Blue Bamboo Center For the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3), NON-PROFIT, charitable corporation. Registration #: CH46010
We are excited to announce that barring any unforeseen circumstances, Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts will be re-opening to the public on Friday, June 5, 2020! Our first concert will be the Jeff Rupert Quartet, featuring Ben Kramer, Marty Morell, and Richard Drexler, with seatings at 7:00pm EDT and 9:00pm EDT.
To ensure the safety of performers, staff, and customers, we will be operating at 25% capacity for the immediate future. Tables have been separated using the State of Florida guidelines for restaurants. Staff will wear masks and areas are marked off for social distancing. Tables are first come, first serve (sorry, but table reservations will no longer be taken). We will take staff and guests’ temperatures at the door. Guests are required to wear masks until seated and when purchasing beverages at the concession area. Shows will now consist of one 70-minute set per seating (no intermission). There will be multiple seatings for most shows. Going forward, we will only accept online ticket sales (sorry, we can no longer accept ticket sales at the door). Credit cards only will be accepted for beverage purchases (no cash).
An online version of many shows will continue to be available, including streaming, download, and/or DVD options.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Blue Bamboo!
Please scroll down to see upcoming events, and click on the individual items to learn more and purchase tickets. Tickets are also available at the door if the show has not sold out. We offer a 20% student or military discount. Just present your student or military ID and purchase your ticket at the door or call ahead to reserve your seats. Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.
Jeff Rupert Quartet - 2 SEATINGS
Join us for a night of jazz! Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Ben Kramer, and Richard Drexler kick off our re-opening.
Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Featuring Chris on guitar & vocals; Ed Krout on piano; Chuck Archard on bass; Alain Bradette on saxophone and Paul Parker on drums.
An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.
Guitarist and educator, Steve Luciano has performed with many jazz musicians including, Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb and Adam Nussbaum. He has also performed with Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Michael Feinstein, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight.
The Cole family made their mark in the U.S. music scene. Linda branched out into rhythm and blues. She was known in the famous Detroit MoTown appearing with such groups as The Spinners, Count Basie, and many others. Linda is acknowledged as having the "smoothest voice" in the business. Most important, Linda was there when the great songs were written. She can talk about the authors first hand, and has the original scores, many written just for her.
John DePaola is a freelance trumpeter in Orlando, Florida. His style of jazz improvisation radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos. He performs regularly at jazz societies and varied venues in central and southern Florida.
"A fantastic Jazz musician. His trumpet playing is simply superb." Rick Gee, Owner "Gee's Jazz Jamm Inc."
"We always love to have John come to us - his performances are awesome." Walter Griffith, "Jazz Lovers" and "More Jazz" Clubs
"John and his musicians are to put it mildly, "OUTSTANDING!" Dave Walrath, President of the Sarasota Jazz Club
Bobby Koelble is a guitarist and teacher whose artistry ranges from straight-ahead jazz to heavy metal. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and was a member of the foundational death metal band Death. He also released four albums as the guitarist/vocalist/composer for the eclectic rock band Junkierush.
Today, Koelble is a professor of Jazz guitar at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He is guitarist for the Dave LaRue Band, The Absinthe Trio, and is a member of the hit jazz group "The Jazz Professors," who have released two Top Twenty Billboard Jazz albums to date. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Chris Potter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Drew Jr. and the finest jazz musicians in Central Florida.
Clarinetist Allan Vache has performed many professional engagements with such jazz greats as: Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Erwin, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman, Max Kaminsky, Clark Terry, Dick Wellstood, Ed Hubble, Cliff Leeman, Bob Haggart, Jack Lesberg, Lionel Hampton, Bob Wilber and many others. He also made numerous appearances with his brother Warren Vaché, Jr.
Having toured in Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Allan continues to work as a freelance artist in the Orlando area as well as appearing at many concerts and festivals in the U.S. and around the world.
Singer, songwriter, comedian John Charles brings the perfect harmonies of comedy and music to the stage. He is one of the most popular performers in the corporate, convention and cruise markets. Voted “Best Solo Artist” by American Entertainment Magazine and “Best Local Performer” by Orlando Magazine, John Charles combines his incredible singing voice and guitar playing, with his quick witted improvisation and unique audience participation which results in one explosive reaction, yet the atmosphere remains light and informal.
John Charles has shared the stage with world renowned acts such as John Davidson, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, Del Vikings, The Temptations and Doobie Brothers just to name a few. John Charles has written and produced over 40 songs for the Walt Disney Company. All these ingredients make for a WOW evening of entertainment! With his ability to customize his material he is perfect for session openers and closers.
John Charles knows how to entertain any audience, anywhere, with material that is appropriate for all ages. John Charles leaves everyone with the feeling that the entire show was created especially for them. It’s no surprise that no two shows are ever alike. From Country to Rap, Rock & Roll to Broadway, John Charles will take you on a wild ride through his magical land of music and comedy!
Orlando resident, Mark Dawson is the lead vocalist and bass guitarist for the legendary pop/rock band The Grass Roots. He also splits his time as a solo recording artist, and a nationally-syndicated radio show host.
On Saturday, November 28 at 8pm, Mark will perform his 3rd Annual “Mark Dawson & Friends” Holiday Concert (special guests TBA) at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park, FL.
Tickets for this year’s event are $20 in advance. Tickets are limited, so get yours early.
*A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NAMI Greater Orlando Foundation. NAMI Greater Orlando is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and supporting families affected by mental illness.
Important! If you have received free tickets from one of our representatives, please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your seat. We may not be able to guarantee your seat without a reservation.
Community Tickets – Please consider purchasing additional tickets, for “community” status. Community Tickets are given free of charge, to someone who cannot afford to attend. Retirees, shut-ins, students, etc… are given the opportunity to attend the show thanks to your generosity. Blue Bamboo will match every community ticket sold. Unclaimed tickets are applied to the next event. If you would like to donate community tickets, just purchase the additional tickets, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Community’ In the body, please indicate which show, and how many tickets you intended for “community status.” If you’d like to be considered to receive community tickets, please contact Melody Cortez at MelodyCortez@live.com or call 407-636-9951.