Tuesday, February 20, 2024

French Grooves From Rosaway to be Heard Next for CSC’s Winter Thaw Concert Series 

PRESS RELEASE: HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s (CSC) Winter Thaw Festival of concerts continues with a performance by Rosaway on January 27 at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at CSC’s Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students of any age and children under 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979-0900. 

Vocal, flute, drums and machines – that’s Rosaway, a pop-jazz band hailing from Paris. Distinctly French, somewhat theme-tune-style, and a whole lot of groovy, this four-piece group is a blend of past and present. Founding members Rachel Ombredane and Stéphane (AKA: SteF) Avellaneda have some weight behind them. Rachel studied classical flute and music at the Sorbonne and sang vocals for artists such as Ed Sheeran. SteF is an internationally renowned blues drummer who’s played with and for the likes of BB King, Ben Poole and Ana Popovic.

After California, Memphis and New Orleans, it is in Paris that Rachel and SteF set down their bags and founded the group in 2017. Inspired by their past experiences on the road with American artists from the pop and blues scene, the two musicians imagine a groovy, mixed and “feel good” soul carried by the airy voice by Rachel whose technique allows her to vary the colors going from soul to gospel to rock.  

A true travel diary, their latest EP “Dreamer” transports to the roads of California, to the smoky jazz clubs of Chicago and to Frenchmen Street (New Orleans). Rosaway highlights their French identity in their latest single “Midnight,” a tangy and very 60s pop with a chorus sung in French. 

The music festival will continue with a concert performances by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba on Februrary 3.

The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.