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Preview of Upcoming Fogartyville Events for March and April 2020

Preview of Upcoming Fogartyville Events for March and April 2020

| Laura Bell Adams |

A brief overview of the cultural events that Fogartyville has scheduled for March/April of 2020 appears below.

Haitian Folk Dance Class

Saturday, March 7, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $20 adults; $10 youth ages 10 and under.

Join the Se Pa’m Dance Company for a traditional Haitian Folk Dance Class with live Drummers! The class will consist of a combination of short rhetorical education (in order for the attendees to understand the social cultural context of the dances), instructions and traditional drilling. The class will cover 1 to 2 dances (depending on the attendees joining the class and their level of comfort and progression). The class will begin with Yanvalou. The instructor will provide cultural skirts for attendees that do not have one, in order to indulge in Kongo as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring a cultural skirt, if they have one(large bohemian one will do).

Afro Flow Yoga w/ Leslie Salmon Jones

Saturday, March 7, 4:30-6pm
Tickets: $20 per person

Come experience joy and elation through movement and sound. Afro Flow Yoga® infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora flowing with a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches. Deeply connect with the soulful rhythms of live drumming, energize your chakras, gain strength and flexibility, and rejoice in the bliss of feeling grounded and peaceful! Through the power of collective energy and the creation of sacred space, students will leave feeling empowered, energized, and renewed.

With a mission to promote healing and community building through dance, music and yogic practices, husband and wife team, Leslie Salmon Jones, Ailey School Alum, and multi-instrumentalist Jeff W Jones created Afro-Flow Yoga to celebrate, honor and respect our shared humanity and cultural differences in a non-judgmental and safe environment.



Jorge Luis Pacheco

Friday, March 13, 8pm
Tickets: $20 Members / $25 General Public

Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. A passionate, extravagant, exciting entertainer on stage, Pacheco constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy.

Hanneke Cassel Band

Saturday, March 14, 8pm
$15 Members / $20 General Public

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. The Hanneke Cassel Band features Grammy Award Winning (Silk Road Ensemble) Mike Block on cello and alternating guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis. Local Cellist Matrick Thorpe will open the performance.

Cool Vibes with the Errol Rackipov Group

Sunday, March 15, 7pm
$15 Members / $18 General Public

“Cool Vibes” is a new jazz series featuring Jazz vibraphonist, marimbist, and composer Errol Rackipov and the Errol Rackipov Group. Errol Rackipov has been working as a professional musician, composer and producer in various styles of music from Jazz to R&B and has participated in numerous projects throughout the world. Errol Rackipov’s intense performances have been described as producing adventurous melodies that hint at traditional Bulgarian folk songs.

A Night of Blues with Diana Rein and Steve Arvey

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
Tickets: $12 Members / $15 General Public

With her sultry and powerful vocals reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, songs that evoke an emotional response and a guitar style that has been compared to the likes of BB King with the tone of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Diana Rein is becoming the quintessential blues musician. Steve Arvey began his career playing the Chicago blues circuit during the 70’s. During that period he shared the stage with many of the legendary blues masters from the Windy City. Now living in Florida, Steve is a fixture at major festivals and nightclubs throughout the South, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also considered by many to be one of the top cigar box guitar players in the world today.



Ellis Paul

Saturday, March 20, 8pm
Tickets: $15 members/$20 general public

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption.

Logan Ledger

Sunday, March 22, at 7pm
$12 Members / $15 General Public

A rising country crooner, Ledger came to music fairly early: he began singing as a young child and started playing old-time and bluegrass music on guitar at age 12. Enamored of early roots music recordings of Appalachian ballads and string bands from the 1930s, he soon discovered the music of Hank Williams and George Jones – he describes it as “a bomb going off in my mind” – and devoted himself wholeheartedly to learning all he could about country music.

Hudost & Hymn For Her

Friday, March 27, at 8pm
$15 Members / $18 General Public

HuDost has a folk quality yet is quite postmodern; the band offers new takes on ancient words and melodies, cross-cultural hybrid transcendental chill-out music with an edge. Hymn for Her has been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish,” and “Hillbillies with electronics opening Pandora’s Box”.

Nellie McKay

Saturday, March 28, 8pm
Tickets: $25 members/$30 general public

A sharp and thoughtful artist lurking beneath the surface of a sunny, playful chanteuse, Nellie McKay is a singer and songwriter whose performing style is largely informed by vintage jazz and vocal pop, with occasional dashes of indie rock and hip-hop. McKay’s songs are witty and stylish variations on the themes of the Great American Songbook (she’s been compared to Cole Porter more than once), but often feature pointed satirical observations on politics and society.

McKasson, McDonald and McLane

Sunday, March 29, 7pm
$18 Members / $20 General Public

The acclaimed Celtic music duo of fiddler Ryan McKasson and guitarist/vocalist Eric McDonald performs with legendary Vermont accordionist Jeremiah McLane. Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes.

Tom Carabasi New Jazz Standards Quintet

Sunday, April 5, 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 members/$20 general public

Thomas Carabasi New Jazz Standards Quintet presents a tribute to Monk and Mingus. This quintet features some of the finest musicians in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area – Thomas Carabasi, drums; James Suggs, trumpet; Jeremy Carter, saxophone; John O’Leary, piano; Alejandro Arenas, bass. The group reinterprets many of the jazz classics with a contemporary flair.

Victor Prieto Trio

Thursday, April 9, 7pm
$18 members/$20 general public

Víctor Prieto, a revolutionary on the accordion, embraces Jazz, Tango, Classical and Celtic Roots enriched with new rhythms and colors. Victor Prieto is a musician’s musician; he is a composer, a veritable master of melody and harmony, and rhythm. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

Seth Glier Trio

Saturday, April 11, 8pm
$15 Members / $18 General Public

Grammy-nominated Seth Glier is a singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. NPR describes his voice as “otherworldly” while praising him as “an engaging performer and storyteller.” His critically acclaimed, emotionally dense catalog of work often draws upon traditional roots music, experimental instrumentation, and moody atmospheres that result in soulfully intelligent stories that can alternatively fight the power or break your heart.


Wednesday, April 15, 7pm
$15 Members / $18 General Public

Anyone familiar with the Americana music scene knows this Upstate, New York-based band has cut their teeth on a killer live show. With a never-ending tour schedule and a steady buzz, they have built a very solid underground fan base. As well as a devout following and a sizable discography, Driftwood‘s hard work has also been a huge part of the inspiration for their music. The songs and arrangements have grown out of time spent on the road, growing closer, learning with and from each other and weathering the up’s and down’s of the journey together.

Mandy Harvey

Saturday, April 18, 8pm
Tickets: $28 members/$32 general public

Mandy Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of nineteen. Mandy tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up and continuing to try – she calls these messages Wisdom For Life.

America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell was so awestruck by deaf, jazz/pop singer Mandy Harvey‘s audition on season 12, that he told her, “Mandy, I don’t think you are going to need a translator for this,” and so saying, he hit the Golden Buzzer, putting her straight through to the Live Shows. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch, and passion are perfect.

This show will be presented with American Sign Language interpretation.



Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Sunday, April 19, 7pm
$20 Members / $25 General Public

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe. Since the duo decided to join forces and make their collaboration the focus of their touring and recording careers in 2015, after cutting their first album on Compass, Before The Sun Goes Down (nominated for a Grammy), they have continued to bring their music to venues near and far.

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and Friends

Friday, April 24, 8pm
Tickets: $12 members/$15 general public

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. “I like to think of myself as the Victor Borge of the blues,” states the Reverend, but Billy goes way beyond Borge both in scope of subject matter (from politics to social commentary) and, of course, in taste. In fact, no theme is too extreme, taboo, or undignified for the Reverend, so long as it garners a good laugh. The Rev. Billy will be joined by Steve Arvey on bass and Sandi Greco on drums.

Trinity River Band

Sunday, April 26, 7pm
$15 Members / $20 General Public

From the sunny state of Florida, the Trinity River Band lights the listeners’ way with their unmistakably powerful blend of sibling harmonies, golden songs, and enticingly intricate arrangements. They are chameleons of music, in the fact that they play across styles and genres to make something organically brilliant. Since their ever so humble beginnings, they have garnered much success in acoustic music, and they are not satisfied to stop there! They have so much to offer yet!

WSLR/Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 894-6469

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