Kati Schardl, Special to the Democrat Published 12:42 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2020 | Updated 2:15 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2020
Got your water wings on? Good! Let’s dive right in to this week’s musical pool:
Swoon the night away on the dance floor at the annual Johnny Rawls Valentine’s Day Love Fest at 9 p.m. Friday at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. It’s a tradition for the silky-smooth soul man to serenade blues lovers – and lovers in general – on the Day of Love, and local fans have already snapped up all the tickets for tonight’s show. You can get on the list in case any of the $25 tickets become available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Socially conscious songs
If ever there was a time that called for the funny, forceful and socially progressive songs of singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman, it is now. Zimmerman is crisscrossing the country nonstop until the polls close in November. A songwriter’s songwriter, Zimmerman’s lyrical mastery and musical puckishness make for an engaging musical brew on his latest CD, “Rize Up.” His peregrinations bring him to town for a night of laughter, music and encouragement for progressive-minded people, who can use a lot of all that stuff these days, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Road. Call 850-385-5115 to find out about tickets.
On its Facebook page, Black Magic Flower Power lists its hometown as “Sonoran Desert,” which is a pretty huge and somewhat mysterious chunk of real estate encompassing a large swath of the American Southwest. Stuff can get a little twisted out there among the saguaros, so it makes sense that the band calls its bubbling blend of disco, pop, psychedelic rock and funk “stoner-disco” and “desert-boogie.” Get down tonight when Black Magic Flower Power headlines a Boogie Night Valentine’s Day Party that also features Sick Ride and DJ Cannibal at 7 p.m. Friday at The Warrior on the River, 9330 W. Tennessee St. Tickets are $10 advance. Visit warriorontheriver.com.
Starlight, star bright
Area music aficionados get two chances to revel in the musical mind meld of the Starlight Trio this weekend. The St. Augustine-based trio — musical and life partners Lis and Lon Williamson and guitarist Rick Kuncicky — serve up a sparkling blend of original, oldtime, jazz, swing, and bluegrass tunes at 7 p.m. Friday at JOBA Gallery at JOBA at High Cotton in Apalachicola. Admission is a suggested $20 donation. The threesome heads inland for a cozy performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $10. Call 850-212-5204.
Catch this Katz
Bruce Katz is a master at coaxing fat, juicy goodness from the Hammond B3 organ. He’s played with Butch Trucks’ Freight Train and has recorded with Greg Allman, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Little Milton, Hubert Sumlin, Debbie Davies and Mighty Sam McClain, among many others. Katz can’t be pigeon-holed — he swings, he’s soulful, he can funk it up and he’ll put some jam on your jazz jelly roll. Dig it at 9 p.m. Saturday at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.bradfordvilleblues.com.
Sweet musical treat
The Artist Series presents a Valentine Voices & Verses Benefit, featuring soprano Carla Connors, mezzo soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone and pianist Timothy Hoekman, joined by high school performers Isabel Barton and Cecilia Malley, sopranos, and Cole Banfill, baritone, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Densmore residence, 9713 Waters Meet Drive. The program features love songs from opera and the art song and musical theater repertoires. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served after the performance. Admission is a $25 donation; proceeds will help support Artist Series performances and community outreach programs. Call 850-445-1616.
All aboard the Love Train
Hear the late Darryl Steele’s music performed by those who knew him best at the Love Train: Darryl Steele Tribute Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Unity Eastside Church, 8551 Buck Lake Road. Steele’s bandmates from The Messengers of Light and The 13th Power Band and other musical friends will celebrate his life and musical ministry at the concert. Performers include Reggie Litman, Gwethlyn Jones, Robert Wilson, Ennis Jacobs, Fred Lee, Cherrye Bess, Thomas Scott, Richard Sermon, Don Fortner, Vicki Herlovich, Ksena Zipperer, Mike Smith, Todd McKay, Jerry McFarland, and Jeff Saulich. Admission is a love offering to help raise funds for the Steele family. Visit unity-eastside.org to find out more.
Support the effort to aid in the reconstruction of Mexico Beach and other devastated areas along the coast at the Never Forgotten Coast Celebration & Fundraiserfrom 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Square Mug Cafe in Railroad Square Art Park. The event is a storytelling, music, poetry and photography celebration featuring musical duo Hot Tamale, storytelling about Hurricane Michael and its effect on Mexico Beach, local poets, photography of the Big Bend by Elizabeth George and the founder of NeverForgottenCoast, Alex Workman. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
A poet blooms
Cynthia Rose (aka Cynthia Portalin) reads from and signs copies of her work at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Rose, the author of “Bloom Forever – A Poetry Journal,” has been writing since the age of 7. When she’s not writing, performing or creating, she leads “Write to Heal” sessions on sharing heart stories through poetry, journaling and writing exercises. Stephen Michael Hodges will provide guitar music. Admission is free. Call 850-212-5204.
And the beat goes on . . .
John “J.B.” Babich with Steve Fryson on percussion set the honky-tonk mood for Valentine’s Day at 8 p.m. Friday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $5. Call 850-212-5204. . . . The Retrograde moves direct at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. No cover. Visit www.fifthandthomas.com. . . . The Allie Cats prowl at 8 p.m. Friday at Backwoods Bistro, 401 E. Tennessee St. No cover. Call 850-320-6345. . . . Thousand Dollar Hen roosts at 7 p.m. Friday at The Wine House on Market Street, 1355 Market St. Cover is $5. Call 850-893-2254. . . . Stumblefeet is joined by Holly Riley at 6 p.m. Friday at Bumpa’s Local #349, 2738 Capital Circle N.E. No cover. Call 850-999-8652. . . . Three Billy Goats Gruff supply the soundtrack for a Valentine’s Day Party at 9 p.m. Friday at Perry Lynn’s (formerly The Bottom Lounge) in Quincy. No cover. Call 850-320-8020. . . . Dust off your Members Only jacket and fluff up your hair for the ‘80s Dance Party with Clever Girl at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Wilbury, 513 W. Gaines St. Cover is $5 over-21, $7 under-21. . . . Party down for a good cause at the 850 Strong Mexico Beach Rising Fundraiser with Whey Jennings, The Side Track Band, Swingin’ Harpoon, the Mae West Band, Garnet & Soul, Keal Franklin, Boo Radley, The Retrograde and more starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Warrior on the River, 9330 W. Tennessee St. Find out about tickets at warriorontheriver.com. . . . Longineu Parsons marshals his troops – including Yazid on percussion, Sam Dingle on bass, Robert Griffin on keyboard and trombone and Timothy Stacy on guitar – at 7 p.m. Saturday at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Road. Cover is $5. Call 850-224-1887. . . . The Jerry Thigpen Trio takes it to the coast at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The High Five Dive Bar (formerly the Bowery Station) in Apalachicola. No cover. . . . The Pine Box Dwellers from Waycross, Georgia. play swampadelic Americana at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. No cover. Visit fifthandthomas.com. . . . Jazz Etcetera mixes it up at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Wine House on Market Street, 1355 Market St. Cover is $5. Call 850-893-2254. . . . Three Billy Goats Gruff kick back at 8 p.m. Saturday at Half Shell Dockside in Apalachicola. No cover. Call 850-653-1211. . . . Dress up and show up for Love Conquers All/The Valentine Edition – Naughty With a Price II with Tallahassee Nights Live at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette St. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 students, $40 reserved floor seats. Visit tallahassee.moonevents.com. . . . Guitar on the Square presents students from the FSU College of Music Guitar Studio at 6 p.m. Sunday at Square Mug Cafe in Railroad Square Art Park. No cover. Call 850-765-8356. . . . The Bottom Dollar Boy$ do a little pickin’ and singin’ for the 5 O’Clock Sunday session at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Junction at Monroe, 2011 S. Monroe St. No cover. Visit junctionatmonroe.com. . . . Bluegrass duo The Von Wamps join Americana singer-songwriter duo The Bird & The Bear for an intimate afternoon of acoustic delight at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cat Pointe Music in Eastpoint. Tickets are $15. Call 850-668-0952 or visit therecollections.org. . . . Hepzibah Jones hosts Lost Monday at 8 p.m. Monday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $3. Call 850-212-5204. . . . Come for Happy Hour Piano Bar with Roy Abarbanel from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and stay for Thousand Dollar Hen at 8 p.m. Thursday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Happy Hour is free, cover for Thousand Dollar Hen is $3. Call 850-212-5204.
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