This is a very special one night only performance as Grammy Award winner and native Hawaiian John Cruz joins Brian Alex, the award winning Cape Ann singer/songwriter and Entrain frontman, for one special night of stories and songs.
This show follows Brian's very successful "Stories and Songs" acoustic concert at this same venue in May. That one went over so well for both audience and artist that Brian decided to do something "extra special" for summer 2013 in Manchester and John was happy to team up and add a set of his own to the night.
Expect Brian to feature songs from his forthcoming CD, "Destination Unwind" along with other fan favorites. With song titles like "Sitting Here in Paradise" and "Destination Unwind," expect feel good summertime tunes and the tales behind them.
John will feature new music from his upcoming CD as well as songs from his two award winning CD's "Acoustic Soul" and "One of These Days"
About John Cruz: JohnCruz.com John Cruz is the Grammy and Hoku Award winning artist behind such songs as "Island Style" and "Shine On" and was described by top selling recording artist, Jack Johnson as "one of my favorite songwriters in the world."
John Cruz grew up in Palolo Valley on Oahu but his ties to the Northeast were formulated in 1983 when he moved east to attend the University of Amherst. It was during this time on the East Coast that he developed his own style as a songwriter playing clubs between New York, Boston and Martha's Vineyard where he even played in an early incarnation of Entrain.
John returned to Hawaii in 1995 and came to fame in 1996 when he released his first album, Acoustic Soul. That CD spawned the radio hits "Shine On," "Sitting in Limbo" and "Island Style," which has become a local anthem known around the world. John won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 1997; one for Contemporary Album of the Year and one for Most Promising Artist. Then, in 2005, John added a Grammy Award to his list of honors when his original song "Jo Bo's Night" was featured on the compilation CD Slack Key Guitar Volume 2, which won the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music.
John's second album, One of These Days was released in 2007 and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts gave the CD its highest honor in 2008 by awarding John the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year and just last year Honolulu Magazine named the album one of the "Top 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century."
Most recently John can be heard on "Jack Johnson & Friends: Best of Kokua Festival," sharing the stage with both Jack Johnson and Jackson Browne.
About Brian Alex: BrianAlexMusic.com From the Northeast to Key West, Brian is known as the energetic lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter for the Boston Music Award winning band Entrain. Brian's quirky personality and unique pop-savvy style has been a significant and colorful piece of the World-Pop act Entrain, since 1995.
Brian's latest Entrain compositions "Lucky Just to Be Alive" and "Reason to Feel Good" can be heard on 92.5 The River, Martha's Vineyard's acclaimed WMVY, as well as regularly on Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes Radio".
With a desire to record and release some of his own feel good summer songs, Brian launched a PledgeMusic.com campaign to fund the recording and is playing select solo artist shows this summer.
In addition to his work with Entrain, Brian, has recorded with the Missing Persons, Donna Summer and Paula Cole and shared the stage with artists such as Bo Diddley, Bob Weir, President Bill Clinton and Edwin McCain.
Brian Alex: Destination Unwind
Brian Alex: Cocktails Thongs & Summer Songs
John Cruz: Missing You
John Cruz: Island Style from the Kokua Festival
Manchester Community Center (View)
40 Harbor Point
Manchester, MA 01944