Auburn Public Theater 2013 - 2014 Season

Location Auburn Public Theater
Address 8 Exchange Street at Genesee Auburn, NY 13021

David Garibaldi - Rock and Roll Paint Event

October 23, 2013

Wednesday 7:30pm

"Beauty can only be seen by your heart..... Not your eyes." ~ David Garibaldi


Artists transform an empty canvas into a work of art through their skill, experience, inspiration and senses.  David Garibaldi’s life and transition into a world-renowned performance painter is no different.

The culture and color of graffiti art served as an early inspiration for Garibaldi. Born in Los Angles, he later moved as a youth to South Sacramento. It was here that he learned to enjoy the use of his hands and body through art on “larger and somewhat illegal canvases” by painting graffiti as an angst teen. Graffiti artist and high school dropout, he was living day-by-day. The only constants in his life were music and art.

Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven-art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose.

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One October Midnight: A New Musical Thriller

October 25, 2013 – October 31, 2013

Friday and Saturday at 8pm

Thursday October 31st (HALLOWEEN)  at 8pm


Music by Brian and Erin Schey

Book and lyrics By Thom Bishop a new musical thriller based on the grotesque, horrific and heart wrenching tales of Edgar Allan Poe. These timeless stories play out night after night, age after age in haunted Baltimore where Poe’s conflicted spirit still toils in the shadows. Musically inspired by the romantic era nocturnes and preludes of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, this series of gothic vignettes explore the dark elements of the writer's vision as he uncovers and confronts the forces of his own imagination.

Andrew and Noah Band

November 1, 2013

Friday Evening  8:00pm

Powerful songwriting, explosive improvisation, deep dance grooves and a unique vision for the future of American roots music. That's what the Andrew & Noah Band is bringing to festival stages, concert halls, living rooms and dance floors all over North America. Their core material, written by brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, might best be described as Americana Groove: a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic Country and Bluegrass, Jazz and Swing, Cajun / Zydeco, Alternative Folk, Roots Rock and various world music influences. The full seven-piece band features fiddle, accordion, mandolin, saxophone, guitars, bass, drums and three-part harmony vocals. Music that captures the memory of what we had, the urgency of where we are and the beat to keep you moving all night long.

Andrew & Noah are DIY musicians with some hard-earned credentials. They've been featured performers at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Old Songs Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, KVMR Celtic Festival, Suwannee Springfest, Blackpot Festival and many others. They've toured extensively, often playing for contra dances as The Great Bear Trio with their mom Kim on piano. They've taught at various music camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, CDSS Pinewoods and the Augusta Heritage Center. Andrew is also the program coordinator for the annual Ashokan Guitar Camp. They performed live on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" when they were in their teens. They maintain their own independent label (Great Bear Records) and produce an annual music and dance festival in Oswego, NY called The Groove.

Andrew VanNorstrand: vocals, guitars, banjo
Noah VanNorstrand: vocals, fiddle, mandolin
Rachel Bell: accordion
Chris Miller: saxophones
Dana Billings: drums
Kailyn Wright: vocals

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Tom Rush

November 2, 2013

Saturday at 8:00pm

Tom Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as major influences. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to emerging artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

Today, after 45 years, he's still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing ...passionately, tenderly...knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.

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Carey Eidel: One Man’s Show

November 16, 2013

Saturday Night 8:00pm

Auburn Public Theater's (APT) Executive Director returns to the APT Stage for this special one-night performance.  We're not sure exactly what he's doing up there, but he runs the theater, so we figured we'd humor him.  Rumor has it that it's more of a variety show with comedy, music, spoken word, a multi-media experience, interpretive dance and possibly some custom reupholstery involved.  Having recently completed a successful run of The Boys Next Door at Syracuse Stage where he played a one-armed, drunk, ex-con who terrorized his son, Carey is looking to work against type and broaden his horizons by portraying gentle farm animals and stuffed toys as part of the show.  Carey began his stand-up career in NYC at Catch A Rising Star and his meteoric rise to obscurity continued unimpeded as he traveled to the wasteland of broken dreams and promises he likes to call Los Angeles.  There he mc'd at The Laugh Factory, wrote sitcoms and acted when no one was paying attention. Performing credits include TV's Everybody Loves Raymond, recurring roles on The Amanda Show,  7th Heaven & Strong Medicine, General Hospital, Diagnosis Murder, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Yes Dear, Melrose Place, LA Law and as a regular cast member of Fox's Daddy Dearest. Film credits include Lost World: Jurassic Park, Evolution, For The Boys, The Marrying Man, And The Band Played On and CHUD.  These days, when not administrating, Carey teaches at APT and Cayuga Community College.

Nirinjan Kaur - Workshop

November 17, 2013

Workshop 5:00 - 7:00pm

Guided and accompanied by deep and dynamic mantra music played live by a unique band of skilled sacred music musicians, we begin the evening with Kundalini yoga to open our minds and bodies.  Throughout the wokshop, we will learn how to open our voices to chant to the fullest, experiencing and tuning into our hightest self, opening the doors for our own creativity to flow and transform our lives. 

Nirinjan Kaur will also be holding a concert at APT after the Workshop.  Click here for more information.

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Nirinjan Kaur - Concert

November 17, 2013

Sunday at 7:30pm (concert)

Workshop 5:00pm - 7:00pm


A Nirinjan Kaur album is a journey into peaceful bliss, but none more so than Prem Siri. Two years in the making, this beautiful recording features heart-opening vocals and a mastery of sacred Gurmukhi shabads and Kundalini mantra. From the first notes of “Bhaj Man Mere”, a hypnotic journey into peace, Nirinjan’s richly evocative voice will relax you and open you to a world of sweetness. Each track has its own magic, from the melodic “Sabh Karta”, the soaring “Aad Guray Nameh”, the healing “Mera Baid”, the hypnotic “Sa Re Sa Sa”, the moving “Ether Tattva Waheguru” (which was used by 3HO as the 2012 Summer Solstice Meditation), to “Poota Mata Kee Asees”, a sweet and clear prayer of motherly love. Prem Siri means Great Love, and once you hear the beautiful voice and pure heart of Nirinjan Kaur, your love for her will be great, too.

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David Wilcox

November 22, 2013

Friday Evening 8:00pm

"David Wilcox's ongoing musical journey (is) ...compelling and richly deserving of a listen."  ~ Rolling Stone

"Wilcox has that specific inner light - he can carry any issue of significance to him straight into a listeners heart...And when he does it, to borrow one of his song titles, he makes it look easy."  

~ LA Weekly

Cleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.  He released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988,  and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records.  His first release on the label, ‘How Did You Find Me Here’, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.  Now, 17 albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David continues to find and deliver joy, inspiration, and invention.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others.  In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.  He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and  touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night.  It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going.  I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”

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Mike Powell

November 24, 2013

Sunday 4pm - 6pm

5th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Concert with Dusty Pas’cal & Friends

November 27, 2013

Wednesday 7:30pm

Sunday Music Series: Bob Piorun and the Swing Kats

December 8, 2013

Sunday 4pm - 6pm

Bob Piorun

Bob has played in all musical settings from solo to big band, country, classical, pop, jazz and rock. He has performed with the Syracuse Symphony, world renowned flutist, James Galway, singer Michael Feinstein, received a gold record for arranging work with "Manowar" and performed with "oldies" groups such as "The Platters", "The Coasters" and "The Ink Spots".Bob Piorun has performed and taught music in Central New York for many years. He has taught over 7,000 people to play guitar, bass and flute as well as improvisation as applied to all styles of music.

Bob Piorun has written two guitar method books and an electric bass method. He has released a CD, "Picking on the Classics" which features the Mozart String Quartet, Eine kleine Nachmusik (A Little Night Music). The CD also includes authentic versions of Bach, Pachelbel, Chopin and Gounod pieces that have become rock and roll classics. Most selections were done with three guitars and electric bass, all played by Bob.

He has collaborated with jazz writer and bassist Kevin Dorsey on a CD: Until We See You Again. He has performed with The Kevin Dorsey Collective and appears on two Kevin Dorsey CD's: Inner Journey and Gateway. Bob released a CD in 2007, Picks on Christmas Carols, of instrumental versions of Christmas Carols, and in 2008 completed a CD of all original Christmas songs.

Bob continues to teach guitar, electric bass and flute, and teaches music to the handicapped at FAME a division of Cayuga/Seneca ARC.

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John Gorka with Mustard’s Retreat

May 8, 2014

Thursday 7pm


John Gorka

"..the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement”

 – Rolling Stone

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records.  He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom LineJack’s CrowsTemporary RoadOut of the Valley and Between Five and Seven.  His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends—Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them.  All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Currently, John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.

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