Catching Up With Rob Wight!

What have you been up to since we last featured you on here?

I spent most of the first part 2017 traveling. I worked for Progressive Insurance as their Emcee and flew around the country hyping up crowds at boat shows. I then took a much need vacation and went to Japan with my James Bond family. We toured all of the film locations of the film, You Only Live Twice. This was the 50th anniversary of the film. I tell you, the Japanese love this movie!

After that, I picked up all my belongings and moved from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles, California to pursue more acting. Since then, I’ve helped Puppeteer for a short film by Seagriffin Productions called Ventris that comes out in 2018.

I’ve also joined the cast of a web series called, “That Hash Tag Show.” This show is about everything trending in geek pop culture. I’m featured on their channels, “Bibbity Bobbity News” (which is everything about Disney news) and “Star Wars Trilogies,” talking about everything Star Wars.

I have been DJing a lot this year as well. I DJ for a charity called “Kids In The Spotlight,” which is sponsored by Fox Entertainment. Its spokesman is “Modern Family” star, Ty Burrell. This organization focuses on kids in foster homes. I also DJ’d the opening launch party for Forza 2 for Xbox.

Do you have any projects lined up that you can tell us about?

I will be the DJ for Power Morpha Con, which is the big Power Ranger convention in Anaheim, California coming up in 2018.

We may have alluded to this, but what made you make the move from Florida to California?

I love Florida. I call it my second home after Michigan. But Florida has no film incentives, and that means it limits what I’m able to do as an actor. I’d been traveling to Atlanta frequently for roles, but … there is no beach in Atlanta!

Between DJing, acting and more, when do you find time to relax?

That’s funny you ask that… I love what I do, so it’s not like I’m working. Does it get stressful? Yes, because these are jobs that keep you on your toes. Luckily, God has given me the gift of multitasking, so it’s easy for me.

Also I enjoy fishing and take an annual trip with my Dad and Uncle Gary to Canada. This year we brought my best friend from college Brandon.

What advice do you have for people who want to make the leap and pursue their dreams in the entertainment industry?

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Don’t be afraid of taking risks.

Don’t be afraid of the word, no!!!!!

If you want something bad enough you will go out and get it.

And always be kind to everyone.

With everything going on in the news right now, how do you stay positive and motivated?

Truthfully, I don’t watch the news. It brings me down. I am a positive individual and I pursue positivity, so I don’t dwell on negative things.

What’s next for you?

Whatever the good lord wills!

I am starting LA acting classes in January and will see where that takes me.

Where can we find you on social media?

http://robwight.com

Instagram @djwyght

Twitter @djwyght

Facebook @djwyght

Also on http://thathashtagshow.com and YouTube That Hash Tag Show

Describe the entertainment industry in 5 words or less

“It’s a Small, Small World ”

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Catching Up With No Bears Allowed!

What have no bears allowed been up to since we last covered you?

Since the last time you covered us we’ve been doing the same thing, just working really hard to build our program and make sure that No Bears Allowed remains an entertaining, positive group that effectively creates capable improvisers.

What brings people to a no bears allowed event?

I think it’s a mix of a few things. Word of mouth seems to be our primary draw for our shows. We market a lot which is really important as far as just getting the word out, but what really matters is the product. What I think really brings people back is a consistently entertaining show, which I’m proud to say we’ve been able to maintain for a while. What seems to be more important to the audience than us doing perfect improv, is that we are having a good time on stage.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened at a show?

The craziest thing that has happened at a show has to be a few years ago at a longform show on campus when a large hole was accidentally kicked into a wall by a performer. We had to crowdfund to pay the Student Services Building to get it fixed. It was ~*~sick~*~.

Is there anything that is off limits as far as material goes?

So this is an important question. It’s important to distinguish that in improv, as opposed to other forms of performance/comedy, there is no scripted rehearsal happening, there is very little time to flesh out a satire or time to ensure that a difficult topic is dealt with in a respectful manner. What this means is that going all out with really “edgy” material is often not the best idea in an improv scene because it can so easily be misinterpreted and you could end up encouraging someone in the audiences latent support for some not so great things. All that being said, nothing is or should be off limits, but you’re going to make it a hell of a lot harder on yourself to get the audience on your side if you bust out your brilliant edgy satire in the middle of a scene.

What’s next for no bears allowed?

Just practicing and shows my guy. Practice and performance, as much of the two as we can fit in our schedules. My goal is for us to have fun, to be as technically sound as possible, and to get everyone as much stage time as we can because that’s what really makes you better. We have all of our show dates for next semester booked, we are getting a ton of shows around town and are currently working on getting a regular show at a local venue, the details of which are coming soon. We’re also trying to travel as much as we can. Going to festivals and competitions is such a great opportunity to bond as a team and to get some great experience in, we just performed in Gainesville and it was a blast. In the past we’ve gone to places like Gainesville, Miami and Atlanta and it’s a blast.

What social media does no bears allowed use?

We have accounts on pretty much every social media. Facebook is the primary social media we use just because it’s really good for organizing events but we just got an instagram and I think it will be great for us marketing wise. Follow us!

Describe no bears allowed in 5 words or less

Rag-Tag Scally-Wag Improv

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Learn About Kollet Originals!

What made you want to be an artist?

I’ve always been creative, thinking outside of the box. One day the urge became stronger than my urge to conform and I left my job to pursue my dream. It was a pursuit of happiness.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about being an artist that they may not already know?
Creating is our process but our joy is seeing and hearing your reaction. Your smiles, tears, and praise are our hearts’ paycheck. 

How has the art industry/culture evolved over the years?
Social Media is our storefront. Artists now have a platform to show everyone their works. Like wise we have had to become our own publicist, manager and agent to get noticed in the deluge. 

Who/what inspires you for your art?
Everyone on social media. I am always asking for new ideas and I ask for them. It pushes me to be a better artist by trying new things. I’ve stumbled into some great accidents that way. 

What’s next for you?
Opening a Gallery 

What social media do you use?
I use it all but by far the funnest addition has been Twitch. Its a broadcast stream where viewers can watch me paint and create. 

TWITCH.TV/KOLLETKAOS

Describe being an artist in 5 words or less
A Beautiful explosion of chaos

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Learn About The WTXL Turkey Drive!

How did the WTXL Turkey Drive get started?

The Turkey Drive started 4 years ago as a way to help reach out into our community and help. We had done some small events with “Second Harvest of the Big Bend” and this idea was a great way to help them on a larger scale. Through the years it has grown and continues to grow every year thanks to the generosity of the community.

 What do you want visitors and locals to know about the WTXL Turkey Drive that they may not already know?

WTXL puts this whole thing together, but “Second Harvest of the Big Bend” is the big winner. ALL of the donations, from Turkey’s to Cash to Checks goes straight to them. And with their buying power, they’re able to multiply a single dollar into four and help feed thousands of people in our community.

 How has the WTXL Turkey Drive grown since it started?

We’ve gone from helping raise enough money and collect enough turkeys for close to 14,500 meals for families here in our area, to last year being able to provide over 73 thousand meals.

 What brings people to the WTXL Turkey Drive?

We have such an amazing community here that wants to help out. We’ve had senior citizens in George see our drive on television and have their community driver bring them on down to make a donation, to a young boy who took some of his savings, asked his mother to take him to the store so he could buy a turkey and bring it down to a homeless man who had $3 dollars and gave it to the cause. Neighbors helping neighbors is a huge part of what makes this event so special.

 What’s next for the WTXL Turkey Drive?

Trying to make THIS year even better than last! The day after the Turkey Drive ends for one year, we start planning for next. Our goal right now is to get the word out to anyone and everyone to come on down to the Ponce Delon Park on November 16th and drop off a turkey, cash, or check. Hold off on that Starbucks daily coffee for a week and put that money together and make your donation, every bit helps!

 Where can people find the WTXL Turkey Drive on social media?

Keep following WTXL.TV and on our Facebook/Twitter/ and Instagram accounts. And every Wednesday night at 6pm and Thursday at 5am/6am/and Midday tune into WTXL TV and see some of the people impacted by the Turkey drive and how your dollars and donations mean so much.

 Describe the WTXL Turkey Drive in 5 words or less

Community helping & loving neighbors

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Learn About The Florida Jazz And Blues Festival 2017!


Tallahassee, Fla. – The festival lineup and early bird tickets for Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 were announced today for Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.The Saturday show is scheduled for 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday is slated for 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. The festival is a ticketed event, ranging from $30-$65 for 1-Day tickets, $55-$120 for a 2-Day Pass and discounted Student/Military ticket options. Additionally, the festival offers 3-tiered pricing with discounts to encourage early ticket purchases.

This second year festival promises a 2-day event filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world, and will feature a variety of merchant and food vendors for festival-goers to experience. 

Headliners this year are Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” and the New Orleans Suspects, along with jazz legends Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart. Mr. Sipp will bring down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is. The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans, as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. Jazz royalty, Carmen Bradford and Scotty Barnhart will offer a classic, rousing “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” featuring Carmen’s vocal prowess and Scotty’s command on the jazz trumpet. Notably, Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra. He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.
“In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.

“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”

The festival is open to sponsors, food vendors, merchants and volunteers. Interested parties can find more information at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com or by email info@FLJazzAndBlues.com.
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
What: ​​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

 Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

 2017 Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change. Gates open at 2 p.m.

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

 Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

FSU Jazz Orchestra 1

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

WHAT WHEN WHERE:

 What: ​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

GATES OPEN AT 2PM

 We’re JAZZED to announce the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival 2017!

• It will be held October 28-29, at beautiful Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

• Get ready for a 2-day festival filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world.

• The festival runs from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.

 TICKETS

• ADVANCE tickets are on sale now through October 15 with up to 20% savings from regular price at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com. After Oct 15, ticket prices go to REGULAR FULL PRICE.

• If you plan on coming to the festival, you want to buy early for the best prices available.

• NOW is a great time to snap up your tickets!

• See the ticket prices below for prices and savings now.

• Tickets start at $40 plus discounts for military/students.

 FOOD & VENDORS  

• The festival will feature treats and sweets from delicious Food Trucks and lots of merchants with bling designs, original artwork, jewelry, and much more.

 ARTISTS & PERFORMANCES

• Headliners for the 2017 Festival are and “The Mississippi Blues Child” himself, Mr. Sipp on Saturday and the New Orleans Suspects on Sunday.

• Mr. Sipp will be bringing down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is.

• The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms.

• Saturday night, the illustrious Jazz Diva Carmen Bradford with legendary Jazz Trumpeteer, Scotty Barnhart will dazzle with a classic Jazz ‘Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”

• Local artists Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss” is a recipe for a good time, and the foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing of The Frank Jones Band will have you up and dancing.

• So much of the best of Jazz & Blues will be featured at the Festival:

o Rousing Latin Jazz

o Funky Bluesy Jams

o Classical Jazz Performances

o Southern Soul Blues Guitar

o Dazzling Horns

o Sultry Vocal Power Performances

o Smooth Jazz Piano

o Full Throttle Blues

o Foot Stomping Energy

o Tasty Funky Bass.

o New Orleans Jazz

o Crescent City Funk

o One of the best Trombonists of our Time

o Local, Regional, National and International Artists

 • If you don’t think you like Jazz & Blues, this festival will change your mind!

 VOLUNTEERS AND FOOD AND MERCHANT VENDORS

• We are accepting applications for Food and Merchant Vendors NOW
 www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 • If you want to VOLUNTEER at the festival, folks can sign up NOW

http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 THIS IS A HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL

Festival Organizers are LOCAL NATIVE Tallahasseans
“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”
• FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Scotty Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra.
• He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.”
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.
ARTIST INFORMATION
Carmen Bradford
Jazz

Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her heart. It was only natural that Carmen would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy, being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/ composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Lucky Millender and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in the 1940’s, making Carmen the third generation of incredible musicians. She has carved out a place in music history for herself and is playing an integral role in this uniquely American art form called jazz. Carmen Bradford is Jazz Royalty.

In 1982, Carmen was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie, and was the featured vocalist in the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. Carmen performed on two Grammy Award Winning albums with the Basie Band, and collaborated with George Benson on the Grammy Award Winning album “Big Boss Band”. In her electrifying performances around the world, Carmen proves again and again her outstanding ability to sing all forms of jazz, be it straight ahead jazz, blues, or jazz fusion — and swing it like nobody can.  
Scotty Barnhart
Jazz

SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

 SCOTTY IS THE CO-FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THE FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL AND A GEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. He is a Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.

His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Blues

Don’t be fooled by his boyish appearance or the Erkel glasses he and his bandmates wear on stage or the astronomical ascendance he achieved after winning the International Blues Challenge 3 years ago – Mr. Sipp isn’t a blues child, as his on stage alter ego implies. He’s definitely a man among men as soon as he steps foot on stage. One of Sipp’s favorite expressions is “Let’s knock a hole in it,” and The Mississippi Blues Child does just that, as evidenced by his recent win at the Blues Music Awards for Best New Artist Blues Album. Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, his given name, Castro Coleman, Mr.Sipp has already paid his dues with a remarkable 26 years as band leader, singer-songwriter, producer, session guitarist and label boss in the gospel market.

His band dives into deep grooves with a rare sense of timing that uses the vibe as an energy boost. On songs like ‘Juke Joint’ he brilliantly fuses his intensity with the kind of ‘call and response’ moments that were the bread and butter of his gospel past and now form an essential part of his current guitar-led bluster. It’s soulfully funky and fresh. Mr. Sipp’s performance is fire cracker stuff that can match any powerhouse rock band you care to mention, but he replaces macho posturing with exhortations to join him in one big blues party.

New Orleans Suspects

Jazz/Blues

New Orleans Suspects, riding their Top 10 blues radio-charted album Kaleidoscoped, and fresh from tours with Bonerama, Leftover Salmon, New Mastersounds and Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, make their debut appearance at the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival Oct. 29, 2017. The New Orleans Suspects are a band that’s fallen into a groove and are rapidly working their way into the consciousness of educated music fans around the country. With a sound that’s familiar enough to be welcoming, yet challenging enough to please the most critical of purists, The Suspects are putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. The result is a wildly infectious sound that pays tribute to everyone from James Booker and Bobby Charles, to The Meters and Galactic.

Refugees from a variety of New Orleans outfits such as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers and The Radiators join for a rousing celebration of rock, world beat, and lots of Crescent City funk. With the backbeats of veteran drummer Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros., Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead) these guys lock together and explode on stage.

 Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Blues

2017 Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvPgt9E4YsI

Sauce Boss brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and cooks a pot of gumbo while smoking his side guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl of spicy, smoky goodness. Bill Wharton not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo and feeds everyone…he also plays the drum kit with his feet! “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums all simmered down over some funky swamp blues and smothered in gumbo, you’ve got a recipe for a good time.”

 “Beautiful” Bobby Blackmon

Blues Guitarist/Vocalist

Beautiful Bobby is a soulful entertainer who truly plays for his audience. Bobby lays down the Blues with Contemporary Southern Soul/Blues & Classic R&B music. Bobby has opened for Buddy Guy and for the Legendary BB King. His goal is to keep the Blues alive and not let people forget that Soul Music, Funk & Jazz was all born from Blues. His current 2017 CD, “Throwback Blues” has enjoyed excellent reviews and airplay in the U.S. and other countries. His high energy blues show is not one to miss.

 Fusion Beat

Latin Jazz

Fusion Beat performs different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk. This group is from Orlando, Florida. Their influences range from Puerto Rican, Afro‐Cuban, South American, New Orleans, Be‐Bop, European and different Jazz styles. Each one comes from many musical backgrounds and influences. Together, they blend and create a fresh sound in a sextet format. They were nominated in the Jazz Instrumental Album Category in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Jon Faddis Quartet

Jazz

Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. He is known as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. Whatever the context – classroom or concert hall – and whatever the style, Jon Faddis epitomizes the best in Jazz.

 Frank Jones Band

Blues

The Frank Jones Band is a dance driven Soul and Blues band made up of some of Tallahassee’s finest musicians. The group has southern soul vocalist/guitar player, Frank Jones, leading the show with influences ranging from Albert Collins, The Funky Meters, Clarence Carter and Ray Charles. Bringing the beats to the music is legendary Steve Howell on drums accompanied by Kevan McCann and his foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing. Last, but not least, Clyde Ramsey on harmonica/keyboards as well as vocals; imagine John Lennon and Little Walter had a son. This band has a wonderful array of dance music and never fails to get the booties shaking!

Lauren Mitchell

Blues

Lauren Mitchell has a soul-stirring voice and an arresting presence. A mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages. Lauren is a student of the blues, a music that at its core is about taking difficult experiences and finding a way to transform them into something cathartic, about finding deep truths in a sea of raw-nerve emotion. She makes each song her own whether they are covers or her own compositions. Lauren connects with the audience and sings with emotions that go deep inside and she leaves every drop of herself on the stage. With her seasoned bluesmen backing her up, be prepared for a full throttle blues performance!

The Wycliffe Gordon Trio with Sabine

Jazz

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has had an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with high acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.

Sabine

Jazz

Widely respected as an award-winning classical pianist in the United States and Europe, and also respected greatly as a major jazz pianist from her work with Scotty Barnhart Quintet (Barnhart is also director of the Count Basie Orchestra) at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Idyllwild Jazz Festival and other venues, Sabine Pothier is one of most talented musicians in the world. Fans and critics alike are welcoming a new and powerful voice in the world of jazz piano.

 

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Learn About Driftaway Float Center!

How did Driftaway Float Center get started?

It all started after I injured my back in 2012. I had tried everything available to help the chronic pain. Chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, you name it. Eventually I stumbled upon this Float Therapy thing and gave it a shot. After my first float I was absolutely hooked. I knew it was something I had to bring back home to Tallahassee! For the next few years I debated back and forth if it was viable, if I could raise the funds, if I could even pull off something like owning a float center. Eventually I decided to go for it. I made a basic website October 2015 and started doing all the research I could. April 2016 I filed to start an LLC and July 29th, 2017 I opened the doors.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about Driftaway Float Center that they may not already know?
I opened Driftaway because I saw how much it helped me, and how much it could help others. Even if you don’t have chronic pain or anxiety, we all need a little break from everyday stress. There is nothing like floating, and it’s worth trying a couple times to really get a feel for it. You don’t always get the float that you want, but you get the float that you need!
How has Driftaway Float Center grown in the short time it has started?
We are slowly growing as word of mouth spreads. Once you try floating, it is hard not to tell everyone about it! We have done almost 200 floats in these first two months, and will only get busier!
What brings people to Driftaway Float Center? 
Stress. We live in such an overstimulated society these days. Constantly dealing with light, sound, touch, gravity, cellphones 24/7, etc, really takes a toll on someone’s well being. Hopping in a Float Tank lets the body shed all of that pressure and turn inwards to heal itself. 
What’s next for Driftaway Float Center?
For now we just have one tank, so the next step will be getting a 2nd and 3rd tank. This will allow for more date nights and friends to come float at the same time. More people floating makes for a more relaxed and healthier city!
What social media does Driftaway Float Center use?
Driftaway is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! You can find us on all platforms using @FloatTally 
Describe Driftaway Float Center in 5 words or less
“The Ultimate Escape”

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Meet The Candidate : Bill Schack

Happy What brings you to Tallahassee?

I came to Tallahasse to attend FSU in 1985.

How has Tallahassee grown over the years?

Over the years, Tallahassee has grown to be a very large City. However, the growth is concentrated in only a few areas, which is hurting other areas of town. We are not this quaint little town anymore, and we need to treat it that way.

What made you want to run for city commission?

I have been involved in charitable work for almost 20 years. I was Executive Director of a charity for the intellectually disabled, and during that time, I got to know many volunteers and Directors who run other non-profits. They all seem to have to beg the City Commission for money each year from this small pot of funds, yet they all do so much to actually impact lives daily. Add my work, at the homeless shelter the past 2 years, and I became concerned that our City Officials had no problem spending money on projects, studies, and raising taxes, but not helping important charities who need funds to survive. I hope to change the priorities at City Hall, and how we spend our money. That is why I am running. 

If elected what are your goals for the city?

If elected, my goals are to tackle the tough issues that our current Commissioners talk about every year, but never solve. Besides helping non-profits secure funding they need to continue their great work, we need to address crime. The crime rate must be lowered, and our Law Enforcement need to have the tools, police officers, and facility to do a better job. That includes moving the Police Station to the Southside, which has been talked about for years.

What social media do you use?

I am all over social media, I think it is a terrific tool to get the message across about everything, good and bad. I have a Facebook page Bill Schack for City Commission 2018, I am on twitter @SchackBill, and of course I have a website at billschack.com 

Describe Tallahassee in 5 words or less

In 5 words, I would describe Tallahassee as caring, fun, and growing City.

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