SYNOPSIS: Join Ensemble Member and award-winning cabaret artist Suzy Petri for the great classics of Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Lieber & Stoller, Kander & Ebb, Fats Waller, Oscar Brown Jr., and a little French for Bastille Day! This one-time event will take place live, in person from Serbian Village Restaurant and over Zoom.
FRIDAY, JULY 16 @ 7:00 PM CENTRAL
Live, in person at Serbian Village Restaurant (3144 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago 60618) or via Zoom.
The Garage’s music series features the musical talents of our Ensemble Members and Artistic Affiliates. You may reserve tickets for the live, in person performance or Zoom streaming HERE or call (773) 654-3103 until Friday, July 16 @ 3:00 PM Central. Suggested donation is $25 or pay-what-you-can. Your Zoom link will be sent the day before the concert and again 1 hour before the concert starts. For any questions or if you didn’t receive your Zoom link, contact us at BoxOffice@AmericanBluesTheater.com.
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Creative Team’s Biographies
SUZANNE PETRI she/her (creator & performer) has spent this past year and a half Zooming auditions, classes, lessons, benefits and projects with Perennial Theatre Chicago, American Blues Theater, Chicago Cabaret Professionals and Chicago Writers Bloc as well as all that life stuff which keeps her very, very busy. She is thrilled to be back on stage with a live audience as well as on Zoom as part of the Garage Series. Suzanne is a Jeff nominated actor, an award-winning cabaret artist, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and American Blues Theater. She appeared in Becky Shaw at Windy City Playhouse, The Heir Apparent at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, in the Jeff Award-winning Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Tobacco Road, The People’s Temple, Kid-Simple, The Hairy Ape, A Lie of the Mind, The Threepenny Opera and Oklahoma! at American Blues. She was seen in Gambit (Artemisia), Zorba (Jeff Nomination – Apple Tree), Follies (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Twelfth Night (Goodman Theatre), Book of Mercy (Chicago Dramatists), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.) As a cabaret artist, she has appeared at Maxim’s, Katerina’s, Davenport’s, Skokie Theatre and Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre where Suzanne and her husband Robert Breuler (SuzBo Entertainment) performed Torch Sass and Swing! A Tribute the Clubs and Artists Who Made Chicago Great.She is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals,Perennial Theatre Chicago and SuzBo Entertainment, Inc.Film and TV: CBS’s KEVIN CAN WAIT, POOL WEEK, LAC DU FLAMBEAU, JUST VISITING with Jean Reno, MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA with Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid, EARLY EDITION, EVIL HAS A FACE with Sean Young. SuzannePetri.com.
SAMI SCOT she/her (music director, accompanist) is from a musical family. She and her sister were performing in their own band for weddings and festivals in Missouri already by the age of 10. Sami began on Accordion and moved to keyboards and then to piano. She started playing solo piano with vocals in St. Louis and by 21 was under contract with Splendid Music in France where she first began touring. Chicago is now her home. Scot has appeared at prestigious venues throughout seven countries. Whether performing on five-star world cruises, singing in Las Vegas, the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco or alongside Ike Cole (Nat King Cole’s brother) at Chicago’s celebrated Pump Room also at the Drake Hotel on Michigan Ave., she is comfortable in most styles of music. She is a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music since 2015. She coaches 2 performance classes. You can find her all around Chicago performing, or accompanying one or more of her talented students. SamiScotPiano/Facebook | 8 Songs by Sami Scot @CDbaby | Lazy Days Song Collection @CDbaby | Sami Scot @Reverbnation.com
LYNNE JORDAN she/her (vocalist) Chicago. In a city brimming with classic blues and jazz divas, Lynne Jordan stands apart. Not only do her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock and even country but her bawdy personality wins over any crowd. Her talent so dazzled the Second City that the late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert declared her his “favorite diva.” Backed by her sizzling band The Shivers, Jordan quickly developed into a Chicago institution, playing jazz and blues clubs, swanky lounges and even the charity circuit throughout the country. She brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor and performance to New York, DC and Atlanta with her sold-out show, “A Musical Tribute to Nina Simone.” She has recorded with Tom Waits; The Punk group Urge Overkill; Alligator Records Blues artist Toronzo Cannon; performed in Jazz Operas in Europe; performed her own one woman show: “A Great Big Diva;” is a featured vocalist with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues and has traveled the world with her band the Shivers. She is looking forward to performing for American Blues Theater’s “The Garage” Concert Series!
BILL DEMIS he/him (guitarist)
SHANDEE VAUGHAN she/her (production manager) is a proud Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater and happy as always to be back with her Blues family!Blues credits: Roan @ the Gates, Five Presidents, The Spitfire Grill,The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, On Clover Road, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago (2016 & 2018-2020), Flyin’ West, The Buddy Holly Story, The Columnist, and Little Shop of Horrors. Other recent Chicago credits include: Time Is on Our Side (About Face Theatre), Deathscribe X (WildClaw Theatre), Night in Alachua County (WildClaw Theatre), and The Woman in Black (WildClaw Theatre). Shandee is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.