Open Mic Bonita! January 2021

Songwriters, poets, slam poets, performance artists, playwrights, authors and short story writers, stand-up comedians (authors, short story writers and stand-up comedians) …we want YOU! If writing words is your art, we want to give you five minutes of stage time to share with our audience AND there are prizes. The event is free for performers.

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Appalachian Road Show

With Appalachian Road Show, Abernathy, Webb and their talented compadres (including fiddle beast, Jim VanCleve, and legendary upright bassist, Todd Phillips) seek to honor the music, traditions and history of the great Appalachian people and region. Additionally, the group takes influences from other sources and applies that Appalachian style, as they've done with their first radio single, a grassy version of the Steve Miller Band's "Dance, Dance, Dance.”

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Ronnie Baker Brooks

Ronnie Baker Brooks is an American Chicago blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a respected club performer in Chicago, before recording three solo albums for Watchdog Records.

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Just for Laughs - A Comedy Variety Show

Another fantastic evening of everything funny we can find, including four professional comedians, vocalists and actors accompanied by pianist Lin Hart in a variety show format, minus the sequins (though there may be a few). This show is meant for mature audiences who want to laugh…a lot…and then laugh some more.

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Cabaret: Belated Blue Valentine

A belated valentine from our youth performers, it’s an evening of songs about love that goes wrong, goes bad, or was destined for doom—all in good fun. Our amazingly talented performers will knock your socks off with their gorgeous voices and love of performance—and will help you chase away your post-Valentine blues.

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Best of the Eagles: Eagles Tribute Band

Don’t miss one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the country, performing their greatest hits from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. What makes this tribute unique is that our “Joe Walsh,” sings the Joe
Walsh Songs, our “Glen Frey” sings the Glen Fry songs and our “Don Henley” replicates all of his incredible vocals. It is the most authentic recreation next to seeing the Eagles live!

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An Evening with Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has written some of the most iconic songs in popular music. Songs such as ''Long Time Gone'' along with ''It's a Great Day to Be Alive.''

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Sail On! The Beach Boys Tribute

Sail On plays the music of “America’s Band,” The Beach Boys. Performing all of the group’s classic hits, plus some treasures from The Beach Boys’ brilliant extended catalog, Sail On faithfully
recreates the timeless songs of surfing, cruising, dancing and dreaming for all ages and anybody that wants to have Fun, Fun, Fun.

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GO Divas

Delight in the rich harmonies of these six charming ladies, each with finishing school degrees in music, as they perform classical vocal ensembles. Their repertoire spans Bach and Handel to lovely opera duets and a cappella Swingle Singers arrangements of Beatles songs. They're accompanied by pianist Abigail Allison.

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Southwest Florida Poetry Slam

Join us at the Center for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs for the Southwest Florida Poetry Slam on April 24, 2021. WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM A Poetry Slam itself is simply a poetry competition in which poets perform original work alone or in teams before an audience, which serves as a judge. The work is judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance as its content or style, and many slam poems are not intended to be read silently from the page. The performances at a Poetry Slam is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes or music. After performing they receive scores from five randomly selected judges. The judges can be anyone, they don't even need to be poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a poem. Slams have become one of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry, revitalizing interest in poetry and in performance.

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Miwa Matreyek: Myth & Infrastructure This World Made Itself, and Infinitely You

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, and tech conferences.

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A Tribute to the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starting Terry Barber

Terry Barber and Grace Trib deliver unique interpretations of songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstart, Evita, Requiem, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Sunset Boulevard and more!

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Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.

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Shana Tucker

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter SHANA TUCKER delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent ''...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible...'' Shana's style and sound as been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana's music. ''I'm intrinsically drawn to 'real' instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue.''

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Operation Opera

Operation Opera is a musical comedy variety show that delights audiences with the powerful voice of its star, Grammy Award Winner Adelmo Guidarelli and paralyzes them with laughter while taking them on an inspiring journey through the history of pop music—from Mozart to Elvis. New York critics compared Operation Opera to Victor Borge. Operation Opera’s distinctive blend of vintage madness weaves well-known opera arias and their pop culture counterparts into musical gold. Its Music Hall style allows it to encompass everything from a night at the opera to a day with Bugs Bunny on the Warner Brothers lot. Operation Opera shows audiences that we are surrounded by opera every day and gently reminds us that opera can be fun and enjoyed by all. “A hilarious tour-de-opera!

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Blue Highway Band

Highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway has earned a collective 28 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, plus three Grammy nominations as a band. In 2019, Blue Highway celebrates 25 years of touring, with four of the original members still intact. As momentum continues to build for the 25 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway is rolling on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the tasteful Dobro of Gary Hultman.

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