Friday, May 31, 2024

Americana Bluesman Bill Ricci Opens Blues Series At Gainesville Restaurant This Saturday - June 1, 2024

BILL RICCI -
Originals That Are
TRUE TO THE BLUES

LIVE IN FLORIDA!

Combining true originality with a solid foundation in Blues, Bill Ricci is considered a Americana Bluesman, who also brings guitar talent (proven by not playing to tracks), singing and songwriting to each performance.

Bill's latest album, Rib Shack Blues, has been selected as a FINALIST for the 2024 USA Male - Album of The Year by The International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA). The winner will be announced at the annual awards ceremony which will take place in Atlanta Georgia in late August 2024.

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 6-9p
OPENING NIGHT OF SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES!
Top Hog BBQ, Bourbon & Blues
at Oaks Mall
6419 W Newberry Road
Gainesville, FL 32605
(ONLY TWO MINUTES OFF I-75!)
WEBSITE  (352)663-1150
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Friday, June 7, 2024 | 7-10p
Hurricane Grill & Wings 
1810-1 Town Center Blvd, 
Fleming Island, FL 32003 
WEBSITE (904)644-7315

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 11am-1pm
Melrose Center
 Shake Rag Concerts Series
307 FL-26, Melrose, FL 32666
MAP  
WEBSITE (352)475-1326

Friday, June 14, 2024 | 7-10p
Tides Beach Bar 
at Hampton Inn Resort
1515 1st St N, 
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
WEBSITE (904)243-2311

Friday, June 21, 2024 | 6-9p
Hibernia Pub 
(Fleming Island Golf Club)
2260 Town Center Blvd, 
Fleming Island, FL 32003 
WEBSITE  (904)269-1440 

Sunday, July 28, 2024 | 6:30-9P
North Central Florida Blues Society Presents
DOUG MACLEOD
w/ Bill Ricci Opening
at
619 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Facebook Event Page - Invite your friends!
(352) 258-8557



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Gainesville Welcomes New BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Venue - Weekly Live Blues Now Presented In New Location in Oaks Mall

TOP HOG
Now Serving Lunch, Dinner,
AND
BLUES!

Top Hog BBQ, Bourbon & Blues
Oaks Mall
6419 W Newberry Road
Gainesville, FL 32605
(ONLY TWO MINUTES OFF I-75!)
WEBSITE  (352)663-1150
Kitchen & Bar Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11a-9p / Fri-Sat: 11a-10p.
 Delivery, Takeout, Dine-In, 
Outdoor & Bar Seating, 
and Curbside Pickup.

After six years of working hard
locally at perfecting their BBQ,
TOP HOG is ready to present
BLUES as the perfect sidedish
at their NEW venue!

JUNE 2024 SCHEDULE
Every Saturday, 6-9p

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 6-9pm
Americana Flavored Bluesman, 
Guitarist, Singer Songwriter

Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 6-9pm
DELTA DUTCHMAN
Blues, To The Bone

Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 6-9pm
Always Cooking Up The Good Ones

Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 6-9pm
Taking It Back To The Roots

Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 6-9pm
Seasoned Original Recipes & Classics

JULY 2024 SCHEDULE
Every Saturday, 6-9p
7/6: Dr Jules Cool Blues
7/13: Blues Meets Girl
7/20: Bill Ricci
7/27: Terraplane Project
8/3: Dr Jules Cool Blues



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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Gainesville Big Band Announces FUNK IN THE TRUNK Concert for Sunday June 23, 2024

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TIME TO GET THE FUNK
OUT OF THE TRUNK
AND INTO YOUR EARS!

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 2p
Meizon Church
3411 NW 83 St
Gainesville, FL 32606
WEBSITE  (352)519-0839

The Gainesville Big Band, led by the Marco Thomas, is excited to present their upcoming musical event, Funk in the Trunk! Taking place on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 2pm. Featuring the music of James Brown, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chicago, Trombone Shorty, and more! This event is sure to impress music lovers of all ages. The venue is conveniently located at Meizon Church, which can be found at 3411 NW 83rd St. Gainesville, FL 32606. Attendees can expect an afternoon filled funk classics that will keep their toes tappin' and heads boppin'.

ABOUT
The Gainesville Big Band assembles some of the best professional jazz musicians spanning the southeast. Under the direction of Marco Thomas, the GBB delivers a rich, full sound-- from Basie to Ellington, Gershwin to Miller, Porter to Mercer, Vegas to Broadway hits, and today's modern jazz and pop. Since 2007, the band has brought big band jazz to Gainesville and the surrounding areas.  Featuring 18 accomplished musicians, the Gainesville Big Band have a deep passion for jazz and a commitment to presenting quality performances, inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians, and promoting a culture of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts.

DIRECTOR
Marco Thomas is from Ellenwood, GA which a suburb of Atlanta. He is a bass trombone player that studied music education at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. His principal teacher there was Brian Brink. Thomas earned his Bachelors of Music Education in 1999 and began teaching middle school band in Hardee County in January of 2000. He then entered the University of Florida in the summer of 2002 where he earned his Masters of Music Performance in trombone. His principal teacher there was Arthur Jennings. After graduation, he took a position at Hawthorne Middle/High School as Director of Bands. He was at Hawthorne from 2004-2007. He began his current position as the music teacher at Williams Elementary in Gainesville during the 2007-2008 school year.  

MISSION
The mission of the Gainesville Big Band, Inc. is to promote an awareness of the educational, spiritual, and civic benefits of jazz through traditional and modern repertoire. 

GAINESVILLE BIG BAND CONNECTIONS



Sponsored in part by
Visit Gainesville Alachua County

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Community Arts Program (CAP) 2024 Summer Concert Series Announced - Benefiting Youth At Over 50 Miami-Dade County Schools.


Community Arts Program (CAP)
2024 Summer Concert Series
A Cultural Tradition
In South Florida 
An outstanding Summer Concert Series 
line-up for its 39th year!

CAP Summer Concert Series 
at
The Historic
Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This summer at 7:30 p.m. every other Thursday—June 13 through August 22—the Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series returns for its 39th year. In the historic, Spanish-revival style setting of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel), concertgoers have the unique opportunity to not only hear music by incredible classical and jazz musicians. Attendees also learn more about the music and each artist’s journey with music.
 
Since 1985, the Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series has been attended by more than 70,000 concertgoers. It is a time-honored tradition that continued with virtual broadcasts to the world throughout the pandemic summers of 2020 and 2021, and gathered an average of 7,500 views each summer. This developed an extended audience that CAP is excited to welcome on-ground again in the summer of 2024!
 
Throughout the school year, the Community Arts Program (CAP) also provides after-school music education with the CAP Conservatory for the Arts and its Miami Jazz Institute. These reach children and youth from over 53 Miami-Dade County Schools, no matter what students’ circumstance or ability.
 
The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” says Shelly Berg, Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. “The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides high-quality music education to children, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to the wonder of music and the beauty of the artistic spirit.”
 
We are very excited to welcome concertgoers on-ground again, and with the usual line-up of incredible artists this summer,” says Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program. “It’s an honor also to welcome concertgoers locally, from across the States, and the globe; and a reward as well to see the growth of our after-school music education program for all children and youth.

 
ARTIST ROSTER – CAP 2024 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 

June 13 HOT FIDDLE
The Community Arts Program (CAP) 2024 Summer Concert Series begins with Hot Fiddle, virtuoso violinist Ashley Liberty and brilliant pianist Daniel Strange. Hot Fiddle is an epic genre-busting ride – from classical and jazz, to fiddle and rock!
 

June 27 JENNIFER MARASTI
New World Symphony Percussion Fellow Jennifer Marasti brings with the marimba an incredible journey of reimagined classics. Simply intriguing, enjoyable, and memorable!
“Darting energy and nuanced musicality!” – South Florida Classical Review
 

July 11 PETER & WILL ANDERSON TRIO
Two of the most extraordinary jazz saxophone players today! With pianist Rossano Sortiello, the Anderson twin brothers bring a stunning evening of classic jazz!
You dudes are the future. You have made my soul smile!”Quincy Jones
 

July 25 BOKYUNG BYUN
Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun​ holds the distinction as first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. One of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation, Bokyung delivers an intimate evening of incredible beauty!
“Confident and quite extraordinary!” – Classical Guitar Magazine

 
AUGUST 8 DOREEN KETCHENS
She’s the Clarinet Queen of New Orleans! From CBS Sunday Morning with Ted Koppel to the Kennedy Center, Doreen Ketchens is here this summer! A vibrant evening of Dixieland – with clarinet, Sousaphone, vocals, and drums.
“Doreen Ketchens embodies the spirit of New Orleans!" – Citizen Tribune 
 

AUGUST 22 LUCY YEGHIAZARYAN
The Community Arts Program (CAP) 2024 Summer Concert Series concludes with Lucy Yeghiazaryan. This American-Armenian jazz vocalist is a leading voice in American, straight-ahead jazz. Concert goers experience the deliciously rich sound that Lucy brings to the Great American Songbook!
“Exquisitely tempered, full-bodied voice… illuminating the great torch songs of a bygone era!” Downbeat  


Patron, Mini-Patron and Individual
Show Tickets Now Available

CAP Summer Master Classes 
& Jam Sessions!
All are invited to attend. CAP Summer Master Classes & Jam Sessions offer fascinating topics and fun discoveries. CAP Summer Master Classes & Jam Sessions are in the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ sanctuary (where CAP Summer Concert Series concerts are also held).

Jennifer Marasti
The Symphonic Journey!
CAP Summer Master Class – JAM SESSION!
Friday, June 28, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Peter & Will Anderson
Juicin’ Up the Jazz!
CAP Summer Master Class – JAM SESSION!
Friday, July 12, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bokyung Byun
Creating Guitar Greatness!
CAP Summer Master Class – JAM SESSION!
Friday, July 26, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Doreen Ketchens
All Things Dixieland!
CAP Summer Master Class – JAM SESSION!
Friday, August 9, 2024 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Since 1985, the Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series has been attended by more than 70,000 concertgoers. It is a time-honored tradition that continued with virtual broadcasts to the world throughout the pandemic summers of 2020 and 2021, and gathered an average of 7,500 views each summer. This developed an extended audience that CAP is excited to welcome on-ground again in the summer of 2024! Throughout the school year, the Community Arts Program (CAP) also provides after-school music education with the CAP Conservatory for the Arts and its Miami Jazz Institute. These reach children and youth from over 53 Miami-Dade County Schools, no matter what students’ circumstance or ability.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Award-Winning Guitarist, Songwriter, and Singer EG Kight Solo Blues Performance in Gainesville FL Sunday, June 9, 2024


The Georgia Songbird
Flying Solo Into Gainesville


Sunday, June 9, 2024 ~ Doors 6pm, Show 6:30pm
w/
OPENING THE EVENING!
AT
619 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
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(352) 258-8557
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The North Central Florida Blues Society is excited to bring EG Kight to Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville FL for a solo acoustic show.

Over the years EG KIGHT has emerged as a preeminent voice in roots music. CityBeat Cincinnati writes that Kight is “a cross between Bonnie Raitt’s bourbon-stung growl and Phoebe Snow’s emotive warble.”   In her 25+ years in the Blues, Kight has entertained on stages around the world with the likes of George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Luther Allison, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Koko Taylor. She has received 19 various music industry nominations, including nine for Female Artist of the Year, three for Song of the Year, and four for Album of the Year.  And her 2023 release, STICKS & STRINGS, was nominated for the 2024 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year.

Kight is an indisputable triple threat – as singer, songwriter, and guitar player – with her own unique blend of “country flavored southern fried Blues”, her music appeals to fans across the genres. Her songwriting is a true strength, evidenced by her original songs being recorded by Koko Taylor, Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, Dorothy Moore, and Ann Rabson & Bob Margolin, among other luminaries.

“…a real gem, one of a handful of artists who reach out and make a personal connection with the audience.  Her warm personality, humor, harmonies with her trio, and stellar songwriting cut across the Blues spectrum, all delivered with a dynamic stage presence.” 
- Gary Anton, Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, FL.

NCFBS is proud to have friends Bear & Robert in this show! Bear & Robert (row-bear) are Cindy Bear and Franc Robert, an award-winning singer-songwriter duo from Jacksonville, FL. Cindy was one of eleven national artists selected to perform in the recent SOLD OUT 6th Annual Women in Blues Showcase.

Together their acoustic sound has been described as a deep well of Folk, Blues, and Americana with a high-energy Je Nais Se Quois! Their catchy melodies, toe tapping rhythms, and soulful lyrics will touch your heart in many different ways, and will always leave you wanting more. Their CD, “Hearts in Blues,”  Franc’s solo and band CDs, and Cindy’s solo CD “Start Over Again” are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and at shows.
Heartwood Soundstage
Nestled in the heart of Gainesville, Florida, Heartwood Soundstage stands out as a vibrant music venue, enriching the local music scene with its unique charm. Boasting a state-of-the-art sound system and a cozy yet spacious setting, Heartwood provides an intimate experience for music enthusiasts. The venue's commitment to showcasing live jazz and blues aligns seamlessly with the diverse cultural offerings in the area. With its welcoming ambiance, Heartwood Soundstage has become a go-to spot for both local and touring artists, creating memorable performances that resonate with the audience. From its inviting atmosphere with neighboring food and beveage shops, to its dedication to promoting the best in live music, Heartwood Soundstage solidifies its place as a cornerstone of Gainesville's vibrant musical landscape.

HEADS UP!
Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 7-9p | FREE
BLUES ON THE PATIO
at the
A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center 

 
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.   
Join today at: https://ncfblues.org

AREA VISITOR & LODGING INFO AT:
The BLUES has HISTORY in
GAINESVILLE!
20 YEARS OF BRINGING THE BEST BLUES 
IN THE WORLD TO GAINESVILLE FLORIDA!

2024
EG Kight
Cash Box Kings
Kent Burnside

2023
Brandon Santini
Joey Gilmore
Bridget Kelly Band
Barbara Armbrecht
Lurrie Bell
The Blues Beatles
Mr. Sipp
John Primer
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Chris Cain

2022
Biscuit Miller
JP Soars & The Red Hots
Early Times
Mick Kolassa
The Lucky Losers
Sheba the Mississippi Queen
The Nighthawks
&
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Terry Hanck & His California Band

2021
Little Jake & the Soul Searchers
Mike Zito
Albert Castiglia
Bridget Kelly Band
Snacks Blues Band
Josh Miller Blues Review
Eric Gales
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's
21 Blue Featuring Longineu Parsons

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 MacLeod
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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