BENN BACOT With a voice is reminiscent of Billy Eckstine, with a little Joe Williams and a dash of Nat King Cole, Benn, affectionately known as "The Bass of the Bay” is one of San Francisco's hidden treasures. Seen throughout the Bay Area this year on stages in San Jose, Redwood City, Oakland and at events as varied as Larkin Street Moon Festival, Jewish Home, Piano Fights, Cadillac Hotel and Angelica's Bell Theatre. Recently seen as part of JB Production’s Holiday Big Band Bash at the Great American Music Hall, and a release of “Christmas By The Bay” Bacot continues the legacy of the Great American Jazz singer continuing to blaze the trail with a voice seldom heard today but instantly enjoyed! https://www.reverbnation.com/bennbacotthebassofthebay
BENN BACOT in "THE BASS OF THE BAY PRESENTS AN EVENING OF AMERICAN SONG!"
Join the Bass of The SF Bay as he explores the many facets of the American Songbook. From the swinging jazz of the 1920s to the Reefer Madness of the 30s to the sophisticated swing and love ballads of the 40s & 50s, it's an evening of showstoppers and surprises.
GRETCHEN RUMBAUGH This actress and cabaret performer has played real-life women as diverse as Mae West, Patsy Cline, Leona Helmsley and Ann Landers in the format of the One-Woman Show. She created the role of Wendy in the original Seattle production of worldwide hit Angry Housewives, and for four years she co-produced & hosted the singer showcase Cabaret Chanteuse at Tony Starlight's Supperclub in Portland.
GRETCHEN RUMBAUGH in "BEATLES SONGSPIEL REDUX"
After their initial exploration at MICM in 2016, GRETCHEN RUMBAUGH and JOHN ENGERMAN take another dive back into the BEATLES canon, creating fresh theatrical/jazz interpretations of some of the Fab Four's most enduring songs.
Friday, March 16 @9PM with Linda Kosut
JAYNE MUIRHEADis a seasoned cabaret performer (over 10 shows at the legendary Cabaret de Paris) and one third of The Sirens of Swing, Jayne Muirhead is also in her thirty seventh year as a professional actor. She performs regularly at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and The Village Theatre, most recently as Jack’s Mother in Into The Woods.
JAYNE MUIRHEAD in "AND GOD CREATED JAYNE"
Seattle cabaret treasure Jayne Muirhead sings songs from her one-woman shows "Jayne a La Carte", "Indiana Jayne and the UFO", "Jayne Unchained" and "The Once and Future Jayne" (penned and performed with husband John Engerman). Wheeeee!
Friday, March 3 @7PM with Jeanette d'Armand & John Patrick Lowrie
Saturday, March 10 @9PM with Jean Ferguson
KAREN SKRINDE has been an actress and singer for over 25 years throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has appeared at A Contemporary Theatre, Village Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild, among others, and has been a regular at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Karen was one of the three creators of the cabaret series at Thumper's Restaurant and performed in six solo shows there. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Inverse Opera, the Crepe de Paris, and the Moisture Festival.
KAREN SKRINDE in "ANN-MARGARITA: BUSTING OUT"
Ann-Margarita has been charged with stalking Josh Groban, and has to perform community service. This show is fulfilling that requirement. It's a show about obsession, forbidden love, and accepting who we are.
Saturday, March 31 @7pm with Ms. Joanne Klein
JEAN FERGUSON is a classically trained singer who performed in upstate New York and New York City in a variety of genres: opera, musical comedy, folk, and cabaret. She is a former music therapist who practiced in New York City. Jean currently teaches at a local college in Seattle, and after raising a family has been performing around the area in clubs, restaurants, and private events. She has had several solo jazz/cabaret shows at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, and is excited to be back again performing in the SMICM Festival 2018.
JEAN FERGUSON in "PETOOTIE PIE UNDER A MOONLIT SKY"
Come join the cabaret fun, old chums, with whimsical surprises awaiting in an eclectic selection of songs ranging from the standards of Ella Fitzgerald, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer to rock and country favorites of Van Morrison, Randy Travers, and more.
Saturday, March 10 @9PM with Jayne Muirhead
MAUREEN "MO" MERSHON is a Seattle performer, working director, and teacher of acting. Mo has worked onstage since the age of 8 and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the professional union for stage actors. Mo has attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Ms. Mershon has written two plays and wrote, directed and produced the documentary The Amazing Mr. T, accepted into the New Jersey Film Festival. Mo has performed all over the United States in musicals, cabarets and plays and taught acting, cabaret and musical theatre at UCLA , North Seattle Community College and various Seattle-area schools.
MAUREEN MERSHON in "MO LOVE"
"MO LOVE" is a new cabaret piece written by Maureen Mershon and musically directed by D.J. Wilson. This funny, sweet recollection piece speaks about romantic love from age 5 through age 100, and highlights songs from various musicals - all connected to love.
Saturday, March 10 @7PM with Robyn Spangler
Saturday, March 24 @7PM with Jean Ferguson
Ms JOANNE KLEIN has performed all over the great Northwest’s theatres and venues and as far South as Costa Rica and on the streets of Paris. A long career in musical theatre, Ms Klein also teaches acting, vocal coaching and can be heard at jazz jams Sundays through Thursday! As a performer Joanne is known as wicked funny, a captivating chanteuse and very healthy. Enjoy!! www.joannekleindiva.com
JOANNE KLEIN in "MY LIFE, MY WORK, MYLANTA!!"
A brief moment in time with songs, fake news, re-using, recycling and resisting with Joanne Klein and John Engerman.
Friday, March 9 @7PM with Helene Smart
Saturday, March 31 @7PM with Karen Skrinde
ROBYN SPANGLER is a PLAYBILL Pick and Broadway World award-winner and has wowed audiences around the world at concert and convention dates, benefits, private events, and clubs around the US and in London. Her album Something Cool was named one of the best of 2017 by All About Jazz. Robyn has recorded three albums with o.p. records: "On A Liquid Afternoon, "Why I Love Linda Ronstadt" and "Something Cool: The Billy Barnes Sessions", as well as singles including "Consider Reconsidering Me" and the self-penned single "Second Wind" which spent two weeks at #1 on ReverbNation. Robyn has received airplay on Delta Airlines' Hello Music Channel.
ROBYN SPANGLER in "REMEMBERING BILLY BARNES"
Billy Barnes was best known for composing "Too Long At The Fair" and "Something Cool". But did you know he wrote music for Laugh-In, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, the opening of Disneyworld, and so much more?
Friday, March 9 @9PM with Carolyn Magoon
Saturday, March 10 @7PM with Maureen Mershon
CAROLYN MAGOON has been performing everywhere for over three decades! She has enjoyed roles at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT and several other regional theatres. Carolyn worked as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines and sang in a London wine bar “back in the day”. Now you can see her around town in Hot Lava, a B52’s tribute band. She is thrilled to be joining March Cabaret Month for her sixth year and just in a tizzy that you all fit in her room!
CAROLYN MAGOON in IN MY ROOM: SONGS I LOVE TO SING INTO A HAIRBRUSH
Join Carolyn as she journeys back to the 70s, 80s and 90s with songs that brought her such joy alone, on a stool, in front of a mirror, with her hairbrush... in her room.
ARNALDO! drag chanteuse /ARNALDO has thrilled audiences from Seattle to New York, Manila to Puerto Vallarta, winning New York's Bistro Award in 2008, Manila's Gawad Musika Award in 2014, and the Filipino Community of Seattle's Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts & Culture in 2016. He is the founder of Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association and the artistic director of Seattle's March Is Cabaret Month Festival. www.dragchanteuse.com
ARNALDO! DRAG CHANTEUSE and SWEET SPOT COMBO in "WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?"
Join drag chanteuse Arnaldo! and mid-century jazz and swing aficionados Sweet Spot Combo as they join forces in a musical tour of the many sides of love.
ARNALDO in "ARNALDO! SINGS ARNALDO"
No make-up, no sparkling gown, no bling: An evening of voice, piano, and songs from the heart. Don't miss this special and intimate show from Seattle's celebrated drag chanteuse as Arnaldo shares personal songs... unmasked.
Saturday, March 31 @9PM with Angie Louise
JEANNETTE D'ARMAND was soprano soloist in Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére and has performed in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s productions of Sweeney Todd, Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Oliver, Beautiful Poison (workshop), and is a founding member of the sassy vocal trio, The Riveting Rosies. She has sung in Showtunes Theatre’s productions of Nine (Our Lady of the Spa) and George M (Faye Templeton), in the Seattle Opera Chorus, she toured Europe with Amy Denio’s original work, “Non lo so, Polo” and has been a guest artist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus on numerous occasions. She is a professional voiceover artist and maintains an active voice studio. www.jeannettedarmand.com JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE has been nominated for Gregory Awards for his work in "My Fair Lady" (Village Theatre) and "Sugar Daddies" (ACT, directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn). He has worked at theaters throughout the US and in Europe; won Best Actor and Best Director in an Audio Drama at Moondance International Film Festival; co-won Best Script in an Audio Drama; voiced characters in 25 video games including the Sniper in Team Fortress 2; and led critically acclaimed acoustic guitar duo The Kiethe/Lowrie Duet for nine years. His novel "Dancing With Eternity" won the Foreword Firsts Award for Best Debut Fiction.
JEANNETTE d'ARMAND & JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE in "A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS"
Singer Jeannette d'Armand and acoustic guitarist John Patrick Lowrie return with their new show A Thousand Beautiful Things, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon, George Gershwin, Paul McCartney and more. Jeannette's voice woven with John's understated but masterful guitar playing make for an intimate evening of respite and reflection.
HELENE SMART’s fascination with the art of cabaret began when she discovered it was the perfect combination of her love of words and of music. In constant pursuit of yet another song-writing gem, Helene has studied with some of the great practitioners of the craft including Andrea Marcovicci and Karen Mason and has been privileged to perform with Shelly Markham, Stan Keen and Darin Clendenin as music directors. Helene’s one-woman shows have been seen at the Gardenia in L. A., The Manor House on Bainbridge Island, the Admiral Theater in Bremerton, and, in Seattle, at the RUINS and The University Club.
HELENE SMART in "THINGS ARE LOOKING UP"
Helene celebrates the chance to explore old songs in new ways, new songs in old ways, and whatever happens in between. Join her for show tunes, country, contemporary, American songbook, and a carefully crafted evening of fine lyrics and memorable melodies.
Friday, March 9 @7PM with Joanne Klein
2018 SMICM Festival Performers (alphabetical by first name)
SWEETSPOT COMBO mines its material from the deep vein of gold that is mid-20th century music. We share a passion for the swing, jazz and popular music of that era. From the Mills Brothers to the Four Freshmen to the Rat Pack and beyond, we love it all. Upright bass, guitar, cocktail drums and three voices make for a lush wall of sound. A swinging good time is often the result.
SWEET SPOT COMBO in "WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?"
Sweet Spot Combo takes you on a musical tour of the many sides of love.
THE SIRENS OF SWING features three of Seattle's cabaret luminaries - Karen Kay Cody, Joanne Klein and Jayne Muirhead - with music direction by John Engerman. First produced in the '90s, their tributes to the infectious sounds of classic vocal trios such as the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters were hit shows at the Cabaret de Paris. With lush harmonies and jive rhythms, they take audiences on a musical journey back to the 1930s and '40s full of sass and romance. Additional original arrangements of tunes such as "Moonglow" and "Sheik of Araby" make this a musical evening to remember.
THE SIRENS OF SWING in "MAKING BLEEMA GREAT AGAIN"
That trio of swingin' cousins returns to Egan's with a new agenda: Roll out the Schpemfa and restore the glory of their homeland by swinging harder and hotter than any other representatives to the UN. Fremtak m'wow!
Saturday, March 24 @9PM with Valerie Piacenti
VALERIE PIACENTI made her Broadway debut in "The Pirates of Penzance", starring such luminaries as Kevin Kline, Maureen McGovern, Rex Smith and Estelle Parsons. In addition to Off Broadway and Regional Theatre, she has performed locally at Seattle Rep, Kirkland Performance Center, Cabaret de Paris, Egan's, and with the Pacific Northwest Ballet's four seasons of "Silver Lining", including the London show at Sadler's Wells with the Royal Philharmonic. Valerie is also Certified Cross Cultural Music In Healing Practitioner and founder of Pacific Sound and Voice, a company focusing on health and wellness through sound and music.
VALERIE PIACENTI in "STANDARD TIME: SONGS OF WORLD WAR II"
Please join Valerie Piacenti and pianist Nick Moore for a Sentimental Journey down memory lane that will take you back to World War II with some of the era's most beloved standards.
Saturday, March 17 @9PM with Linda Kosut
Saturday, March 24 @9PM with The Sirens of Swing
BODACIOUS LADYHOOD is a Seattle-based trio of women who are celebrating 15 years of singing together. Over the years, they have performed in cabaret clubs and on stages across the Pacific Northwest, most recently to a sold-out house at Dorothy’s Cabaret in November of 2017. They also performed at Chateau Ste. Michelle (and on live, national radio) as guests on “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.” They have been called “vibrant-voiced”, “impressive, innovative and inimitable”, and “a must-see.” Bodacious Ladyhood is three parts harmony, one part comedy and a whole lot of fun. www.bodaciousladyhood.com
BODACIOUS LADYHOOD in "SONGS IN THE KEY OF FUNNY!"
Join Bodacious Ladyhood as they sing you songs of friendship, love, and all the comedy that comes with both. These ladies have 15 years of funny to share with you and you won't want to miss out!
Friday, March 16 @7PM with Benn Bacot
Friday, March 30 @9PM with Karen Skrinde
GABRIELLE NICOLE has been singing for as long as she can remember. She mostly likes to make people laugh, and connect with her audience by showing her own vulnerability. She has performed many genres, including musical theatre, classical, rock/pop, and a cappella. Some of her favorite roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical and Belle May Carroca in My Favorite Year. She is currently a Soprano in Joyful!Noise choir and seeking additional singing opportunities. www.gabernacle.com
GABRIELLE NICOLE in "A SCREW LOOSE"
Where did Gabrielle leave her missing screw? We'll explore this mystery, along with the many ways in which we all have a screw loose, by listening for clues in classic music from the 1940s, Broadway and today. Her soaring soprano and over-all goofiness never fail to entertain. Join her for an evening of fun and folly!
LINDA KOSUT is an award-winning cabaret/jazz singer who sings the standard with a fresh look and makes the obscure seem like a standard. She performs nationally from San Francisco to NY to LA to Seattle, and also works as a singer's coach teaching performance technique. Linda's newest release "Easy Come Easy Go: The Music of Johnny Green" received rave reviews ("Wonderfully winsome" - Doug Boynton, GirlSingers). Her first two CDs, "Life Is But A Dream" and "Long As You're Living", received national acclaim. Linda lives in San Francisco with her husband, two dogs, two turtles, two chickens and thousands of freshwater fish! www.lindakosut.com
LINDA KOSUT in "FAVORITES FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK"
Linda's choice of jazz, pop and folk material from the American Songbook shows her innate skill as a storyteller. "[Linda] brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations of songs." - Don Heckman, The International Review of Music
Saturday, March 17 @9PM with Valerie Piacenti
ANGIE LOUISE A performer-writer working in music, theatre and film, Angie is the longtime frontwoman and songwriter for Weimar Berlin-influenced band The Love Markets; record releases include 2016's BEAUTY FACTORY and 2013's WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS (catch them at ACT Theatre in June). A member of Actors' Equity, Angie has performed numerous principal roles at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars (Houston), Ordway (St. Paul), and more. Film credits include screenwriter/songwriter/actress on two award-winning feature films; writing awards include the Academy of American Poets Prize. "A singer, songwriter, and actress with fearsome chops." - City Arts. www.angielouise.com , www.thelovemarkets.com
ANGIE LOUISE in "NIGHT ROADS"
Hop in the passenger seat and let Angie's rich, bluesy vocals and captivating songwriting roll you into the moonlit unknown with songs about love, risk, voyage and transformation. Here's to roadside diners and all-night breakfast.
PHIL SHALLAT & JOHN ENGERMAN From "Ronnie Bwana Jungle Guide" in the '70s through The Fabulous Sateens in the '80s to their new show "Italy On the Rocks", Phil and John have collaborated on dozens of songs for musical theatre and cabaret productions. Phil also performed as front man/vocalist with The New Deal Rhythm Band, and John has played for many, many March Is Cabaret Month acts, including Arnaldo! Dragchanteuse, The Sirens of Swing, Miz Lawanda Dupree and Angie Louise, Joanne Klein, Carolyn Magoon, and his own adult Mother Goose show, "Gaggle".
PHIL SHALLAT & JOHN ENGERMAN in "PHIL AND JOHN: YOU ARE THE WIND INSIDE MY BAG"
Since 1975, Phil Shallat and John Engerman have been writing some of the quirkiest musical theatre and cabaret songs you'd never want to forget. Join them for an evening of highlights from past and upcoming shows.