D.C. Musicians, Howard Gospel Choir Collaborate with 11-Piece Jazz Orchestra

Today, The Adam Levowitz Orchestra announced it will collaborate with D.C. area musicians to perform hit songs and 20 brand new musical arrangements from the Blues Brothers soundtrack on February 9 at The Howard Theater. 

This 90-minute live rhythm and blues review showcases an 11-piece jazz orchestra and some of the east coast’s finest musicians, including a special guest appearance by the Howard Gospel Choir, as well as Washington, D.C.’s Christal Rheams, a vocalist in the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and Vickie Golding, a vocalist for the 257th Army, “The Band of The Nation’s Capital.” 
 
Adam Levowitz, the orchestra’s director and keyboard player, wrote 20 brand new arrangements for the show based on songs from the Blues Brothers original movie soundtrack, including “Think” by Aretha Franklin, “She Caught The Katy” by Taj Mahal, “Let the Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan, “Gimme Some Lovin” by Spencer Davis and more. Levowitz is a Broadway producer, former D.C. resident and former member of the National Guard. 
 
The show builds on the success of The Adam Levowitz Orchestra’s recent concerts at The Howard Theater including Tarantino Soundtrack Live, a production from their ongoing Live In Concert Series with hits songs from Reservoir DogsPulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Due to popular demand, an additional Tarantino Soundtrack Live show will return in April and a special Guardians of the Galaxy show is being planned for May, both to be performed at The Howard Theater. 
 
A portion of the Blues Brothers event proceeds on February 9 will be donated to The 25th Project, a local non-profit that raises money to purchase life essentials such as food and propane tanks in order to help homeless and men survive the winter in the D.M.V. area.
 
Tickets for the show are $15 in advance. General admission seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and there is a $10 drink minimum at the theater. 
 
Media interested in attending the event or speaking with The Adam Levowitz Orchestra members should please contact Jake McCook, 512-417-4595jakemccook@gmail.com. Photos, audio and b-roll are also available. 
 
WHAT:
The Adam Levowitz Orchestra Live Rhythm & Blues Review Featuring Hits Songs From the Blues Brothers Soundtrack
 
WHO: 
The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, The Adam Levowitz Jazz Orchestra, and D.C. Area Musicians, including Christal Rheams, a vocalist in the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and Vickie Golding, a vocalist for the 257th Army, “The Band of The Nation’s Capital.”
 
WHEN:
Thursday, February 9 
 
TIME:
8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
 
WHERE:
The Howard Theater
620 T Street
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
TICKETS: 
$15 in advance. General Admission seating is on a first come, first serve basis. $10 drink minimum at the theater. 
 
CONTACT: 
Jake McCook
(Photos, videos, audio and b-roll available up request)
 
About The Adam Levowitz Orchestra
 
The Adam Levowitz Orchestra is a collection of vocalists and musicians, and members of The Hateful Eight Orchestra, an eight-piece funk band. Adam Levowitz, the orchestra’s director and keyboard player, writes all the musical arrangements specifically for the production of the ongoing Live In Concert Series, featuring a high-energy show comprised of some of the east coast’s finest musicians. The series premiered in January 2016 in New York City’s alphabet city and quickly moved uptown to Times Square’s B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill. It has since hosted two separate engagements of “The Quentin Tarantino Songbook, Vol. 1: Music from Reservoir DogsPulp Fiction and Jackie Brown” at The Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. Performers in The Adam Levowitz Orchestra have included Broadway and cabaret singers from New York City, including Victoria Cook (Into The Woods, The Theory of Everything), Scott Coulter (PBS’ A Christmas Carol, multiple MAC award winner), Blaine Krauss (The Lion King, In The Heights), Mike Schwitter (Pippin, Book Of Mormon) and joining the cast are local DC Metro Favorites Christal Rheames (Les Miserables with Terrance Mann, Jesus Christ Superstar, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Victoria Golding (Winner, Military Idol). For more information, visit https://www.adamlevowitz.com/
 
About Adam Levowitz/maXam Production Group
 
Adam B. Levowitz has more than 30 years experience as a composer, producer, music director and arranger whose works and productions have been performed all over the world. Currently, he is producing the revival of Stop the World, I Want to Get Off – the 1961 musical by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Levowitz is also co-producer for Somewhere in Time and has been involved with Penn & Teller On Broadway, It’s Only A Play, Rocky, Flashdance – National Tour and Godspell. Before coming to New York, he served as the Artistic and Music Director for the Katy Performing Arts Society – an all-professional non-profit arts organization outside Houston, TX. He is proud to have served in uniform as the chief arranger for the 257 Army Band “The Band of the Nation’s Capital” in Washington, D.C. where he had the great honor of writing words and music to “The Home of Warrior Care” which was adopted as the official march of The Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For more information, visit http://maxamgroup.org/
 
About The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University 
 
Formed on the campus of Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) is a body of students, alumni and community members dedicated to using the gift of music to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  As the first college choir of its kind in the world, HGC is a trailblazer for all gospel music ministries on collegiate campuses across the globe.  The choir also travels extensively throughout the United States and has headlined tours to nineteen countries throughout Europe and the Americas.   Their most recent album Glorious God has been nominated for two Stellar Awards, and has remained on the Top 30 Chart for national sales and also for radio airplay in Gospel music for more than twenty weeks.  With such a rich legacy of excellence, the Howard Gospel Choir, a beacon light in the Howard University community, will continue to fulfill its calling to the world using Christ centered music as a means of healing, restoration and empowerment. The choir is currently under the direction of Reginald Golden, a Howard University alumnus from Cleveland, OH.  For more information, visit http://www.howardgospelchoir. com.
 
About The 25th Project
 
The 25th Project (T25P) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland area. It provides food, clothing, and item such as tents, propane tanks for heat, batteries, sleeping bags and other life essentials on the 25th of each month. Jay Herriott, the founder and driving force behind The 25th Project, started the organization after delivering meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2010, which both fell on the 25th of the month. Herriott has continued to give out meals on the 25th of every month; together with grassroots support, he went from delivering 14 meals in 2002 to 455 home-cooked meals in 2012. For more information, visit http://www.the25thproject.org/

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