Renowned Pianist Performs in Port Ludlow

by Dave Cunningham, Contributing Writer

Jason Lyle Black

When Port Ludlow Performing Arts brought back live, indoor music to the Bay Club on December 6, the group was happily stunned when all tickets sold out within 48 hours. Given that this was the first indoor concert in Port Ludlow since the pandemic shut down almost every normal social activity nearly two years ago, it was obvious that folks were itching to see a live show. You can probably expect the situation to be the same for the next show, coming to the Bay Club on Saturday, February 26.

Jason Lyle Black brings his myriad talents to the stage at 7:00 p.m., performing as a pianist, composer, and comedic entertainer. He is also an educator and author of six books, including the hit Disney Medleys for Piano Solo. Tickets are available now; and if you’re interested, hopefully some still remain as you read this.

Tickets for all remaining shows in the 2022 season are available for online purchase at PortLudlowPerformingArts.com, so if you can’t get seats for the next show, you might want to snatch up tickets for the following three shows. Single tickets are $30, and they will be available at the door if (and this is a BIG if) they don’t sell out in advance. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert begins.

Sometimes known as The Backwards Piano Man, Jason Lyle Black is known for his performance on The Ellen Show in Hollywood and his 30 million music video views worldwide. He’s a full-time national touring entertainer who has appeared at performing arts centers all across the United States, as a guest with orchestras and choirs, and as a headline performer on luxury cruise ships.

The Backwards Piano Man moniker comes from his bit wherein he lies on his back on the bench and plays with his hands backwards and his head beneath the keyboard. The PLPA show is sponsored by Terri Ross, Beth Weaver, Gil Skinner (in memory of his wife, Barb) and Sound Community Bank.

While you’re at the Bay Club, you can see the Shades of Red art exhibit in the main corridor, sponsored by the Port Ludlow Art League. Chat with the exhibiting artists before the concert or during intermission. For more information on art exhibits at the Bay Club, contact Alan Ahtow at a2112|||plvoice|||org|||PLAL Info. Is it safe to come to indoor concerts again? PLPA is making sure of that. Audience members will need to wear facemasks and show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the concert. In addition, all performers must be fully vaccinated. With your help, understanding, and coopera- tion, we can have some fun again.

Remaining shows in the PLPA season include Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints, playing everything from Americana to blues to jazz, soul, and vintage rock ‘n’ roll (March 27); Bridge and Wolak, the internationally acclaimed music and comedy duo (April 30); and Bario Manouche, playing flamenco, gypsy, and jazz guitar (June 11).