Oceanside Theatre Company and Six String Society Announce 2023 Oceanside Music Series: Live! at the Brooks
Ken Rexrode’s Six String Society to partner with Oceanside Theatre Company on a nine-show series of eclectic music concerts
(Oceanside, CA) December 6, 2022 – Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) and Six String Society will collaborate on a new music series, “Live! at the Brooks,” featuring an eclectic series of nine concerts throughout 2023 at the historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside. With local and national acts ranging from blues to jazz, from soul to gospel, and rock to hip-hop, this enthralling musical collaboration promises to surprise and delight a variety of audiences.
“Over the past several years, we have put on some fantastic Six String Society shows in this historic theater in downtown Oceanside,” said producer Kenneth Rexrode. “It’s a great venue with a large theater-style stage, yet it remains very intimate as well. We are 100% committed to bringing in some exciting local, national, and even international acts to the OTC music series which will commence in mid-January.”
Oceanside Theatre Company has worked with Kenneth Rexrode and Six String Society since 2016, and Interim Managing Director Alex Goodman is excited to expand and build upon the long-standing relationship.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Brooks to consistently host more eclectic offerings for the community and continue to fill the theater with a wide range of music-loving patrons. Ken has done a tremendous job establishing his brand with music makers and music lovers throughout the region, and we are thrilled to play host to all of the incredible artists that he has planned for our 2023 Season.”
Scheduled dates and acts include Gunhild Carling (Jan. 13), the Six String Society’s 27 Club (2 shows on Feb. 18), Vanessa Collier (March 24), Daring Greatly (April 22), The Deca Dames (June 3), and the Six String Society’s Gospel Revival Show featuring The Sons of the Soul Revivers, Whitney Shay, and Gino Walker (July 8) as well as Six String Society’s Back to Paris (Sept. 23). Other acts, including openers, will be announced closer to each performance. Other shows to be announced will take place October 28, 2023 and December 30, 2023.
Tickets available at Oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.
About Gunhild Carling
One of the world’s truly great jazz performers, Swedish superstar, Gunhild Carling became infatuated with music and instruments at a young age. Her home life was filled with a variety of artistic endeavors including acting, circus tricks, dance, music, Vaudeville, and novelty. In addition to her beautiful singing voice, she excels at playing more than 10 instruments.
Having developed an interest in jazz as a child, she has come full circle with her own children now performing with her in what has become a family band. This incredibly dynamic performer has toured with the Post Modern Jukebox and played for audiences around the world, including the King of Sweden.
About The 27 Club
The Six String Society’s 27 Club illuminates the lives and music of an infamous group of musicians, in which all the members share at least one thing in common – they all died tragically at the age of 27. Set in a mythical Greenwich Village apartment circa 1969, the candles burn late into the evening as the stars of this dubious club begin to arrive in the “Living Room.” One by one, they each perform their songs culminating in one triumphant group number together at the end. The All Star cast includes Whitney Shay (as Amy Winehouse), Lauren Leigh Martin (as Janis Joplin), Anthony Cullins (as Jimi Hendrix), Austin David (as Kurt Cobain), Robin Henkel (performing the music of Robert Johnson), Jody Bagley, Laura Chavez and others. After making its debut at the Belly Up on July 10, 2016, the Six String Society went on to present the 27 Club in Nevada casinos and at various festivals.
About Vanessa Collier
As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction.
It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many – two Blues Music Awards for “Horn Player of the Year,” and a third BMA for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year,” eight Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile – it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honors even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released four critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone, 2017’s Meeting My Shadow, 2018’s Honey Up, and 2020’s Heart on the Line.)
About Oceanside Theatre Company
Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company operating the historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside, is a focal point of the Oceanside California Cultural District (OCCD). OTC’s mission is to produce professional theatrical, visual art, and musical productions for the entertainment and enrichment of the community, present educational opportunities in the arts for children and adults, and provide a safe, state-of-the-art public venue for expansion of artistic endeavors in North San Diego County and greater Southern California. OTC produces a four-show mainstage theatre season in the 198-seat venue, as well as a Music Series, play readings and various other events in the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. An important part of OTC’s mission is inspiring and sharing the arts with local youth through the Youth Theater Arts Program, which includes Summer Theater Camps and Youth Theater Arts Outreach in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside during the school year. To learn more visit www.oceansidetheatre.org.
About RexRode Productions
Having debuted in June of 2014, the Six String Society is a unique music theater production company that celebrates both theater and music in this one-of-a-kind production. Each show’s theme is unique while mixing theater and multimedia with some of the greatest performers in Southern California and beyond.
Every show is tied together by a storyline which the rotating cast unravels as the evening unfolds. Musical genres have included blues, jazz, country, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, rock and roll, soul, gospel, and zydeco. The size of the casts range between 12 to 25 musicians depending on the theme of the show. The eight most popular versions are the Celestial Sirens, the Piano Project, the 27 Club, Back to Paris, Sounds of the Big Easy, I Believe, Take a Trip to the Tiki Hut, and our Gospel Revival production.
In just a little over seven years, this San Diego-based production company has taken to the road, performing throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. The show has headlined at the historic Belly Up 12 times since early 2015. In June of 2021, Six Strings Society performed several times in Sedona after a 16-month layoff. On October 22, 2023, Six Strings Society hosted their 7th cruise with the HalloGras company down on Mission Bay in San Diego.
DATES: January 14, 2023; February 18, 2023; March 25, 2023; April 22, 2023; June 3, 2023; July 15, 2023; September 23, 2023; October 28, 2023; December 30, 2023.
TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays; Lobby Opens: 6:00 pm, Curtain: 7:00 pm, approximately 2½ hour performances, including intermission.
TICKETS: Tickets are available for $25 – $50 online at www.oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.
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