Thanks for visiting the Community Calendar. To stay in-the-know about what’s happening now, you can also sign up for Your Weekly TallyConnection, and we’ll hit your inbox on Friday mornings with a line-up of current events! We make it easy for you to get out and enjoy Tallahassee! Thank you again for visiting.
45 minute IMAX 3D documentary
*SHOWTIMES VARY DAILY* Visit www.ChallengerTLH.com/showtimes to plan your visit.
Join an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners.
Follow ‘Halo’, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America. Meet ‘Henry’, an avalanche rescue expert in the Canadian Rockies, ‘Reef’, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard, ‘Ricochet’, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs, and the Bloodhound brothers, ‘Tipper and Tony’, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa.
As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!
This program sponsored in part through COCA’s Cultural Grant Program funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Your ticket purchase supports the Challenger Learning Center’s community outreach and educational programming.
Veteran environmentalist and original petitioner and leader of the Green Amendment movement, Maya van Rossum will holding a community discussion with Forgotten Nations and Creation Care, on her new book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment, followed by Q&A and signing.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
5:30pm doors open
6:30pm talk and then book signing
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church
1700 North Meridian Road
*Bring a potluck dish and be entered to win door prizes!
About the book:
In the decades long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.
The solution, argues Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum in a pathbreaking book, is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority: our state and federal constitutions. In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory that not only protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless frackers, but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment.
Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change. In The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people.
We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. It’s time to claim that right—for our own sake and that of future generations.
The Green Amendment has been honored as a 2018 Living Now Evergreen Awards GOLD Winner in the Nature Conservation category, received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, and includes a powerful foreword authored by Mark Ruffalo, which supports the visionary constitutional path advocated for in the book.
The BBC’s 17th Anniversary Celebration Continues
Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers
Friday April 26th @ 9:00pm
Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers return from Down Under to kick off their Spring, U.S. tour and their only Florida appearance Friday at the BBC!
This phenomenal guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer has found a home at the BBC in his annual walkabouts to the States. Geoff is an electric and acoustic blues guitarist with a distinctive, gritty and soulful voice. His live shows are energetic, combining contemporary blues and jazz with some mighty fine guitar play–solid, clean, and unique. His versatility earned Geoff the honor as a guest instructor at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp for more than 10 years.
His acclaim spans the globe:
“Geoff is one of the finest blues guitarists I know with a completely individual style.” ~Jorma Kaukonen, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna”
“Make sure you never, ever miss an opportunity to see Geoff Achison ‘live’” ~Ron Currens Hittin’ The Note
“Geoff Achison is simply a phenomenal guitarist, great singer, and a riveting live performer.” Cranleigh Arts Center flyer, Surrey UK.
“Achison has been hailed as one of the finest blues players in Australia” ~Ian McFarlane Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop
“Part New Orleans funk, hard blues and soul – they are all done impeccably.” — Rob Dickens, Listening Through The Lens AU
Geoff is backed up by some amazing muscians with Yonrico Scott on drums and Bryan Hall on bass adding a soulful, funky punch to the mix.
From the outback to the boondocks, this is a show you deserve to see!
Music, video and more:
Showtime is 9:00 pm
Advance Discounted Tickets with a table reserved in your name are $20.00.
Available on our website: http://bradfordvilleblues.com/events-tickets/
Tickets at the door are $25.00
Enjoy a hearty, outdoor, all-you-can-eat meal on Saturday, April 27th, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. at our 58th Annual Pioneer Breakfast on the 1880’s-style farmstead.
This fundraiser, benefiting the Tallahassee Museum’s conservation and education efforts, features Register’s freshly grilled sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes and real Bradley’s Country Store grits served up by the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Please join the Tallahassee Museum for one of the region’s best two-day jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues music festivals! Get up and dance, sit back and enjoy the music, or take part in fun activities on the Big Bend Farm. The Tallahassee Museum outdoor stage area is the perfect setting and one of the few places fans can bring their families to hear live music. Plenty of tasty treats and frosty beverages will be available at the cafe and cash bar! Come on out and enjoy one of the Tallahassee Museum’s great concerts! Guests are welcome to bring camp chairs and blankets.
Tickets are FREE to all Museum Members as well as Children 3 years of age and under.
Adults: $12/per day
Children 4-15 years: $9/per day
Seniors and College Students with Student ID: $11.50/per day
The TSO Pops in the Park is a springtime tradition of outdoor music overlooking Southwood’s Central Park Lake. There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of Tallahassee’s glorious spring than by gazing skyward into a clear night while our orchestra serenades you from the stage. Southwood’s beautiful Central Park Lake forms a fantastic setting for the spectacular sounds of the Symphony. Children can be seen playing and dancing on the lawn while their parents enjoy picnic dinners brought from home or purchased on site.
Performance By Maharajah Flamenco Trio 💃
A feast provided by Real Paella 🥘
(Vegetarian Options Will Be Available)
PRE-SALES AVAILABLE NOW!
**Sale ends April 25th**
The Maharajah Flamenco Trio delivers a moving and dynamic expression of Flamenco Nuevo (New or “modern” Flamenco), by blending traditional Spanish rhythms with jazz, classical, and world music.
Real Paella’s tempting tastes derive from fresh local ingredients and spices, rice, and oil imported from Spain. The master chef only uses all-natural, never processed products, and only of the very best quality.
Tickets include the following:
Musical performance by the Maharajah Flamenco Trio
Paella dinner provided by Real Paella (Vegetarian Options Available)
Complimentary wine (two glass maximum)
GA Pre-Sale (Sale end April 25th): $40
General Admission (After April 25th & Day of): $55
John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers Saturday, April 27th @ 9:00 pm
Two time Blues Music Award Winner and four time BMA nominee for BB King Entertainer of the Year Award, John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers attack the corner stage with their high energy Memphis soul! This is John’s only Florida appearance this Spring and Summer.
John, who lives in the shadow of Stax Records in Memphis, combines one the most soulful and emotional voices in the blues with scorching blues harp, a mesmerizing high energy show and captivating stage presence.
John is a versatile vocalist who epitomizes blue eyed soul, R&B, blues and the Memphis Stax sound. Somewhere between Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Nat King Cole, with the energy of Jerry Lee Lewis, the soul of Ray Charles and the stage presence of Joe Cocker.
Here is what others say about his shows:
“Definitely one of the best club shows that I’ve ever seen. … Check the man and his band out whenever you might get the chance.” Don “T-Bone” Erickson, BluesWax
“The vocalist/harmonica player and his band here deliver top-shelf goods that can hold their own alongside the finest journeyman work of the mid-Sixties soul era they embrace. Németh & crew are bona fide throwbacks in the most flattering sense of the term. And the cat up front might be the best white r&b singer on the planet.”-Jazz-Blues Report
“Hands down one of the most powerful, charismatic blues performers producing an insatiable blend of contemporary and traditional blues in the style of legendary crooners Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke.” Salt Lake City Weekly
“John Nemeth breaks down perceptions of the way Soul music should sound as he incorporates street beats, Rock’nRoll, and Funk into his natural take on Blues” The Alternate Root–
Accompanying John on this soul train are Matthew Wilson (guitar – vocals), Danny Banks (drums – vocals), & Willie G Stephens (keys – vocals).
This is top shelf stuff. Very highly recommended!
Music, Video and more:
Showtime is 9:00 pm
Advance Discounted Tickets with a table reserved in your name are $25.00.
Available on our website: http://bradfordvilleblues.com/events-tickets/
Tickets at the door are $30.00
With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band—saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney “Big Love” Girlie—takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.
Birchwood, who attacks his guitar and lap steel with searing intensity, wrote and produced all 13 songs on Pick Your Poison. His richly detailed, hard-hitting originals run the emotional gamut from the humorously personal “My Whiskey Loves My Ex” to the gospel-inflected “Even The Saved Need Saving” to the hard truths of the topical “Corporate Drone” and “Police State” to the existential choice of the title track. The cutting-edge songs are made all the more impactful by Birchwood’s gruff vocals, his untamed musicianship and his band’s seemingly telepathic accompaniment. “I write and sing what I know,” says Birchwood, whose innovations are as expansive as his influences. “This album has a broad reach. It’s for young, old and everyone in between.”
This knockout season finale presents music related to “pictures,” both motion and mood. Bernard Hermann and Erich Korngold were both master film-score composers, and although the latter’s Violin Concerto was not specifically written for the cinema, it deeply inhabits the sound world of the silver screen. Holst’s iconic The Planets, which he described as “a series of mood pictures,” was born from the composer’s fleeting interest in astrology, and has become one of the most oft-performed and beloved orchestral pieces.
Featuring violinist, William Hagen
Hermann, Vertigo Suite
Korngold, Violin Concerto, Op. 35
Holst, The Planets, Op. 32
Sam Frazier, Jr. started playing as a one man band, playing guitar and blowing the harmonica. He added a bass drum and hi-hat which he played with his feet. He taught his sister to play bass and she started performing with Sam at parties and local clubs. While playing at a club, he caught the ear of a popular local Birmingham DJ, “The Thin Man”, Maurice King. Maurice arranged an audition with a talent agent who took Sam and his sister to New York City and recorded his first record entitled “You Got Me Uptight”. The session took place at a studio on Broadway. The 45 rpm single was released and received moderate airplay and success. While in New York City, Sam and his sister performed at the Sonia Ballroom.
Eventually Sam came back to Birmingham and joined a gospel group, “The Golden Hummingbirds”, where he played bass and sang. He also formed a three piece combo and played at the DAV (Disabled Veterans) and American Legion for a period of time. Although the music was a lot of fun, Sam needed a job to support himself with a regular income. He got a job at a local auto dealership where one of the salesmen introduced Sam to a local morning TV show host, Country Boy Eddie. Eddie was a well known celebrity entertainer who eventually hired Sam as one of the regular members of his traveling entourage; making appearances at local shopping malls, new car dealership grand openings and other venues. It was around that same time that country music had just discovered Charley Pride, the first black singer to make it big in country music. Eddie encouraged Sam to pursue country music in addition to the blues music he was known for. Sam also became a regular on The Country Boy Eddie TV Show on WBRC TV, a Birmingham, AL station. Some of the members of the band entered Sam in a contest at “Sonny Duke’s Night Club”. Sam not only won the contest, but went on to perform at Sonny Duke’s as a regular for five years. Then Sam met Joe Mitchell. Joe owned Missile Records and recorded 12 songs with Sam in Nashville. One of the songs, “Cabbage Man”, was released as a single and received a good amount of airplay.
Come and hear Voces Angelorum’s spring concert celebrating women in choral music on Thursday, May 9th at 7pm.
This spring, we will be performing the compositions of Laura Farnell, Emma Lou Diemer, Andrea Ramsey, Gwyneth Walker, and more. You may also recognize the texts of Emily Dickenson in there as well! This will be a beautiful and unique evening of song presented in the Carriage House at Goodwood Museum & Gardens, including a complimentary wine bar and food. The wine bar will be open 6:15pm and the concert begins at 7pm. A variety of foods will available after the performance.
Tickets for the evening are a $20 and can be purchased online http://www.vocestally.org/tickets or at the door beginning at 6:15. Proceeds support Voces Angelorum and Goodwood Museum & Gardens.
“Twenty-five years, hundreds of thousands of miles, and over 3,000 live performances; what a dream it’s been!” said Robert “Big Sandy” Williams. “When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon”
Indeed, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are beloved by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop. What A Dream It’s Been, out August 27 on Cow Island Music, is a collection of the band’s favorite original numbers – all acoustic, reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation.
“Here I am, looking back at a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times and put us in front of national television and radio audiences,” said Big Sandy. He and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block. “Putting together this new record has brought back a flood of memories. It is our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now. I feel like we’re sounding better than ever and experimenting musically. While it’s a reflection of our past, this album is really a hint of things to come.”
All of the albums are represented here, and the new arrangements happened organically. “Often during sound checks and rehearsals, we’ll get to messing around with songs,” Big Sandy explained. “I Know I’ve Loved You Before was originally recorded as a slow, jazzy number. But one night at band practice after a few drinks, I started strumming the song with ska upstrokes and tried singing it in a more soulful, rocksteady style. The rest of the band fell in together and it started to sound like something that (Jamaican legend) Ken Boothe might have done. We all knew in that instant that we had to record the song that way as soon as possible.”
“The last song on the album and title track, What A Dream It’s Been, (a duet with acclaimed voice actress/Grammy Award winning vocalist Grey DeLisle) is a love song, but not in the conventional sense. As Big Sandy explained, “I wrote and recorded this song in 1998 after a couple of the Fly-Rite Boys told me they had to move on. Unsure if I would be able to continue on without them, this song sums up and pays tribute to the wonderful times that we had together.”
Despite Big Sandy’s uncertainty about the band’s future at that time, a new generation of Fly-Rite Boys emerged. Performing on these recordings are Jeff West on bass and harmony vocals, Joe Perez on drums and backup vocals, and Ashley Kingman, a 20-year Fly-Rite veteran, on guitar and mandolin.
Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It’s Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about.
In the last decade, LeeBoys has for more than 750,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Their unique sound has attracted musical artists such as Allman Bros. Band, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples, Gov’t Mule, Blind Boys of Alabama, Black Crowes, John Legend and The Roots – all of whom have performed with the LeeBoys and/or invited them to tour with them. Heralded pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier is often seen performing with multiple bands over the course of any given festival.
Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn’t even think of. Amazon.com says his guitar work “sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path.” The Chicago Reader declares, “Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene.”
Through the years, Shorty has performed with blues and R&B; luminaries like Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Guitar Slim and T-Bone Walker. He started playing with these legends while still in his teens and recorded a handful of singles for a variety of labels and an obscure LP during the first 30 years of his career. After decades of paying his dues (like so many unheralded American bluesmen), it took a tour of England to establish Shorty’s fame in his home country. His recordings since then all received massive critical acclaim, and his renowned live performances have kept him constantly in demand all over the world. His 2004 Alligator Records debut, Watch Your Back, became his best-received, best-selling album to date. His 2006 follow-up, We The People, won the coveted Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year.
Pas de Vie Ballet presents its annual
Children’s Performance featuring the family favorite
“Peter and the Wolf”
Performed by a LIVE orchestra
Friday, May 17th – 10:30 AM
Lee Hall, Florida A&M University Campus
– Balcony general seating tickets $10 each-
-discount tickets of $8 each for groups of 10 or more – email email@example.com-
The educational performance, approximately one hour in length, includes a glimpse of the “behind the scenes” action and a short question and answer period with the choreographer, dancers and crew. Many children have never had the chance to take a dance class or attend a ballet performance in a theater. Children are inspired as they observe their peers creating a world of endless imagination and storytelling through a disciplined art form. Public, private and home school children attend the performance each year.
Pas de Vie Ballet’s 2019 Spotlight on Dance will be held Friday, May 17th at 8 pm and Saturday, May 18th at 2:30 pm. This local dance company is known for offering original choreography as well as traditional works. The vibrant, mixed repertoire performance will be held at Lee Hall, Florida A&M University.
New Orleans Bluesman Jammin Guitar Joe featuring Miss Bootsy Taylor Rocking the Boogie Woogie Blue’s with a whole lot of funk n soul and Rock and Roll.The Joe Survival Caruso band promise to be a whole of fun jammin some incredible blues music from their latest project Sunshine Blues..So come on out under the stars and catch this incredible potpourri of musical wizardry with tunes like Too Many Woman…Something Strange…..Blue Star….Cant keep a good man down…..Hoo Doo Love. Ive got the Voo Doo and much more