Cabaret 805

Cabaret 805

Presented by the Clark Center

“Cabaret”, you ask. “What is it?”

**  (Sept.  29, 2019 performance by “Cabaret 805” at the Clark Center) **

Cabaret is an intimate form of theatrical entertainment featuring music, song, and storytelling that usually takes place in a restaurant or nightclub with seating generally less than 100.

Picture you and a friend enjoying delicious appetizers and beverages as a singer, accompanied by a jazz pianist, performs as though they were having a direct conversation with you. Some songs are vibrant and festive, others, poignant and heartwarming. Think of a 1930’s supper club.

Cabaret song selections have traditionally been from the Great American songbook. (Think Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen etc.)

However, with so much wonderful new music available, we have opened our minds to exploring contemporary songs as well. We invite you to come and enjoy the renewed intrigue of the Cabaret World.

Ticket price includes light appetizers and dessert. Doors open at 4pm.

Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.

There will be at least four performers, a pianist and bass player.

Held on the intimate setting of the Main Stage!

First Show Dates was Sept. 29, 2019 (see above photo)

Save the Dates:
Future Cabaret 805 performances will be held on:
* Sunday, February 9, 2020 and
* Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Cost – Just $35 / person
Details on performers to be announced closer to the performance dates.

Interested in becoming a professional singer?
Attend one of our Cabaret Workshops – held
* Feb 8 & 9, 12:30 – 3:30pm and
* May 2 & 3, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Information Workshop Brochure 2020

Performers include (will vary by date):

Judy Philbin – Vocalist

Judy injects her personal style into contemporary and folk, as well as musical theater and jazz standards; with a clear, pure tone that has been call uplifting, healing, and evocative. Her early training includes instruction in voice, piano, guitar and trumpet. “What’s most important to me,” says Judy, “is that, through the music, there is a connection to the heart.” Her first CD, “Candle in the Window: Songs of Remembrance”, is a tribute to the lives and memory of loved ones who have passed on.

Her second CD, “Keeping it Simple” is a collaboration with local guitarist/arranger, Adam Levine. Judy currently serves as president of the board of directors for Canzona, San Luis Obispo’s all-women’s choral ensemble, and hosts a weekly music program on public radio station KCBX.

Brett Mitchell – Pianist & Vocalist

Brett is a local pianist/singer, composer, arranger, and studio musician.  He and cohort, Melissa Manchester, studied songwriting in Paul Simon’s NYU class. He toured as an actor with the Caroline Repertory Company and moved to L.A. in 1983. Brett has performed locally for over 35 years and is one of the area’s top pianists for jazz, pop and movie theme-like compositions.

He’s produced 8 CD’s of his own material. His wife is local singer, Julia Mitchell. They now reside in Atascadero.

Julia Mitchell – Vocalist

Julia Mitchell has performed in this area as a jazz and pop vocalist for over 15 years. She has a deep, rich voice that blends perfectly with the piano work of her husband, Brett Mitchell.

Julia performs work from female artists like: Nora Jones, Roberta Flack, Dianna Krall, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Chaka Kahn and more. As well as male artists and bands like Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, Christopher Cross, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire and others.

Diane Steinberg Lewis – Vocalist & Pianist

Diane is a singer, songwriter, pianist whose musical experiences encompass classical to jazz, Memphis to Motown. She has recorded solo albums for Atlantic, ABC/Dunhill, Word/Rejoice and RSO Records and composed themes for commercials, radio and television (e .g. “Evening At the Improv”, “Grand Prix All Stars”, “The Midnight Special”). Diane, {aka Dianne Steinberg} co-starred as “Lucy” In the Sky with Diamonds in RSO’s movie, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with Peter Frampton and theBeeGees.

A credentialed Music Teacher, she has subbed and accompanied (2006 -’16) for most of the choir directors in SLCUSD, Atascadero, Central Coast Youth Chorus and Cuesta. She performs several times a year at D’anbino’s Cellars in Paso Robles with her husband, bassist, Kenny Lee Lewis of the Steve Miller Band and will be appearing October 19, 2019.

Karren Greever – Vocalist

Karren has lived on the central coast for 35 years. For several years in the last century she was involved in community theatre in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Five years ago, she discovered Cabaret 805 classes at Cuesta Community Programs, and has been singing with them since.

Karren loved the Standards from a young age and always wanted to sing with a big band. Cabaret 805 helps to bring that dream, and she offers these songs with love.

Bill Wingfield – Bassist

Bill has been a working bassist, arranger and bandleader on the Central Coast since 1999, as a bassist with Human Nation, the Joy Bonner Band, the Kings Of Cool and many others. He produced and arranged three sold out shows of the music of Carole King in 2016-17. He was also the musical director for the Central Coast Follies in 2016-17.

Grant Everett – Emcee / Vocalist / Artistic Director / Voice teacher

Grant is the artistic director and founder of Cabaret 805, an educational and performance group for singers. Grant teaches privet voice lessons in Morro Bay. Grant is involved in many areas of theatre and performance. His costume design and costumes have been seen on many stages of the Central Coast. He has designed sets for Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s productions of “A Street Car Named Desire” “August Osage County” and currently for “Lucky Stiff” a murder mystery musical.

Cabaret has meant many things at different times to different people. In general, the term today simply means a solo singer with piano singing songs in a small room. There are a limited number of cabaret houses in New York and other big cities that host cabaret singers. They usually seat fewer than 100 people. The intimacy of these smaller rooms is important in contemporary cabaret.

Cabaret 805 is a community of singers, musicians, and fans creating a cabaret performance scene on the central coast of California.

Cabaret 805 was formed to help give singers a place to perform
where they don’t have to make a 3 or 4 month commitment to rehearsals and the run of a show.

Cabaret 805 is where singers can keep singing and growing as performers trying new songs or sing a song they may not ever have the chance to perform in any other venue.

Cabaret 805 was developed to keep singers singing and performing, not just in the shower or living room but in a venue to live accompaniment not backing tracks.