About Us & History

It began with a love of music. From studying the piano at the age of five, to learning the acoustic bass and hearing Thelonius Monk as a teenager in New York, that love eventually grew to encompass all the performing arts. And there lay the origin of Artbeat.

Artbeat is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts presenting organization that was formed by David Shaw in Ashland, Oregon in 1987. In addition to seven tours of the Irving Street Rep’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango in a dozen US cities, Artbeat has presented Bud Forrest’s In The Mood: A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue, in states starting in 2007. Artbeat also presents: Paul Taylor Dance Company’s: Taylor 2 (in residence and tours), R. Carlos Nakai, In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to The BeatlesThe New Shanghai CircusBenise: The Spanish Guitar, The Big Band Broadcast (tour), The Moscow Circus, The McManus Comedies, The Mariachi Divas, Forever Plaid (tour), Greater Tuna (tour), Second City, Dubiln Irish Cabaret, George Winston, Tony Kenny’s Ireland,  Count Basie Orchestra, Under the Streetlamp, Dynamo Theater’s “Mur-Mur,” Gale LaJoye’s “Snowflake” and produced the Southern Oregon International Children’s Festival and presented the late Richie Havens.

Presenting world music, dance, theatre and jazz in over 41 states in the US, Artbeat is committed to bringing the very best in cultural entertainment to communities, many of them off-the-beaten-track and to under-served groups like seniors

Artbeat renovated and presented in Oregon’s Old Ashland Armory and raised funds for the Historic Everett Theater restoration and grants for the Everett Performing Arts Center. Preserving a community’s interest in the arts and it’s theatrical facilities is crucial to sustaining a community’s cultural vitality.

Contact Artbeat for bookings of these and other events; for strategic planning assistance and performing arts-related grant proposal writing.

For Booking Info, Reservations and Questions about upcoming events, Contact David Shaw at david@artbeatshows.org or by phone 425.444.5052.

Artbeat acknowledges its Board of Directors:

Bob Purnell, Treasurer
Beverly Hawkins, Secretary
David Shaw, President
Richard Stewart
Miriam Shaw Wheeler
John Duykers
Isabel delgadillo de’Velez
Richard Aldag
Leilani McCoy
Leonard Valezquez
Dan Torti

Artbeat Staff:

David Shaw, President/Booking-david@artbeatshows.org
Tara Shisler, Marketing Director-tara@artbeatshows.org
Pumpernickel Stewart-Graphic Designer/Marketing-pump@artbeatshows.org
Ed Parker, Graphic Designer/Technology-ed@ivideotrack.com