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Preview of 2020 Fogartyville in Sarasota, Florida Music Season

Preview of 2020 Fogartyville in Sarasota, Florida Music Season

| Sande Caplin |

WSLR+Fogartyville have a busy season planned for Winter/Spring 2020. Below you will find a brief overview of the upcoming music events that are confirmed for the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota.

In addition we will continue our Activist Tuesdays every Tuesday at 6:30pm and we have 3 art exhibits planned for this period:
January 11- February 16, 2020 – Brenda Robinson One Woman Show
February 23 – March 29, 2020 – Celebrating Caribbean Cultures
April 4 – May – Earth Day Art Exhibit 

Payadora Tango Ensemble
Sunday, January 5, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $18 Members/$20 General Public
Drawing from the height of the Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition- including compositions from De Caro and Pugliese, to the contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond- Payadora utilizes a broad background in Classical, jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation to deliver a performance that exudes technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

The Blue Eyed Bettys
Thursday, January 9, 7pm
Tickets: $15 Members / $20 General Public

Although originally met while doing a play at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota in 2013, The Blue Eyed Bettys have cultivated followings across the Midwest and Eastern US. With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their powerful vocals in three part harmony to create an indie-folk popgrass sound you won’t want to miss.

Kevin So
Friday, January 10, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $12 Members/$15 General Public

Having emerged from the Boston music scene an exciting and powerful singer/songwriter, Kevin So’s original blend of pop, hip hop, and rhythm and blues has garnered praise from Billy Bragg, Martin Sexton, Richie Havens, Keb Mo, and many more. Fans all over the world have caught on to So’s lyrical truths and his knack for engaging people through his music, intense storytelling, and foot stomping performances. Songwriting duo Nalani and Josh will open the show.



Synia Carroll Jazz Band
Sunday, January 12, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $15 Members/$20 General Public

Having recently received the “Maestro” award for her autobiographical, musical performance in “Finding Sassy” at the 2019 Sarasolo Festival, jazz vocalist Synia Carroll engages and establishes a connection to her audience through her deep, silky-smooth voice in a way few singers are able to achieve. Synia has headlined numerous concerts and draws inspiration from vocal artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Sarah Vaughn. The band will feature Paul Gavin on drums, Pablo Arencibia on keys, and Hiram Hazley on bass. 

EmiSunshine and The Rain
Friday, January 17, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $15 Members/$20 General Public

Drawing inspiration from the classic country, blues, and folk music of her home in Tennessee, 15-year-old EmiSunshine has been garnering national attention since the age of nine. Featured on “The Today Show” and the 2018 Grammy-nominated Elvis Presley documentary film “The King,” this singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been following in the footsteps of her personal musical heroes such as Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, and The Grateful Dead. EmiSunshine and The Rain’s most personal project to date, the album “Family Wars,” addresses domestic violence, dysfunctional families, political corruption, mass murder, lost love, and freedom. 

Roy Book Binder and Suitcase Full of Blues
Saturday, January 18, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $20 Members/$25 General Public

Well-known as a singing, songwriting, storytelling, fingerpickin’ blues legend, Roy Book Binder has earned his stripes, having travelled with The Rev. Gary Davis in the 60’s, re-discovering Pink Anderson, and reviving his career in the 70’s. Roy has entertained audiences around the world and has been included in the “Blues Who’s Who” and “The Big Book of Blues.” Suitcase Full of Blues is Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member Jimmy Fadden and Bluesman Al Fuller, along with J.P. Coley on standup bass. Jimmy plays his suitcase kick drum, snare, and harmonica while Al Fuller pulls out acoustic and cigar box guitars, and both sing! 

Appalachian Road Show
Thursday, January 23, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $18 Members/$22 General Public

Seeking to honor the music, traditions, and history of the great Appalachian people and regions, Appalachian Road Show combines the Award-Winning talents of lead singer and banjoist Barry Abernathy, tenor singer and mandolist Darrell Webb, Jim Van Cleve on fiddle, and upright bassist Todd Phillips. On Guitar is Zeb Synder, a young Phenom who has taken acoustic guitar circles by storm! Each performance is infused with an authenticity and vitality borne of their Appalachian roots. 



Friday, January 24, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $12 Members/$15 General Public

An energetic, retro soul trio from Asheville, NC, Fwuit! members Dulci, Kevin and Ross provide a beautiful two-part harmony and soulful backbeat to set the tone for a stellar night of music. The band consists of members of the bands Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Big Sound Harbor. Their performances intertwine a combination of original music and carefully chosen covers. 

Beth McKee and Rebekah Pulley
Saturday, February 1, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $12 Members/$15 General Public

Having grown up all over the American South, Beth McKee is a singer and songwriter who hails from Jackson, Mississippi. With musical talents on piano, organ, and accordion, Beth’s music is deeply influenced by and steeped in the region’s rich musical heritage from blues and R&B to Cajun, rock and roll, zydeco, and soul.
Rebekah Pulley is a St. Petersburg, FL, based singer-songwriter and performer whose sultry, seasoned voice has been described as jaw-dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. Her songwriting, live performances, and recordings have earned her seven ‘Best Of The Bay’ awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach
Thursday, February 6, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $15 Members/$18 General Public
A fierce slide guitar player and song poet from Oregon, David Jacobs-Strain is known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. Harmonica virtuoso Bob Beach will join Jacobs-Strain in concert.

Sunday, February 9, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $15 Members/$20 General Public

Celebrating their 10-Year Anniversary as a band, Celtic-American Roots music “super group”, RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Trout Fishing in America
Thursday, February 13, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: $18 Members/$20 General Public
Trout Fishing in America is bassist/vocalist Keith Grimwood (who occasionally plays fiddle) and guitar/banjo/bouzouki player/vocalist Ezra Idlet. The two have been writing songs and performing together as Trout for the past 40 years. They have toured extensively through the United States, several Canadian provinces, and even parts of Europe, clocking well over a million miles of travel. Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band who write songs for all ages. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences for over four decades.

Joe Crookston
Friday, February 14, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$15 Members / $18 General Public

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible, Joe Crookston was named the 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Resident. He’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award-winning films. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archaeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. 

Tracy Grammar and Jim Henry
Sunday, February 16, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$18 Members / $20 General Public
Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter.
It’s hard to know where to start when describing Jim Henry. He does a lot of things and he does them well. As a sideman, on a variety of electric or acoustic guitars, or on mandolin or dobro, Jim can render emotional sensitivity in one moment then tear into a rock or country solo with such fire it’s hard to catch your breath. He is a master of adding whatever is needed at any musical moment.

Gina Chavez
Friday, February 21, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$18 Members / $23 General Public
A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner. Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, and Texas Monthly. Her Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015. Fresh off a 12-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she co-founded the Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.

Steve Forbert
Saturday, February 22, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$22 Members / $27 General Public
With a raspy voice and a harmonica strapped upon his neck, Forbert offers folk and blues that can certainly be met with comparisons to Bob Dylan. Forbert is best known for his hit “Romeo’s Tune” from his 1979 album Jackrabbit Slim. He has been a font of music ever since, releasing more than a dozen studio albums, including a Grammy nominated tribute to Jimmie Rodgers in 2003. Forbert has amassed a catalog of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms, and Just Like There’s Nothin’ to It. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. He was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Bailsmen
Thursday, February 27, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$15 Members / $18 General Public
The Bailsmen, New York City’s gypsy jazz band, draws from the inspiration of Django Reinhardt’s driving rhythm and the excitement of prohibition-era luminaries Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Sidney Bechet. The Bailsmen jazz band was born on the rooftops of Brooklyn in the summer of 2011 and began packing dance floors with high-energy, vintage swing music. The Bailsmen play gypsy jazz and hot, vintage jazz music. French bistro, New Orleans dance party, and New York City sophistication.

Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band
Friday, February 28, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$12 members/$15 General Public

A charismatic performer known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and then again in 2016. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received rave reviews from both critics and fans and ended up on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Albums. Raised in Queens, NY, Missy grew up singing along to the blues, soul, and gospel music of her parents and grandparents. These influences are evident throughout her recordings and live performances. 



Hanneke Cassel Band
Saturday, March 14, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$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. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”
The Hanneke Cassel Band features Grammy Award Winning (Silk Road Ensemble) Mike Block on cello and alternating guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis.

“Cool Vibes” with the Errol Rackipov Group
Sunday, March 15, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$15 Members / $18 General Public
Modern Marimba presents, “Cool Vibes”, featuring vibist Errol Rackipov and the Errol Rackipov Group. Jazz vibraphonist, marimbist, and composer Errol Rackipov has performed along with his bands “Dream Hunter” and “Groove Culture” throughout Europe and the United States with such greats like Terence Blanchard, Bob Moses, Herb Pomeroy, Marc Eagan, Kenny Werner, Ratzo Harris, and Paquito D’Rivera.
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. He was also principal percussionist with “Miami Symphony Orchestra” and performed as a percussionist with “The Symphony of the Americas”, “New World Symphony”, “Boca Pops”, “Sunshine Pops”, “Palm Beach Pops” and many other Florida orchestras.

Logan Ledger
Sunday, March 22, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$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.
After college, he briefly returned to the Bay Area where he played with a bluegrass band, but Nashville’s pull on him was strong. As he explains, “This was a further expression of my archaeological impulse with regard to music-making – I’ve always believed that in order to create something new with purpose, one must be steeped in the past and work from within the tradition.” He threw himself into writing and performing and was quickly signed by T. Bone Burnett.

HuDost and Hymn for Her
Friday, March 27, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$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.… This is not fluffy new-age music—it’s serious, complex fare with no aversion to addressing agony. Sommer’s vocal execution is precisely orchestrated, her voice-opening, hollow-toned vortexes piercing through the tough spots… a journey of music and spirit.” – Chronogram Magazine
Hymn for Her have 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”. Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”

McKasson, McDonald, and McLane
Sunday, March 29, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$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.

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
Sunday, April 19, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
$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.

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

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