Thanksgiving Benefit Concert

music-notesThe Music Ministry of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church (PAGBCC) invites the community to join them on Wednesday, Nov. 16th, at 7:00 pm at the church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach for a Thanksgiving Concert entitled “An Evening of Praise & Thanksgiving.”

The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, and Bella Voce, a women’s ensemble from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, will join the chancel and handbell choirs from PAGBCC for an evening of inspirational Thanksgiving music. The brass quintet

is comprised of titled members of The Florida Orchestra.  Bella Voce will be conducted by Derek Edward Weston and the Pass-A-Grille choirs by Dale Williams.

The concert is free, but people attending are asked to make a donation to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

For information on this and other church activities please call the church, 727-360-5508 or access the website www.pagchurch.org

Musical Instrument Drive – November 14-18

music-notesSt. Petersburg College is partnering with the Gasparilla Music Foundation to support music and education through the community outreach program, Recycled Tunes.

Gently used instruments can be donated from Nov. 14-18 at SPC locations. Instruments will be refurbished by Recycled Tunes and donated to Pinellas County Schools’ music programs.

Donation drop-off times –

1 am – 5 pm – Monday, Nov. 14 & Wednesday, Nov. 16 


4 am – 7 pm – Tuesday, Nov. 15 & Thursday, Nov. 17 


9 am – noon – Friday, Nov. 18 



SPC drop-off locations –

  • SPC Clearwater Campus (ST 122), 2465 Drew St. 

  • SPC Seminole Campus (UP 192), 9200 113th St. N 

  • SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (SS Building), 6605 5th Ave. N. 

  • SPC Downtown Campus (DC 225), 244 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 

  • SPC Allstate Center (Main Entrance – Front Desk), 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg 

  • SPC Tarpon Springs Campus (Mon., Wed., Fri. AG Building; Tue. and Thur. FA Building, Library), 600 Klosterman Rd. 


For more information, contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-314-4722 or www.spcollege.edu/recycled-tunes

From St. Petersburg College. More information, contact Rita Farlow, Assistant Director of Marketing & Strategic Communications, 727- 302-6526 or Marilyn Shaw, Public Relations Specialist, 727-341-4712.

Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show Rings in the Holiday Season at The Mahaffey!

the-frayHighlighting the release of their first-ever greatest hits compilation Through The Years, Grammy Award-winning, multi platinum-selling band The Fray will headline at The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. for Mix 100.7’s annual holiday-season concert – Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show.

Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show will also feature platinum artists Blue October, fellow Grammy winner Colbie Caillat and Joshua Radin.

A special VIP ticket includes the best seats within the first six rows or first-level boxes, an exclusive pre-show party from 5-7p.m, featuring a private acoustic set from Joshua Radin, free parking, a commemorative laminate and more.

With a resume packed with smashes like “How to Save a Life,” “You Found Me” and “Over My Head,” The Fray is one of the most successful alternative-rock bands of the last decade. Early November sees the release of the Denver quartet’s greatest hits compilation, Through The Years.

Blue October’s best-known songs include platinum singles “Into The Ocean” and “Hate Me” from 2006’s Foiled. Blue October’s new single, the title track from their newest release Home, is uplifting and unforgettable.

Colbie Caillat has sold over 6 million albums worldwide, and won a Grammy in 2008 for her duet with Jason Mraz, “Lucky.” Colbie debuted in 2007 with her hit record Coco, which featured the hits “Bubbly” and “Realize.” She is currently on her “Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour.”

Joshua Radin is a singer/songwriter who has had numerous songs appear in Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters, among many others. His song “I’d Rather Be With You” reached No. 2 on the U.S. digital charts, and he performed his song “Today” at Ellen DeGeneres’ wedding, and on her TV program.

Additional performers for the Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show will be announced shortly.

Tickets are $35, $45, $65 and $159 and go on sale to the public on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.

FolkFest Line Up Announed

folkfest-art-generalCreative Clay, Inc., will hold its annual Folkfest St. Pete Nov. 5 and 6 on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg’s Edge District.  This 10th anniversary of the folk art and music festival, held in front of Creative Clay’s headquarters 1114 Central Avenue, benefits its programs that make the arts accessible to all.

The festival attracts national, regional and local artists and draws 5,000 visitors annually. In addition to folk artists, there is continuous music throughout the festival. The schedule for this year’s musical acts is:

Saturday November 5:

9 a.m.-12pm: WMNF-FM’s “Florida Folk Show” Airing Live
12:15-1p.m.: Passerine
1:15-2:15 pm: Joe Milligan Project
2:30 pm-3:30 p.m.: Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets
3:45 pm-4:45 p.m.: Well Worn Soles
5-6 p.m.: Dean Johanesen Trio
6:15-7:15pm: Dropin Pickup
7:30-9 p.m.: AJ Ghent band

Sunday November 6, 2016:

10-10:45 a.m.: Nicholas Roberts
11am-11:45: Rosewood Creek
12pm–1pm: Chant the Trees
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Paul Sprawl
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: UNRB
3:45-4:45 p.m.: Ari and the Alibis

This year’s Folkfest artists include Missionary Mary Proctor, Don Stone, Bean Spence, Hugo Pocaro, Katherine Michael, Jellykoe and more. Creative Clay’s member artists also exhibit and sell their work, as part of the non-profit’s vision of making the arts accessible to all. All proceeds from the festival benefit Creative Clay’s Community Arts Program, which provides professional arts instruction to individuals with disabilities five days a week.

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The festival is still accepting artist vendors. Booth fee for two days remains unchanged at $150.00, with set up on Nov. 4. Booth sizes are 10” X 10”. Exhibiting artists receive free parking at Tropicana Field Lot 6, coffee and light breakfast each morning of the festival.  Festival times are Saturday, Nov 5, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Folkfest St. Pete,” said Folkfest St. Pete Director Emily Turnage, who also serves as Creative Clay’s Community Arts Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  “We’re offering spaces for local and national folk artists alike to enjoy two days of music, art and fun in our vibrant Edge District. The best part is that all funds raised benefit our member artists and help us increase our programming and enhance our educational offerings.”

Creative Clay also announced that this year, with the addition of many, diverse restaurants in the Edge District, there will be no food vendors. Instead, many of the restaurants, including Hawker’s, Bodega, Bavaro’s, Red Mesa Mercado, Enigma, Ferg’s and others will be open throughout Folkfest weekend.

“We want to honor the businesses who have chosen to invest in St. Petersburg’s EDGE District and whose livelihood and success depends on serving the people in and around the EDGE and St. Pete, as well as those traveling from outside the area to attend Folkfest,” said Creative Clay CEO Kim Dohrman. “We couldn’t think of anything better than to encourage Folkfest attendees to patronize the businesses right in our own neighborhood.”

Creative Clay’s mission is to provide expressive, educational and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community. Creative Clay’s range of innovative programs and special events celebrate community and the richness of our local and regional arts. In addition to its core program Community Arts, Creative Clay programs include Creative Care Arts in Healthcare, Artworks, Artlink, Summer Youth Arts Camp, Transition and Open Studio. These programs serve hundreds of individuals every week. Visit www.creativeclay.org for more information. Like our Creative Clay and Folkfest St. Pete Facebook pages; follow us on Instagram @creativeclay and @folkfeststpete and on Twitter @creativeclay.

“Folkfest St. Pete” Announces Call to Artists for its 10th Anniversary Festival

Creative Clay, Inc., announces its annual Folkfest St. Pete Nov. 5 and 6 on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg’s Edge District.  This 10th anniversary of the folk art and music festival, held in front of Creative Clay’s headquarters 1114 Central Avenue, benefits its Community Arts Program.

National, regional and local artists are invited to exhibit at the two-day festival, which draws 5,000 visitors annually. Booth fee for two days remains unchanged at $150.00, with set up on Nov. 5. Booth sizes are 10” X 10”. Exhibiting artists receive free parking close to the venue and coffee and light breakfast each morning of the festival.  Festival times are Saturday, Nov 5 , 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Folkfest St. Pete has attracted well-known folk artists such as Missionary Mary Proctor, Don Stone, Bean Spence, Kerry Topjun, jellykoe and more. Creative Clay’s member artists also exhibit and sell their work, as part of the non-profit’s vision of making the arts accessible to all. All proceeds from the festival benefit Creative Clay’s Community Arts Program, which provides professional arts instruction to individuals with disabilities five days a week.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Folkfest St. Pete,” said Folkfest St. Pete Director Emily Turnage, who also serves as Creative Clay’s Community Arts Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  “We’re offering spaces for local and national folk artists alike to enjoy two days of music, art and fun in our vibrant Edge District. The best part is that all funds raised benefit our member artists and help us increase our programming and enhance our educational offerings.”

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Creative Clay’s mission is to provide expressive, educational and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community. Creative Clay’s range of innovative programs and special events celebrate community and the richness of our local and regional arts. In addition to its core program Community Arts, Creative Clay programs include Creative Care Arts in Healthcare, Artworks, Artlink, Summer Youth Arts Camp, Transition and Open Studio. These programs serve hundreds of individuals every week. Visit www.creativeclay.org for more information. Like our Creative Clay and Folkfest St. Pete Facebook pages; follow us on Instagram @creativeclay and @folkfeststpete and on Twitter @creativeclay.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Artist Announced

clearwater-jazz-artNow in its 37th year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Presented by HCI Group Inc. is thrilled to present, in concert, between October 13 and 16, 2016: Daryl Hall, Grace Potter, Kool & The Gang, Commodores, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Mavericks, Houndmouth, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Lone Bellow, Bach to the Future featuring The Silverman Brothers, Show Biz Kids Steely Dan Tribute & Event Band, Fred Johnson Quartet featuring Cliff Downs, Brian Bromberg Full Circle Band, Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band with Special Guest Brian Bromberg and The Ries Brothers! The Clearwater Jazz Holiday continues its exciting collaboration with Ruth Eckerd Hall to bring an amazing and diverse lineup of headline acts to Clearwater in 2016.

clearwater-jazz-artistsPresented in the 20-acre landscaped Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater overlooking beautiful Clearwater Harbor and the majestic Memorial Causeway Bridge, the Jazz Holiday is four days and nights of some of the best live performances in the world presented to the public. The visitor experience is complemented by the Clearwater area’s mild fall weather, miles of world-famous Gulf beaches, brilliant sunsets, nearby attractions, accommodations and dining to suit every taste and budget.

clearwater-jazz-festOne of the longest-running and known events in the country, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has presented in concert multiple luminaries of our generation. The mission of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is to be the leading proponent of jazz entertainment and education in Florida through the annual presentation of a world-class, live music festival. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation is a 501c3 organization that has been center-stage for numerous scholarship and educational activities to benefit the music students of our community-from the blues-loving beginners to piano-playing protégés, and everyone in between.

The magic of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday emanates from its long-time collaboration with the City of Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and hundreds of volunteers that orchestrate every chord of the Jazz Holiday, a celebration of the most recognized and emerging national, regional, and local artists. From smooth and straight ahead jazz, to rhythm and blues, jam band, folk, Americana, funk, fusion, and Latin, thousands of music lovers always relish in a colorful and diverse musical lineup.

Tickets On-Sale NOW starting at $16 in advance. Children 12 and under are FREE. Limited Reserved Seating and VIP tickets are also available. For more information about the 37th Clearwater Jazz Holiday Presented by HCI Group Inc., call the Clearwater Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200, or visit us online at ClearwaterJazz.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterJazz.

Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano Once More to Kick Off New Music Instrument Drive for McLane Middle School

barry-manilowLegendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is “hitting the road” ONE LAST TIME! and hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the McLane Middle School in Tampa. The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive during his ONE LAST TIME! Tour. Anyone who brings a donation of a new or gently used musical instrument at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s February 4, 2016 concert at AMALIE Arena.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.

The McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena will serve as the base for the instrument drive in Tampa from January 28th through February 4th. The instrument drop off location is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdayfrom 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

For more information, hours and contact numbers, click here

“We know the importance of music for every student in our schools. We are thrilled to receive this generous donation of musical instruments from Barry Manilow and The Manilow Music Project. It will expand our program for more students and allow them to share in the gift of music,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County Public Schools.

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a co-production of BRE Presents and STILETTO Entertainment.

Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society Continues to Bring Great Mid-Week Dancing to the Bay Area

suncoast-dixieland-jazzThe Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society has been sponsoring well-attended Dixieland Jazz concerts for a number of years.  Featured bands include the most popular Dixieland Jazz groups from across the country as well as a very polished local group; The Dixie Chaps.

Past concerts have been held at a variety of locations including Banquet Masters, The Bilmar Beach Resort and The Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club. The Society has recently been seeking a new venue and has selected the banquet facilities at the Silas Dent’s Steakhouse, 5501 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, to hold all of its future events.

Starting off the 2015-2016 season, concerts will be held on Thursday July 9Thursday August 13Thursday September 10 and Tuesday, October 13. The featured band for these initial four performances will be The Dixie Chaps with Bobby Tess on cornet, Eddie Graham on drums, Chris (Crash) Clifton on trombone, Howard Smith on sousaphone and bass, Dean Fernald on keyboard, Chuck Schlaich on vibraphone and yours truly on clarinet. Additional groups and dates will be announced when arrangements have been completed.

Concerts run from 7PM to 9:30PM with open seating. For Dixie Chaps concerts, the door charge is $10.  A limited menu of food will be available. We would appreciate it if you could devote some space in Paradise News to letting the people know of this exciting activity.

The Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization and, in addition to sponsoring the year-round concerts, they award jazz scholarships to young people seeking a musical career.  Also, they send two 12 to 18 year old musicians to jazz summer camp in Sacramento, CA each year.

Please see the Society website at www.SDJS.org.

NEW St. Pete Beach Music Club at the Suntan Art Center

Play music.  Be happy!

Adult group music classes for all levels of musical experience -from beginner to pro.

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Join the NEW St. Pete Beach Music Club for some great coffee and conversation as they tour the world of music in the Music Lover’s Coffee Club, Tuesday mornings 10am to 11:30am.  Play music with them on Tuesday nights, 7pm to 8:30pm in the Music Ensemble – for any and all instruments.  (Please register in advance so music parts can be prepared for your instrument). Anyone can play the Boomwhackers- a whacky musical experience!-  Thursday nights 6:30 til 8pm.

Have you always wanted to play the piano?  Bring a small electronic keyboard and learn how to play your favorite songs and more, Saturday mornings, 10:00 -11:30am.  No prior experience necessary.  

Season rate averages $6 to $8 a week and includes participation in any or all classes offered by the SPBMC, paid monthly or prorated for entire season.  Drop in rates per class also available. Group concert rates sometimes available as well as social events and community performance opportunities.  

Classes taught by Christiane Vinet, M.M. Flute Performance.  

Visit www.SPBMusicClub.com or call 727-512-5966 for more details.  

Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival Set for October 15th

gulfport-peace-love-women-music-festivalOn October 15, from 1-10 pm Tampa Bay music lovers will be in attendance at the first Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival that will bring over 10 hours of live music to the Gulfport Historic Casino Ballroom.
Headlining the festival will be the 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Wendy Rich with her band , the Soul Shakers. Along with performing locally & nationally for over twenty years, for four years, Wendy Rich traveled the world as front person for Big Brother & the Holding Company, legendary Janis Joplin’s original band, and still occasionally makes appearances with them.

The all day Festival features the A-list of Tampa Bay’s most dedicated and accomplished women performers including Rebecca Bird with Steve Arvey, Cyndi Burger one girl band, Regina AaMacha, Janie Richards with Motel Funk, Gale Trippsmith with Doug Bliss, Emilia Mele, Joyful Noise with a Side of Jerky, and Barbara Lane with David Lane and special guest Crescendo.

Local restaurants, Little Tommie’s Tiki and Manatees on the Bay of Gulfport, and Untapped Entertainment Memphis BBQ of Seminole will be on hand to feed hungry festival attendees who don’t want to miss a minute of the fun.
All day General Admission tickets are available at the Gulfport Casino, the Gulfport Beach Bazaar and the Gulfport Welcome Center. All day general admission tickets are $40.
VIP tickets offer all-day reserved  stage front table seating, food & beverage tickets, plus fun concert memorabilia and swag for $100.  All VIP tickets are available for purchase online at www.GulfportWomensMusic.com .
Festival proceeds will be contributed to two non-profit organizations, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) and Sonia Plotnick Health Fund (financial assistance for health care and promotes preventative care for women).
For information about available sponsorships or ticketing questions, call Business Brainstormers  9-5 pm, Mon-Fri or leave a message at 727-289-9365. You can also Email your questions toinfo@GulfportWomensMusic.com.