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Coming in October, a mini-festival of Comic Cabaret, in partnership with our Italian colleagues and their festival From The Shaman to the Showman.

Coming in October, a mini-festival of Comic Cabaret, in partnership with our Italian colleagues and their festival From The Shaman to the Showman.

International cultural exchange brings
Cabaret Comico 2014 to Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex
Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, 2014

San Francisco’s version of Italy’s comic cabaret festival, From the Shaman to the Showman, returns this year with double the fun. Society Cabaret presents two different nights of the Bay Area’s funniest singers and songwriters performing original songs and comic numbers from musical theater in the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A salute to comic singers and songwriters, hosted by G. Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar.

October 26, 2013 marked Chapter One of the international cultural exchange for the production of CABARET COMICO, a partnership of San Francisco’s SOCIETY CABARET with the Italian Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno, and their Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman (From the Shaman to the Showman), the cabaret festival of original comic songs and songwriters. The word ‘comic’ is key; in Italy all cabaret is comic.

WHO: San Francisco Bay’s Funniest Singers and Songwriters, Hosts: G.Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar
WHAT: Cabaret Comico 2014, in partnership with Italian Comic Cabaret Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman
WHERE: Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
WHEN: Two different shows, Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at 8pm (doors at 7pm)
WHY: Laughter is good for you
HOW: Tickets at Ticketmaster http://bit.ly/1lX2JJ5 and by calling 415-857-1896

Friday Night Program, October 17, 2014, 8:00 PM Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, and Bobby Weinapple, Beth Wilmurt.

Saturday Night Program, October 18, 2014, 8:00 PM Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Marilyn Cooney, Bill Cooper, Barry Lloyd, Lauren Mayer, Darlene Popovic, and Ray Renati.

Now in it’s 11th year in Italy’s Valle Camonica, Dallo Sciamano allo Showman is a co-production of Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno and the renowned festival of original song and songwriters, Club Tenco. Featuring many stars as well as emerging artists, it has been covered by Italian National Television RAI. The Valle Camonica, in the Lombardy Region of northern Italy, boasts a UNESCO site of prehistoric rock carvings, which have greatly influenced local artists and scholars, among them festival producer Nini Giacomelli and her creative team, who see the performer as a kind of shaman, healing the audience through laughter.

Society Cabaret enters its second year of international co-production to expand last year’s 1-night pilot project to a 2-night event, with this year’s edition of Cabaret Comico. The star attraction at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex Union Square, Society Cabaret’s 75-seat house is a gem of a performance space, with sound, lights, a grand piano, cabaret tables, a full bar and a terrific kitchen. Society Cabaret’s four founding partners combine their individual artistic expertise to bring a cooperative vision to their thriving performance venue.

Lua Hadar’s New Performance Group is dedicated to deepening intercultural communication through the performing arts, arts education and exchange with the goal to bring an awareness of our common humanity to audiences and participants. New Performance Group has produced classes, performances, CDs, community events, international exchange and a DVD in its 20-year history. Nominated for an Independent Music Award, Lua Hadar is a vocalist, emcee and indie producer with a long history of performing both abroad (Italy, France, Thailand and more) and in New York and San Francisco, including at legendary North Beach music venues such as The Purple Onion, Peña Pachamama, Caffé Trieste and Jazz at Pearl’s.

Since 1987 Lua Hadar’s New Performance Group has maintained a cultural dialogue and collaboration with Nini Giacomell’s Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno. In partnership with G. Scott Lacy’s new Society Cabaret in San Francisco, they look forward to October 17-18, 2014 when an expanded version of CABARET COMICO will tickle San Francisco’s funny bone.


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Twist to celebrate Bastille Day with French swing jazz at Society Cabaret

July 12, 2014  Bastille Day Show at Society Cabaret

July 12, 2014 Bastille Day Show at Society Cabaret

July 3, 2014
San Francisco

To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist presents their popular French Music Hall show, C’est Magnifique! This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features, for the first time, the swing of Tom Bekeny’s jazz violin. Saturday, July 12 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $30 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or http://www.societycabaret.com. Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food.
More info at http://www.likeabridge.net and http://www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of the influential American songwriter, Cole Porter; hence the title C’est Magnifique!, a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Tom Bekeny’s Stephane Grappelli-style swing brings a gypsy jazz color to the show, in a new twist for Twist.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s humorous anecdotes provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. Lua has charmed audiences from Yoshi’s Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed C’est Magnifique! to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013.

Join us at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, San Francisco to celebrate Bastille Day as Lua Hadar with Twist returns to present C’est Magnifique!. Parking is available at the Sutter-Stockton garage. Seating begins at 7pm for the 8pm show. A full bar and delicious menu are available at tables during the show, for a real cabaret experience.

Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and featuring Tom Bekeny on jazz violin.

Tickets start at $30 with no fees EVER. PHONE: 415-857-1896



Lua Hadar with Twist
C’est Magnifique!
Bastille with a Twist
Saturday July 12 at 8pm;
seating begins at 7pm
Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex
562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Lua Hadar with Twist
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See video below from our November 2013 debut of “C’est Magnifique!” at San Francisco’s Society Cabaret. The July 12 show features the jazz violin of Tom Bekeny instead of the jazz accordion of David Miotke, for some swinging new twists.

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Footage from our new show “C’est Magnifique” in its debut at Society Cabaret San Francisco, November 2013

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‘C’est Magnifique’ opens at Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex Union Square

Direct from a sellout in Paris, ‘C’est Magnifique’ makes its USA debut at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex, Thursday through Saturday, Nov.14-16 at 8pm. This retro floor show features the cosmopolitan jazz ensemble Twist, with Lua Hadar on French and English vocals, You’ll feel like you’re in a French Music Hall or a black and white movie.

Full bar and delicious small plates available. The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s literary and cultural hangout, The Algonquin Hotel.

Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums and featuring jazz accordionist David Miotke.

Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94102.

There are a limited number of General admission $20 seats on sale now, while they last.
Prime seating tickets are $45.
No booking fees!!

Direct ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/229943/1911076



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Twist releases award-nominated DVD at Yoshi’s Sept 30

Yoshi’s presents Lua Hadar and her Cosmopolitan Jazz Ensemble, TWIST, with the Official Release of their Indie Music Award-nominated DVD, “Like A Bridge.” Live on stage at Yoshi’s Oakland, Monday, Sept. 30 at 8pm

Lua Hadar with Twist

Lua Hadar with Twist

San Francisco, August 21, 2013: Fresh from a success in Paris, Lua Hadar brings her cosmopolitan jazz ensemble Twist back to Yoshi’s Oakland to celebrate the Official Release of their DVD, Like A Bridge. A 70-minute Live Studio Concert directed by Emmy award-winner Lawrence Jordan, Like a Bridge was shot at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, and was nominated in the Long Form Video Category by the Independent Music Awards. On September 30, clips from the DVD will be shown on Yoshi’s new screen as the band rolls out some fresh new tunes live on stage. Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds, and Hadar on vocals in seven languages.

“Why do I sing such an eclectic song list?” Hadar asks.“I want the audience to get the feeling that humanity shares common struggles and joys, that we are all united. As a group, these songs in languages of five continents are bridges from us to our audience. We hope that we can each be to one another ‘like a bridge.’”

Lua Hadar with Twist, Official DVD Release of Like A Bridge, Monday, Sept. 30 at 8pm. Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland CA 94607. Phone 510-238-9200. Tickets $14. http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3515

Media representatives may obtain a review copy of Like a Bridge CD or DVD by contacting info@luahadar.com.

DVD Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQQmh7j-XRc
Hi res photo downloads: http://www.luahadar.com/downloads.html
Photo Credit for band collage (above): Jack Schow; Graphics: Martineau Arts
Websites: http://www.luahadar.com; http://www.likeabridge.net
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/LikeABridgeCDPressKit
Emmy-winning Director Lawrence Jordan: http://bit.ly/LawrenceJordanIMDB

TWEET: Yoshi’s Oakland presents Lua Hadar with Twist Official DVD Release Sept 30, 8pm, $14.http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3515

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Chez Georges Paris spins our CD with live appearance June 28, Friday, 7:30pm

FLASH: FRIDAY JUNE 28 AT 7:30 PM: Underground World Music Wine Bar and Dance Club, Chez GeorgesImage, hosts Lua live as DJ Jeff spins the new CD, Like A Bridge. 11 rue des Canettes, 75006 Paris. Ph 01 43 26 79 15. METRO: Mabillon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Saint-Sulpice

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One Night Only: June 29, 2013 at the Swan Bar of Montparnasse

Lua previews her new show, C’est Magnifique, with Sheldon Forrest on piano and Albin Suffys on bass.

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Lua Hadar returns to Paris’ Swan Bar, Sat. June 29

June 29, 2013 at 7:30pm
One Night Only

with Sheldon Forrest on piano and Albin Suffys on bass.

with Sheldon Forrest on piano and Albin Suffys on bass.

Lua Hadar returns to the Swan Bar with the preview of her new show:
C’est Magnifique
A love affair in any language
With Sheldon Forrest on piano and Albin Suffys on bass
5 Euros cover; full bar and small plates available
Swan Bar
165, Bd du Montparnasse
75006 Paris
Tél.: 01 44 27 05 84
Métros : Raspail – Vavin
RER : Port Royal

Lua Hadar previews her new show C’est Magnifique with her return to the 30’s style Swan Bar in Montparnasse. The jazz offerings feature Cole Porter, Charles Trenet, and a dash of love songs from around the world, as Hadar slips in and out of several different languages for a truly cosmopolitan love affair. She’s joined by two of her favorite musicians, Sheldon Forrest on piano and Albin Suffys on bass guitar.

This Paris performance comes on the heels of her band’s nomination for an Independent Music Award for their cosmopolitan jazz DVD, Like A Bridge, which Twist celebrates with a return to Yoshi’s Jazz Club in the fall.

La chanteuse américaine Lua Hadar a charmé le public par son jazz cosmopolite dans des clubs de jazz reputes, tels que Yoshi’s, The Iridium à New York et le Thailand Cultural Center à Bangkok. Elle fait son retour au Swan Bar avec deux de ses musiciens preferés, Sheldon Forrest au piano et Albin Suffys à la guitare basse.

Chanteuse originale, au registre très vaste, Lua interprète avec swing, charme et humour une liste de chansons éclectiques, influencée par des échanges culturels dans des pays aussi variés que Bali, la Russie, la Suisse, le Japon, la Thaïlande, la France et l’Italie. Depuis sa création en 2007, Le groupe de Hadar, TWIST est reconnu pour son interprétation originale des standards internationaux, qui expriment notre humanité commune à travers des chansons dans 7 langues différentes.

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Like A Bridge DVD nominated for Indie Music Award

Congratulations to the band, artistic team and crew!! You rock!!

Lua Hadar with Twist nominated for 12th Independent Music Awards
More Than 300 Self-Released & Independent Label Artists Nominated from thousands of submissions worldwide

For Immediate Release

San Francisco, April 10, 2013 – Cosmopolitan jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST of San Francisco, California joins more than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

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Like A Bridge DVD has been nominated in the Long Form Video category.

Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent, The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists traditionally ignored by mainstream media and big box retailers.

Lua Hadar with Twist is nominated among an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Omar Sosa, Ben Kweller, Band Of Skulls, Bright Eyes, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Killer Mike, Paper Lions, Sarah Cheng-De Winne and The Congregation, among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 12th IMA program eligibility period.

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the Nominees in over 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Del McCoury, Pete Wentz, Shelby Lynne, G. Love, Jim Lauderdale, McCoy Tyner, Brandi Carlile, John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Judy Collins, Raul Midon, Andrea Marcovicci, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Bernie Worrell, Jeremy Taggart, Toots Hibbert, Dennis Diken, Joel Madden, Arturo Sandoval, Jonatha Brooke, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Dan Storper (Putumayo World Music, Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) and others.

The results will be announced in May, 2013.

In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 19, 2013 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/12th) to determine the fan-selected program winners.

Members of global jazz ensemble Lua Hadar with Twist with their new DVD, Like A Bridge

Candace Forest, Lua Hadar, Larry De La Cruz, Fumiko Ozawa, Ian Dogole, Dan Feiszli, Celso Alberti, Emil Miland, Jason Martineau

Hadar says, “We’re thrilled and honored at this nomination always grateful for the support of our fans, friends and family. The judges will choose in May but The People have a voice, too, and a popular vote. If fans would like to show their support they can do so by voting for us in the Long Form Video category at IMA Vox Pop Jukebox at this special link: http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/12th/Video/Long-Form.”

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 billion music fans worldwide. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

Contact: Jude Folkman
Music Resource Group

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March 8 show with Alisa Clancy now available to hear


Go to our On the Air page to hear the entire 1 hour Desert Island broadcast with Alisa Clancy on KCSM. Click here for the list of what I played http://kcsm.org/jazzprograms/desertislandcastaways.php
– a Dozen Divas for International Women’s Day.

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