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16th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival - February 14-17, 2013

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News & Updates

DECEMBER 29, 2012

Contact: Nancy Howell, Executive Director (352) 383-2627

Friday Feature: 'Bruce in the USA' - A Bruce Springsteen Tribute

In their first-ever Mount Dora appearance, Jefferson Starship, the counterculture band who initially rose to fame in the 1960s as Jefferson Airplane, will take center stage in Saturday's Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Dora Community Center. As the featured act of the 16th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival, the legendary group will perform acoustic renditions of their classics "Somebody To Love," "White Rabbit," "Crown Of Creation," "Miracles," "Count On Me," "Jane," and many more. Saturday Showcase tickets are $35 advance and $50 reserved. A limited number of $75 VIP tickets, and discount tickets for groups of ten or more are also available.

The band's acoustic line-up features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; David Freiberg, a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the band Quicksilver Messenger Service; Cathy Richardson, the Grammy-nominated lead vocalist and star of the Broadway musical "Love, Janis;" and keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 following years with The Supremes.

Friday Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. features Bruce in the USA starring Matt Ryan and American Dream. Recognized as the #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band, this powerhouse group will raise the roof with a musical history of The Boss's top hits including "Glory Days," "Born in the USA," "Dancing in the Dark," "Born to Run," "Rosalita," and many more. Friday Showcase tickets are $25 advance and $35 reserved. Discount tickets for groups of ten or more are also available.

By special request, the Music Fest will feature a Sunday Showcase Concert starring classical pianist Laurent Boukobza. The French-born, prize-winning, professional musician is also the Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Studies at the University of Central Florida, and performs at festivals throughout Europe. His classical concert at 2 p.m. will feature selections by composers Chopin, Debussy, and Liszt. Sunday Showcase tickets are $10.

MUSIC OF NOTE: Free Performances For The Community

In keeping with its mission to make music available to everyone in the community, the Music Festival will again present a series of free concerts throughout Mount Dora. The 'Complimentary Concerts' begin Thursday at noon with a Valentine's Day performance featuring flamenco guitarist Leo Lopez at the W.T. Bland Public Library, and at 2 p.m. Nici Haerter fills the sanctuary with sounds of the harp at the Congregational Church.

Friday at noon, pianist Justin Weber performs a diverse selection of classical and jazz music including selections from Schubert and Gershwin at the First Presbyterian Church, while Legacy!, a five-piece, professional vocal group performs Broadway tunes as a presentation of the Central Florida Community Arts at 5 p.m. in the Lakeside Inn lobby.

Saturday, free music continues with 'Music in Donnelly Park.' Special appearances by festival favorites include the Foothills Bluegrass Band at 11 am, the Kool Vibes Reggae Band at 1 p.m., and The Simple Cavemen at 3 p.m.

Also on Saturday in the Donnelly Park Pavilion, at 10 a.m. Music 'N Stuff will host a Guitar Clinic and Workshop. Tickets for the one-hour, guitar classroom session are only $15. Attendance is limited, reservations are required, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitar. The clinic for minor guitar repairs continues until 5 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are now available, online at mountdoramusicfest.com or by calling the hotline at (352) 385-1010. Advance tickets are available at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce with cash or check only, and at Donnelly Euro Footwear.

For more information contact Music Festival Executive Director, Nancy Howell at (352) 383-2627.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Contact: Nancy Howell, Executive Director (352) 383-2627

A Special Tribute Performance During Craft Fair Weekend
Plus Free Music in Donnelly Park

MOUNT DORA: James Taylor fans line up for tickets! The Mount Dora Music Festival proudly welcomes FIRE and RAIN, The James Taylor Experience to the Mount Dora Community Center, Saturday, October 27th, at 7:30 pm during the Mount Dora Craft Fair weekend.

This professional touring band features Greg Pitts, a Taylor look-a-like, performing amazing vocals and brilliant guitar work in a tribute concert to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree James Taylor. Since being signed by the Beatles to their Apple Records label in 1968, Taylor's timeless hits have captured generations of fans for over four decades. The popular singer, songwriter and musician has sold more than 40 million albums including 13 Top Ten LPs, and won more than 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, as well as five GRAMMY Awards.

FIRE and RAIN celebrates Taylor's music by showcasing his greatest hits such as Something In The Way She Moves, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James, Fire and Rain, Country Road, You've Got A Friend, Don't' Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Walking Man, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Mexico, Shower The People, and many more familiar tunes.

Pitts grew up on Taylor's music and had a fortuitous meeting with the performer at a West Point, New York concert in the early 80's. This personal encounter led Pitts to spend years learning and perfecting Taylor's distinctive finger-picking style which he incorporates into his live touring performances throughout the country and abroad. This top-notch musician brings years of experience playing in multiple acts and tribute bands, and he will have you singing along to the songs we have all come to know and love.

"Greg Pitts is a favorite of the Music Festival," says executive director Nancy Howell. "Those who attended last February's event may recall the band Alter Eagles The Ultimate Tribute to The Eagles. They packed the house. They were so impressive and such crowd-pleasers we just had to bring them back for another show. Greg and the band are sure their fans are going to love this show just as much."

Tickets for FIRE and RAIN are $25 advance, $30 at the door and $35 reserved and can be purchased online at mountdoramusicfest.com, by calling the festival hotline at (352) 385-1010, or in person at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce and Donnelly Euro Footwear.

Additionally, the Mount Dora Music Festival and the Mount Dora Craft Fair have partnered to present Free Music in Donnelly Park. This lawn concert beginning at 11 a.m. features Evans Acoustic Trio performing tunes from 40's swing, 50-60's Motown, popular country, and 60-70's pop. At 1 p.m. from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Kool Vibes Reggae Band plays the steel drum music of Bob Marley, Mighty Sparrow, Dennis Brown, and the Burning Flames. Performing a selection of toe-tapping bluegrass music, The Florida State Bluegrass Band, a national touring group, wraps up the afternoon entertainment beginning at 3 pm.