Sara Mac Band

2 Fabulous Bands To Play at Fogartyville in Sarasota, Florida

Two great bands will be playing at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in October.

Trevor Bystrom and his band are known for their multi-cultural sound, which blends elements from many genres, including world, rock, reggae, latin, and blues. They create their world melodies and afro-rhythms using many unique instruments from a wide range of cultures, including flute, violin, didgeridoo, mbira, ngoni, hawaiian slide guitar, djembe, and guitars tuned to non-standard tunings. Bystrom and his band will be giving a special performance at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in support of their new CD ‘Water’ on Friday, October 13 at 8pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at wslr.org.

Trevor Bystrom BandTrevor was born and raised on Anna Maria Island by a musical family, and as a child, often traveled with his family to music festivals all around Florida. At 16, after having written his first set of originals, he began performing around local venues. At age 18, he started working on his first album, “Fly Away.” During that year, he expanded his solo act, to play a duo set with Morgan Greig on percussion and didgeridoo. The album was released and sold over 150 copies the first night. A few years later, Trevor and Morgan joined up with Kristie Armas on the U-bass to form, The Tribal Trio. With this acoustic act, Trevor released his second album, “Live and Direct,” which sold almost 1,000 copies without a label. After two years with this trio, Trevor’s songwriting visions led him to pursue a more dynamic project with a full size band.

The current band consists of the vocals of prolific songwriter/front man/founder Trevor Bystrom, who flavors the music with an array of uncommon stringed instruments. Kristie Armas, on bass, also brings her soulful voice to the mix and graces some tunes with sounds of her flute, ukelele, and guitar. James Hershey brings his world-class drumming and percussion to the group. The ensemble’s musical influences range across many styles and genres. Traces of roots folk music from all over the world can be found in their originals and covers, alike. Some of their most notable musical inspirations, include Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the John Butler Trio, Nneka, Richard Bona, and Yeshe. The band’s original music largely centers around current and persisting social and environmental issues. It acts as a call for listeners to break their acceptance of the status quo and be individual ripples of positive change in the world.

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The Sarah Mac Band “Fond Farewell” tour will make a stop at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Saturday, October 14 at 8pm in benefit for WSLR. Named the “Next Big Thing in Florida” by Southern Living Magazine in 2010, the Sarah Mac Band established their musical collective out of long existing friendships – friendships that are amazingly unique and span generations The trio started in early 2005 with the goal to create original music blending the unique styles that Sarah Mac, Claire and Charlie each brought to the group. Sarah Mac’s voice at times has the full power and grit of Janis Joplin, the sweet, soothing breathy tone of Feist or Edie Brickell, and at times the soul-shaking raw tones of an old soul or gospel singer. Paired with Charlie’s intricate guitar work and Claire’s solid, intriguing bass lines, this trio will leave you wanting to hear more of their brand of blues, jazz, folk and acoustic rock.

The Band announced in June that they would be retiring the Band at the end of this year. Without the time or the financing to create a new album, they realized they still had some new music they wanted to share. So they decided to release the new music live with a final concert tour through Florida. The show will open with a set of old SMB songs. The second set will be the new album from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss this last performance in Sarasota by the Sarah Mac Band. 



What People Are Saying About The Sarah Mac Band

“Eclectic and ultra-catchy” – Paste Magazine

“A true Florida treasure..” – Tampa News Weekly

“This trio serves up an impossible to categorize, but easy to listen blend of styles that is refreshing and honest. The combination of exceptional vocal lines, intricate guitar work and funk-influenced bass lines converge into music that has to be heard to be believed.” -Mike McHargue, President, Pixel Records

“The Sarah Mac Band’s version of Summertime deserves a mention on this list.” -NPR.org, All Songs Considered, Best Cover Tune Ever

The Sarah Mac Band “Fond Farewell” tour will make a stop at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Saturday, October 14 at 8pm in benefit for WSLR. Named the “Next Big Thing in Florida” by Southern Living Magazine in 2010, the Sarah Mac Band established their musical collective out of long existing friendships – friendships that are amazingly unique and span generations The trio started in early 2005 with the goal to create original music blending the unique styles that Sarah Mac, Claire and Charlie each brought to the group. Sarah Mac’s voice at times has the full power and grit of Janis Joplin, the sweet, soothing breathy tone of Feist or Edie Brickell, and at times the soul-shaking raw tones of an old soul or gospel singer. Paired with Charlie’s intricate guitar work and Claire’s solid, intriguing bass lines, this trio will leave you wanting to hear more of their brand of blues, jazz, folk and acoustic rock.

The Band announced in June that they would be retiring the Band at the end of this year. Without the time or the financing to create a new album, they realized they still had some new music they wanted to share. So they decided to release the new music live with a final concert tour through Florida. The show will open with a set of old SMB songs. The second set will be the new album from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss this last performance in Sarasota by the Sarah Mac Band. 



photos from David Beaton / Fogartyville

 

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