Dennis Garner, Love Space
Saturday, February 15
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave
Pay What Makes You Happy!
Love Space is an alternative to the high priced reality that Valentine’s Day has become. Curated and produced by Dennis Garner, Love Space is a romantic concert featuring vocalists Anita Levels, Chantal Joseph, Timothy Woodruff, Chris Jamison and the BGVs, with backing ensemble Alton Merrell (keys), Josh Powell (bass) Spencer Geer (guitar) and Dennis Garner (drums). The evening will be hosted and emceed by Manasseh Garner Sr. and will include a set from comedian Edward Bailey.
Bring your date or find one at the show!
Photos Courtesy of the Artists
Chantal Joseph is a Massachusetts born musician who is now happy to call Pittsburgh home. She studied Music Business at Boston’s Northeastern University, and currently performs professionally across the United States. Chantal’s experience includes, musical theatre, studio recordings, songwriting/ production, and vocal coaching.
Anita Levels is a self-taught vocal artist, songwriter and producer who began singing at the age of three years old in Frankfurt, West Germany. Her debut CD, Restore the Soul, was released with great reviews and also has a plethora of other recordings, which includes her most recent single If You Know. The jazzy sound of Anita Levels is one of power, intention, passion and soul. She believes that music should evoke the spirit of love.
Singer and songwriter Chris Jamison went from studying musical theater as a kid to spending his college years in Columbus, Ohio playing acoustic shows at local restaurants and bars. In 2014, he jumped at the opportunity to audition for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice. With Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine as his coach, he eventually finished third as Pharrell Williams claimed, “Chris Jamison, to me, was nothing short of magical!”
Timothy J. Woodruff has had the opportunity to sing, produce and arrange on various music/vocal recordings. He hopes that the gift (music) that God gave him, will glorify Him and be a blessing to many people…that ultimately encourages them to make “Jesus” their life’s focus.
Dennis Garner (Curator, Producer and Drums) is an accomplished professional drummer, music producer, and teaching artist from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the CEO & founder of Live City Entertainment LLC, an independent centerstage production agency providing high quality acoustic & digital musical services. As a drummer Dennis is a 3x Champion of the Guitar Center (Pittsburgh) drum-off competition at both the Monroeville and Robinson Township locations. Dennis attended West Virginia University as a biology student Dennis and studied drums privately under Albert Wrubulsky (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Percussionist). Dennis’ teaching path of applied percussion has included work with Hope Academy (East Liberty Presbyterian church), The Judah Project (East Minster Presbyterian church), and Northside Urban Pathways Charter school. Dennis is currently a staff musician at Mount Ararat Baptist church, a resident teaching artist for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts & Education department, and the touring drummer for Stellar Award Winning Artist & Producer, Travis Mlloy and Lyndsey Smith Soul Distribution http://souldistribution.weebly.com
Spencer Geer (Guitar) is a guitarist and educator based in Pittsburgh. He has been playing professionally for about 10 years, and he currently teaches guitar and bass at Pittsburgh Guitars. In 2014, Geer graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelors degree in jazz guitar performance. You can find him playing anything from RnB, jazz, or punk rock with different bands. Some notable projects include: Starship Mantis, Bat Zuppel, and Lyndsey Smith. Spencer Geer stays busy, whether he is working as a freelance guitarist or working on his own creative endeavors.
Dr. Alton Merrell (Keys) is a world class pianist, composer, and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His musical artistry is a unique blend of lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and fluid technique that spans multiple music genres including jazz, gospel, classical, pop, and rhythm and blues. His music is known to take listeners on spirit-filled excursions that deeply touch the soul. Currently, Dr. Merrell leads his own instrumental jazz group, “The Alton Merrell Quartet,” as well as his own gospel jazz vocal group “Dr. Alton Merrell & Impact.” In both groups, Dr. Merrell incorporates diverse musical styles in the repertoire to minister love to people worldwide. He is a current member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and has also performed with, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland State Jazz Heritage Orchestra, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, YSU All-Star Alumni Jazz Ensemble,Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and the OMEA Intercollegiate All-Star Jazz Ensemble.
Pittsburgh (Braddock, PA), home of musician and producer, Josh Powell (Bass) is on the move. Born from Clayton and Carmen, the youngest of 3 siblings (all musicians) in a household where music has always been inevitable and never left his blood. Growing up an athlete up until high school, the football star unfortunately had a tragic accident which forced him to eventually step away from the sport altogether. Raised in the church, Josh will always be a part of the music ministry playing drums and bass guitar. In 2012 he and his brothers formed a band by the name of 412ned which covered all genres of music with R&B becoming the primary. When the band dismantled in 2015 he branched out focusing on his individual professional music career. From that point Josh has been a member of several very well-known bands performing locally and traveling nationally touching the hearts of people of all walks of life. Currently, Josh is the bass player for the Ghetto Gospel Symphony (GGS), the backing band for recording artist/rapper, Benji. They just came back from a major performance in Los Angeles, CA which has been confirmed to be the first of many. Josh is also honing in on the production side of music currently producing an R&B album and several other local projects. Stay tuned!
Delana Flowers, Katy Cotton, Carmen Miller, better known as the BGVs (Back Ground Vocals), are amazing background and lead singers with astounding versatility, tight harmony, and beautiful clarity. It’s nearly 10 years since they were brought together for a tribute to Aretha Franklin. They have graced stages all over Pittsburgh and as far away as Jamaica. These ladies have been heard singing everything from R and B to gospel, from jazz to country, from pop to rock, and even originals and A Capella. If 3’s a crowd, you’ll want to hear this one again and again.
Manasseh Garner Sr. (NFL professional athlete, Public Speaker, Emcee) grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pittsburgh he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science. Following college Manasseh played in the NFL for 5 years. Currently a public speaker, coach and teacher, he has become very involved in his community.
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Ed Bailey‘s (Comedian) family noticed his quick wit early on in life. While that wit sometimes landed him in trouble, it often was the source of great entertainment for those who bore witness. After high school, the University of Pittsburgh brought him to Pittsburgh, PA where he would make a name for himself as a comedian. During his brief career as a comedian, Ed has been able to capture the attention of some of the most recognizable figures in comedy such as Eddie Griffin and Hannibal Burress which is a testament to his ability to relate to anyone while on stage. His talents have also landed him a successful podcast that he co-hosts with comedian Day Bracey called Drinking Partners on the Epicast Network. The two have accumulated numerous accolades including being voted “Best Podcast” by Pittsburgh City Paper and recognized as two of the nation’s “40 under 40” by Wine Enthusiast magazine.