Fogartyville Suitcase Full of Blues

Two Great Shows Coming To Fogartyville in Sarasota

Suitcase Full of Blues

Often credited as the founding fathers of the Americana genre, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is a long-runner in a short-run business, according to Bob Girouard at Modern Drummer Magazine. As a founding member, Jimmie Fadden loves the sound and feel of his drums and his ability to make a harmonica speak. Suitcase Full of Blues is the collaboration of Jimmie Fadden and Al Fuller, brought from the deep love that both have for the honest sounds of early blues.  The group, named for the original tune by Ishman Bracey, written in 1929, brings this era of blues music to life in a new and lively way. Fadden sits down to a snare and rides a cymbal and a kick drum made from an old suitcase. Fuller brings his acoustic and cigar box guitars and slide. JP Coley, the most recent group member, brings his big double bass.  Suitcase Full of Blues will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Thursday, May 26th, at 8 pm.  Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.  Advance tickets are available at Fogartyville

Brazilian Jazz Sensation Diego Figueiredo

 Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo (pronounced “fig-a-ray-doe”) lives in, with, and for the music. Some people are simply meant to be musicians. Diego is one. He was born in 1980 in Franca, São Paulo State, and began playing music at four years old. By the age of twelve, he had already attracted a local following, and when he was fifteen, he was drawing huge crowds around Brazil.

Now, he has conquered the world. Diego has recorded over two dozen albums, both solo and in collaboration with others, and constantly tours all over the globe. He can no longer be downplayed as a “rising star” among the world’s great (jazz) guitarists – he is now inarguably among the established elite. His skills on his instrument are matched only by his ability to move freely between styles, and his sublime technique is paired with an exquisite ability to vary his playing so that it radiates with unwavering excitement. His expressive voice on the acoustic guitar draws inspiration from his home country’s rich musical heritage, but he also has a deep knowledge and sense of jazz’s quirkiness as well as the classic guitar tradition. Diego Figueiredo can play whatever he desires.

Diego Figueiredo will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Thursday, June 2, at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers.  Advance tickets are available at Fogartyville.

Fogartyville  Diego Figueiredo

Diego has released 25 CDs between his releases in Brazil, the European label Stunt Records, and now Arbors Records. He has played in more than 60 countries. He is the winner of several important competitions, including The Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and Brazil’s VISA Prize.  For the last ten years, Diego has spent large swaths of time in North America, performing solo and in duos with the likes of Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Chuchito Valdes, Stanley Jordan, and Cyrille Aimée.  

George Benson says, “Diego is one of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life.”

Guitar World magazine wrote of Figueiredo: “it was his incredibly fluid and natural performance style, his sense of true enjoyment as he dazzled us, and his good-natured entertaining approach that truly grabbed us. Wow. I don’t even know what else to say. Seemingly effortless and thoroughly fabulous.”

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