An eclectic saxophonist gets the blues, a documentary toasts the father of Claymation, and the Man of 10,000 Voices brings many of them to Boca. Plus, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more in your week ahead.
What: Gilberto Santa Rosa
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Yes, you read those prices right. An appearance by Santa Rosa, in the Latinx-rich South Florida market, is a very big deal indeed, and the only tickets available the week of the concert are located within the first 11 rows of the Au-Rene Theater—all the better to see this living legend up close. Christened the “gentleman of salsa,” Puerto Rican-born Gilberto Santa Rosa ranks perhaps highest among the performers to popularize Latin music in the United States. He has long dominated the Billboard Tropical charts on the strength of his skills as both a deft interpreter of the celebratory music and an iconic improviser of it. A 2022 ASCAP Latin Heritage Award winner, Santa Rosa has also won six Grammys and sold more than 3 million records. Expect to hear tunes from his 30 albums dating back to 1986’s auspicious debut, the aptly titled Good Vibrations.
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What: Screenings of “Claydream”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Studio, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach
When: Various show times
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
While certainly not the household name in animation as forbears like Walt Disney and Chuck Jones, Will Vinton’s career was nearly as vital and game-changing. Remembered as the “father of Claymation,” the handlebar-mustachioed Vinton developed and literally molded this once-ubiquitous animation style, the fruits of his labor present in such iconic characters as the California Raisins and Dominos’ the Noid. “Claydream,” featuring one of the final interviews with Vinton (he died in 2018) along with many of his collaborators, charts his pioneering success as well as the financial maneuverings that felled his career at its apex.
What: Jessy J
Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 6 and 9 p.m.
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
Jessie Arellano, a Portland-born, Mexican-American saxophonist who performs under the stage name Jessy J, is only a millennial but has already enjoyed an impressively robust and eclectic performing career. She started early, as many prodigies do, learning the piano at 4 and winning her Piano State Championship at 15. She eventually gravitated toward the sax, an in-demand career in traditional and Latin Jazz, and studio and performing gigs with artists ranging from Michael Buble to Aerosmith to Seal to Chance the Rapper and Taylor Swift. She’s touring in support of her latest release Blue, a set of eight originals that signal a stylistic departure. Conceived during the pandemic, the album finds Jessy J exploring formative rhythm and blues and soul dynamics of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
What: Michael Winslow
Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/483-9036, bocablackbox.com
When Michael Winslow covers a song—say, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” which he performed on an Icelandic TV show—he doesn’t just sing it. Using only his vocal cords, he also “drums,” and plays the screaming feedback-drenched guitar as well: He is Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all in one. Known as the “Man of 10,000 Voices,” Winslow honed his craft as a bored and largely friendless child in Spokane, Washington, in which he would imitate sounds of the natural world to pass the time. He took his talent to comedy clubs and eventually the movies, where his role in the seven “Police Academy” comedies would cement his celebrity status. He’s touring behind what might be seen as a late-career revival: His unsurpassed skill as a one-man foley artist took him to the semifinals of last year on “America’s Got Talent.”
What: Opening night of “Fade”
Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $65, includes reception ($35-$70 for remainer of run)
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Playwright Tanya Saracho has firsthand experience with the subject of her recent play “Fade,” which enjoys its regional premiere this weekend at GableStage. A Latina playwright from Chicago who once landed a TV writing gig among a creative team of mostly white men, Saracho channels that experience into this wry and impactful play. In “Fade,” Saracho’s surrogate is named Lucia, the new diversity hire on a prominent TV show, whose writers’ room is typically dominated by white dudes. But we don’t meet any of them: “Fade” is about the relationship that develops between Lucia and Abel, the janitor who cleans her office at night, and a Latino man of lower caste. That doesn’t stop Lucia from absorbing his after-hours stories and evidently using them in her script ideas, begging the question of who owns whose stories while raising larger issues of race and class. GableStage’s production, starring Alexandra Acosta and Alex Alvarez, runs through Sept. 18.