Ushering in a new golden age of live entertainment is Ted Garber, a genre-bending multi-instrumentalist whose "BluesAmericanaRock" combines classic showmanship with a captivating singer-songwriter sensibility. His smokey, bluesy vocals, howling harmonica riffs and screaming guitar licks are enticing audiences wordwide, taking us on a diverse musical journey from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, hovering in the Mississippi Delta before heading South of the Border.
Ask Ted about his musical influences, and four passions shine through-the iconic time-honored entertainers of his childhood, such as Sinatra and Elvis, his late folk-rock musician father, the rhythm and blues scene of New Orleans, and insatiable globe-trotting. His thirst for new experiences has led him to more than 30 countries on four continents. Whether it's a dingy shantytown motel room in Tanzania, a Brazilian beach hut jam session, a single-mom waiting tables at Denny's, or the smiling shoe-shining oracle on a New Orleans street corner, Garber's walking, hitching, gigging, chicken-and-goat-bus-cultural-immersion is what steers his musical odyssey.
Ted kicked off his career performing covers on the streets of New Orleans for tips, where he balanced academic studies at Tulane University with his passion for playing. Inspired by the vibrancy of the city and realizing his natural ability to connect with a crowd, he honed his talent for original material. He went on to open for the likes of Pat McGee and has performed in venues as diverse as DC's legendary 9:30 Club, LA's The Viper Room, and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. He was also named DC's Top Entertainer by WUSA-Channel 9, and won On Tap Magazine's Battle of the Bands "Taste of Arlington" Competition in 2006. Ted won a 2010 Washington Area Music Award (WAMA) for "Pop Rock Recording of the Year," recognizing his late-2009 studio album, "American Rail."
Most recently, Ted has enjoyed being a member of the prestigious Strathmore Performing Arts Center's "Artist in Residence" (AIR) program, an annual fellowship in North Bethesda, MD that takes only six artists out of hundreds of worthy applicants. Having sold out The Mansion at Strathmore three conesecutive times in early 2011, Ted recorded two of these public concerts which now comprise his brand new album, "Live at Strathmore" (Released: May 13, 2011). Featured on this album is an all-star backing band comprised of multi-Grammy winners Jon Carroll (pianist, Starland Vocal Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter) and Cathy Fink (ukulele) along with the multi-Grammy nominated Scott Ambush (bassist, Spyro Gyra) and local favorite Eddie Hartness (drums) of Eddie From Ohio as well as other local talent and other Strathmore Resident Artists.
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