ago. He cut his father's tie in half and put it back together, and it almost worked! He was hooked. At the age of 18 he took first place at the World Magic Summit competition. You're probably wondering what winning an international competition means to a magical career. The answer is 'nothing'. But it gave him the boost to start a career in magic.
MARK PHILLIPS Natural-born class clown Mark Phillips learned to vanish a cigarette when he was only six years old. Fortunately, six-year-olds with cigarettes were fairly common in 1960's Kentucky. Reared in a military household, Mark developed a passion for order, discipline, and psychological warfare on his sisters. Applying these traits to deception, Mark become an expert, eventually tricking a university into giving him a French horn scholarship even though his major was in microbiology. Paying the remainder of his college bills by performing regularly at the Phoenix Playboy Club, Mark realized show business might not be such a bad idea. His long career as a magical entertainer performing in 36 countries proved him right.
Mark is one of only 12 recipients of the National Theater's "Star of Magic Award.- He has been profiled in UK's "The Guardian", and his appearance at the Kennedy Center prompted the Washington Post to write, "Mark Phillips has skill to burn." Hundreds of corporations have trusted him to entertain their most important customers, sales prospects, and guests at events worldwide. He frequently represents companies exhibiting at trade shows where he weaves his magic into his clients’ marketing message to generate sales leads by the hundreds. Mark once fooled thousands of people into believing he could speak German fluently before actually learning how, and his favorite German word is "Leitungsuebertragungeschwindigkeit."
"These guys flood the room with joy!" - Seattle Times
“You dudes are the future. You’ve made my soul smile!” - Quincy Jones
“[Their] saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint. . .the arrangements imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes.” - Washington Post
Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, Peter and Will Anderson hail from Washington, DC, but moved to New York City to attend Juilliard. They have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and are featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.
The Anderson’s have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, DC’s Blues Alley, and Arizona Music Festival. Their ensemble has performed in over 40 U.S. States, toured Japan, and been featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache.
JAZZ GUITARIST Félix Lemerle
Born in Paris, France, the son of an upright bass player, Félix Lemerle was exposed to jazz at an early age. After studying classical piano at the conservatory, he taught himself guitar in his teens and started performing around town and in Europe in various clubs and festivals. He graduated from the CRR de Paris, then was granted a Fulbright scholarship to CUNY Queens College in New York, where he got his Master in Jazz Performance.
The Gibson Brothers were voted Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for two years in a row. And Help My Brother, their tenth album, won the prestigious IBMA Album of the Year Award. When they were named the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year in 2011, the first time a brother duet has won this award.
These awards followed on the success of Ring the Bell. The title cut of that album won the IBMA Song and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Their 11th release, They Called It Music, was #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart for six months. The title cut spent three months as #1 on the BU Song Chart.
It was a great feeling to sign with Rounder Records in 2014, a label the Gibson Brothers “always equated with quality.” Their first release on the label, Brotherhood, was an homage to the brother duos that have inspired them since childhood. They chose fifteen songs from country, bluegrass and early rock 'n' roll brother acts including some who will be familiar to most listeners, such as Phil & Don Everly, Charlie & Ira Louvin, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Carter& Ralph Stanley as well as some lesser-known acts: the Blue Sky Boys, the Church Brothers and the York Brothers. Leigh reflects, "These are the acts that pointed us in our direction musically. . .” After we got going, we went our own way for a while." Leigh adds, "But the process of making this record [Brotherhood] brought us back to the music we were listening to when we were just getting started. When we sing those songs, I feel like I did when I was 15 years old, sitting in our living room in the farmhouse and learning to play. This music is part of our soul."
A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as "..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name." But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way: "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and, instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste. "
THE GIBSON BROTHERS
LEIGH GIBSON / Vocals, Guitar
ERIC GIBSON / Vocals, Banjo, Guitar
MIKE BARBER / Bass
JESSE BROCK / Mandolin
CLAYTON CAMPBELL / Fiddle
Smithsonian atLittle Washington SUN. MAY 6TH @ 3 PM
As part of the 26th season in the Smithsonian at Little Washington Series, renowned musician Kenneth Slowik will present a special program of Joseph Haydn. Mr. Slowik is artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.
The Smithsonian Chamber Players
Ian Swensen, violin
Elisabeth Reed, cello
Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord
Early Keyboard Trios of Joseph Haydn
Trio in E Major, Hob. XV: 34
Trio in A Major, Hob. XV:35
Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:36
Trio in F Major, Hob. XV:37 A highly-valued component of all concerts in the Smithsonian at Little Washington series is the commentary provided by Ken Slowik throughout the program. His remarks shed light on the glorious music and the life and times of the featured composers. In 2011, Mr. Slowik was the recipient of the Smithsonian Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture Award, and the remarks during the concerts at the Little Washington Theatre are generally an abbreviated version of the talk which precedes each of the concerts heard in Washington, D.C.
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 25 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. The latest, LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles! is the third in his series of arrangements by the Fab Four.
His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio.
His ‘photo memoir’ Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.
Community Events at Little Washington Theatre
C. Colston Burrell
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - morning and afternoon sessions
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE: $15
Contact Bruce Jones to reserve a spot! Call 540-675-3152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class is less than 10 minutes from Little Washington Theatre.
Cole lectures internationally on subjects of design, plants and ecology. He has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and his abiding respect for regional landscapes with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. Popular lecture topics range from American Garden Style and the History of The American Native Plant Movement to Designing for Wildlife Habitat and Planting a Bog Garden.
Cole Burrell has published 12 gardening titles and authored over 150 articles for popular gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Organic Gardening.