Monday, April 19, 2021

Jazz Vocalist Brenda Alford Celebrates CD Release In In-Person Virtual and Online Virtual Concert Presentations


Renowned artist launches new album with
virtual concert, raises funds for the hungry.

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YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!


Fantasy Theatre Factory Hosts 
Jazz Vocalist Brenda Alford

Fantasy Theatre Factory (FTF) will premier “Messages … Songs for the Soul–The Concert,” presenting renowned jazz vocalist Brenda Alford, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 8 p.m., as part of its MUSIC@SRT series. 

The “stage-to-screen experience” will feature an exquisitely produced video recording of Ms. Alford and her quartet in concert, performing the compositions from her newest album, “Messages … Songs for the Soul,” at the Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33127. MAP This special evening’s “virtual concert” will include an in-person pre-show greeting and introduction by Ms. Alford, as well as a post-show question and answer conversation with her.

Brenda Alford is a highly acclaimed singer and songwriter. A graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, she has the distinction of being one of a very few vocalists ever to record with renown jazz legend Horace Silver on the esteemed Blue Note Record Label.

Tickets to attend the show in person will cost $40, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Homestead Soup Kitchen. All guests who pay to attend in person will receive a FREE autographed copy of Ms. Alford’s new CD, “Messages … Songs for the Soul.” Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.ftfshows.com.

BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!!!

On the following Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., on the FTF Facebook page, Ms. Alford will be featured in an interview with Jazz vocalist extraordinaire, Wendy Pedersen, co-host of the Miami Jazz Cooperative’s weekly show, “Jazz and Conversations”. The interview will be immediately followed by the online debut of “Messages … Songs for the Soul – The Concert,” tickets for which will be available for purchase and viewing through Mother’s Day on May 9! 

Tickets to view the online concert will cost $20, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, Feeding America. With the ticket purchase, guests will receive a link to view the concert on YouTube.  Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.ftfshows.com.

For more information call the Sandrell Rivers Theater at (305)284-8800.

DONATIONS ARE WELCOME. DONORS CAN USE THE TICKET PURCHASE LINK TO CONTRIBUTE DIRECTLY. FOOD DEMANDS FOR THE FOOD BANKS IN THE US HAV QUADRUPLED AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC! 

Messages … Songs for the Soul  CD available on website.

Brenda Alford Website 

Brenda Alford Facebook

CD Available to DJ/Program Hosts via email request to BrendaAlfordSong@gmail.com.

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Phill Fest's CAFE FON FON is Now Available World-wide

Cafe Fon Fon*

Originals and Classics
that Captures the
Groove, Melody and Happiness
of Brazilian Music.


Phill Fest’s background and training give his musicality a unique twist uncommon for his generation, he was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in a musical family. His father is a recording artist and his mother a composer and music instructor. Phill was exposed to Brazilian and American Jazz right from the start. “I remember hangin’ with Sergio Mendez backstage many times as a kid.” His father, Manfredo Fest, was the Keyboardist and Music Director for Bossa Rio, the opening act for Brasil ’66 for three years. Phill started guitar at age 16, having already studied clarinet and violin, the ‘six string’ came easy. He has traveled the world with many national acts and enjoys performing Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Tropical Jazz and international music with a very versatile repertoire of music.

*Cafe Fon Fon is famous club in Porto Alegre, Brazil that was specially created for people to gather and hear Brazilian  jazz, Bossa Nova and instrumental music by the best musicians. 

Personnel:
Phill Fest - Guitar/Vocals/Compositions
Beatriz Malnic - Vocals
Tuti Rodrigues - Percussion
Pablo Gil - Sax/Flute
Paul Shewchuk - Bass
Mike Brothers - Drums
Antonio Adolfo - Piano


BOOKING:
(561) 714-6325
phillfest@comcast.net


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Friday, April 9, 2021

The Rev Billy C. Wirtz Brings His Sanctified Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Show to Gainesville


Limited Inside Seating!
LIVE Streaming Tickets Available.

REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ
w/ Gainesville's own
opening the show!

Sunday, May 23, 2021 ~ 5:30PM Doors / 6PM Show
210 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601
MAP
highdivegville.com (352)872-5949
Limited indoor capacity seating.
In person tickets:
$15 general admission
$8 NCFBS members
$8 beer garden tickets
Streaming tickets starting at $10.

Tickets available to sit outside in the beer garden 
and see/hear concert via video broadcast.
Watch on TVs with soundboard audio outside!

Online Live Streaming - 

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 duo Middleground consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht and is the product of over 40 years of collaboration between these two professional musicians. The music has evolved over the years to now include an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites, all of which have been flavored by Barbara’s finger picking style, use of open tunings and occasional use of slide and supported by Mark’s solid and expressive bass technique.


SAFETY GUIDELINES
• Temperature checks at the door. 99.4 is our limit. Those who exceed the max temp will be given a credit to a future show.
• Masks will be required inside at ALL TIMES.
• Drinking and eating will only be allowed OUTSIDE in the Beer Garden so there is absolutely no reason to remove your mask inside! All outdoor bar service will be at tables only. The show will be viewable from outside via TV and stereo relay.
• Standing / dancing will be permitted inside but only if standing directly in front of your seat or going to the bathroom.
• Online only advance ticket sales are highly preferred to minimize contact.
• An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By entering High Dive, patrons voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to be safe and creative in order to bring your the best entertainment Gainesville has to offer.

SHOW DETAILS
• 18 or over, unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door.
• All ticket sales are Non-Refundable unless the show is cancelled.

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. The Society also hosts monthly electric and acoustic jams. See website for more information.   

This program/event is funded in part by a


Funded in part by

The BLUES has HISTORY in
GAINESVILLE!
SEVENTEEN YEARS OF BRINGING THE BEST BLUES 
IN THE WORLD TO GAINESVILLE FLORIDA!

2021
Eric Gales
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz

2020
Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's
Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One
Doug MacLeod
Rev Shawn Amos

2019
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Vanessa Collier
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Bridget Kelly Band
George Worthmore
Jason Ricci
Shane Dwight
Damon Fowler
Tennessee Redemption
Patti Parks
Toronzo Cannon
Albert Castiglia
Roy Book Binder

2018
Birthday Blues Bash-O-Rama w/ Anthony Gomes, Danielle Nicole & Bridget Kelly Band
BLUEZAPALOOZA: Ghost Town Blues Band & Betty Fox Band & Bridget Kelly Band
Lauren Mitchell
Rev Shawn Amos
21 Blue featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate
Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton
Doug MacLeod

2017
Zora Young
Norman Jackson Band
Selwyn Birchwood
Jason Ricci
Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band
Albert Castiglia
 Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

2016
Annika Chambers
Cash Box Kings
Doug MacCleod
Matt Schofield

2015
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Long Tall Deb Feat. Colin John
Jeff Jensen
Samantha Fish
Terry Hanck
Zora Young
Tinsley Ellis

2014
Tas Cru
Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues
Joe Moss Band 

2013
Brandon Santini
Matt Schofield
Nikki Hill
Albert Castiglia

2012
Jimmy Thackery
John Nemeth
Roomful of Blues

2011
Kenny Neal
JP Soars
Victor Wainwright

2010
Tommy Castro
Mike Zito
Watermelon Slim
Nick Moss
John Nemeth
Ana Popovic

2009
Janiva Magness
Duke Robillard
Michael Burks

2008
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Magic Slim
Jimmy Thackery
Lurrie Bell
Mighty Lester
Tab Benoit
Nighthawks

2007
Chris Cain
Sean Costello
Sauce Boss
Bryan Lee
Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors

2006
Eddie Kirkland
Gary Primich
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King
Debbie Davies

2005
Delta Moon
Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples
Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Bridget Kelly Band Adds SW Florida Show to April LIVE ON STAGE Rollout

Time to FIRE UP the Music
and Welcome Back to the Stage... 
The Bridget Kelly Band! 

Special Show Added!
Sunday, April 11, 2021 ~ 4-6:30pm
and Rockin' Jake 1-3:30pm
Center Bar Concert Series
Free, outdoors, easy parking.
26811 S Bay Dr Bonita Springs, FL 34134
https://thecenterbar.com

AND

Gainesville Blues from the 
Bridget Kelly Band 
and Paco (with Rusty and Jonathan)!  
Special guest Trey Wanvig!

Sunday, April 25, 2021 ~ 5:30PM Doors Open / 6PM Show
210 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601
MAP
highdivegville.com (352)872-5949

General Admission 2 Seat Groups: $30
General Admission 3 Seat Groups: $45
General Admission 4 Seat Groups: $60
Beer Garden Viewing Beer Garden Viewing ONLY: $8
General Admission Single Bleacher Seats: $15
Online Live Streaming & Archived to 5/2/21: Starting at $8

Inspired by classic & electric blues, the award winning Bridget 
Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre,
with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes
Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions.
The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the
incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid
sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin’
blues guitar. The Florida-based, two-time IBC Semi-Finalists and
#1 RMR Electric Blues charting artists are booking shows
from your local club to world-wide festival stages.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE DARK SPACES

    "Dark Spaces" (2020) 

#3 RMR Blues-Rock Chart, July 2020

#1 RMR Florida Album Music Chart.

The album Dark Spaces by Bridget Kelly Band continues to chart at #16
this week on the RMR blues-rock chart!

MORE INFO AT

CONNECT ON FACEBOOK

NOW BOOKING 2021 CLUBS, CONCERTS & FESTIVALS
Booking: 

"Blues Warrior" and "Bone Rattler"
and
"Back in the Blues" and "Outta the Blues" 
and 
"Forever in Blues"
available at 

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TAKE 6 at JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens April 10, 2021 Streaming Worldwide

TAKE 6
10 Grammy Awards, 
10 Dove Awards,
2 NAACP Image Awards and a
Soul Train Award!
at
JazzAid LIVE FROM THE BANYAN BOWL

Season Series Finale Performance!

April 10, 2021 ~ 8pm
Award-Winning Pianist/Composer
TAKE 6
Heralded by Quincy Jones as the
 “Baddest vocal cats on the planet!” 

Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history!

Any singer who aspires for vocal excellence cannot overlook the contributions these men have made to music. Take 6 has performed with and won praise from such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ben E. King, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Whitney Houston, to name a very few. Some of the honors Take 6 has enjoyed over the past few years include being chosen as the first musical group to perform in Cuba at the normalization of relations between our two countries, and their induction into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where Claude McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman’s Estates Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Says McKnight: “Take 6 was all about a democratic process of sitting in a room together and throwing a couple of hundred names at each other and Take 6 was the one that got the most yay votes [laughing.] It pretty much was a play on the Take 5 jazz standard and the fact that there are six of us in the group, so it became Take 6.” Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts — and they’ve never slowed down.

What makes the music and the group last this long? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. The multi-platinum selling sextet says of their longevity, “We are family in the sense that we care deeply about each other, which helps keep us together. We have times when it gets tough, but we pull together because of the love and respect we have for one another. The group’s willingness to let members do other projects also adds to the brand and the cohesiveness of the group,” says Joey Kibble. Kibble is a motivational speaker and Alvin Chea does voiceover work session-singing on dozens of TV shows, feature films and commercials with his uniquely recognizable bass vocals. Two of the members have solo projects in the works, others produce outside acts, Mark Kibble arranges for A list artists and McKnight is working on a documentary. “It adds even more credibility and depth to the group as a whole, enriched by each of our outside skills and experiences,” Kibble adds.

Grammy Awards

2002: Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group: Love’s In Need of Love Today
1997: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Brothers
1992: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Handel’s Messiah- A Soulful Celebration
1996: Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Album: Tribute- The Songs of Andrae Crouch
1994: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Join the Band
1991: Best Jazz Vocal: He Is Christmas
1990: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: So Much 2 Say
1989: Best Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group: The Savior Is Waiting
1988: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group: Spread Love
1988: Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group: Take 6



JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl is an eight concert jazz series streamed live from the Pinecrest Gardens' Banyan Bowl Amphitheater. In an effort to both save the famed series this year and help feed families across the nation, the Village of Pinecrest will make this iconic jazz series available to anyone with internet access. 

A generous portion of the proceeds from JazzAid Live will go directly to World Central Kitchen founded by acclaimed international Chef José Andrés to help to feed families affected by the pandemic.

Tickets are $15 per show, or you can purchase the full subscription series for a reduced package rate of $100 for all eight shows. Concerts will air only once at 8:00 p.m. ET the day of the concert on any internet based device including some smart TVs, computer monitors, tablets and smartphones.

The Banyan Bowl Theater - Iconic South Florida Concert Venue

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from the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 Program.

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