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15th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival - February 16-19, 2012

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Mount Dora Music Festival Seeking Singers For
Shut Up and Sing! A KaraokeFest Fundraiser

Whether you can sing, warble, croon, belt, caterwaul or carry a tune in a bucket, you’re invited to join the Mount Dora Music Festival for a melodic evening of entertainment at the premiere Shut Up and Sing! KaraokeFest. The free event with suggested donations will be held Thursday, August 11, 2011, 7:30 pm at the Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander Street in downtown Mount Dora.

Shut up and Sing! KaraokeFestWith 50,000 tunes to choose from, singers of all levels are invited to take their turn in the spotlight and perform their favorite song to help raise funds for the Music Festival, a non-profit organization that produces an annual four-day celebration of music.

Featured at the event will be the unique song stylings of Mount Dora’s own City Council members in their first-ever public concert appearance. With voices that pose no threat to Barbra, Elvis, or Engelbert, City Council members Janet Coffman, Tom Eppich, Robert Thielhelm, Dennis Wood, and James Yatsuk will show off their talents and serenade their constituents while supporting the Music Festival – an event that has brought to town such internationally acclaimed performing artists as Leon Redbone, Rita Coolidge, The Association, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and the Lovin’ Spoonful.

““In all the years we’ve worked with the City and for the generous support they’ve given us, it’s the first time I’ve ever called our Council members and received a laugh-out-loud response,” says Nancy Howell, executive director of the Music Fest. “They’re really tickled with the idea and are having fun selecting just the right song. Their first question was, ‘You want me to do what?!’ followed by ‘That’s the last thing you want me to do in public!’ But most of them have been really good sports and we’re extremely pleased they’ve agreed to join in the fun-loving spirit of the evening.”
Like most art organizations, the Music Festival has faced a tough economy and board members were challenged to come up with a more creative approach to funding the event. “Over the years we’ve presented a high quality, multi-genre, cross-cultural celebration of music,” explains Pat Nelson, Chairwoman of the Music Fest, “and each year we do our very best to build the festival. In addition to entertaining and educating through musical performances, lectures, and workshops, we’re also raising funds to match a $500 scholarship to award to a deserving Lake County High School music student. KaraokeFest seems like a fun thing to do, a great way of bringing people together for an enjoyable and rewarding event to kick-off the Music Festival’s 15th Anniversary celebration scheduled for February 16-19, 2012.”

The Shut Up and Sing! KaraokeFest is a free community event open to the public. Since the Music Festival operates on public donations, corporate and government grants and private contributions, participants who want to compete for first place concert tickets will be asked to make a $10 donation to sing a song of their choice. All others who want to perform for the fun of it will be asked to make a smaller donation to the festival.

Likewise, local businesses and organizations can become a sponsor of the KaraokeFest or may gift the Music Festival by contacting our executive director Nancy Howell at (352) 383-2627 or visit mountdoramusicfest.com for more information.