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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.
Art of the Coif Exhibit Opening
Art of the Coif: Diversity's First Impressions
Friday, November 7, 7pm
Exhibit * Music * Models * Vendors
The exhibit features artists from Australia, New York, California, Tampa and Sarasota displaying works about hair and with hair as a medium at the Fogartyville Gallery. Local salons will participate at the opening by having live models show off elaborate hair-dos, or submitting a headdress or wig. (Cover Photo by Deborah Kelly) Music, vendors, photo-opportunities, video, and on-site art making will add to the revelries, honoring that which makes you different, also makes you beautiful. See the full list of locations to receive FREE TICKETS to this event.
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.
Raw Food Meetup
Sunday, November 9, 4-6pm
$2 per person w/ a dish
Please bring a large, vegan, raw & organic dish to share, along with serving utensils. And please bring an index card with your list of ingredients, too.
All ingredients should be raw (not pasteurized), organic & vegan (no cheese or dairy of any kind).
Questions?? Visit http://www.meetup.com/rawsarasota/
No Nonsense Nutrition Health Class
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30pm
Join Eve Prang Plews, host of WSLR's No Nonsense Nutrition on Mondays at 9am, for a discussion of how to maintain "Healthy Bones for Life".
Film Screening: Gasland II
Thursday, November 13, 7pm
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level.
Gasland Part II shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".
Community Contra Dance
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
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.
WAAH! World Fusion Band
Uncle John's Band
Saturday, November 22, 8pm
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 day of show
Uncle John's Band was formed in 1990 in Clearwater Florida from a combination of talented musicians who love to play the music of the Grateful Dead.
The purpose of Uncle John's Band is to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show.
VegSarasota Vegan Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 23, 3 -7:30pm
This will be a family friendly, 100% vegan time to share with like-minded people.
Cigar Box Festival with Steve Arvey & Ben Prestage
This festival celebrates the Cigar Box Guitar folk culture. It will include performances by Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats and Ben Prestage. Throughout the Fogartyville grounds there will be an array of cigar box guitars, folk art, folk skills and food vendors.
WSLR Hand-Cranked Festival - Day 2
Featuring the Wholetones, Wester Joseph & Stereo VuDu, Passerine, Ari and the Alibis, and Strangeways.
Reducing Anxiety and Improving Mood
Tuesday, December 11, 6:30pm
Join Eve Prang Plews, host of WSLR's No Nonsense Nutrition (Mondays at 9am), for a discussion of how to reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Dan Bern is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and painter. His music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. His song “Talkin’ Woody, Bob, Bruce, and Dan Blues,” from the album Smartie Mine, offers a joking take on this influence, presented in the style of a Guthrie or Dylan talking blues song, and containing a spoof of a Dylan song as well. Bern has also toured with Ani DiFranco. He is known for sardonic, literary lyrics, a range of musical styles, and a folk music style paired with rock instrumentation.
Monthly Green Drinks Social
Thursday, December 11, 6pm
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
Film Screening: Passive House Revolution
Blue-Eyed Bettys CD Release Party
Friday, December 12, 8pm
With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar (often joined by Jamie Mohamdein on upright bass), The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound. But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. They are singers and storytellers first; therein lies their ability to turn boisterous bars into attentive listening rooms and sleepy pubs into raucous parties as they weave stories of life and love with their exuberant performances.
Bad Santa w/ Grant Peeples
Your last chance to be naughty before you have to be nice! Grant Peeples presents a night of bawdy entertainment sure make your holidays bright!
Get Your Phil On - A Phil Ochs Tribute Night
Friday, December 19, 8pm
Phil Ochs was an American protest singer and songwriter known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. Ochs committed suicide at the age of 35.
Community Contra Dance
Saturday, December 20th, 7:30pm
Hardin and Burns
Saturday, January 10, 8pm
"The new Hardin Burns recording Down the Deep Well stands out and begs for repeated listening. Andy Hardin and Jeannie Burns make up the best duo in Americana today. Yes the best. Name all the others and this tight-knit musical couple blows them away with better songs, playing and singing. While they haven't felt the 'buzz" that some others have, they are worthy of your attention, and their new CD "Down The Deep Well" is among my favorites of the year!!" - Greg Johnson, Director of the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival
Community Contra Dance
Friday, January 16, 7:30pm
Appleseed Collective w/ Jen & Ray opening
The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate.
Tim Grimm, Dana and Susan Robinson Present Songs of Peace & Justice
Sunday, January 18, 8pm
Celebrate MLK Day with a concert of songs of peace and justice with Tim Grimm and Dana and Susan Robinson.
“Tim Grimm is another link in the chain of literate singer songwriters that sees a side to the story that we always miss. The songs are little novels that unfold slowly and then knock you off your feet when you’re not looking… A real find.” Village Records
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.
Friday, January 23, 8pm
Claudia Schmidt belongs to the genre of hyperliterate songwriters, a word-monger of the first order, sometimes bursting at the boundaries of song form. In addition, she's a firecracker of a singer, irrepressibly emotional, and a radiant, almost overwhelming performer. It's the folksinger trifecta, and in this Schmidt is nearly in a class by herself.
Nashville based folk-crooner Melissa Greener tells the truth. Her songs captivate with quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and loads of groove. Transistor Corazón, her third studio release, explores complexities of the heart - the circuitry versus the soul. Greener’s sound combines modernist lyricism and a soulful 1960’s Laurel Canyon under the guise of a vibey tremelo electric guitar. - See more at: http://www.melissagreener.com/bios_for_press/#sthash.qkH9lD8j.dpuf
The Banditos Band
Saturday, January 31, 8pm
The Banditos, a Nashville, Tenn.-based sextet, seem like several bands at once. Running the gamut from torch-song style balladry to raucous, four-on-the-floor rock, the band is a veritable jukebox of rough-around-the-edges musical styles.
The players juggle multiple instruments, including a kazoo, and powerhouse vocalist Mary Richardson trades her full-tilt belting with the more laidback approach of singers Corey Parsons and Steve Pierce.
Friday, February 6, 8pm
Artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, humming & buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He’ll sing to you ~ You’ll sing with him…He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us.
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
Wednesday, February 11, 8pm
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 door
Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and O.A.R. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone.
Film Screening: Shift Change
Roy Book Binder
Friday, February 13, 8pm
Roy Book Binder is a living treasure of American
Blues, Ragtime and Old Timey music. He is the epitome of the singing,
songwriting, storytelling Bluesman troubadour. From the early sixties Roy became a student and friend of the Rev. Gary
Davis and it was from these early days he became equally at home with Blues and
Ragtime. He is known to shift from open tunings to slide arrangements set to
his original and sometimes quirky tongue in cheek compositions, with both
traditional and self-styled licks, drawing on many musical influences.
Film Screening: Within Reach
Thursday, February 12, 7pm
Within Reach documents one couple's pedal-powered journey across the United States in search of a home in sustainable community.
Mandy and Ryan have given up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to "bike-pack" thousands of miles around the USA, looking around as they look within.
Their journey and their film has answered the question that they and many others are asking: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? After circling the country and talking with over 20,000 people, they have found that not only is it possible but its already underway...
Sunday, March 1
In 2008, Kris Delmhorst released her first album, Shotgun Singer, to great critical acclaim as a “tour de force of singing [and] writing” (Performing Songwriter). Her latest album, Blood Test, arrived in May 2014 to the same critical and popular fanfare, solidifying the multi-instrumentalist’s reputation as a genuine fun, rootsy and vibrant voice in folk music. Part blues, part jazz, part alternative and laced with Dixieland, Delmhorst’s sound is “bolo and brilliant … you’d swear you were listening to heaven’s own hootenanny” (Boston Globe).
Friday, March 6, 8pm
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
Wednesday, March 11, 8pm
FullSet are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene today. The members are all strong players: Andrew Meaney (Guitar) Eamon Moloney (Bodghran) Janine Redmon (Button Accordion) Martino Vacca (Uileann Pipe, Whistles) Michael Harrison (Fiddle) Teresa Horgan (Vocals, Flute). Martino and Michael are especially dazzling on pipes and fiddle respectively, playing off of each other in some dizzying riffs. They offer an enjoyable range of instrumental and vocal tunes, both contemporary and traditional.