Kenny MacKenzie Trio in St Augustine

The Kenny MacKenzie Trio played at the Romanza Festivale in St Augustine this week. The trio began in NYC in the year 2000 and has played in many venues in the Northeast. Recently, Kenny moved to Palm Coast. He can now be heard hosting a program on WFCF St. Augustine featuring “Jazz Greats” every Tuesday from 3-7 pm. His trio has recently appeared in the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the NEFJA Jazz Festival. Don Lerman in Cadence Magazine is quoted saying: “MacKenzie presents a varied program of inventive original music that brings to mind the angular style of Keith Jarrett and the groovy appeal of Ramsey Lewis”.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Performed at the Gamache-Koger Theatre and directed by Anne Kraft of A Classic Theatre, Inc. This staged reading is “a scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Accessorizing these tales – which are mostly comic but often sad or sentimental too – are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, the sisters who’ve got your back.” -Christopher Isherwood, NY Times Comedy/drama

The play is by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Local actors will depict the characters.


Island Duet at the Romanza Festivale

Monday, May 11, 2015

The audience relaxed to the sounds of the Umbargers playing and singing originals from their new CD, New World Arising (A Tribute to St. Augustine at 450) at the Colonial Quarter on St George Street. The strains of the guitar and violin blended perfectly in the hands of this talented duo. Paul and Caren are gifted musicians, teachers, artists and writers in St. Augustine. Along with an active performing schedule, they teach violin, viola, guitar, piano, trumpet and bass in their music studio.

First Coast.TV got to have some words with them.

Archaeology and St Augustine

First Coast.TV’s Derek Hankerson spoke with archaeologist Carl Halbirt and Misha Johns at their center in St Augustine. They talked about the ancient world of artifacts under St Augustine, and the process of collecting, identifying, and picking an area to excavate. They also shared their most interesting find.