If you attended the Bushnell last week for the production of A Christmas Story you most likely saw BackBeat City rocking out in the lobby. BackBeat, BackLash and BeatBox all performed like the young musicians they are, providing endearing and beautiful carols before the show. The lobby was constantly packed as BackBeat brought the Christmas spirit.
Please check out the images below to see our awesome kids and don’t forget to come and visit us at our holiday show at Trinity on Main on December 20th and December 21st at 7:00 pm.
Photos from Apple Fest and the Lockin!
We had a fun and successful show at Apple Fest in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Our kids did great
and a ton of people showed up to watch and make it an amazing show. Thanks everyone!
Our You’ve Got A Friend Lockin was a great time. We had the fantastic
Central Connecticut State University male acapella group Fermata The Blue come out and sing
for us after team building exercises and other fun stuff!
For more photos, visit BackBeat City Flickr
Congratulations Courtney Gallagher!
Courtney was named BackBeat City’s Student of the Month for September. SOTM is based on attitude, attendance, musical excellence, helpfulness and overall contributions to one’s performing group. Courtney gets 5 stars in all categories!
Courtney joined BackBeat in the summer of 2013. Boy were we surprised when this shy, blond cutie began to participate! She is so full of spunk, smiles and bravery, that she will just blow you away.
“I like gymnastics, olives, dancing, singing, reading and I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up”
What a fantastic evening! The parent meeting was a huge success! Thank you to all the parents for coming out and showing your support. It was great to see all of our returning families and also welcome the new faces. As always BackBeat City is only made possible by the participation of our community.
We discussed events, classroom requirements and student expectations as well as specifics for all the fall shows and Learn Love 7. Please be sure to read the packet carefully and check the website calendar frequently for activities your child might be involved in.
T-shirt orders are due Tuesday October 1st at 8:00 pm. The next apparel order will be placed around Halloween. Be sure to check out the BackBeat City catalog for all the new apparel options (coming soon.)
The free lessons for BackBeat and BackLash must be redeemed before Thanksgiving. Please call the office to reserve your time slots at your earliest convenience.
The packet is linked below. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Eli Baker meets BackBeat City
Eli Baker first met BackBeat City in May of 2010 at our annual Learn Love production. Little did we know that he would go on to MC our 2011 show, Learn Love IV or that he would become a big player in the theater scene around CT. Dancing, singing and acting were all pursuits that Eli took seriously. During his time at BackBeat City, Eli was always a busy kid – taking private voice lessons, singing in our Show Choir, dancing hip hop as well as being involved at his school, in sports and at local theater shows.
Eli’s natural flare and dedication to the arts were representative of an individual many years older. He took initiative, proposed ideas and was always comfortable going with the flow. This flexibility is what led to his involved in our annual show. His natural talent with improv acting enabled him and his sister, Eden Baker, to take the lead and MC Learn Love IV.
Eli Baker on Growing up Fisher
Obviously, Eli’s hard work has paid off as he will now be starring in NBC’s latest show, Growing up Fisher, alongside his movie dad, J.K. Simmons. Growing up Fisher (previously named “The Family Guide”) tells the story of Henry Fisher, an 11-year old boy navigating the dynamics of a changing family structure. With a divorce, a new family member (Elvis, a guide dog) and the woes of adolescence, this story promises to be one of both humor and honest, real-world emotion.
Go Eli, be a Star!
BackBeat City is very excited to support Eli Baker in his latest career move and we know there are many good things to come. We are excited for all of the cast of Growing up Fisher and encourage our community to tune in this fall to watch the show. You can read all about the show on the NBC show page. In other news, we recently found out that J.K. Simmons will be playing in the soon-to-be-released movie “Jobs” based on the life of Steve Jobs (check it out here).
Long-time BackBeat City student Josh Karim has released his debut single and music video
“Still Means Nothing.”
We wish Josh the best of luck in launching his professional music career!
Congratulations to all of the musicians involved in our Studio Showcase! The night of music was a huge success!
Pictured: Voice student Abby Galvin with her teacher Amanda Kohl at the Studio Showcase.
Here is hoping this message finds you well and in good spirits! It has been some time since our last concert in the area and we thought it would be good to make you aware of TWO opportunities to hear myself, Amanda Kohl, and pianist Paula Biedma, perform an entire concert of selections by Franz Schubert, Antonin Dvorak, Manuel de Falla, and Fernando Obradors in addition to a few Kurt Weill selections.
Our first performance of this program will be:
“Joy in Music” Concert Series
Sunday, April 7th @ 4:30pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Wilbraham, Massachusetts
re Vera Duo
Friday, April 12th @ 7:30pm
St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford, CT
Both performances are open to the public with a suggested $10 donation at the door.
Any questions, please feel free to reach me.
Hope to see your smiling faces
re Vera Duo
Amanda Kohl, Soprano and Paula Biedma, Piano
BackBeat City is very excited to support the intense, creative efforts of Eli Baker.
Eli is 11 years old and has been involved in hip hop and the BackLash Show Choir at BackBeat City. You may have seen him in Casanova in NYC this winter, or at the Goodspeed in Mame last summer or perhaps in A Christmas Carol at the Hartford Stage in the winter of 2011. Eli recently decided that he had an interest in on-camera work and just booked a starring role in an NBC Pilot directed by David Schwimmer, produced by Jason Bateman, and written by DJ Nash. It will feature JK Simmons as his Dad and Parker Posey as his Mom. He has left for LA to film for the month.
“I can’t thank BackBeat enough for getting me started! Dreams really can come true!” — Eli Baker.
Congratulations to Madison Bowman for being selected to play Rosie in the
Gideon Welles production of Bye Bye Birdie!