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Dr. Phillips Center Holiday Events 2018

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Dr. Phillips Center Holiday Events 2018

Dr. Phillips Center Holiday Events 2018 – Check out these fun events coming up at the Dr. Phillips Center this season. Some are free events and others have a fee to them. Check out the line up!

Dr. Phillips Center Holiday Events 2018


What:

For the first time since opening, Dr. Phillips Center has curated four weeks of holiday fare, including a smashing Broadway musical, a holiday-themed country concert and a variety show starring comedian Jane Lynch. The line-up also includes several performances of Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker – including two afternoon family shows – and the Orlando Philharmonic’s Home For the Holidays.

“This holiday won’t be complete without a visit to the Dr. Phillips Center,” said Foster Cronin, the arts center’s vice president of programming. “Whether you enjoy the classics or prefer a little more modern take on your holiday entertainment, we have something for you this year.”  

In addition to 30 holiday performances, the arts center is also adding some seasonal cheer to its menu. A peppermint-infused specialty cocktail will be available for purchase at the arts center’s Tier 2 Craft Cocktail Bar and Foxtail Coffee will serve both kid and adult versions of hot chocolate in its coffee bar, also on Tier 2.

Where:

Dr. Phillips Center and Bob Carr Theaters

When:

November 24 – December 23, 2018

Cost:

Free to $$$

More Details:

Holiday performances at the arts center include:

  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays!” (Nov 24) – a musical celebration capturing the spirit of the season, with Albert George Schram leading the orchestra, choirs and guest artists. Bob Carr Theater, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., tickets start at $25.
  • Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Messiah Choral Society (Nov 25) – Considered the most magnificent classical masterwork of all time, Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented by the Messiah Choral Society led by Dr. John Sinclair. Orlando’s longest running free cultural performance will feature a local professional orchestra and 100-member volunteer choir. Bob Carr Theater, 3 p.m., free.
  • The Piano Guys: Christmas Together (Nov 30) – an avant-guard cellist and pianist who rose to fame through social media present a fresh, modern take on Christmas. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $54.50.
  • Many Moods of Christmas (Dec 1) – the Bethune Cookman Concert Chorale entertain with an evening of holiday, jazz and gospel music. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 5 p.m., free.
  • Songs of the Season (Dec 1) – Dr. Phillips Center, Rollins College and Full Sail University team up to present the annual free outdoor concert including an evening of holiday sing-alongs, dancing and state-of-the-art visual artistry under the stars. Seneff Arts Plaza, 7 p.m., free.
  • Lauren Daigle: The Behold Christmas Tour (Dec 7) – two-time Billboard Music Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee and American Music Award recipient Daigle brings her unique, soulful sound to this very special holiday concert. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $24.75.
  • Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec 7–9, 13–15) – the spectacular holiday classic of Clara’s beloved story. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $19.
  • Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Family Show (Dec 8 & 15) – the holiday classic for younger audiences in a special one-hour performance. Walt Disney Theater, 11 a.m., tickets start at $15.
  • Home Free: A Country Christmas (Dec 8) – the country group Home Free will perform all-new music and country holiday favorites. Bob Carr Theater, 8 p.m., tickets start at $19.50.
  • Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas (Dec 14–16) – Emmy and Golden Globe winning-actress, Jane Lynch and friends produce a hilarious and ‘unapologetically sentimental’ evening. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $55.
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Dec 18 –23) – Part of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series, the classic movie comes to life on stage. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start from $54.25.

While not holiday in theme, Broadway’s Hello Dolly! starring Betty Buckley will play in the Walt Disney Theater November 27 through December 2.

More Information:

For more details, visit drphillipscenter.org. All tickets should be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the box office in person at

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more should contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or 407.455.5550.


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Check out additional Holiday Theater/Concert events coming up below:

Calendar list of events in a post:

Thu 08

November 8 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm

Sat 17

November 17 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Sat 17

November 17 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Sun 18

November 18December 30

Sun 18

November 18 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Sun 18

November 18 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Sat 24

November 24 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Sat 24

November 24 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Sat 24

November 24 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Sun 25

November 25 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

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Terry Fator Ventriloquist Event

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Terry Fator Ventriloquist Event – Terry Fator is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center December 30, 2018 at 8 PM. You can get your tickets now!

Terry Fator Ventriloquist Event


What:

Terry Fator is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center in December.

Where:

Walt Disney Theater | Dr. Phillips Center

When:

Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 8 p.m.

Cost:

Start at $45

More Details:

For the past nine years, at the Mirage Hotel, Terry Fator has sold out night after night with a show featuring his cast of characters that includes everyone from an Impersonating Turtle to Elton John, Elvis and Michael Jackson. In addition to winning America’s Got Talent, Terry has won Las Vegas’s best show, best all-around performer, best family show and best overall show.

More Information:

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or 407.455.5550.


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Tue 30

October 30 @ 8:00 pm10:30 pm

Nov 03

November 3 @ 10:30 am11:30 am

Nov 03

November 3 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Nov 03

November 3 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Nov 03

November 3 @ 5:30 pm6:30 pm

Nov 04

November 4 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Nov 04

November 4 @ 5:30 pm6:30 pm

Nov 11

November 11 @ 4:30 pm5:30 pm

Nov 16

November 16 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Nov 17

November 17 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm

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“Ralph Breaks the Internet” soundtrack details released by Walt Disney Records

In the Disney animated feature “Ralph Breaks the Internet” we return to the lives of Wreck-it Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) as they deal with a major new threat to the popular Candy Crush game. The solution lies somewhere on this thing called ‘The Internet’ and so the pair set off on an epic journey. An epic movie deserves and epic soundtrack and fans will be able to download the music from “Ralph Breaks the Internet” beginning November 16 with the physical CD available on November 30.

The soundtrack from Walt Disney Records features original songs “A Place Called Slaughter Race” performed in the film by Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot; “Zero,” written and performed by Imagine Dragons; score by composer Henry Jackman (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Big Hero 6”), and “In This Place,” a pop version of “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” performed by Julia Michaels.

The soundtrack and film feature “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” featuring Sarah Silverman, voice of Vanellope von Schweetz. In the vein of classic “I want” songs in the Disney canon such as “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Part of Your World,” the song showcases Vanellope’s desire to be part of the world outside Sugar Rush—to grow as a racer and as a person.

The song also features the singing debut of Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) as Shank. The music was composed by Oscar-winning songwriter/composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas” and “Aladdin”) and the lyrics were written by Phil Johnston and Grammy-winning producer Tom MacDougall (Frozen; Executive Vice President, Music at Disney).

The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band, Imagine Dragons, wrote and recorded the end-credit song “Zero” for the film, embracing the struggle Ralph has with his evolving friendship with Vanellope. “Zero” is also featured on the band’s upcoming fourth studio album Origins available November 9.

According to Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film’s emotional themes are reflected in the song. “It’s a pretty timely movie in a lot of ways in that it addresses some of the issues of identity and loneliness unique to this internet generation,” says Reynolds. “Ralph’s internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that.”

Watch the music video from “Zero” here:

Composer Henry Jackman, who scored 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” returns to score the follow-up. Jackman’s mission was to create a score that’s reminiscent of the first film, while embracing the new story and the vast, uncharted new world of the internet that Ralph and Vanellope must navigate to retrieve a part to save her game.

Says Jackman, “‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is one of the best animated films of recent times and I was really proud of the score. What makes this one different? There’s a clue in the title, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’—we’ve moved from the arcade to the internet. While we can retain some of the original material, there’s a new layer we had to create and integrate. There’s a distinction between arcade electronica and internet electronica, which sounds more modern.”

“There’s so many fun things to enjoy,” continues Jackman. “But I think the universality comes from the fact that it’s an important archetypal friendship story. Hidden behind all of this amazing technology and imagery is something very solid emotionally and narratively.”

Filmmakers called on Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels to perform the second end-credit song, “In This Place,” a pop version of “A Place Called Slaughter Race.”

“I think one of my favorite things about ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is Vanellope,” says Michaels, “because she’s just completely misunderstood. I think a lot of people feel that way—misunderstood—and go through life trying to find their power. And when they find it, it’s really beautiful.”

About “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

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The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, One Night Only on Oct 26

They were unlikely rock stars, the antithesis of the traditional paradigm, who took the world by storm as 60’s folk heroes. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spoke to generations as counterculture icons of the social revolution and were one of the best-selling artists of the era.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to Jacksonville for one night only on October 26th at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, the production traces the history of the duo’s the storied career with projection photos, original film footage, and a full band performing such hits as ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Cecilia,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ and ‘Homeward Bound’ with Taylor Bloom as Paul Simon and Ben Cooley as Art Garfunkel.

A New York native and triple threat, Bloom was excited to audition for the role of Simon because, unlike his typical acting calls, he was able to stretch beyond a scripted play and occasional singing role and demonstrate his skills on guitar. He was a casual fan of Simon & Garfunkel, and because of growing up hearing artists like Cat Stephens and James Taylor, Bloom understood the context of the era.

“Before I got involved with the show, I liked them the way most people do. I knew a handful of their hits like ‘America,’ ‘Cecelia,’ ‘The Boxer’ and things like that. That’s one of the reasons I love this show so much, because, working on it, I discovered this whole other catalog that I grew to love so much,” he says.

Simon Garfunkel, Taylor Bloom
Taylor Bloom

“I performed with this show last year, so this is my second tour. I’m able to focus more when I’m playing to get the sound right, trying to emulate vocally what Paul Simon sounds like when he sings. I can focus more on the beauty of the music and less on the technical aspects and trying to stay in tempo with the band. I’ve performed the songs so many times, and I love them. You’d think I’d get tired of them, but, at home after the tour, I listen to the music just to listen to it.”

Bloom says learning the history of Simon & Garfunkel from the early days, performing as the duo Tom & Jerry, to the architects of the songs that defined a generation helped inform his delivery of the music, but also offered a fresh perspective for writing and performing music.

“I recently read the biography of Paul Simon and his process, not necessarily how he writes the songs but the mentality that goes into songwriting. It made me think a lot about my own songwriting and performing of music. It also got me into listening to Paul Simon’s solo records which are awesome. I just feel so comfortable with the music now, so I feel that I can add something more to it.”

While ‘Sounds of Silence’ is his favorite Simon & Garfunkel song, Bloom admits it’s not always his favorite number to perform in the show. The energy of the audience helps to influence the energy of the band and the performers.

“It’s funny because I feel like it changes. Some nights I’ll really enjoy playing a song like ‘Keep the Customer Satisfied.’ When the band really digs into it, it’s so much fun. On the other hand, sometimes when we play ‘The Boxer,’ you can just see the way it reaches out and touches the audience,” he says.

Simon & Garfunkel

“Everyone brings in so much of themselves. The music means something very specific to them, so, if we play a song, like when Ben sings ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ which he does beautifully, it’s amazing because everyone in the audience heard that song, and it brings back memories of something they’ve gone through in their life. It’s such an incredible opportunity, and we’re so fortunate to be able to enjoy that.”

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a retrospective of their career together, but it also touches briefly on the pair’s acrimonious split. It would be hard to ignore the sad elephant in the room, but the production is a designed as a celebration and not as a dramatic retrospective of the dissolution of one of the most beloved songwriting teams in popular music.

“You can’t have a show about Simon & Garfunkel without addressing the fact that they had kind of a rocky relationship towards the end, and they eventually decided to part ways. We do definitely address that, but the show is primarily a celebration of the music they made when they were together,” Bloom says. “We try to capture them in stages of partnership. We do it sort of chronologically. As the show goes along, the musicianship gets a little better. Obviously, the songwriting takes on a whole new life, so there’s a real progression that happens throughout the show.”

The afterglow of Paul Simon’s final show of his farewell tour performed in the same space as the famous 1981 reunion Concert in Central Park serves to perfectly bookend the career of a man who devoted so much of his life to sharing his gift. Bloom is grateful for the opportunity to play a part in sharing that legacy.

“It gives a deeper meaning to what we’re doing, because it takes our show from being a celebration of Simon & Garfunkel’s amazing years together to almost the continuation of the legacy of their music because Paul Simon is not going to be playing it anymore,” he says. “Obviously, I will never be Paul Simon, but I just want to continue celebrating what he did. Sharing his music with another generation of listeners is sort of like the passing of the baton. It’s a total gift.”

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/24/the-sounds-of-simon-garfunkel-oct-26/


Tom Petty Birthday Bash….Great Music in Gainesville, October 19 & 20, 2018

Gainesville, the largest city in our Natural North Florida region, has been known as a music hub.  Names like Bo Diddley, Sister Hazel, Gram Parsons, Bernie Leadon,  the Peyton Brothers, and Stephen Stills all come to mind.  But most famous was likely “outlaw” musician Tom Petty.  Since his death in October of 2017, Gainesville  has celebrated his birthday, on or near the 20th of October. This year, the Birthday Bash will be held at several music and art venues throughout the city.

 

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The second annual Tom Petty Birthday Bash is a free music festival celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Petty through diverse music performances, art and community engagement to share his music for generations to come.  Celebrating on the weekend of Tom Petty’s birthday, this one of a kind music festival showcases top-notch local and national bands. Music and love will flow throughout the weekend and your attendance will benefit the UF Health Shands Arts In Medicine program.

Music

Festival Crowd

Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.    —-Tom Petty

Tom Petty Birthday Bash aims to showcase top-notch local and national performances across genres, curated by HEDGES. Rock out to the catalog of  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, while getting a taste of band’s original music.  Here’s a taste:

Heavy Petty (Gainesville’s own Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute Band)
Mudpies (Mudcrutch tribute)
Gregg McMillan Songwriter
HEDGES
The High Divers
The Artisanals
Edan Archer
Jake Thistle Music
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones
Whiskey & Co.
Lots of special guests and more to come!

Art

Gainesville’s thriving art scene is permeated around the town and many artists have chosen to paint murals to pay tribute to Tom Petty.

Tom Petty-inspired art will be featured at the festival.

Community

Tom Petty Birthday Bash is a free music festival where everyone is welcome to celebrate. In addition to the free festival, you can purchase a Petty For The People Package and all profits will benefit a local Gainesville program called UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine.

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Ranky Tanky gets funky October 12th at the Ritz Theatre and Museum

It’s been a whirlwind year for Ranky Tanky. Named for the Gullah phrase meaning to “get funky,” the rising stars of the low country released its debut album in October 2017 in homage to the Gullah culture of the region. Just two months later, they were topping jazz charts and touring the country.

EU Jacksonville spoke with Clay Ross, guitarist and vocalist of the Charleston-based quintet about the band’s meteoric rise, infusing modern jazz with lowcountry flavors and a shared history with the First Coast.

“It’s definitely been kind of a big breakthrough year for us. We released our album almost a year ago and shortly thereafter we were picked up by Terry Gross on NPR on the show called Fresh Air. One big media hit like that with someone who has such a strong listenership can really lead to a breakthrough,” says Ross. “Our album when straight to the number one position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts. We’ve been touring ever since and really have been amazed. It’s been pretty powerful, and we’re grateful and taking advantage of the opportunity.”

fri12oct7:30 pmfri10:00 pmFeaturedRanky TankyJazz Influenced Arrangements of Traditional Gullah Music7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Ritz Theatre & Museum

“Gullah” comes from West African language and translates to “a people blessed by God.” It’s with this spirit that Ranky Tanky featuring Ross, vocalist Quiana Parler, bassist Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton on trumpet and drummer Quentin Baxter perform the timeless music of Gullah culture. From playful game songs and high energy shouts to mournful spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of the southeastern Sea Island region are “rank” and fertile grounds.

The South Carolina natives first came together in 1998 to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Known as one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists, Parler joined the group and inspired a revival of the “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

According to Ross, the Gullah culture is ubiquitous to the low country, but, despite the accessible cultural offering, it wasn’t considered as an anchor for band’s sound. Tracing the history of the music curated and documented as part of the Gullah folklore motivated the band to revisit its approach of jazz standards.

“Being from there, I wouldn’t say it was something we’ve taken [for] granted, but it wasn’t anything any of us thought we could expand on. We’re all jazz musicians, and we’re interested in playing modern and contemporary jazz music,” Ross says.

“I think as we toured, we noticed that no one was really doing that, and we felt like there was a need for it, and we were qualified to do it. We wanted to share this music with the world as best we could. It started with fairly modest goals and expectations, and we quickly saw that we couldn’t exceed that. People reacted really positively to this idea and our interpretation of the music. There are so many things to be inspired by.”

Ross says the music of Ranky Tanky is well-received by audiences, and he attributes the positive reaction to the connection to the music and the history. “It has a lot to offer. It’s really joyful music and spiritual music. It speaks to people’s heart and soul and helps them feel good,” he says. “I think the world needs music like that. Whether people want to dig deeper and uncover the cultural story with our music or not, we encourage them to do that. But even at a surface level, this music has a lot to offer. It’s feel-good music.”

Touring is still so new for Ranky Tanky that the band has yet to visit any city twice. “Being our first year, we don’t have a lot to compare it to. This will be our first ever performance in Jacksonville, and that’s been the case with almost everything we’ve done this year. If anyone is showing up anywhere, it’s amazing,” Ross says. “We have great turnouts at our shows. A couple of dates on this tour are either sold out or very close to sold out. We’re really grateful to share this with people and hope that they will turn out for this concert.”

This is the band’s first visit to Jacksonville and he encourages audiences to discover its shared heritage within the music. Says Ross, “Jacksonville has Gullah heritage as well. It’s along what they call the Gullah-Geechee Corridor. I would invite everyone to please come and explore their roots with us. This music is resonating all over the world, and we’re happy to be a part of that lineage of musicians to share this music. I hope audiences will come and have a wonderful time. I think they’re going to walk away with not only a good feeling but a sense of pride, because this music belongs to them.”

Ranky Tanky gets funky October 12th at the Ritz Theatre and Museum (www.ritzjacksonville.com).

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/07/ranky-tanky-gets-funky-october-12th-at-the-ritz-theatre-and-museum/


Irish Singer & Songwriter Mundy

Irish singer and songwriter Mundy performs for the first time in Jacksonville October 16th at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach. The Florida stop is part of a 21-day tour. Some cities he’s never played, and others he hasn’t set foot in in over two decades. But no matter where he plays, he can count on at least one fellow countryman in the room to show support.

“There’s two kinds of Irish people in America. There are the ones who are my age that come to see me play. They might be there more to drink than to listen, but they’ll support you nonetheless,” he says. “Then there’s the ones who have Irish heritage who are interested in Irish culture and are ready to listen and take everything you say very seriously. They’re the kind of people I like at my gigs because you can be a little more gentle and play songs to them rather than at them,” he says. “Especially when you’re playing solo, it can be quite hard to play crowds like that. It gets very physical.”

tue16oct8:00 pmtue10:00 pmMundy with Sharon Shannon8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Culhane's Irish Pub

Mundy, who’s real name is Edmond Enright, is looking forward to reaching new audiences, and he’s got quite the catalog to share dating back to his start in 1996. He earned his first big break with the song ‘To You I Bestow’ which was featured on the best-selling soundtrack of Baz Luhrmans’s film Romeo + Juliet.

“I’m better known in Ireland where I’ve had more success, although there’s a ton of my generation that’s emigrated to the States, so I do pull a good crowd in certain parts,” he says, noting that he’s already sold out a show in Boston and expects a big turnout for his Chicago dates. “I haven’t been to Jacksonville before. I haven’t been to New Orleans, and I haven’t been to Los Angeles in 20-something years, so I’m excited.

One unlikely spot for a group of rowdy Irishmen is Kansas City, where Mundy says he can always count on a good showing. “There’s a good Irish population down there, and they’re very supportive,” he says.

Mundy is best known for his live cover of Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl,’ which he first performed during an appearance on a popular Irish radio show. He was joined in the studio by famed Irish instrumentalist Sharon Shannon. The host encouraged them to perform a number together so the pair did a quick bit of Steve Earle’s song ‘Galway Girl’ from his 2000 album Transcendental Blues. Shannon had previously performed on the track with Earle.

“I got up the next day, and it was almost a hit,” says Mundy. “People were asking to hear it again and again. A lot of people thought it was my song.”

He later invited Shannon to be his guest at a live show where they reprised their cover of ‘Galway Girl,’ and it went on to be the number-one single in Ireland for over two years. “It just took off on iTunes by a fluke. There was no plan. There aren’t even any photos of the show. It was a really happy accident, and it’s gotten me a lot of walk around the place,” Mundy says, including an invitation to perform at the White House in 2014.

When he’s playing a familiar city, he’ll often seek out friends and other musicians to back him up on solo shows. He will be performing solo at Culhane’s, where he plans to entertain the crowd with a mixed bag of songs from his catalog.

“I’m going to bring some new songs, but I’m thinking a lot of my songs will be brand-new to everybody. It’ll be a mix of my songs from 1996 until now, some 22-odd years worth,” he says, a self-proclaimed “massive fan” of such Americana bands as Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Sparklehorse. “Now as I’m getting older and kind of starting to bring a bit of Irish music into my repertoire just to tick that box. People want to hear some Irish music, so I guess it’s good to have that ammunition.”

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/07/irish-singer-songwriter-mundy/



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Goodbye Whetherman – Hello Nicholas Williams

Whetherman, Nicholas Williams

The winds of change are blowing for the folk artist known as Whetherman. For the past seven years, Nicholas Williams has performed under the moniker. To mark the changing season, Williams is stepping away from the Whetherman persona to embark on a new journey under his own name.

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“For a long time, I felt a bit like I was hiding from my true self with a moniker, not having to put myself fully out in the world. I feel more myself now than I ever have musically, with a specific path in view, and it seemed time to go under my given name,” he says.

“I can’t say I ever thought about whether the project was finite until last summer. I guess I was so focused on booking the next years’ worth of shows that it never occurred to me that it might not be forever. The same moment I had the thought of its possibility however, its’ inevitability outweighed any other options.”

The decision was bittersweet and prompted Williams to take a long break in Central America where the idea of a Farewell Tour began to take shape. He booked many familiar stops during his cross-country valediction and will play his final show near the sacred shores of the Suwannee River where his roots run deep.

 Whetherman performs Oct. 12 at the Suwannee Roots Festival, the site of many of his most cherished personal and professional experiences. “The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park holds a very special place in my heart,” says Williams. “I grew up as a musician playing festivals like Springfest, Magfest, Blackwater and Hulaween there with a full band, and I had my wedding party there in 2015. There was no other place I would want to have a last show than there.”

Williams’ new project will focus on uncovering traditional American songs that serve as the foundation of most modern music. His original material will echo its predecessors in a voice familiar to fans of his recent Whetherman work.

“There are so many people that don’t know the origin and history of American music, and I would love to be a proponent of its discovery to the present and future generations. Truthfully, without the songs I’m learning and playing from the late 1800’s and 1900’s, a lot of music would not exist,” he says.

“Of course, I’m still writing my own material, in the vein of the songs I’m learning. These new songs are probably not as much of a departure from my recent Whetherman work as perceived. I can say without a doubt, there is a difference in the musical style, shifting from more of the broad spectrum of Americana to more specific traditional fingerpicking styles like Piedmont and Country Blues, Delta and Mississippi Blues, as well as Appalachian, Modern and Country Folk.”

The most profound changes will be measured in the weight of the lyrics. Williams says he plans to lift the dark, heavy tones in favor of lighter shades colored in humanity and humor. “I’m letting off the gas lyrically. The tone is less serious and poetic, and more storyline, while the moral personal theme I’ve had for many years still holds true,” he says. “My vocals are a bit more cultured than on the Whetherman records, something that has come naturally when diving back into these old songs, with many more influences.”

While he’s indulged the natural tendency to test the waters and offered samples of the new material on tour, Williams isn’t planning to officially release any recorded material until 2019. The new record will have roughly half traditional songs and half originals, he says, and videos of the new songs will be available this month on his YouTube Channel where Williams hosts a series called “Folkin’ A Tuesdays.” The series features Williams performing four traditional songs and discussing their history.

Starting a new project means starting from scratch with all forms of content. Williams is designing a new website, new merchandise, new social media platforms and new distribution channels to bring himself to life as a touring artist.

“What’s very exciting is the idea of having a clean slate, with new energy, no expectations and tons of experience to spring off of. I can utilize everything I learned about touring, performing and the music business to my advantage, and get things off on the right foot,” he says. “When I started Whetherman, for the first five years I had no idea what I was doing and had to learn the ropes. The challenges are still present of course. None of these challenges are obstacles, they just require time and proper execution,” he says.

Williams is hopeful that when the time comes, his Whetherman audience will be eager to join him on his journey and support the new endeavor. “I owe my entire career to people who have been a part of the Whetherman project. I wouldn’t be doing this for a living, I wouldn’t have been where I’ve been, and I wouldn’t have met the people I met. I wouldn’t be me. So, I literally owe everything I have to them. Finding the words to represent my gratitude already makes the attempt less potent. It’s too big for words, but I am full of thanks and compassion for them.”

You can also catch Whetherman’s Farewill Tour at the Blue Jay Listening Room on September 21 or down at St. Augustine’s Sing Out Loud Festival on September 23.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/09/16/goodbye-whetherman-hello-nicholas-williams/


Dancing to the Beat of Her Marimba: Dr. Andrea Venet Debuts New Percussion Compositions at UNF Fine Arts Center World Premiere

Energetic, engaging, and entertaining.

Assistant Professor of Percussion Dr. Andrea Venet captivated audiences at the UNF School of Music Recital Hall Friday, September 7th with her world premier performance of three original musical compositions.

Crafting a careful ballet of mallets, Venet poured herself into her music heart and soul. Brandishing two sticks in each hand, this vibrant marimba master mesmerized the crowd from the first strike.

Venet began the evening with a marimba solo written by Steve Ridley, a musical tale of two dueling pirate captains who fought each other to the death, so impassioned with their hatred that they didn’t notice their worlds falling apart around them. Venet left her audience with an amusing antidote, “Humans suck because nature always kicks our butts.” Venet’s marimba solo masterfully animated the ocean squall and pirate battle as well as her audience’s imaginations.

“Chromeo” was the first original composition of the evening. Venet and UNF graduate music student Paige DeDecker made an enchanting percussion duo. Utilizing a variety of drums and metallic sounds, master and protégé jammed and jived through a complicated rhythmic journey. Fun fact: Venet taught DeDecker back in Middle School.

Moody, unpredictable, and enigmatic, Venet’s second composition, “Lava,” brought the audience on an unpredictable yet fascinating journey. Sometimes excitable, other moments eerie, “Lava” was meant to remind listeners of how lava slowly transforms through motion. “Like lava, it changes and morphs, slow and fast, very dark but also light,” Venet said.

The last piece of the night was “Green Ranger,” an energetic and quirky piece played on an emerald-keyed vibraphone with the support of the talented UNF Percussion Ensemble. Full of suspense and rhythmic intrigue, “Green Ranger”—inspired by Power Rangers but not about them—offered the audience a delightful end to the evening’s performance.

Venet is a percussion artist, educator, composer, Director of Percussion Studies at UNF, a member of the Percussive Arts Society, and part of the percussion duo Escape Ten alongside Virginia Tech’s Dr. Annie Stevens. She’s played and competed internationally and maintains a steady performance tour schedule.

The UNF School of Music Recital Hall was packed with students, families, and retirees alike and if the standing ovation was any indication, they thoroughly approved of Venet’s latest compositions. Should the opportunity arise to attend one of Venet’s concerts, it’ll be an evening well spent. The artist’s website lists upcoming performances, both locally and on the road. On October 16, she’ll perform again at the UNF Fine Arts Center as part of the UNF Symphony Orchestra Concert.

Venet’s style is mesmerizing, her music is delightful, and her unique charm adds a vibrant beat to Jacksonville’s cultural scene.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/09/08/dancing-to-the-beat-of-her-marimba-dr-andrea-venet-debuts-new-percussion-compositions-at-unf-fine-arts-center-world-premiere/


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