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“Acoustic ‘fingerstyle’ guitar player/wizard”
Shaun Hopper takes his audience on a world tour from Celtic and classical melodies to passionate ballads, jazzy tunes, and mind blowing 70’s pop songs. All while stirring emotions in his audience with humorous tales from his “backwoods” Georgia roots. Shaun is an uncomplicated man which sharply contrasts with the monumental and complex compositions he brings to his stage. His shows are unforgettable as he demonstrates the skills usually performed by the most prestigious guitar masters. His work is influenced by some of the great legends; Andre Segovia, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, George Benson, Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins.
“Southern Jazz Dream!”
ashville Recording Artist Colleen Orender's new music is a sultry jazz dream with pop sensibilities and a touch of James Bond. She has been compared to Amy Winehouse with Julie London's essence. Colleen’s genre stands on its own, “the Sophisticated Pop of the decade!”
Neo-traditional mountain folk music- contemporary songwriting with an old timey feel.
The Wandering Hours are a rare group that is not only fun and engaging with the audience, but absolute tops on their instruments, drawing from folk traditions and metamodern thinking alike with topics ranging from the perpetuity of time to some good ole drinking songs. Banjo, mandolin, guitar and foot percussion underscore the band's thoughtful lyrics and story telling. Quickly making a name for themselves in live music and festival circles, they were named Creative Loafing Tampa’s Roots/Alt-County Band Best of the Bay in 2019. The Wandering Hours are currently recording their next record to be released later this year.
brilliant jazz vocalist
Leah Suárez is a musician and arts entrepreneur whose primary instrument is her velvet rich voice. She’s a multilingual singer, valve trombonist, composer and bandleader blazing her own cool alloy genre that’s jazz tempered with a range of other roots traditions.
Kettle of Fish
“They make old songs new again, and their originals sound like classics."
Kettle of Fish plays blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock n roll. Kettle is one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida, headlining to thousands, and opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker and Elvin Bishop playing original music, deep tracks and old favorites. Kettle was showcased in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Ticket cover story “Big Shots of the 941” as one of the top bands in the area.
Big things come in small packages –
Pearls in an oyster shell; Godiva chocolates in golden foil; A stick of dynamite; and MELANIE MASSELL. Seasoned, spicy, saucy and sassy, this petite 4’10” curly red-headed hot-blooded vocal song stylist delivers every song with the smoothness of a pearl, the richness of Godiva and the explosion of TNT – all at once. From the moment the first note is played, her smile opens up her soul and her soul opens up your heart. You are now in her world and you won’t want to leave. She’s one Hot Item. With thousands of performances under her belt, including entertaining dignitaries in the Royal and Political world, Melanie was nominated “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and “Best Jazz Act” for the Atlanta Coca-Cola Music Awards. She has opened for artists such as Chris Botti and David Sanborn, and was a backup singer for R&B recording sensation, Oleta Adams.
chicago blues/Mississippi Delta Funk
Steve Arvey began his career playing the Chicago blues circuit during the 70’s. During that period he shared the stage with many of the legendary blues masters from the Windy City. Now living in Florida, Steve is a fixture at major festivals and nightclubs throughout the South, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also considered by many to be one of the top cigar box guitar players in the world today.
Songwriter, actor, and producer
Matthew Biskok is complicated! He has several clever personalities often dressed in costume which keeps his fans guessing on which alias he will be. He runs his own Production company under the name Matthew Bistok Productions… as a soloist he is Banjoe Steve and as a band he is MB Banned. His original musical creations are always lively, fun, memorable, and exceed in creativity and humor! Matthew Bistok is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Ship of Fools is a five piece classic rock band from Sarasota, Florida playing the music of Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Cliff, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, and others. Formed in 2012, Ship of Fools has played all over the Gulf Coast and has built up an extensive repertoire of material, often creating unexpected pairings, medleys, and long jams.
Paradise Has a Soundtrack
Mike Sales smooth, clear vocals, accompanied only by the rhythm of his electric guitar is best described as “chill”. Performing tropical arrangements of eclectic best-selling cover songs and seamlessly weaving in his own originals... unpretentious, casual and crisp. Mike Sales is the singer you’ll want to include in your tranquil island vacation… and your playlist when you return home.