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Grubbs, McClellan in studio concerts

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Easy Street Productions will continue its Studio Sessions concert series with two of the company’s most-seasoned veterans: James McClellan and Tania Grubbs.

First up will be local performer McClellan with a concert titled “Feels Like Home” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 at Easy Street’s studio, 865 Mahoning Ave. (next to Star Supply).

Tickets are $20, and being BYOB events, are not recommended for children. Setups and light snacks are included, and specialty sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase. Table seating is limited, and reservations are required in advance. Call 330-743-8555 or email easystreetshows@aol.com.

McClellan has a long list of local and professional credits. He studied voice at Youngstown State University, singing with the Dana School of Music’s Chorale and Madrigals, and was a guest artist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, performing under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch.

He has sung in concert settings in Columbus and Pittsburgh, and his semi-annual engagements with siblings Eric and Janeen have attracted capacity crowds across Ohio.

Since 2000, McClellan has conceived and performed in five local evenings of music, culminating in 2012 with concerts at the Metropolitan Room in New York and Cain Park in Cleveland with vocalist Liz Rubino and accompanist and Broadway producer Michael J. Moritz. He recently has been appearing monthly at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh.

During his 21-year association with Easy Street Productions, he has been featured in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Monster Mash Bash,” “Into the Woods,” “The Will Rogers Follies” and many more.

McClellan’s Studio Sessions concert will celebrate his association with Easy Street Productions by blending his cabaret repertoire with favorite songs he has performed in Easy Street shows over the past two decades. Rich Yocum, who is marking 20 years as a member of the Easy Street Little Big Band, will accompany on piano.

Grubbs will come to the Easy Street studio Oct. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. performance titled “Lost in the Stars.”

Long-time Easy Street fans will remember her from the company’s earliest days at the Uptown Theatre in the early ’90s. Grubbs was a featured vocalist as one of the Uptown Girls in a number of the company’s original musicals, including “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “The Monster Mash Bash” and “Miracle on Easy Street.”

Grubbs has been a featured vocalist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust JazzLive and many regional jazz societies. She regularly performs with her Tania Grubbs Trio.

Her new CD, “Lost In The Stars,” includes sweeping and romantic tunes.

For information or reservations, call Easy Street.