Brucemore presents two original music events – “Unforgettable and Unplugged” and “Hair and Product” – in the courtyard of the historic Carriage House Thursdays through Sundays, August 13 through September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Both shows are being produced by Brucemore under the creative direction of the organization’s artisan in residence, Gerard Estella. Various mitigation strategies will be in effect to ensure safety while allowing audiences to enjoy a signature evening under the stars in a setting unlike any other.
“Individuals and organizations in the arts and cultural community have been greatly impacted by the pandemic,” said Director of Community Engagement Tara Richards. “The outdoor spaces at Brucemore are a unique asset that we wanted to use to support other artists if we felt we could do it safely. We built a model of the courtyard to-scale to help us test creative solutions for hosting an event with spatial distancing in mind.”
Unforgettable and Unplugged—August 13 – 16 and 27 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.— will feature music selections ranging from Broadway to coffee shop and all the places in between. Audiences will enjoy an evening of unforgettable songs presented in an acoustic setting with a focus on vocals and story. This show will feature a combination of solo and ensemble performances by Jackson Bartelme, Tim Riven, Joe Weitrich, Alicia Monee, and Lacie De Souza and be backed by the band Lincoln Ginsberg, Greg Kanz, and Gerard Estella.
Hair and Product—August 20 – 23 and September 3 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.— brings the 70s and 80s back to Brucemore. The iconic and familiar tunes will have guests dancing in their seats. This show will feature solo and ensemble performances by Anna Wilde, Lacie De Souza, Staisha Fredericks, Scott Dix, and Jared Rogers, and the band Dave Nanke, Jim Coates, Jeremiah Murphy, and Gerard Estella.
Space will be extremely limited with only 18 tables available each night. Tables capable of seating up to 4 people are available for $100 each (Brucemore members receive a $20 discount). Guests will not be seated with people outside of their party. As part of the mitigation strategies, each table will be placed six feet apart and 12 feet from the stage. Masks will be required unless seated. Spatial distancing and other mitigation strategies will be enforced for both the performers and the audience to ensure a safe environment. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Linden Drive gate opening at 7:00 p.m. for on-site parking and seating. Patrons can bring their favorite beverages (wine and beer allowed) and light snacks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.brucemore.org or call (319) 362-7375.
About Gerard Estella, Brucemore’s Artisan in Residence
Originally from New York City, Gerard Estella considers himself lucky to have the pleasure of doing what he loves. Not only has he worked with artists like Sting, Phil Collins and Jo Dee Messina, he has also composed for film, TV and stage. His other client work includes HBO, IMAX Films, AEGON, Transamerica, Rockwell International, and Toyota. Landing in the Cedar Rapids community, he is a founding member of SPT Theatre and GMix East. He has a history with Brucemore’s programming, including participating in various ways in A Modern Salon, Cabaret in the Courtyard, Live from the Artisan Studio, Classics at Brucemore, and the CD/coffee table book set, Uncommon Kings.
Brucemore is a living landmark that charts the history of Cedar Rapids. The independent non-profit preserves and shares the estate through innovative, collaborative programming that inspires those who visit today. The site’s story is a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. Brucemore is an irreplaceable asset and a powerful reminder that the shared history belongs to everyone. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.