WSLR is making the film festival sensation WBCN and The American Revolution available for screening from January 16 through January 29, 2021.  Interested parties can rent the film to stream online. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will be shared with WSLR as part of a nationwide campaign to support community radio, film andContinue Reading


On Saturday, December 19 WSLR+Fogartyville and the Sarasota Folk Club will pay tribute to protest singer Phil Ochs with a free virtual event.  Local musicians Ishmael Katz, Mindy Simmons, James Hawkins, Carmela Pedicini, Mindy Simmons, and Jim Glover will share memories and music with attendees.  December 19, 2020 would have been Ochs’Continue Reading

The Grass is Dead Play Fogartyville in Sarasota on December 21


The Grass Is Dead are a force of nature in bluegrass and Grateful Dead music. More than merely paying tribute to the Dead, these hot pickers have been seamlessly weaving bluegrass, blues, rock and funk into a unique sonic experience. Pulling from such diverse influences as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, John Hartford, Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd and so many others,

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Italian Jazz Singer Chiara Izzi to Perform at Fogartyville in Sarasota


Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated”. Izzi will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, November 17 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available online at wslr.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

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Jim Scott Remembers Pete Seeger in Song at Fogartyville in Sarasota


Shake off the summer blues and join us for an evening of song & fond memories! Composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, will lead the audience singing many of his well-loved songs such as If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and many others. Jim will be joined by Carolyn Dunn on bass, with Robert Killian and other local musicians lending their voices on select songs. Along with some history from Jim, we’ll raise our voices for the causes Pete championed and remember the great contributions to our American heritage Pete made in his 94 years of life.

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Grant Peeples and Passerine at Fogartyville in Sarasota


Grant Peeples is a compelling and gritty performer; his fresh, honest, incisive, and eloquent songs command your attention. He’s an original writer with a strong political awareness. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana. Passerine will split sets with Grant Peeples on Saturday, June 1 at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center before sharing the stage to pay homage to Bob Dylan. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door and are available via the website www.wslr.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

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James Suggs Quartet to Perform at Fogartyville in Sarasota


At 9 years old James Suggs made two casual choices which dictated the rest of his life; he chose band over chorus, and the trumpet because his friend played the trumpet. At 10 he was ushered backstage to meet Wynton Marsalis who gave the 10 year old trumpet player a 20 minute lesson and that sealed the deal. Before settling in St Pete he had a very long and prestigious trail of credits including touring and recording with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and later performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

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