St Augustine experienced the excitement and pleasure of truly beautiful music as the New Year and EMMA brought the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra to Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. For more than 30 years the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra has brought music lovers to their feet in appreciation of performance after performance.
Released Jan 12, 2018, this EP is heavily influenced by the soul and early rock artists of the 50’s and 60’s. Hence the title, which is a nod to the dances of that era, ShagShuffleShimmyShakeSwing: Vol 1 is an authentic homage to the pioneers of that soul and early rock, “The ones that started it all”. You can hear the backbeat rhythms and musical influences of all the artists he admires. The lead single, “The Pioneers”, is a celebration of the music of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke and will take you back to a time of juke joint, jump jiving grooves that still move your heart and soul, and make you want to get up and dance. The EP Release Party in St Augustine was held at the San Sebastian Winery to a packed house of dancing fans. If you would like to purchase Billy Buchanan’s music go to www.billybuchanan.org
This year’s Gala for the EMMA Concert Association shaped up to be fabulous…the Big Band theme was a lot of fun, and the EMMA Guild committee, spearheaded by Barbara Hamel and Dori Hondorf, worked extremely hard to create a memorable event for everyone…including the guests!
The gala was followed by the Orlando Jazz Orchestra (Music Director: Greg Parnell) and Jazz singer Linda Cole at the Flagler Lewis Auditorium. The orchestra rocked the house!
After hurricane Irma cancels the first of three weekends of Sing Out Loud Festival. Here are the highlights of that 2nd weekend which was so needed after the devastation of hurricane Irma. The city of St Augustine came back to life with music sweet music..
On Saturday August 12th the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center had a tribute to American jazz musician and singer-songwriter Billie Holiday, the house was packed to a sold out crowd. Carole Freeman shared her stories and sung interpretations of Billie Holiday, filling the room with the artistic spirit of one of America’s greats.
On Friday, June 23rd, the St Augustine Music Festival presented The Gems Of Chamber Music as part of its program. Delighting the audience with the music of Johann Christian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Maurice Ravel.
On Thursday June 22 the St Augustine Music Festival returned for its second part of three more days of absolutely wonderful music, lets call it a crème de la crème of classical music. This time with The Diaz Trio, that delighted us with the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and ending with a standing ovation by an audience that truly appreciated this beautiful gift by the trio.
St Augustine Music Festival 2017
June 15-17 & June 22-24 / 7:30pm
The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members Jorge A. Peña (viola) and Jin Kim-Peña (cello), with the invaluable participation and support of many other musicians and the local community.
Concerts are held at the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Concerts are free and no tickets are required, however, seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
First Coast.tv was able to capture some of the highlights of day one, Thursday.
Jazz at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on June 9th, featured The Doug Carn Trio. They played to a packed room which they filled with some awesome jazz tunes.
Sofar Sounds is a global, grassroots network of artists, hosts, and guests, all with the goal of helping to bring the magic back to live music. They curate secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces, from living rooms and churches to hoodie shops and fancy furniture showrooms. They aim to create performance spaces that are respectful to artists, where the audience lives in the moment and listens closely to the music.
They started as a hobby in London back in 2009, became a business a few years ago, and have grown into a global community of music lovers, supporting thousands of artists around the world, putting on hundreds of gigs every month across hundreds of cities.
Sofar is an expanding network of artists and music lovers. It is the first in St Augustine, and now our city is one of almost 360 cities around the planet that are part of this community driven music movement. Next live music event is in June, check out their website below, and see if you can get into the next event.