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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.
Very Merry Jerry Day
WSLR's Sixth Annual Very Merry Jerry Day! Featuring sToneFish, Michael Miller and the Heart Machine, Koko Ray and the Keepers, and Mumbo Jumbo.
Corporate Power Study Group
The 10 session study guide we will be using was created by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 2001 and was revised and updated in 2006. It covers the history of corporate personhood, private property and the recovery of the commons, the regulatory state, people's movements, economic development and militarism, what democracy looks like and where we go from here.
The study group will meet on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm on August 4 - October 6. Cost: $30 (will cover cost of study guide and reading materials as well as snacks). Please email email@example.com or call Arlene at 941-545-5635 if you are interested in participating.
Free Energy Upgrade Workshop
Tuesday, August 26, 6pm
Sarasota residents can benefit from the county's sustainability expertise with a free Energy Upgrade workshop that will provide information, tips and materials to help you identify opportunities to save money, energy and water.
In addition to the expert advice, workshop participants also will receive a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit with products valued over $30 to start saving energy now (limit one per household). Reducing a home's energy use can lower utility bills and provide a more comfortable living environment.
Please RSVP by calling 545-5635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many energy saving kits will be needed.
Wordier than Thou Storytellers Open Mic
Wordier Than Thou is coming to Sarasota! This unique open mic focuses on storytelling -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m.
A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available.
Like our Wordier Than Thou page for info on all of our upcoming events, radio show, literary journal and Florida Bookstore Day!
Go, Granny D! - "You're Never Too Old To Raise A Little Hell"
Thursday, September 18, 7pm
Never underestimate grannies. At age 90 Doris "Granny D" Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens highlight the story of this crusader whose steel determination took the world by surprise and elevated her to national fame.
Proceeds will support 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini's walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee to raise awareness about Move to Amend and Campaign Finance Reform.
Big Shoals w/ O Captain opening
Saturday, September 20, 8pm
Tickets: $8 adv/$10 door
Hailing from Gainesville, FL, Big Shoals has staked their claim as a serious band with a range that goes from a loud roar to a beautiful whisper. With thought provoking lyrics and songs that stick in your mind and hold on for days, the crowd always walks away wanting more.
O'Captain, a brand new indie/folk band from Sarasota, will open the show.
Grandpa's Cough Medicine
Friday, September 26, 8pm
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 door
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine does not play your grandpa’s bluegrass. They
fall squarely into what is being called “outlaw bluegrass” by many folks. The sound of flat picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo and
thumping upright bass bring an organic yet aggressive backdrop to their two
part harmony vocals. Live shows are full throttle affairs, filled with blazing
instrumentals and original tunes.
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 door
Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village, NY in 1973. Since then he has become known for his musicality and songs focusing on political and social events. Although often labeled a folk singer, his musical styles include rock, pop, country, light jazz, and blues. A tenor with a clear voice and wide range, MacDonald's melodic songs will go straight into your heart and soul.
New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz
Saturday, October 25, 8pm
Gumbi Ortiz is known around the world for his exciting conga performance and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion. For the last 20 years Gumbi has been an integral part of superstar guitarist Al Di Meola’s band, he’s also a teacher, a session player and leader of Florida based “The Latino Projekt”. During the last 10 years, The Latino Projekt have grown from a revolving base of young musicians who’ve learned from and played with Gumbi, into a full blown band who record and perform hardcore timba and real Cuban salsa music. The band has released two successful albums, La Cura (2000) and Soy De Aqui (2005) and has toured throughout Florida and the Southeast. As the band continues to evolve and grow, so does the band’s sound. In 2011 The Latino Projekt officially became New Groove City to better reflect a more soulful direction the band has taken.
Shakespeare Under the Stars: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Saturday, November 8, 8pm
Tickets: $10; Students FREE
In a world-premiere adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a hilarious collision of young runaway lovers, adult authorities, amateur actors and mischievous tricksters. This classic gets a playful and contemporary staging while preserving the language that has delighted audiences’ imaginations for centuries.
Tickets: $12 adv/$15 door
“Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking… Maloney’s expansive range can handle Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat and adapt to Beatlesque pop or Joni Mitchell folk…” No Depression
“But her not-so-secret weapon is that voice — pretty but not precious, fully able to launch into aural backflips but perhaps more affecting when intimately expressive.” Boston Globe