We had a great time on Saturday, October 12th at the 16th annual Lake County Folk Festival in Eustis, Florida. The weather was Chamber of Commerce perfect and the organizers did a fantastic job of booking acts to perform. Many of our friends were among the acts and we enjoyed their music in the open air of a mild October day.
We headed for Olivia’s around 6:00PM, hoping to get a table since the performances had ended for the day, save for the big show at the bandshell. After ordering some dinner, I checked Facebook on my iPhone and discovered that a friend had posted up a request for a musician to perform at one of the daytime venues that was participating in a “wine stroll”. I was dismayed as I wanted to hustle right over there, but we had to wait until our meals were served and we’d eaten them.
It turned out okay because apparently I was the only unbooked musician in town that had their guitar with them, so when we did finally get over to One Dane Place, they were still without a musician in residence and I got the gig! It’s a very nice store and I highly recommend them if you’re in Eustis looking for some distinctive and unique decorating pieces from local artists.
It turned out to be an exceptionally good day and we are looking forward to next year’s event.
Next week is a noontime performance at Renninger’s Flea Market on Hwy 441 in Mt. Dora on Saturday and Sunday I will be running sound for Central Florida Folk at their monthly house concert at Villa ConRoy in Orlando (College Park).
South Daytona, FL
Wow, what a weekend!
I was slated to perform at 4:30 on Saturday and we arrived at The Farm with about an hour to spare. Sharing the thirty minute time slot with Charlie Cracker, I managed to get in four songs and lend some ersatz kazoo backup for Charlie. It was all well received and I had a terrific time.
There were many friends and acquaintences who performed that afternoon and evening. We had a ringside seat for it all. A wonderful day for sure.
Sunday morning, my 30 minute set at 11:00AM grew to a full hour as the previous evening’s festivities had left many of the campers quite weary and resulted in some tardiness.
It was a fantastic weekend. I’d like to thank Frank Julian for making room for me in the lineup and for his continued support of my music. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen and were so supportive of my performance efforts.
We have a busy month!
On October 5th and 6th, I’ll be performing at The Farm in Brooksville, Florida at a fundraising event. I am really looking forward to making and hearing a lot of terrific music.
The next weekend, October 12th and 13th is the 16th annual Lake County Folk Festival in Eustis, Florida. I’m not performing there, but I do aim to attend at least one of the days and find the jam tent while there. I’ll have a gorgeous redhead on my arm if you spot me there.
There’s a week’s hiatus before my next gig at Renninger’s Flea and Antiques Market in Mount Dora, Florida for the 2013 Art of EVERYTHING annual fund-raiser for the arts on Saturday, the 26th. They’re right off Hwy 441 just north of State Road 46. I open the show at noon. Then on Sunday I’ll be running sound at the monthly house concert at Villa ConRoy in College Park.
I hope some of my friends and fans will come out and see me. I do love the music.
South Daytona, Florida
I have been doing open mics and acoustic jams the past few months with no potential gigs appearing anywhere. I must admit that taking a full-time job has cramped my musical endeavors and ambitions somewhat. I ain’t as young as I used to be and there are only so many hours in a week after you devote 50+ hours of it to your job.
But there is a cool little restaurant down on Beach Street next to the Halifax River and the International Speedway Boulevard bridge called “The Mediterranean Experience”. They have an unusual space that really comprises a couple of discrete venues. One, at street level is used several evenings a week for open mics. Upstairs is an indoor/outdoor space overlooking Beach Street and the river.
With a few open mic performances downstairs under my belt and a good word from my friend, Mike Whinnery, to the owner, I have been allowed the opportunity to perform on Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 10:00 PM.
I’m looking forward to the chance to perform and refine my craft entertaining the dinner guests there. I am hopeful that it will lead to greater things in the future.
I hope some of my friends and fans will drop by and enjoy their excellent menu of Mediterranean cuisine.
South Daytona, Florida
It has been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and share my journey with you.
My early February foray into promotion was a disappointment and to say we had a poor turnout would be putting it mildly. Live and learn, I suppose.
Carole and I had a great time at “The Farm” near Brooksville, Florida the weekend of the 16th of February. It was cold however and that did dampen the enjoyment a bit. Met some new friends and got to share a few songs during my 25 minute set. Quite unexpected was to receive a CD of my performance just minutes after leaving the stage!
We stayed over Saturday evening in a motel in Brooksville where Highway 50 crosses I-75 and made a lesiurely drive down Hwy 50 eastbound into and across Orlando to Fordor’s Grove where I helped set up and run sound for some talented folks that afternoon.
Since then I’ve had so much to do with work, my side business, and projects around Rancho Cammack that I have not devoted much time to performing.
As I type this, I am less than an hours work from completing the rebuild of my homebrew PA unit. I’ve also sold off my old mixers and acquired a brand new for 2013 Behringer Xenyx QX1202USB mixer. It is a superb piece of gear with four mic channels with one-knob compression, 32-bit FX built in, and stereo USB interface for recording. I’ve only listened to it through headphones, but it sounds good. I’m looking forward to hearing it through the re-engineered PA system and recording with it as well.
There is also a brand-new K&K Pure Mini pickup set awaiting install in the Mitchell. It’s my next project once the PA is buttoned up.
Expect some new songs soon!
South Daytona, Florida
I am so fortunate to have such terrific friends. Last Saturday’s house concert at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, Florida, opening for Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen was magical and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Such a warm and receptive audience! How wonderful to see my old friend Steve again!
They put on a superb show and the time passed far too quickly.
I have never met a gentler, more generous man than Steve Gillette. I feel so fortunate that I’ve known him for nearly forty years.
Now, unexpectedly, I have an opportunity to help a friend from Clearwater put on a show here locally as he is heading up to Jacksonville to perform on a Sunday. Well, now he’ll be our house guest on Saturday night, February 9th as we have managed to book the Java Jungle that evening for a house concert with Mr. Charley Groth! I’ll emcee and might play a song or two to open, but I’m really pleased to be able to help a friend and introduce all of my local friends to his music.
A week later, on the 16th of February I will be performing a set at The Farm in Brooksville, Florida at their “Charity Begins At Home” Benefit for The Farm concert. It should be a whole lot of fun. We need to help Frank Julian get some things fixed at The Farm so we can continue to enjoy it for years to come as a gathering place for musicians!
Drop me a note if you’re interested in attending any of these events!
South Daytona, FL
Tonight, January 19th, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will be performing at the Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, Florida. I have the great good fortune and honor to be allowed to open for them with a couple songs.
Pot luck at 7:00PM, music begins at 8:00PM.
Here’s a link to more info:
Here’s a link to find them:
About Trout Lake Nature Center
Hope we’ll see you there.
South Daytona, FL