What: Alan Ox in Concert: "Song, Shtick & Soft-Shoe"
When: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Washington University
560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue
University City, MO 63130
Cost: $20 / adult, $10 student with valid i.d.
Tickets: MetroTix (314.534.1111), Edison Theater Box Office
(314.935.6543) for reserved seating
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - September 29, 2010 – 'Classic stage variety' man Alan Oxenhandler (known by friends as Al Ox) pulls together all his talents "live in the loop" on Friday, November 5, 2010. Not since his Sheldon Concert Hall performance of "You Can't Do That in St. Louis" has Al staged a music/comedy event. This one promises to be more charged with the band and Al working the stage together through both lyrics and laughs.
The multi-instrumentalist (vocals-drums-piano) has routinely performed across the Midwest in bars and bistros since his early 20s. It is his music lovers, however, who know better than to peg him for music alone.
For one-night-only "Song, Shtick & Soft-Shoe" will spotlight Al's vocals in a dramatic venue. "It all comes down to the music," Al explains, "but growing up I also loved watching the show where a guy could crack me up and then throw in a little song and soft shoe too. To me that's entertainment, and this new show is my expression of the craft!"
Along with his personal take on popular tunes, the show will be peppered with Al's brand of comedic observation as he launches into the crooning styles of vocalists he has admired and jabbed through the years.
The show will include hits "That's Life", "Day In Day Out," and even Lerner & Lowes operatic, "I Could Have Danced All Night." A couple skits consist of "You Too Can Sing Like Neil Diamond" and "Taking Over NPR." Having studied tap dance for the last five years, you can definitely expect foot flourishes in the show, as well as other surprises to 'entertain and astonish.'
Also in the limelight will be the venue itself. According to Ox, "The 560 Music Center, right in the U-City Loop, is a plush venue with a huge stage and live acoustics. It's the old Shaare Emeth synagogue. The last time I was there I did not understand a word they said!"
Backing up Al Ox will be his special show band, featuring Phil Gomez (Steinway Concert Grand), Bob Rowe (keyboard), Benet Schaeffer (drums) and Willem von Hombracht (bass). Alan performs weekly on piano at Ruth's Chris Steak House at the Hyatt Hotel Downtown and in Clayton. He also plays drums and piano with his trio, and has staged comedy shows and tributes to both Tony Bennett and Chet Baker.
Alan Ox in Concert: "Song, Shtick & Soft-Shoe" takes place at the Washington University 560 Music Building located in the U-City Loop, across from City Hall at 560 Trinity / Delmar Boulevard. Show time is 8 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are available at Metrotix (314.534.1111), the Edison Theater Box Office (314.935.6543) on the Washington University campus -or- at the door.
Free parking is available behind the venue, in the surrounding area, and in the public Kingsland lot (one block away). For more information visit www.aloxlive.com, www.deblaze.com or contact DeBlaze & Associates at 314.766.JAZZ (5299).
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