Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous -- just like Brian.
Marimba Cabaret is an evening of songs and stories featuring musical theater, pop hits and classical covers re-imagined for marimba, vibraphone and voice. Directed and accompanied by percussionist Greg Jukes, Brian Calhoon will play marimba, sing, confess, and (at times) stand 7-feet tall. Guaranteed to include new songs and special guests at each show, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.
See what happens when a classically-trained percussionist with a love of theater --and killer shoes-- puts on a show. Brian finally came out of the musical closet and embraced his eclectic tastes in music. Recent shows feature covers from Broadway veterans Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Tom Kitt, and Stephen Schwartz next to pop icons like Adele, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette, Radiohead and Outkast -- with a little Disney princess mash-up for good measure.
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