Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous -- just like Brian.
Marimba Cabaret is an evening of songs and stories that combines Brian's love of musical theater, art song, and pop tunes arranged and performed on marimba, vibraphone, and voice.
See what happens when a classically-trained percussionist with musical theater sensibility --and killer shoes-- puts on a show. Nowhere else can you hear beloved melodies by theater composers, covers of rock and pop songs, and new art songs by living classical composers all in one evening.
Truly something for everyone, Brian shares his eclectic taste in music with covers from Steven Sondheim to Radiohead, Disney to Outkast, Leonard Bernstein to Florence + The Machine, with a little Whitney Houston mash-up for good measure. Shows also feature guest artists and new art songs by local composers Beau Kenyon, Thomas Oboe Lee, John Murphree, and LA composer Derek Tywoniuk.
Directed and accompanied by percussionist Greg Jukes, Brian will sing, play and (at times) stand 7-feet tall.
Brian Calhoon combines his experience as a percussionist and vocalist to perform a varied collection of music for marimba and his voice. In 2013, Brian made his stiletto debut as marimba soloist with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus during the Candelabra Cantata, opposite "Liberace" (Chad Weirick) in a battle of dueling keyboards.
"One of the best shows I've seen in Boston -- and I've seen a lot!"
"Such an imaginative concept, and exceptionally executed -- a fabulous time!"
"It's fun, unexpected, inventive, full of heart, and well done."
"Brian Calhoon and Marimba Cabaret hit the sweet spot of poignancy and light-heartedness which, when mixed with talented artists and eclectic sets, is delightful to experience and makes for a wonderful show!"
"Brian offers something so incredibly unique to the music scene. The program themes are so creative and thoughtfully executed. And as a musician and performer, he's totally top notch."
"Marimba Cabaret is extraordinarily fun—it's beautiful artistry in support of humor, community, and touching themes."
"From a total height of 7 feet, Calhoon sang about wanting to dance with somebody, sweeping around the stage in heels that mirrored the confidence in his own voice." - Huntington News Review, 9/2016