Creative City Collaborative premieres its first season of jazz entertainment, performing arts, and art exhibitions at the Arts Garage, Delray’s unique multi-disciplinary arts facility.

DELRAY BEACH, Florida/September 23, 2011:
Arts Garage, the wildly successful brainchild of the Creative City Collaborative (The Collaborative), has become the venue of choice for a diverse array of local, national, and international performers as well as a preferred destination for South Florida arts seekers and aficionados.  Opened in April 2011, Arts Garage is a 5,500 square-foot facility designed specifically for multi-disciplinary art performances and exhibitions.

Arts Garage is managed and programmed by The Collaborative, whose mission is to engage emerging artists and cultural innovators; to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas; and to present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions. Its goal is to transform Delray Beach into a boutique metropolitan city through arts and culture, and to become a premiere venue for artists and patrons alike. Centrally located in the heart of beautiful Delray Beach, the Arts Garage’ casually intimate ambiance perfectly reflects the downtown feel of the City.  Patrons particularly enjoy the B.Y.O.W. (Bring Your Own Whatever!) policy, whereby they are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks to enjoy during performances.

The Collaborative is pleased to announce it will launch its first full performing arts season in October. The season will be divided into three segments:  Fall-Winter: October – January; Winter-Spring: February – May; and Summer: June – September.

The Fall-Winter season will begin with live.arts. This – the Collaborative’s signature production – will encompass an array of artistic disciplines including spoken word, movement, music, and live visual arts creation.  The Collaborative’s core team of distinguished artists will use the theme of Creation to explore their various art forms. Patrons will be invited to Meet and Greet the Artists and key Arts Garage staff members during a wine and cheese reception following the performances.  “live.arts. embodies our vision of bringing all art forms together not only under one roof, but onto one stage,” says Alyona Ushe, The Collaborative’s Executive Director.  “This evening is very special to us, since it will introduce the audience to the Arts Garage’ creative and administrative team.”

The Fall-Winter season will also expand the Collaborative’s sold-out Jazz Project series to include icons as well as legend-in-the making jazz vocalists, violinists, saxophonists and concert pianists. Some of last year’s favorite performers will return, including JESSE JONES, JR., four time Grammy Award winner FEDERICO BRITOS, and two time Latin Grammy Award winner ED CALLE.  Legendary jazz vocalist NICOLE HENRY will kick off The Jazz Project season, and an array of new jazz luminaries will follow: TROY ANDERSON AND THE WONDERFUL WORLD BAND, PAULETTE DOZIER, ERIC ALLISON QUARTET and WENDY PEDERSEN.  Season subscriptions are available and include a complementary ticket(s) to any other performance at Arts Garage (pending availability).

Other exciting new Arts Garage series will include Classical Explosion, a chamber music series presented in collaboration with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra; Divas in Art, Delray’s newest cabaret featuring entertainment by female illusionists; and The Jace Vek Experience, starring Emmy award winning composer and concert pianist Jace Vek. Combining the piano with the latest cutting edge digital musical technology, Jace will perform his own compositions accompanied by a captivatingly eclectic assortment of sounds – from symphonic to electronic fusion.  “Jace brings an exciting new dimension to Arts Garage programming,” says Ushe.  “Delray is a magnet for creative forces, and Arts Garage is a perfect stage for exploration and creativity.  Jace personifies both concepts with a vengeance!”

Urban Underground is the newest signature series at Arts Garage.  Scheduled to begin in November, Urban Underground concerts will offer an exciting blend of R & B, Reggae, Jazz, and Hip-Hop, and will showcase some of the area’s finest local and regional musicians performing with Arts Garage’ own house band.  The December 3rd concert will feature Palm Beach County musician Eric Biddines, who has been compared to Outkast and Cee-lo. Biddines has released a successful mixtape, “Da Coffee Shop” and recently the EP “A Story About Love.” Featured on regional radio and in some of the hottest nightspots, ‘Eric B’ is one of the future leaders of Hip-Hop!

Other new partnerships are also in the works:  On October 9th, The Collaborative and the Alliance Française will feature Guillaume Vincent, winner of France’s prestigious Long-Thibaud competition.   On November 4th, Puppet Rampage – The Slam! will be presented in collaboration with Puppet Network & World and Eye Arts Center. (Be aware – “this ain’t no kiddie show!”)  And on December 3rd, The Collaborative will partner with the Palm Beach Opera to present A Taste of Opera featuring opera’s most beloved arias, duets and ensembles, including excerpts from Palm Beach Opera’s current season, musical theater favorites and standard American songs.

All performances take place at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First Street (lower level of the Old School Square Parking Garage).

The events at Arts Garage typically sell out and patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets online in advance to guarantee a seat.

Tickets for all Arts Garage performances and events are available at:  or, or by calling 561-450-6375.

(8 PM, Second and fourth Saturday of each month)

NICOLE HENRY, October 8, 2011
October 22, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 26, 2011
December 10, 2011
December 24, 2011
January 14, 2012
January 28, 2012

(7 PM, Last Sunday of each month, no performance on December 25)

October 30, 2011
November 27, 2011
January 29, 2012


Sunday, October 2, 2011: Beethoven, String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132
Friday, November 11, 2011: Jeffrey Chapell, piano, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blues
Thursday, December 15, 2011: Dvorak Piano Quartet in E Flat Minor
Sunday, January 15, 2012: Schumann, Piano and String Quartet

(8 PM, Third Saturday of each month, except in October)

Friday, October 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, January 21, 2012

(9 PM, First Saturday of each month, starting November 5)

November 5, 2011
December 3, 2011
January 7, 2011


Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8 PM ~ Creation!
Season Opening Night Celebration

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 6 PM
In Collaboration with Alliance Française
Guillaume Vincent

Winner of France’s prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 6 PM
Saints and Sinners
presented by PeterMark Salon
Fundraising event benefiting Make a Wish Foundation

Friday, November 4, 2011, 9 PM
Puppet Rampage – The Slam!

In Collaboration with Puppet Network & World and Eye Arts Center
…This ain’t no kiddie show….

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 6 PM|
Battle of the Bands
(Delray Beach Youth Competition)
Presented by Teen Center

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 9 PM
Urban Underground

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 6 PM
Afternoon @ the Opera

In Collaboration with Palm Beach Opera

Fall-Winter Schedule at a Glance at Arts Garage:

Saturday, October 1, 2011 8 PM: ~ Creation! Season Opening Night
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 6 PM: Classical Explosion –  Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Opus  132
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Nicole Henry
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 7:30 PM: Alliance Française
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 6 PM: Saints and Sinners
Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:30 PM: The Jace Vek Experience
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Jesse Jones Jr.
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8 PM: Night of the Dead ~ Zombie Prom
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 7 PM: Divas in Art

Friday, November 4, 2011, 9 PM: Puppetry Rampage
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9 PM: Urban Underground
Friday, November 11, 2011, 7 PM:
Classical Explosion ~ Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Troy Anderson
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8 PM: The Jace Vek Experience
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Frederico Britos
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 7 PM: Divas in Art

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 9 PM: Urban Underground
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Paulette Dozier
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 6 PM: Taste of Opera
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 7:30 PM: Classical Explosion ~ Dvorak Piano Quartet
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8 PM: The Jace Vek Experience
Saturday, December 24, 2011, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Eric Allison Quartet

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 9 PM: Urban Underground
Saturday, January 14, 2012, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Ed Calle
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 6 PM: Schumann, Piano and String Quintet
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8 PM: The Jace Vek Experience
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 8 PM: Jazz Project ~ Wendy Pedersen
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7 PM: Divas in Art

Creative City Collaboration is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic and intimate City. The Collaborative is tasked with implementing the City’s cultural plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2006 and CRA Plan’s Arts Based Economic Development Program.

Major funding for the Creative City Collaborative is provided by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA).

For more information about Creative City Collaborative, contact Alyona Ushe, 561-450-6357,, or visit