Back by Popular Demand:
Suede to perform at Cotuit Center for the Arts, August 22
After a sellout performance in July, Cotuit Center for the Arts is proud to present a return engagement of internationally acclaimed entertainer Suede on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:30 PM.
Direct from sold-out shows at world-renowned clubs like New York’s famous Birdland and Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, as well as multiple national and international tours, Suede comes to Cotuit Center for the Arts for one night only. The long-time Cape Cod favorite will bring her New England trio of Freddie Boyle on piano, Rich Hill on bass, and Steve Langone on drums.
Suede plays piano, trumpet, and guitar, but voice is her first instrument and her love of entertaining and her powerful charismatic presence are what make her truly stand out. She sings everything from originals written for her by a circle of great contemporary writers to favorite intimate ballads, jazz standards, and “bring-down-the-house” belted-out blues—all with her own signature blend of warmth, wit, and musical artistry.
Suede was described by the New York Times as “like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler—sassy, smooth, and intoxicating.” The Boston Globe called her “wicked exciting.” New York’s Steppin’ Out Arts raved that she has “a great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete.” As Joan Rivers’ opening act, Suede commanded standing ovations from Joan’s fans.
A native of New York, Suede has lived on the Cape for 20 years. She knew early on that she wanted to be a professional touring musician and, completely self-taught, began performing in public while still in high school. She started her formal music training in college, studying classical voice and trumpet. She started playing local clubs in the Baltimore/DC/Philly corridor and was soon touring nationally and internationally, eventually performing sold-out shows at clubs like Birdland in New York City, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Feinstein’s in San Francisco, The Kennedy Center, and more.
She founded her own record label, Easily Suede Music, in 1988, long before the current trend for Indie artists. She has released six albums to date, with another one in the pipeline. Her DVD “Live at Scullers Jazz Club” has aired on 54 PBS stations nationally thus far as part of their fund-drive efforts.
Suede is an artist who believes in the power of celebrity to raise awareness for causes she believes in and is also known for her generosity, raising funds for such worthy causes as a free clinic in the Washington DC area, affordable housing, breast cancer awareness and research, AIDS research, Alzheimer’s care and research, animal rights, and many more.
Tickets are $30, $28 for seniors and veterans, and $25 for members. Dinner + Show packages with the Villaggio at the Regatta package are available, as are premium tables with wine. For tickets, and more information, visit artsonthecape.org, or call 508-428-0069. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.