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Fogartyville is a special gathering place for those who truly appreciate music and community. Nothing draws people together like a shared musical experience, and nowhere is there a more welcoming environment for audiences and musicians than the vibrant and diverse community that is the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.
Move to Amend All Volunteer Meeting
Monday, March 30, 6pm
Move to Amend is working to gain support for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Come learn about a Memorial Bill just introduced in the Florida House, work to pass a local resolution and more. We can't do it without your support - please join us.
The Social Profit Handbook Book Talk
Tuesday, March 31, 4 to 5:30pm
The Social Profit Handbook offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance.
About the Author: David Grant is the former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, where he was responsible for development and evaluation of programs in the foundation’s major areas of giving (Arts, Education, and Environment), as well as the foundation’s major initiatives (Poetry and Nonprofit Capacity Building).
Big Night Out
Big Night Out is a variety dance band which performs Latin, R&B and Island dance music. A powerful horn section and grooving conga add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Big Night Out, over the past decade, has become one of southwest Florida’s most in demand dances bands. The band’s lineup includes the area’s top musicians:
Caravan of Thieves
Caravan of Thieves hearken back to a day gone by, the swing era, when music and entertainment reached a creative height but was not yet diluted by big business and commercialism. Tin pan alley songwriters, late romantic and early 20th century classical composers, early jazz and swing musicians and vaudeville entertainers guided them to the sound they made their own. Artists such as Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt brought an elegance and style along with a fun and free spirit and precision craftsmanship to their music, which Caravan have taken in and absorbed.
Friday, April 10, 8pm
Tickets: $12 adv/$15 door
Crowding around a single microphone, The Barefoot Movement are as fun to watch as they are to hear. With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats. The band features Tommy Norris on mandolin, Noah Wall on fiddle, Hasee Ciaccio on bass, and Alex Conerly on guitar.
Water: An Endangered Resource - Art Opening & Film Screening
Saturday, April 11, 6pm
Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water, the new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation. They stand together, challenging a system that promotes profit over health. We meet mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors, farmers and people from all sides of the political spectrum taking a hard look at energy extraction techniques not proven to be safe. With the Oil and Gas industry’s expansion of fracking seen as a moral issue, this provocative documentary tracks a people’s movement, a groundswell rising towards reason and sensitivity, to protect life, today and tomorrow. Special guest Craig Stevens will be on hand to share his experience with fracking on his land in PA.
Sponsored by the PEACenter, Food and Water Watch, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Transition Sarasota and WSLR
The Art of the Blues - Steve Arvey & Bill Buchman
Sunday, April 12, 7pm
When you hear this new CD by the Art of Blues you will know immediately you are listening to something special. The band consists of musical veterans who have all earned their stripes playing with the best of the best for many decades. What comes through is a rollicking brand of playing … a mood of joy, depth, confidence and fun that is only achievable when you’ve got guys with deep musical roots who know what they are doing and who take the greatest pleasure in doing it. The formation of a band with this level of musicianship and maturity to celebrate the art of playing the blues is a rare happening.
Community Contra Dance
Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm
WSLR continues their monthly contra dance series. Everyone is welcome from experienced dancers
to dance newbies. There will be instructional walkthroughs starting at 7:30pm
with regular dancing at 8pm.
Films for a Future: The Unforeseen
- Thursday, April 23, 2015
- 6pm Potluck; 7pm Film Screening
Winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award “Truer than Fiction” Prize.
An ambitious west Texas farm boy with grandiose plans tires of living at the mercy of nature and sets out to find a life with more control. He heads to Austin where he becomes a real estate developer and skillfully capitalizes on the growth of this 1970s boomtown. At the peak of his powers, he transforms 4,000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state’s largest and fastest selling subdivisions. When the development threatens a local treasure, a fragile limestone aquifer and a naturally spring-fed swimming hole, the community fights back. In the conflict that ensues, we see in miniature a struggle that today plays out in communities across the country.
Mom Prom 2015
Saturday, April 25, 8pm-12pm
Come enjoy a night out with the girls. Proceeds benefit ICAN of Sarasota. The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
WAAH! World Fusion Band
Friday, May 8, 8pm
Fusion Band is a spectacular blend of ‘East meets West’
in true Fusion Music style. Trailblazers of a unique and
multiform sound, WAHH! is rooted in India’s rich traditional
musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of Jazz, Rock and Funk.
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Sunday, May 10, 7pm
Sarah Lee Guthrie is the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, while Johnny Irion is the grand-nephew of author John Steinbeck. Since marrying in 1999, Guthrie and Irion have released five albums together, including this year's Wassaic Way.
The duo recorded its latest LP with help from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone in the band's loft.
Kevin So with pedal steel great Buck Reid
Friday, May 15, 8pm
Kevin So is one of the most exciting and powerful singers and songwriters to emerge from the Boston music scene. Making a name for himself as a boundary-stretching singer and songwriter, So's original blend of pop, rhythm and blues, and hip hop has garnered the attention and praise from Billy Bragg, Martin Sexton, Mary Lou Lord, Richie Havens, David Wilcox, and most recently Keb Mo. The Boston Globe described So as "Riveting...impeccable."
Chris Thomas King
Saturday, May 23, 8pm
Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop,Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience with the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack but playing a prominent supporting character as well.
King also recorded the Grammy winning score of "RAY" with Ray Charles and acted in the Oscar winning film with Jamie Foxx. He is a multi-Grammy Award winning artist and the best-selling blues artist of the 21st Century.
Films for a Future: Voices of Transition
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
- Potluck @ 6pm; Film @ 7pm
Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys
Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
Nashville's Bradford Lee Folk makes good-times bluegrass that's not afraid to punch your gut. If you want to reach Bradford Lee Folk, call him after two pm, Nashville time. That’s because before two o’clock, he’s out on his tractor in the fields of an organic farm outside the city, farming for a living. After 2pm, Brad heads back into Nashville to set up for a long night of burning bluegrass and rootsy Americana with his band The Bluegrass Playboys. That juxtaposition between the gritty dirt of the country and the glitz of Nashville lies at the heart of Bradford Lee Folk’s music.
Films for a Future: The Next Industrial Revolution
- Thursday, September 24, 2015
While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future.
In his vision humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes.
Films for a Future: Food Chains
- Thursday, October 22, 2015
Films for a Future: Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping
- Tuesday, November 17, 2015
- Potluck @ 6pm/Film @ 7pm