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GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (3 July 2017)   The Grand 1894 Opera House presents pianist  Ezra Charles: The Story of Boogie WoogieSunday, July 9, 2017 at 3 pm. Tickets may be purchased at The Grand’s Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or online at www.thegrand.com.

Pianist Ezra Charles is capping a career in which he has been honored with seven Houston Press Awards for Best Keyboards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Blues Society, as well as appearances in the International Blues Competition in Memphis.

"Nobody doesn't like boogie woogie!" is Ezra Charles' jumping-off point, as he weaves the history of this bouncing, jiving piano format with sparkling performances of boogie woogie piano standards, accompanied by his son Jakob on percussion. Peppering his narration with personal stories of his interaction with the Masters, Ezra explains the relationship between Blues, Jazz, Ragtime, and what was originally called "Texas-Style Piano” -- created in Texas lumber camps in the 1880s and spread all over the world!

For ticket prices, call The Grand’s box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand’s web site at www.thegrand.com. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District and is recognized as “The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.” All major credit cards accepted.          

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