Charmagne Tripp & The High
In September Charmagne debuted her rebranded band Charmagne Tripp & The High. The core members of the band David Davis, Wayne Brown, Dexter Pettaway, Sr. and Charmagne are embarking on an Indie Soul adventure. Blending genres and focusing on original tunes the band will begin working on a new album in 2020 and plan to do festival tours. Their first stop was at the 2nd inaugural Hartbeat Music Festival in Hartford where they performed a set of soul stirring originals. More to come!
And Another One!
The second installment of Worst Date Ever, a sketch show reenacting REAL bad date stories guaranteed to make you laugh, cringe and thank your lucky stars that this didn't happen to you went down again in February. The show sold out at Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford, CT. All of the stories told are real but re-imagined a bit by Tianna. Check out some pics below.
WORST DATE EVER 2019
SUMMER SOUL SERIES
In 2018 Gripp Productions produced a Summer Soul Series. Performances and hosted by Charmagne Tripp featuring singers Quoron James, Erica T. Bryan and Mr. Qwes in the live music lounge at Hartford Trading Company for soulful vibes every 3rd Thursday of the summer that also featured live painting by Andre Rochester of Rochester Fine Art.
PLAY BACK: A COMPLIATION ALBUM
Charmagne's latest release "Play Back: A Compilation Album" is a 20 track project made up of some of her favorite recordings over the last 20 years.
On September 7, 2017, Tianna directed Exposure: A One-Woman Show, written and performed by Tracy 'MindEvolution' Caldwell. Tracy is a Hartford force to be reckoned with. She commands the stage with her spoken word, and she's regarded as one of the greats on the scene today.
Tracy commanded the stage with stories and poems about love in both familial and romantic forms. She told anecdotes about her experiences being a mother and a daughter. Through tears, she told us all about her struggles with depression. But moreover, the play was a moment for a black woman to tell her own story.
WORST DATE EVER!
So many of us have been on some terrible, no good, very bad dates and it was time to tell the tale! Tianna took the funniest, most cringe-worthy stories and gave them new life on stage, either by attempting to retell it in its entirety, using bits and pieces or re-imagining it. The show was on Valentine's Day weekend. It was hilarious. Created from actual submissions, the audience was treated to seeing some of the most outrageous dates you've ever seen. Check out the trailer below and stay tuned for next's years edition.
In November 2016 Charmagne performed "A Tribute to Whitney Houston" show that celebrated the legendary diva's top hits and enduring influence in the music industry at the famed Infinity Music Hall. Proceeds were to benefit the CT Humane Society.
BACK TO BEAVER CREEK
Written by Tianna for the Hole in the Wall Theater’s 24 hour play festival and finalist in The Manhattan Repertory Theater 10 minute play festival.
On Saturday, June 27th, 2015 Hartford-based visual artists, musicians, poets, authors and vendors participated in an afternoon of performances. Gripp Productions, along with a committee of talented Hartists, bring together a festival intended to put a spotlight on other talented Hartists who are making a positive impact on the city of Hartford.
Described as a Greater Hartford based artist or one who contributes to the Hartford arts community and culture, Hartist is a term coined by Gripp Productions co-founder and Grammy Award winning singer Charmagne Glass-Tripp. "This festival is an opportunity for Hartford artists to give love to other Hartford artists, especially those who may just be starting out" Glass-Tripp says. "It's for us, by us!"
The Hartist Festival will have 3 unique spaces throughout the Charter Oak Cultural Center:
Sound Sanctuary: R&B and Hip-Hop artists will perform in Charter Oak's historic Sanctuary Space.
The Art-Below: Visual Artists will be on display in the downstairs Gallery
Word Garden: Spoken Word artists and authors will share their original compositions just outside.
Hartist Market: Vendors selling their handmade products throughout the building.
The Hartist Committee is composed of Director Charmagne Glass-Tripp, R&B lyricist Marquis 'Mr. Qwes' Johnson, Hip-Hop emcee Sagacity Walker, Visual Artist Andre Rochester of Rochester Fine Art Studio, Keith Claytor of TimeFrozen Photography, Poet and Playwright Tracy 'MindEvolution' Caldwell, Comedic Writer and Blogger Tianna Glass-Tripp, Shawnee Moody of Escape Massage Therapy and Martina Wilson of AYM Advertising.
Purpose Café is a musical that follows the lives of a group of singers, poets, writers, comedians and artists in Hartford. The story takes place at Renee’s, a hot restaurant with a popular weekly open-mic night. This is where the neighborhood’s local artists come to have a bite to eat, share their gifts and try to find their purpose. The story is narrated by a down on her luck gossip-blogger who fills us in on the lives of the amorous host, the business woman at a crossroads, two lovers embarking on something new, the pianist with a secret and the stream of performers that keep the soul of Renee's alive.
The play features songs written by Grammy Award Winning singer Charmagne Glass-Tripp, book by Tianna Glass-Tripp, as well as poems and songs written by fellow Hartists Marquis "Mr. Qwes" Johnson, Alison McMeans, Tracy "Mind Evolution" Caldwell, Lynnette Johnson and Latoya "Brenda's Child" Bosworth.