Dan Voll and Shell’s CD Fits Well in Your Christmas Stocking

Dan Voll and Shell's CD Fits Well in Your Christmas StockingLooking for last minute Christmas gifts? You should put the new CD, Kiss Me Salty, by local musicians Dan Voll and Michele Anders in EVERYBODY’s Christmas stocking!

Wisconsin native Dan Voll has been playing guitar since he was nine years old. He studied guitar in Los Angeles with esteemed recording artist Ted Greene and was honored with several top music awards and countless accolades while living in Rockford, Illinois.

Known for his dazzling instrumentals and soulful vocals, Dan’s versatility is second to none, easily blending and crossing genres including rock, pop, blues, jazz, country, Latin and world music.

After moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2010, Dan could be heard playing regularly on his own and along with several acts and became one of the most popular guitarists in Northeast Florida. It was a chance meeting that led to his partnership with Michele “Shell” Anders in the summer of 2011.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Shell played bass and sang in cover bands in central Pennsylvania, and the Maryland and Delaware beaches, before moving to Florida in 1999. As her career took a turn towards radio broadcasting, Shell put her musical aspirations aside and enjoyed popularity on the air waves in Jacksonville, Florida, only picking up her guitar and singing for friends and family.

Soon after meeting, the two began playing music together and a wonderful friendship was born. Dan and Shell can be seen and heard all over Fernandina Beach performing an entertaining mix of covers and now their own original music!

With beachy undertones and catchy lyrics, their new CD, Kiss Me Salty makes a fabulous addition to the music collection of anyone on your list.

Dan and Shell will be performing Saturday morning at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market on Christmas Eve in historic Fernandina Beach, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., if you’d like to see these two perform, or perhaps pick up a CD or two.

Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show

Get ready for a two night Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show at the Amelia Community Theatre with a 21-piece band performing holiday tunes with six singers and a number of additional acts.

Performances will be held on Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring over twenty-one musicians with a variety of professional singers, entertainers and other acts, this family friendly holiday show is sure to get everyone in the spirit. Ask anyone that attended the last two years, and they will tell you this show is a “must-see” event.

This full theatre production will include all your favorite holiday songs, local celebrity singers, dancing, acting and a few surprises we can’t even announce just yet. And if you’re nice, maybe St. Nick will pay us a visit too!

Two dates to choose from, one incredible show!

Singer line-up: Marah Lovequist, Reed Meyer, Tyra Dant, Kim Reteguiz, Jeff Groden-Thomas & Robbie Eccles.

Bonus: Free holiday photo booth, concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

Waymore Return to Evening of Story and Song August 13th

The Waymores (waymores.net) return to Amelia Island, and if you aren’t leaving town to beat the Florida heat, check them out on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer/songwriters; quite successful as solo artists with more than a dozen albums between them and songs recorded by Linda Rondstadt, Johhny Cash, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert and many others… who realized that they could make way more music and have way more fun by performing together.

If you haven’t already made your reservations, please email: eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com.

For a sneak preview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lZh61Iiqfw to see The Waymores on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C.”

Doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and the Community Outreach program at St. Peter’s.

Kick-off Independence Day Weekend with Sounds on Centre

flipturn-sounds-on-centreJuly 1, 2016, join your neighbors and friends at Sounds on Centre. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the corner of Centre and Second Streets becomes a dance party. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes, and dance with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, too. There will be t-Shirts, raffles prizes, popcorn and more.

This month’s band is “flipturn”, a local, five-piece indie rock, garage band that you don’t want to miss. Fun for the entire family, you need to hear this up and coming group of youngsters.

Members: Adrian Walker, Dillon Basse, Madeline Jarman, Taylor Allen, Tristan Duncan
Hometown: Fernandina Beach

If you would like to volunteer to help with Sounds on Centre please meet us outside of Debonair at 4:15pm.

Bluegrass Jam at Sliders on Sundays

Down Yonder is a local bluegrass band made up of Michael Spicer, Dan Forney, John Fleming and Brian Absher. They will be hosting a “Bluegrass Jam” all summer long, at Sliders Beachside Grill.

The restaurant is located at 1998 S. Fletcher Avenue, and the “jams” will take place every Sunday, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. Down Yonder invites you to come play along or sing your favorite bluegrass tunes.

Everyone is welcome.

Contact downyonderbluegrass@gmail.com for more information.

Sounds on Centre June 3, 2016

Sounds On Centre is this Friday, June 3, 2016. From 6 to 8:00 p.m., this is a dance pary in the street! Join your neighbors, friends, Pirates and more to listen to The Decades Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band comprised of four talented local musicians put together by the bands drummer and manager, Robert Severance. Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia, plays bass guitar player, Vic Deacon is the lead guitar player, and James Geiger plays the keyboards.

Like many great bands, there is no single lead singer. All of the members sing lead on different songs. This band is known for their ability to please the crowds with note for note precision and they are proud to call Fernandina Beach “home”!

Located at Centre and Second Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

Bring lawn chairs if you’d like, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Steve Seskin to Perform at Evening of Story and Song

Steve Seskin is a remarkably talented
singer/songwriter, with seven #1 hits and 20 CDs to his credit.

His compassion for humanity shines through on many of his songs, and his ability to connect with and engage the audience is sure to delight.

If you haven’t already made reservations for this coming Saturday, May 14th, there’s still time!

Send a message to eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com and tell ’em how many seats you will need. The doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm.

A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and St. Peter’s Outreach Program.

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

PHOTO BY_ Sakiphotography

The Gin Blossoms will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at the 53rd Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and will take over the Riverfront Stage on April 30, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. This free concert will have you dancing and singing along to popular hits from the 90’s such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away”, and “Found Out About You.” While grunge and hair band genre superstars were taking over the airwaves, the Gin Blossoms emerged with a lighter than alternative rock sound known as “jangle-pop” and found homes in four different radio formats rocketing the band into success, and a fan favorite on MTV.

Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, the Gin Blossoms have toured over 25 different Countries including a five city tour of Iraq in 2010. “It was so much fun to entertain our troops. It’s really insightful to see firsthand how our troops live in a combat zone. It really helped to broaden my understanding on the sacrifices they make to protect us at home and abroad. I hope all Americans understand how important it is for us to extend our thanks,” says Robin Wilson, lead vocalist of the band.

The bands fusion of Pop, melodic rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand bands. “We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, ‘what’s the best thing to do to further my career’, I always say, ‘Write good songs.’ It always comes down to that.”

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off Thursday, April 28th with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina. The festival is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday evening with a dedicated Kids’ Fun Zone at Central Park. Amelia Island’s riverfront welcomes Chicago Blues with a performance by the son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield. You can also enjoy food booths, a tour of the Georgia Bulldog shrimp boat, marine displays, sponsor booths, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a Pirate Invasion, Fireworks, and Gitlo Lee – the Blues Man of the South.

Saturday’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and nearly 400 vendors will display fine arts and crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, Pirates, an incredible line-up of entertainment, and of course, plenty of shrimp cooked lots of different ways. The festivities continue on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade.

Consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events, visit ShrimpFestival.com for more information.

2016 Inaugural Sounds on Centre Features Palmetto Catz

2016 Inaugural Sounds on Centre Features Palmetto CatzThe 2016 Sounds On Centre season begins this coming Friday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. and features the dynamic sounds of Palmetto Catz!

This free concert and street dance will be held in the middle of the street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, at teh corner of Centre and Second Streets.

Palmetto Catz is comprised of professional, local musicians that know how to put out quality, popular music:

Led by one of the most respected musicians in north Florida, Richard Stratton, on guitar and vocals, he is equally adept at classical, jazz and popular music. Stratton is always in-demand at top venues from Sea Island, Georgia to St. Augustine, Florida as a solo guitarist/vocalist, as classical guitarist with his ‘Trio Dolce’ (flute, violin and guitar) and as band leader of the Palmetto Catz.

Richard is joined by Tommy Gilstrap on bass and vocals. Tommy has played shows with Mary Wells (My Guy), Cecil Womack, Eddie Floyd (Knock on Wood), O.V.Wright and has opened for Archie Bell and the Drells, Kenny Rogers and B.J.Thomas.

Palmetto Catz also features Rick Kirkland on drums. Rick was the drummer (and a featured soloist) for the Ray Charles Show during the 1980’s and has performed with many legends including Benny Goodman, Della Reese, Chet Atkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Glen Campbell, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lou Rawls, Diahann Carroll, Shirley Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Joe Cocker, The Temptations, Red Skelton, George Burns, and many, many more.

Stevie ‘Fingers’ Saracson (keyboards/vocals) earned a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) from Jacksonville University and has worked with Teddy Washington (James Brown Band), Steve Popovich (A&R Columbia Records, President Cleveland International Records), Little Anthony, The Drifters, and The Platters.

Palmetto Catz is an exciting upbeat cover/variety band that leans heavily on classic pop/rock hits from the 1960s and 70s – perfect anytime you want to entertain a diverse crowd: lots of high energy songs with great harmony vocals that everyone knows and loves. With an extensive and diverse repertoire of popular music, Palmetto Catz is always sure to entertain!

Something new this year at Sounds on Centre this year… sno-cones!

We hope to see you all downtown on April Fool’s Day.

Fall 2015 Nassau Community Band Concert

Nassau Community Band presents their first concert in the newly remodeled St. Michael’s Parish Hall.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm, and light refreshments will be available for donations.

The evening will feature Dr. Marc Dickman, fall 2015 Conductor-in-Residence. A founding member of the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Florida, Dr. Dickman is also a Professor of Low Brass, he conducts the annual “Tuba Christmas” ensemble, and is a Besson Performing Artist.

The Nassau Community Band will soon be arranging instrumentation for holiday performances. Interested musicians can direct questions to Carrie at info@nassaucommunityband.com.

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Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little Theatre

Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little TheatreMonday, September 14th, at 7:30 pm, Acoustic Sessions Fernandina Little Theatre will feature Claude Bassingthwaighte, Louie LeClaire and Tom Leon.

On the second Monday of each month, this live music event happens at our local Little Theatre where they bring in local, regional, and international musicians for two hours of musical entertainment and performance.

Tickets are $9.00, and can be purchased at The UPS Store next to the Fernandina Beach Publix.

2015 Rendezvous Film Festival is Almost Here

 2015 Rendezvous Film Festival is Almost HereRendezvous Film Festival is a nine day International Film, Music, and Interactive Gaming Festival held on Amelia Island, Florida June 5th through 13th, 2015. The nine day festival will feature over 200 Indie film screenings from more than 30 countries, a gaming expo, several music concerts, including CMA Artist Shane Wooten on June 11th, film panels, and several Red Carpet Premieres.

Proceeds to Benefit “Make A Film Foundation” Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions, helping them to create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, directors and writers. Learn more at www.makeafilmfoundation.org

RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL FILM TICKETS:
-$5.00: All Film Screenings, The Film/Lunch Series, and all programing before 7pm and midnight screenings. Valid one per screening.
-$10.00: 7pm or later screenings: Opening Night/Red Carpet Film Screenings. Valid one per screening
-$85: ALL FILM PASS: Good for all 9 days of film screenings
-$300: VIP PASS: Good for all 9 days of film screenings, events, concerts, and 2 Free Marani Vodka Drinks each night.

BLISTUR, ALTERNATIVE ROCK CONCERTBLISTUR, ALTERNATIVE ROCK CONCERTTickets are $20.00
Catch Blistur, a rock band from Jacksonville, FL performing all original songs, live at the Dog Star Tavern. Doors open at 7:30pm, the bar will be open through-out the concert.
Dog Star Tavern
10 North 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)

JOHN KING, COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERTTickets are $20.00
Sheffield’s at the Palace
117 Centre St
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

SHANE WOOTEN BAND, COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERTTickets are $20.00, $35.00 VIP
The Shane Wooten Band is a Nashville recording artist that brings a high energy Country music show. Performing live on Amelia Island during the Debut of the Rendezvous Film Festival June 11th at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm, bar open through-out the concert..
Sheffield’s at the Palace
117 centre street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

For more information visit http://www.rendezvousfestival.org/.

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