Music show

Blue Bamboo launches new weekly online music show “First Takes” on Saturday

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In March, Winter Park’s Blue Bamboo Arts Center was one of the first concert halls in the region to begin to adapt to the new pandemic reality by becoming a sound stage for remote live performances.

Their first foray into this realm, featuring Terri binion and Beth McKee, turned out to be the last gig I would see in person this year. This is how it was.

First takes

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On Saturday, the hardworking minds of Blue Bamboo will unveil their next phase of streaming content. Hosted by a local interpreter-educator Michelle Mailhot, new weekly musical series First takes starts this Saturday at 8 p.m. on the Blue Bamboo site with a Free opening episode.

We took a look at it and it’s a well produced show that’s a inaugurated, artist-focused look inside the walls of Blue Bamboo where the magic of performance operates. The launch episode of First takes is a well-edited mix of live recordings and artist interviews that balances the virtues of a live concert and a TV show.

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Behind the scenes at the Blue Bamboo - PHOTO BY JEN CRAY

  • Photo by Jen Cray
  • Behind the scenes at Blue Bamboo

The debut features appearances by Jeff Rupert Quartet, Don Soledad, Beth McKee, Brad Gant & Tina Hunting-Gant, Nate Najar & Daniela Soledad, Per Danielsson, Orlando Jazz Orchestra, Cortez & Koelble and Heather Thorn & Vivacity.

The following episodes will focus mostly on a single artist and delve deeper into their work.

And the rhythm continues …

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