Tom Culver sings Duke Ellington

Tom Culver sings Duke Ellington

featuring the Rick Hils Quintet, and special guest Marsha Bartenetti

Thu · June 7, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Tickets starting from $20

The full dinner menu is available for purchase as soon as doors open. Your ticket purchase is the only reservation you need. A minimum of two items ($20.00) is required per person. $10 ticket INCREASE on day of show. Valet parking available with validation for $6. There is metered street parking as well but be sure to read the signs. Parking is NOT permitted on Woodbridge St. after 9pm nightly.

Tom Culver
Tom Culver
As a boy, Tom was mesmerized by the flickering images on the silver screen as he sat transfixed in the darkness of the small-town South Dakota movie palaces. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, and Dan Daily glided across the lacquered dance floors with their glamorous partners and the die was cast. “There was never anyone teaching voice or dance there,” he recalls, “but I was in every choral group and high school play – and the sound of applause was truly a high.”

The Navy offered a ticket from the snow-swept plains. After service, Tom located to Oakland, California and discovered the Bay Area's theater and music scenes. After moving to Los
Angeles, a succession of record deals with small recording labels let to a signing with Dot Records where he cut his first singles. It was a tumultuous era for many traditional pop artists,
Tom included, who found themselves out of the mix.

Reinventing himself as a Hollywood wardrobe man, he dressed many major stars in movies and television shows such as Murder She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury. Tom also penned The
Murder She Wrote Cookbook, adding “author” to his multi-disciplinary Résumé. “This was all a big step for that star-struck kid from South Dakota,” he notes.

But the music still echoed. He found a community of like-minded vocalists at piano bars and clubs in Los Angeles. Thanks to the success of artists like Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall,
traditional “pop” music was once again popular. And for Tom, songwriting offered still another avenue for expressive creativity.
Tom's story is about much more than survival; it's about forward notion – to the next song, the next chapter, the next show.
Venue Information:
Upstairs At Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604
http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/