This is a rare opportunity to not only see the star of Jersey Boys and Under The Streetlamp on PBS in his solo concert, but also witness a LIVE album recording of Bobby Darin's biggest hits: "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," "Splish Splash," and many more! Pieced together with charismatic storytelling that goes behind the veil of Bobby's fame and brash public life, Darin flows from the poignant to the celebratory, all while delivering hit after hit accompanied by some of the best jazz musicians in Chicago.
VARIETY says "His Soulful delivery... resembles Bobby Darin"
& SF Examiner says "His knockout voice...brings down the house."
Christopher Kale jones
Christopher Kale Jones is a recording artist, producer, and award-winning actor. After years of portraying of Frankie Valli on the road, introducing cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco to Jersey Boys, he decided to join forces with his friends and start the group Under the Streetlamp. With UTSL, he has produced 3 concert specials & 1 primetime television show on PBS, played major venues all across the country (and internationally) and recorded 4 albums.
Chris, along with his wife (fellow entertainer & producing partner, Jenna Coker-Jones) and little spit-fire daughter Presley Rose are honored to call Chicago home.
A note on Darin, from Chris
Inspired to create a one-man concert, and hungry for a subject to build it around, my mind returned to one of my most memorable reviews from when I had the good fortune to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys years ago.
Overall positive, it interjected that I resembled a young Bobby Darin more than Frankie Valli. At the time, I felt slighted that not every audience member was fully convinced I was Frankie in the flesh, but with the benefit of a few years of humility under my belt, I decided to take a second look. “After all,” I naively thought, “I had always loved the song, Beyond The Sea...” I began my research in earnest.
Bobby was 5’ 9”. So am I. Bobby weighed 160. So do I. Bobby’s mom was a retired singer who taught him everything she could about music. My mom was a retired dancer who taught me everything she could about being a performer.
Then there was his voice. Bobby’s voice was bold and reckless. It grabbed you by the neck and let you know it had something to say. It could be tender and sweet, but it was never weak. I was sold.
If you wanted an apology, you didn’t put on a Bobby Darin record. He demanded your attention: Splish, Splash. Beyond The Sea. Mack the Knife. These were the songs everyone knew. But he dazzled with lesser-tier hits like Artificial Flowers and You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.
Finally, he lived a life every bit as exciting and volatile as his career: He married arguably the most well-known and beautiful actress of the 60s, he conquered the music world by 25, and he never stopped pushing past his limits, often to his detriment, but always for our entertainment.
So I hope you’re ready to tap your toes as we celebrate the life, loves and legacy of the one and only, Bobby Darin.
-Christopher Kale Jones