After months of performances Thursday evenings, we have been invited to perform two times a week at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery downtown Salt Lake City. I love the pizza and salads are great too . . . check out their full menu here: http://www.maxwellsece.com/index.php?p_resource=menu
We perform many popular songs in the Jazz style, such as:
Icona Pop “I Love It”
Michael Jackson “Billy Jean”
Passion Pit “Carried Away”
Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
Ke$ha “Die Young”
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Stevie Wonder “Superstition, Sir Duke, I Just called . . .”
Pharrell “Get Lucky”
Madonna “Like a Virgin”
No Doubt “Don’t Speak”
Bill Withers “Just the Two of us”
Journey “Don’t Stop Believing”
ABBA “Dancing Queen”
Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger”
LMFAO “Party Rock”
Katie Perry “Hot n Cold, Firework, Friday Night”
Far East Movement “Like a G6″
Kid Cudi “Memories”
Elton John “Your Song”
George Michael “Faith”
And of Course a bunch of Frank Sinatra . . . New York, New York; Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To the Moon, My Way, Under My Skin, and more.
Check out the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/712419695454343/
We have had a blast performing at Maxwell’s every Thursday since May, and are now moving to Wednesday nights, due to our increased number of private parties and other performances we have been asked to play on Thursday nights. Great news is that you can now see us Wednesday nights and not have to miss any of the great Twilight Concert lineup! ALL AGES WELCOME!
When: every Wednesday evening from 6-9pm
Where: Maxwell’s 357s Main Street Salt Lake City Utah 84101
What: Popular songs from the American songbook including current hits, all sung in the Jazz style
Who: Maxwells is a full service restaurant and bar, kids are welcome!
Why: Because we’re home of the Utah Jazz
Don’t miss out on this night of awesomeness! For those of you that do not know the Metro Bar used to be known as the Stockade in the late 1800’s… Guess what went down!? I’ll give you a hint starts with a BRO-and ends with a THEL!! Good old Metro was a Speakeasy/House of the Night!! So mark your calendars for the 13th as we reenact history!! There will be a poker tournament from 7-9ish!! We will also have burlesque performances, live music, DJ Benom will be taking us back with the origins of some rockabilly style with Jazz and blues, and some rockabilly too! The best part is we will be doing it all in the name of charity. One of our own is behind bars and a portion of the night’s proceeds will be going to his books. We help our own, if it were you, we’d help you too! So let’s get excited, and start spreading the news!! Come dressed in your fedoras and wing tips, and let’s party Gatsby style!! Free before 10:30PM or with RSVP, $5 after 10:30!
The Salt City Sirens will now be performing!! Tell your friends!!
Now Playing!! >>> Moonshark!
Retro Betty Vintage Boutique!
Midvale Mining Cafe!
Old School Cutz!
Rock A Bella Pinups!
Conn Curran and Robot Dream are donating 100% of the proceeds to the victims of hurricane Sandy.
$10 cover charge also gets you a free Conn Curran Christmas cd.
A $5 per-ticket raffle with prizes including:
2 positive space tickets to anywhere JetBlue flies
One year membership to Planet Fitness ($150 value)
Over $300 in gift certificates from Salon NV (manicure, haircuts, coloring, etc)
10 classes at Centered City Yoga
$100 gift certificate to Cafe Rio
$150 gift certificate to Lumpy’s South
$50 Gift Certificate from Prana Yoga
Prize packages from Centered City Yoga, the U of U, Lunatic Fringe, the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, and more!
If you are unable to attend the event, please take a moment to make an online donation here:
Special thanks to our generous sponsors:
If you would like to donate gift certificates or involve your business in the benefit please contact us.
Conn will be performing with Rob Bennion and Bart Olson on Wednesday November 28th at the Salt Lake City downtown Sheraton hotel for the annual Salvation Army fundraiser.
Tickets and information can be found here:
Some children fear the shadow of a parent’s success.
But Salt Lake City jazz singer Conn Curran embraces his father’s accomplishments and draws inspiration from it.
Orem High graduate and Utah Valley University alum Curran, 29, is the son of Doug Curran, a member of the legendary vocal group The Lettermen in the 1960s and 1970s.
“I have learned so much and am still learning from my Ole Paps,” Conn said. “He has helped me to be a better person [and] how to be a gentleman just by watching the way he is with my Mom, and how to treat others with respect and kindness. Since I was a kid, he has picked up his guitar at most family gatherings and him and my Mom would get us all singing together. He has really helped me with my voice techniques, and with his experience singing for … The Lettermen he has always kept me from getting a big head — he is the most humble person I know. He taught me how to play some Brazilian guitar styles, [as well as] a bit of Portuguese. Actually, we sat down just last night and played and sang together, just me and him.”
Curran is following in the footsteps of his father and unburdened by any shadow.
On Saturday, backed by the Rob Bennion Jazz Band, Curran will perform during the three-day grand opening of the Lehi retail center Outlets at Traverse Mountain.
Curran answered questions posed by The Tribune about jazz, his inspirations, and the undead.
What attracts you to jazz?
I love a lot of genres of music, but jazz has so many things that attracts me to it. I grew up listening to Brazilian bossa nova with my dad, and I fell in love with it. Then I started singing along to Harry Connick Jr. and also Nat King Cole from an early time in my life. Jazz puts me in a good mood.
What do you plan on performing at the grand opening of the new outlets?
Well, first off we feel like even though it’s only November, we want to perform a lot of Christmas songs. Rob Bennion has arranged a lot of great classic Christmas hits into his jazz style (which will be on our Christmas CD for purchase at the event). We will also sing a few covers such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a jazz format just to throw everyone off in a fun way.
Why do you sing both jazz standards and songs by grunge bands?
I love the old jazz standards. There is a reason those songs are still around [because] they are musical gold. I feel very lucky to be able to sing songs that are timeless. As to singing standards like “Black Hole Sun” from Soundgarden, it is so much fun to see a reaction from an audience member when they realize that I am singing a song like that with[the] voice I have. Its just fun to bring people back to songs that were popular in their era. It brings them right back to that period in their lives.
What inspires you?
Plenty of things inspire me. As for writing, I am inspired by love. As to everyday living and breathing, I am inspired by my late sixth-grade teacher Mr. Victory Ormsby, who showed me that I could do anything, and do it well. As to music, I am inspired by many artists and genres, but especially I get inspired every time I listen to a group called New York Voices.
If a person dies and then springs back to life, do they get their money back for the coffin?
Ummm … yes? I sure would hope there is a return policy.
Describe a perfect day.
I feel like I have a perfect day a few times per month. Being the youngest of eight kids, most are married besides myself, and most have kids, so there’s a lot of us. Every month we have at least one birthday to celebrate. We all meet up at my parents’ house in Orem and have dinner together. We are all loud, we all love to sing, and we all love to laugh, especially when my oldest brother Quinn is present. I get to hang out and enjoy the company of my nieces and nephews, most of my siblings, and my parents. That is my kind of perfect day.
What do think of being a musician in Utah?
I think being a musician in Utah is a very common thing. It is intimidating to see how many talented musicians there are here. I think it is a little different in each genre, but jazz hasn’t been the most sought-after or popular music here. I would love to help make it more popular. I have had a lot of support since growing up here, and I love being a musician here.
Conn Curran with Rob Bennion Jazz Band
When • Saturday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Where •Outlets at Traverse Mountain, 3700 North Cabela’s Blvd., Lehi
Admission • Free
Had a great time playing for the 2012 Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City today. Conn Curran sang songs like Imagine, Mad World, Girl from Ipanema, Fly me to the Moon, and we ended the set with What a Wonderful World. Bart, Denson, and Kenji showed their prowess on an high speed rendition of “Take Five” and we all had a great time. It was over 100 degrees today! Thanks to all those who came out to support local music, the crowd was fantastic!
Conn Curran and the Rob Bennion Jazz band’s 2011 album “Christmas Time in the City includes the following tracks:
My Favorite Things
Christmas Time is Here
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree
Carol of the Bells
Listen to samples from the cd:
Purchase here ($10 includes shipping):