Atlanta-native and GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales and Chicago-based vocalist Keri Johnsrud are excited to announce their show Venkman’s in Atlanta, GA. Celebrating the inspiring legacy of Fred Rogers, as portrayed on their latest release Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers, Bales and Johnsrud will be joined byBilly Thornton on bass and Marlon Patton on drums. During these performances, the duo will present their uniquely reimagined and rearranged interpretations of Fred Rogers’ array of compositions; Compositions that have been heard by numerous generations on the beloved children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On the duo’s recent show at Winter’s Jazz Club, Howard Reich at The Chicago Tribune enthused: “When Johnsrud began the evening singing “It’s You I Like,” there was no mistaking the warmth of her instrument, the radiance of her tone or the buoyancy of her approach to swing rhythm. Add to this Bales’ all-over-the-keyboard technique, and you had proof positive that Rogers’ vignettes could carry a great deal of musical weight.”
On Monday, November 19th, Bales, Johnsrud, Thornton, and Patton will play at Venkman’s, located at 740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta. For this show, special guests Trey Wright on guitar, GSU Head of Jazz Gordon Vernick on trumpet and Armenian cellist Arpenik will join the group.