Cabaret Concert Series

The Deering Estate's Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the historic Stone House Ballroom. All concerts begin at 8 pm; the main gate opens at 7 pm. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show.

Tickets are $20 per concert or $55 for the three-concert series. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee. Tickets can also be purchased online (links listed below) or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Please note that tickets are non-refundable. 

2014 SUMMER CABARET CONCERT SERIES

Saturday, June 14, 2014 featuring Graham Drout
Graham Wood Drout, singer/songwriter/bandleader, was born in Newark, New Jersey where, at the age of five, he got a plastic Roy Roger’s guitar and a 33-1/3rd LP recording of Western Swing music. All his life he has been dodging abnormal phenomena: From surviving floods to fires to hurricanes to lightning strikes and all forms and shapes of experience that would have caused many to quit in frustration; Drout persevered by turning all of that into powerful lyrics and driving rhythms for his music.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 featuring Davis & Dow
Multi award winning jazz duo Davis and Dow have chemistry. Soul mates that are two strong halves of one BIG sound. Davis and Dow tackle jazz and pop standards with a daring sense of abandon. Their style is deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition but with a playfulness that keeps the music fresh and fun. Their arrangements are unique and inventive, always seeking a new approach to everything they do.

Recognized as one of the finest and most versatile jazz singers of her generation, Julie Davis is everything from scat-singer to balladeer. She grew up listening to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and others on her parents extensive vinyl collection. Singing jazz came natural to Julie from a young age. “A confident singer with a compelling stage presence who possesses a wry kittenish voice with claws”. “She is a stylist that seeks an original twist on everything she performs; a risk-taker who’s scatting suggests she learned in her bassinet”. Now she feels it is her turn to expose newer generations to a young American art form called jazz.

Kelly Dow is a world-class guitarist who’s primary influences are Joe Pass, Jimmy Bruno, Django Reinhardt and the modern day European gypsy jazz virtuosos. He blends Be-Bop, Blues, Flamenco and Classical styles to create a strong individual sound delivered with sensitivity, power, and creativity. “Simply orchestral in support”, “Swinging”, “Fat” “Multi-hued” and “Unexpected” are a few words that critics have used to describe his performance.

They’ve toured Japan, London, and New York, composed and performed original music for the TV show FoodNation with Bobby Flay, and produced Great Jazz Divas: a multimedia show that celebrates women, music, and history. Their CD Naked won Best Jazz Album-Florida Music Awards, and was featured in JazzTimes Magazine’s year in review issue. D&D were voted Best Jazz Artists-New Times Magazine and Julie Davis was voted Best Jazz Vocalist-City Link Magazine. Recent performances include the A concert for the Gold Coast Jazz Society at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, a Penn State University tour, and they were awarded a juried showcase at the prestigious Performing Arts Exchange in Louisville, KY. For the third consecutive time, Davis and Dow were awarded a two year grant by the Florida Cultural Arts Division to perform in underserved communities. “Davis and Dow are the real thing; exciting to hear and watch”. Loverly their latest CD which features Federico Britos on violin with a full ensemble celebrates their love for gypsy jazz. The cd has been played all over the world including the Sirius Satellite jazz station and has won high critical praise.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 featuring Wendy Pedersen
To purchase tickets please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her high-energy vocal delivery, with deep, convincing emotion has been impacting audiences for many years. A graduate of the University of Miami’s Studio Music and Jazz Vocal program, Wendy began her singing career in high school, but her earliest memory is poring through her mom’s record collection, practically wearing out the vinyl on Elton John and Beatle’s records. Eventually, her heart found it’s way to jazz and it has felt like home ever since.

Wendy has won many awards including the Southern Bell/Pace “Jazz Artist of the Year” and a Miami New Times “best vocalist”. Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald said, “when she sings, her voice an elegant melismatic instrument, evokes the standard emotions, yes, but deeper longings and muted desires.”

Doug Adrianson, also of The Miami Herald said, “..she can steam up your contact lenses from 100 feet away.” The Miami New Times said, “Wendy can shake the rafters or break your heart...” Wendy Pedersen’s discography includes her debut CD, “Me + Three”; a Holiday CD, “Ho Ho Ho”; and her brand new release, “Under The Influence”, a tribute to the many women who inspired and influenced her.