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Original singer-songwriters from Virginia, Nashville and Indiana will be coming to Cedar Key the weekend of Jan. 13-15 to help two local non-profit groups.
Join in the fun as these award-winning musicians share their musical talents for a good cause.
The fun begins on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center with Honey Dewdrops, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parris, from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA. Writing and singing in the veins of folk and old country music, the Dewdrops entwine harmony singing with tight instrumentation and craft songs that are simple and fine-tuned. The Dewdrops won first place in the 2008 talent show broadcast of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and have since produced two acclaimed albums, “If the Sun Will Shine” (2009) and “These Old Roots” (2010) both of which have charted at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Folk DJ-L Charts for 2010.
Admission is free. Coffee and dessert follows the one hour concert. Donations benefit the Friends of the Library. For more information contact Nita Cox (543-0123).
Then, on Sunday, Jan. 15, the Second Annual Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts will feature the Bishop-Davidson duo from Nashville, TN and welcomes back nationally recognized singer-songwriter Joe Peters of West Lafayette, IN, this time with his long-term singing partner, Linda Hicks.
The newly-formed Bishop-Davidson duo combines MJ’s Americana music, laced with the sweet, familiar melodies of folk together with WT’s 35 years of musical experience in Nashville influenced by traditional jazz, soulful country, Motown and even the Beatles. Linda and Joe have preformed as a duo for over 10 years and have released numerous CDs, most recently “A Thousand Ways” and “Over the Edge.”
During the concert, award-winning local artist, Susan Dauphinee will be painting a piece that will be part of the silent art auction which also includes donated artwork from Jean Yao (Best of Show 2011), Alexis Barbeau (jewelry), Virginia Chen, Bill Roberts, Valerie Bretl and Henry and Amy Gernhardt.
Doors will open at the Island Room (Cedar Cove) at 2:30 p.m. Concert begins at 3 p.m. with each duo playing for about an hour. Appetizers will be served along with a cash bar. Tickets are available ($20/person) at the Chamber of Commerce or from any one of the Old Florida Festival of the Arts Committee Members (Bev Ringenberg, 543-0362; Allison Nelson, 543-9292; Chris Ford, 222-1498; Kathy Fotteral, 543-0447; or Kathy Carver, 543-5949). For additional information contact Mandy Cassiano at 543-5400, firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended that you buy your tickets early as the event was sold out last year. Proceeds from this event supports the 48th Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival in Cedar Key (Old Florida Celebration of the Arts).