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Early Spring 2008
Get Out and Listen

cover story
A college student discovers that the music scene is
Vol. 2 Early Spring 2008 Issue 5 alive and well and thriving in Tallahassee.

Official Publication of the SPECIAL CENTER SPREAD: Tallahassee’s
Music Scene At A Glance. (We bet you don’t know
the half of it!)
Publisher Peggy Brady
Editor Randi Goldstein
Creative Director Tony Archer
Editorial Assistant Daniel Lyons

adventures in the arts
Capital Culture Magazine is published
bi-monthly by the Council on Culture Whisperin’ Ken Winker
& Arts with support from the Leon
County Tourist Development Council. Blows a Mean Blues Harp
Capital Culture Magazine is distributed A longtime legislative staffer discovers the joys of
free of charge to visitors to and residents playing the blues.
of Florida’s Big Bend Area.

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Music is all around us
COCA is pleased to devote this issue to the wonderfully exciting and diverse music scene in the
Tallahassee area. From jazz to blues to rock to classical, Tallahassee has local music in just about
every style for every taste.
Did you know…that former Tallahassee Mayor Steve Meisburg, with his partner John Paul
Walters, was one of three acts signed when Casablanca Records was founded? (The other two
were KISS and Donna Summer.) Did you know…that local music legend Velma Frye has been
a regular on A Prairie Home Companion? Did you know…that Tallahassee musicians Marvin
Goldstein and Pam Laws played “peace concerts” in Israel with Israeli Arab, Israeli Jewish and
American jazz singers?
Working on this issue has really reminded me of the extraordinary quality of our local
musicians. To show off, this year we welcomed back our legislators with a “musical petting
Illustration by Nathan Archer
zoo,” organized by new volunteer Meghan Norman, and manned by members of public school
music programs and members of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras. These talented
young musicians generously allowed legislators, lobbyists, and local public officials to “pet” their
instruments, and gave them some firsthand experience with exactly how difficult it can be to
make the right sound.
With the renovations to Ruby Diamond Auditorium set to go, and plans in progress for
cultural amenities at Cascades Park, the Arts on Gaines facility, and the Performing Arts Center,
our community will soon have even more and better places to showcase the wonderful talent
we have here.

Peggy Brady

Regular Features
1 From the Publisher
2 Contributors
2 News of Note
10 More Than You Thought
17 COCA Connection: All that’s new with COCA
18 Directory of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Businesses

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FSU Alums He
nry Polic II,
a moment with Susan Russell
the Impossible and Davis Gain
(second from Dreamer himse es share
right), Dean Em lf, Richard G.
eritus of the Fallon
Photo Credit:
David Rowell Sc ho ol of Theatre.

Available Now!
Daniel Lyons was born in Ft. Lauderdale and grew up
in the Broward County area. He moved to Tallahassee
to attend Florida State, and plans to finish his degree
in English this year. Dan has contributed writing to
Satellite Magazine and spent two years as a DJ at
V-89 and is currently Capital Culture Magazine’s
Contributing Writer and Editorial Assistant. On the weekends you
can find him either digging around the used record bins or paddling
through one of the area’s beautiful waterways. And whichever sports
season it is, you’ll find him in the stands rooting on the Noles.

Ken Winker is a Senior Legislative Analyst with the
Florida Senate Democratic Office, as well as being the
Vice-Chair (and longest-serving member) of COCA’s
board of directors. He has been a Florida legislative
staffer for many years, in the office of Program
Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, and
committees on Workforce and Technical Skills, Water and Natural
Resources, Community Colleges, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and
Commerce. In his spare time he is also a blues musician and was a
founding member of the Apalachee Blues Society.

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WelCOMe Tana McLane and Sharri Moroshok,
LeMoyne Center for the Visual co-owners of Humidity Gallery, Membership...
Arts welcomed Grace Maloy both exhibited their art jewelry
design in CraftArt 2007, Florida A Wise
as its new Executive Director in
November. No stranger to Tallahassee, Craftmen’s annual fine craft show in Investment
Grace previously worked with St. Petersburg, FL. Invest in 52 acres of
the Tallahassee Senior Center art breathtaking Florida
program, and was the Executive CONGraTulaTIONs flora and fauna bordering
Director of Gadsden Arts Center. Local poet Mary Jane Ryals has beautiful Lake Bradford.
been selected as the first ever
Owners Clarence and Gerri Seay “Poet Laureate of the Big Bend”
have opened B. Sharp’s Jazz Cafe by a committee of volunteers in
at 648 W. Brevard Street, and feature conjunction with Big Bend Poets,
local and national jazz musicians as Anhinga Press, and Tallahassee
well as a regular Wednesday night jam Writers’ Association.
session. Clarence is a professional jazz
musician who has played in Japan, Recent FSU Film School graduate With a Tallahassee Museum Membership
China, India, and various locations Z. Eric Yang was named Best Asian you get:
across Europe. For more information American Student Filmmaker by the • The Museum’s bi-monthly newsletter
and a schedule of events, visit their Directors Guild of America for 2007. In • Discounts on most Museum classes,
web site at addition, undergraduate Catherine summer camp, and birthday parties
Rehwinkel was the recipient of
• 10% discount at the Museum Store and
KeeP uP THe an Honorable Mention in the Best
Woman Student Filmmaker category.
Trail Break Café
GreaT WOrK • UNLIMITED Museum admission
The School of Theatre at Florida Charles Hazelip was recently
State celebrated their sold-out honored with the Vivian LaValle
holiday benefit concert of Man of Volunteer Award for his work with the
La Mancha on Saturday, December art department at the Tallahassee
15 with a champagne reception on Senior Center.
the stage of the Richard G. Fallon
Theatre immediately following the In December, Young Actors Theatre Witch and the Wardrobe), and Mickey
performance. Man of La Mancha presented its annual Zoli Awards. Bahr (Best Supporting Actor for Big,
featured FSU alums Davis Gaines, Acting awards went to Nathan the Musical). Other awards included
Henry Polic II,and Susan Russell as Hyson (Best Ensemble Performer), the Fran Award (Camille Hayward),
well as guest artist Raymond Sage, Danielle Spisso (Best Supporting the Judy Award (Ariel Burton), the
under the direction of Fred Chappell Actress for Grease), Charlie Johnson Elizabeth Holingsworth Anderson
and music direction of Tom Ossowski. (Best Actor for Big, the Musical), Eden Memorial Award (Kaylan Grimes),
All proceeds from the concert will Joyner (Best Actress for The Lion, the and the Price Award (Liz Joyner).
benefit the School of Theatre.
Goodwood Museum & Gardens NOT COMPleTelY
undertook a comprehensive fundraising The gallery space of Thomas Eads
initiative, the Honoring History – Securing the Fine Art closed December 31, 2007,
Future campaign, for five projects including but Thomas remains in town and
the new Carriage House Conference Center continues consulting with collectors,
Complex and an endowment fund. To businesses wishing to display art, and
date, they have raised nearly $1.7 million photography students. TEFA focuses
towards their approximately $3 million on regional contemporary art, and
goal for the campaign. welcomes inquiries about the art and
artists he represents.

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and thriving in Tallahassee
ene is alive & well
at the music sc

t discovers th
A college studen

have come to a bittersweet conclusion. I am
completely blown away by the quality
of the music being produced in this town
. Unfortunately I have managed to ignore
the local music community throughout
my time as a student in Tallahassee, and
won’t be here too much longer to enjoy
it all.
The main reason I ignored the local scen
e for so long is that I made the
erroneous assumption that “local” mus
ic was the equivalent of “sub-par” mus
was clearly a mistake. After digging into ic. This
Tallahassee’s music scene, I want to urge
students and residents to get out and see both
some of the artists and groups that are crea
some truly fantastic music here. ting
The sheer number of bands, groups, ense
mbles, and solo artists that create and
perform music in Tallahassee makes it
impossible for me to include all of them
couldn’t even mention all the ones I pers here. I
onally liked. I’ve had to pick and choose
some of the bands or musicians with estab from
lished careers as well as some newer ones
are creating something truly impressive that
in an array of different genres.
Longineu Parsons is probably the most popular name among takes influence from Chicago and New Orleans blues music, and
the musicians who call Tallahassee home. The associate professor are a self-described mix of Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, and Keb
of trumpet at FAMU is hailed by national and international critics Mo. They have had the pleasure of opening up for legendary acts
as one of the greatest trumpet players in the world today. And his like Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, and Kool & the Gang.
trumpet playing is just the tip of the iceberg. Parsons plays multiple So if you are drowning in sorrows, get out and allow Big Daddy
instruments, writes, composes, and sings as well. He has and Red Hot Java to lift your spirits.

had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with If you’re looking to music to get yourself out of
artists like Cab Calloway, Nat “Cannonball” Adderley, a rut, I can’t recommend the power-pop group The
Herbie Mann, Sun Ra, and Branford Marsalis. He has Ums highly enough. Their humor and liveliness is
performed in more than 30 countries for ambassadors,
presidents, and even the royal family. I had the pleasure Dan infectious to the crowd, and it’s difficult to leave their
performances in a foul mood. They write playful,

of seeing Parsons play at the Railroad Square Fall Fever unpretentious songs that are similar to those by
Fest and was not only impressed by his talent but by Ben Folds Five or Beck, yet The Ums are making
the pure enjoyment he showed playing for a crowd. wonderfully original music that can’t be pinned to
We are truly lucky to have him. one genre. When watching these guys play, you’ll get
Another heavy hitter, Pat Puckett, has been playing music a sense that they are enjoying every second on stage. You’d be hard
solo and in various bands in Tallahassee for 24 years. His brand of pressed not to bust your best dance move, and if you don’t at least
alt-country holds up to national bands of a similar mold, like Son crack a smile you may not have a soul. Everyone needs to see this
Volt, 16 Horsepower, and Palace. Puckett’s beautifully crafted songs band at least once.
take influence from his own experiences with marriage and family, If your best dance move belongs in the 1980s, then polish
and he has had the satisfaction of playing with some of the very that baby off and go check out Girls on Film. This four-piece
musicians who have influenced him – musicians like Alejandro group (their names are so rad that I have to list them: Rio-lead
Escovedo and Paul Harris (Nick Drake, Buffalo Springfield). So vocals, Machine-Electronic Drums, Kazhmir-bass guitar, and
if you like music in the vein of Neil Young, be sure to keep an eye Metro-keyboards, programming) plays what they call “Lipstick
out for a show with Pat Puckett. He plays in town roughly every Synth-Pop,” one of the best descriptions for a band’s style I’ve ever
two months. heard. They mesh the dark dance beats and candy pop music that
If your taste in music is more on the dark side, be sure to look was popular a couple decades
into the band Cruxshadows. Formed in 1992, the band has stayed ago with perfect precision.
focused artistically despite several line-up changes over the years, Easily Tallahassee’s most
and even managed to produce a couple Billboard number ones.They (continued on next page)
must hold the title for “miles traveled by a band from Tallahassee,” Girls on
playing between 100 and 120 shows a year internationally. Film
Unfortunately, it is a rare occasion that they play here locally; their
immense stage set-up, light show, and contingent of dancers mean
that few venues in town can accommodate them.
Another band whose longevity is a testament to
their commitment to make music is Cream Abdul
Babar.. This eight-piece group has been creating
together since October of 1994. In fact, they
played their first show on Halloween weekend
only three days after their first practice. What
started out as a crude punk band (only half of the
members could actually play their instruments in
the beginning) has since morphed into a group that
creates and churns out some brutally gorgeous noise.
They play metal in the same territory the Melvins,
Neurosis, and Unsane. Thankfully they just came off
a three-year Southeastern tour, and plan to get back to
their routine of playing Tallahassee twice a year.
If blues music is your remedy then surely check out
Big Daddy and Red Hot Java. Formed in 1995, the group

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fashionable band, they’ve proved a hard crowd moving. instrumental songs that ebb and flow and
act to follow by opening for groups like I say “diverse”because this particular drag you right along, with a similar sound
The Fixx, VHS or Beta, and Rasputina. show was proof of the varied music to groups like Mogwai and Explosions in
If you’d rather steer clear of the word Tallahassee turns out. The group that the Sky. Although they are a young band,
“synth”and your taste in music is more on opened up for Full Black Out was After The Western Hold has already opened
the organic side, then you want to witness the Smoke, a six piece hip-hop group for Jesu and Cream Abdul Babar, as
The Mayhaws.Their acoustic roots draw that shows serious potential. With their well as being invited to play The Fest in
inspiration from Americana, American superior beats, great songwriting, and Gainesville.
Traditional, and Bluegrass styles, and clever lyrics, this group’s performance Even after throwing out so much
they throw some modern charm into the threw the crowd into party mode. information, I feel like I’ve left out so
mix. The band has four members who The members cite Outkast, Stereolab, much. I haven’t even come close to
conjoined two bands to form what is now Jamiroquai, The Neptunes, and Stevie covering all of the great music this town
The Mayhaws. They blend guitar, drum, Wonder as influences on their sound. I is producing. But much of the enjoyment
stand-up bass, and mandolin to make impressed with not only their music but in being music fan is discovering it on your
some good ol’ Southern music. also their professionalism. If any group own. So go out to some of the wonderful
Another local group drawing on has the entrepreneurial spirit to reach venues we have here in town like The
Southern influences is the rock band Full people on a national scale, it is After the Warehouse,The Beta Bar,Big Daddy’s,
Black Out.Together for about four years Smoke.Their hard work is evidenced not Club Downunder, and all others who
now, they consider the Allman Brothers only by the new and fresh music they are help local music to be heard. Also tune
to be their major influence.Their musical creating, but by how well they promote your radio to V-89 every Monday night
talent is truly impressive, with every themselves. from 10 pm to midnight for Hootenanny,
member holding their own, though the Another young group showing signs where you can hear music created here
harmonica solos from Kip Kale stuck of potential turned out to be my personal in Tallahassee as well as live on-air
out as a highlight of the performance I favorite: The Western Hold. They only performances by local acts. Just don’t make
saw. The energy that all the musicians in played their first show in March of 2007, my mistake and put it off – start checking
the band displayed really got the diverse but wow, are these guys good! They play it out right away!

MusIC reVIeW named Sarah those
blindingly sensu-
ous voices.
is another smooth, but faster-moving
composition that captures the essence
of passion and melody. Its lyrics are

Sarah Mac Band
Well, Sarah those that anyone who has been
Mac is one that we brokenhearted can appreciate.

Open Fire
can call our very Open Fire is available locally at
own. She and her Vinyl Fever and Textures Handmade
band mates, Charlie Vanture (lead gui- Market, or online at and
Pixel Records tar and backing vocals), Claire Swindell iTunes. You can also see the band live
Release Date: January 11, 2008 (bass guitar and backing vocals), and at Springtime Tallahassee on March
Keli Swearingen (Pearl Drums) formed 29. For more information, check out
Genre: Indie
their group here in Tallahassee in the their MySpace page or their web site at
spring of 2005. The band launched
The Sarah Mac Band describes it-
their latest album, Open Fire, with a
self as “bluesy, jazzy rock with a healthy Bonnie Bower
release party on January 11 at The
dose of soul,” but also says this on its
Warehouse on Gaines Street.
website: “We would request that you
Open Fire is the perfect CD to
listen to us and then make your own
pop in the car on a sunny day, dance
choice for what type of music we play.”
to in your kitchen, or groove to on
So their genre is actually up to you.
the treadmill. Sarah’s smooth vocals
Sarah Mac (lead vocals, guitar and
and the band’s easy instrumentals
piano) is the perfect mix between the
totally complement a personal favorite
softness of Sarah McLaughlin and the
“Summertime,” composed by George
passion and jazz of Sara Bareilles. There
Gershwin. The title song, “Open Fire,”
must be some magic that gives girls

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Look Mexico (Touring)
Cream Abdul Babar Infectious and accessible pop/rock
Tallahassee’s longest
running noise band
Mayday Parade
Pop-punk group on
The Cruxshadows Fearless Records
Our Goth ambassadors
to the world
The Beta Bar
Kid Hart
Host to a plethora of local V89 Radio Two piece blues-rock
and national independent (Hootenanny) 2 hour outfit led by guitar
musical acts local radio show wizard Eric Hartsfield
every Monday from
10PM to Midnight
Soular System
Their funk powers
make it impossible Floyd’s
to stand against If you hear them on the rock
the wall radio station, good chance
they will play a show here

The Warehouse Crooked Shooz
Place for bands/musicians Great band to
to run their own shows in a knock back a
comfortable venue few and hit the
dance floor

Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Pam Laws
Al Green’s sax player fronts Tallahassee’s premier
this group jazz vocalist

Music and food at
this hip, upscale joint Longineu Parsons
90.5 FAMU Radio World renowned
Jazz radio M-F 9-noon trumpeter
Café Cabernet
Catch some great
music at this fine
restaurant and bar

Leon Anderson
Director of Jazz
Studies at FSU DJ Demp
Most popular Notty Black
party DJ in town Member of the rap
group Nappy Headz

The Moon
Skai North Florida’s leading Thrill Da Playa
Tally’s most popular nightclub and live music venue DJ, Producer, Promoter –
R&B singer this guy does it all
Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee
Extraordinary group of
FSU College of Music young men ages 8 to 18 who
The Artist Series perform all over the world
Offer more than 450 Featuring nationally and
concerts a year Tallahassee Symphony
internationally renowned
visiting artists
The professional voice of
Tallahassee classical orchestral music,
Community Chorus bringing Masterworkds
Celebrating 20 years to the community
in 2008
Rick Lollar
Voices Angelorum 21 year old
Women’s choir Heritage Blues Festival guitar virtuoso
performing classical Every year at the
music of excellence Bradfordville Blues Club
Randy Webster
(Big Daddy)
American Legion Hall
Influenced by
Great place to catch
Chicago and New
blues music and more Chez Pierre Orleans Blues
The place to be in
good weather for
music under the oaks

Bill Wharton – The Sauce Boss
Charles Atkins
Get a lesson in blues and how
Tallahassee’s Soul
to cook a great batch of gumbo
Brother #1

Del Suggs Capital Chordsman
Would go great Tallahassee’s own
with a beach Barbershop group

Pat Puckett Tallahassee Swing Band Mimi Hearn
Plays rock/ Has had a weekly gig at Talented
country with a the American Legion Hall vocalist who
strong emphasis every Tuesday since 1989 appears on
on lyrics many local

Tocamos Tango Sur Velma Frye
Afro-Caribbean Argentinean Tango Performed on
drum ensemble Music “A Prairie Home
Companion” nine times

The Ned Devines FSU World Music
Traditional Irish Music Ensembles playing
music from steel drums
to Brazilian

(Note: this may not be a complete list of all musicians and/or music venues, and COCA does not endorse any particular artist or event.
For listings of many other musicians and local music events, visit
Ken Winker
Blows a Mean

Who Ever Said That You Can’t
Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

by Ken Winker

S hortly after the 2000 presidential election and the recount
debacle in Florida, I became fascinated with the little tin
and wooden instrument with ten holes to blow through,
with the German name Hohner etched on its side: a
harmonica. This instrument seems deceptively simple, but in the
hands and mouth of someone who really knows how to play it,
the harmonica can make sounds and express emotions that are
And then a friend of mine saw a flyer on her bulletin board
at work from someone offering lessons in the piano, the clarinet,
or, believe it or not, the harmonica. So I called Steve Sternberg, a
local boogie-woogie piano player and award-winning songwriter,
who performs at all sorts of events in the Tallahassee area. I soon
started my once-a-week harmonica lessons with Steve, who
became my mentor and my friend.
just as at home in country music, classical, jazz, rock and roll, and One blow, three draw, five draw, five blow, open up the inside
my personal favorite, Blues. of your mouth. Here’s how to use your tongue to block certain holes
My musical experience to that point consisted of piano while you blow and draw other holes. Make the harmonica sound
lessons in the fourth grade, singing in my high school chorus like an increasingly faster high speed train... run out of air in your
and church choir, and listening to lots of music on my record lungs... build up your breath... don’t get so tired... make single notes on
player, then my eight-track player, then my cassette player, my the harmonica... practice your scales... learn to play this riff...practice,
CD player, and now my iPod. But I wanted to learn to play the practice, PRACTICE! I learned to call the harmonica a “Blues
harmonica just like the great Blues musicians I was listening to harp” and I was becoming a Blues harp player.
– Little Walter, Big Mama Thornton, Paul Butterfield, James A year or so later, I headed for Davis and Elkins College in
Cotton, and Charlie Musselwhite. my home state of West Virginia to participate in a week of Blues
Unfortunately the book and CD harmonica lessons didn’t harp lessons from a brilliant harmonica player named Joe Filisko.
seem to work for someone of my advanced age. I needed the I also took lessons from other great Blues musicians such as Phil
personal interaction of a music teacher. But who teaches you how Wiggins and Otis Taylor. It was also where I met a talented
to play harmonica in Tallahassee? 92-year-old West Virginia fiddler, Melvin Wine, who had

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himself learned fiddle tunes from my emotion. And since I was also learning
great-grandfather and my great-great- how to play through a microphone

grandfather, Pat and John Cogar. and an amplifier, I would have the
necessary volume to be heard despite
ack in Tallahassee. “Ken, my whispering ways. And so I became
would you like to be part of Whispering Ken Winker – a Blues Check out one of these programs in the
my Christmas recital with musician! Tallahassee area. Places to perform, learn
my other students?” Steve We played in pubs for two weeks from other musicians, and have a great
asked around Thanksgiving. My chest in Northern Ireland, then along the time gathering and making music.
tightened – not a good thing for a harp west coast, and down south to Cork
B Sharp’s Jazz Café, 648 West Brevard
player. “You and I could play a Blues and Kinsale. Then we flew back to Street, 681-2400. Jazz jam sessions every
duet,” he encouraged. “It’ll be great!” So England, where I was thrilled to see my Wednesday at 8 pm, plus Blues jams the
I practiced and had a great time playing name in the London equivalent of the first Sunday of the month from 2-6 pm.
the Blues and a few Christmas tunes in Limelight. We played in several clubs
front of a most appreciative audience of there, including one gig alongside one Big Bend Community Orchestra, 893-
retired folks. of Britain’s finest Blues musicians, Papa 4567. An all-volunteer organization open
In the summer of 2004, my friend George. to all orchestral musicians in the Big Bend
Randy Webster invited me on his 24th As my musical tour of Ireland area. Rehearses Thursday evenings from
trip to Ireland to be part of a supporting and London ended, I knew that I 7-9:30 pm in Room 165, Communications
act for his band, Red Hot Java. “Do you had actually been taking another & Humanities Building, on the Tallahassee
really think I’m good enough to go on journey, one that continues to give me Community College campus.
the road and play the Blues?” I asked. opportunities to meet new friends and
“Yes,” he replied, “and we need to have new experiences. And although Down Below at Barnacle Bill’s, 1830 N.
Monroe Street, 459-5191. Hip-Hop Night,
give you your own stage name. How the Blues is often about pain and
hosted by DJ Joshua “Mad Mardigan”
about ‘Whispering’ Ken Winker?” sadness, the Blues also speaks to hope
Mclean and featuring live performances
I was almost afraid to ask why. and the goodness of people. Music
and open mic for MCs 18 and older.
He told me that even though I has always been and will always be an
played the harp softly, I played it with important part of my life. Finnegan’s Wake, 1122 Thomasville Road,
222-4225. Open bluegrass jam sessions
on the first Sunday of every month from
7-10 pm. Also hosts Irish music jam on the
second Sunday of the month from 7-10 pm.

FSU Student Life Center Cyber Café, 942
Learning Way, 644-4455. Open mic night
every other Wednesday from 8-10 pm.

Lichgate on High Road, 1401 High Road,
567-3474. Monthly “Old Time Country
Jams”every 3rd Thursday from 7 -10:30 pm.

The Sweet Shop, 701 W. Jefferson Street,
224-2700. Open mic every Tuesday at 7
pm, hosted by V89.

The Warehouse, 702 W. Gaines Street,
222-6188. Open jazz jam every Monday at
9 pm. Open mic night every Wednesday
at 9 pm.

(Note: this may not be a complete listing of all
opportunities to play music, and COCA does not
endorse any particular event or opportunity. For
listings of many other types of local music events,
Ken Winker and friends jam one evening at Paradigm in downtown Tallahassee.

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INTERVIEW byy Dan Lyons

DL: How would you describe Cloud 13?

ST: Cloud 13 is an online-focused
independent label. The music is provided
on-demand, so you can order a CD
online, or download the music through
iTunes or Amazon. My wife and I started
the label initially just to release our own
music. Since then we have taken on acts
in town that we like, and the label is now
run loosely as a collective. The artists
whose music we release have their hands
in keeping this thing afloat.

DL: Why on-demand?

ST: The on-demand format allows for us
to release music without going broke. So
instead of printing up hundreds of CDs,
we do a small initial pressing to supply
the bands with CDs to sell at concerts.
From then on, we print them as needed.
Because a majority of our sales are from
digital downloads, and we press the
CDs in-house, it keeps our cost low. I
take influence from the way Dischord
Records in Washington D.C. used to have
Cloud 13 Records
the mail-order format for their releases.
promotional poster Instead of going through all kinds of
avenues to get a tape or CD, you went
straight to the source. I also admired how
If anyone is fully aware of the great music being made here in Tallahassee, it’s they committed to the music being made
Steev Taylor, founder and proprietor of Tallahassee’s own record label, Cloud 13 Records. within their own community.
A musician himself, Taylor has been part of the local music scene for nearly 20
years, earlier with the band Pocket Novel Mystery, and now as part of the duo DL: Why Tallahassee?
Tangemeenie with his wife, Lori.
ST: Outside of the fact that I live here
What started as a project to release Tangemeenie’s music has since turned into and have roots in the area, I believe that
mission of sorts to promote the excellent music being created here in Tallahassee. for a small town, Tallahassee has a lot of
The label, Cloud 13 Records, is home to the indie bands the The Grand Canyons, potential. You have the music school,
Soft Targets, and The Ums. Installments of The Fertile Compilation, which showcases some great venues that allow for the
music, poetry and visual art created in and around Tallahassee, are also released by bands to play, and you have people that
the label. want to go out and listen to the music.
Also, Tallahassee is a somewhat of a hub
I recently sat down with Taylor and talked about the label, Tallahassee music, and city; there is a constant flow of people in
the state of the music industry. Though his overall presence is laid back, Taylor’s and out of the town. So it allows for the
enthusiasm for the Cloud 13 Records was clear and infectious.

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music to be spread outside the city limits with relative ease. DL: You seem to have some of the harder working bands
I believe that Tallahassee can be known as one of the great in Tallahassee on Cloud 13. What is drawing them to the
music towns, and I hope that Cloud 13 can help get the city label rather than self-releasing their work?
on the map, the way Sub-Pop in Seattle, Dischord in D.C.,
and Sun in Memphis have done. ST: For one thing, we offer a way for bands to release and sell
their CDs without any initial costs. We can also keep track of
DL: How are the bands involved with running the label? sales, help the artists manage the business side of things,
and offer insights from our own 18 plus years of experience
ST: Well, most of all, we try to let the bands have as much being in bands and dealing with the industry. Managing
say as possible in the day-to-day decision-making that everything yourself while still trying to make good music
affects their career. We generally don’t make a move without can quickly become difficult and expensive. We take some
talking it over with the band first. I won’t say it’s always the of that burden away. In the past, we’ve also helped bands
most efficient way to do business, but it supports one of find producers to work with and helped them establish
our larger aims of helping our bands learn firsthand about relationships with reputable music promoters. We don’t
the business side of music. Beyond that, there are many have a large promotional budget, but we’ve paid for ad
different ways the bands help: They bring other local bands space in a couple of major music magazines and picked up
to our attention that might otherwise fly under our radar. some of the costs of a radio promotion campaign. We hope
They help with promotion by spreading the word about to keep expanding what we can offer our artists, in terms of
the label on the web and at live shows. In a couple of cases, advertising, promotion, and booking, but every band needs
we’ve literally had bands drop by the house to help print something a little different.
and package CDs.
(continued on page 16)

MusIC reVIeW with some great, well-crafted songs. The
music itself, the production, and even the
packaging is well above what you might
There cannot be enough said about
the production on Heavy Rainbow by
former Tallahasseean Tim DeLaney. The

Soft Targets
expect from a local group. album sounds clean and crisp, deserving
The album opens with“Something of a good pair of headphones to truly ap-

Heavy Rainbow
Else,”and like most of the songs on Heavy preciate what’s been created. Honestly,
Rainbow, it is mellow and introspective. you’ll get lost in how gorgeous it sounds.
(“Calm Me Down”has a jumpier beat So go out and grab this great album
Cloud 13 Records to it, and“Under Control”is a bit more or check out Soft Targets live at one of
Release Date: September 28, 2007 in-your-face than the other cuts on the the fine venues here in town. You might
album.) Corry’s emotions are evident in just find that your next favorite band is
Genre: Indie/Pop
Available at: his sensitive vocals. Like Morrissey or Otis from your own backyard.
Redding, who wear their hearts on their
• Vinyl Fever,, Daniel Lyons
iTunes, and sleeves, Corry’s feelings are clear to the
More information at: listener. His tremendous vocal skills send
• a heartfelt message when combined
with clever lyrics like,“I’ve got the shaky
Tallahassee’s own Soft Targets sick stomach of a boy who just got
return with their sophomore release, forced to fight.”
Heavy Rainbow. Jesse Corry (vocals/gui- Heavy Rainbow also showcases
tar) and Nathan Sadler (bass/keys/vocals) Soft Targets’ability to put together a nice
brought in Steven Gillespie, the drum- harmony. Each member lends vocals to the
mer for popular local band‘The Ums,’to songs, adding a real density to the straight-
provide the beats and additional vocals, forward compositions. Horns were added
and the result is entirely impressive. on“Sugar Glass”and strings on“Small
They have dropped a beautiful album Straight,”filling out the sound for each.

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Art, Exhibits, & More
Put Together at 621 Gallery addresses how we assemble Not everything is seen in black and white. In Photography in
ourselves inside and out, with the ceramics of Charles E. Sepia, Carole Robertson takes us to New York City and Paris,
Birnbaum of New York, quilting by Jeana Eve Klein of North France – familiar scenes with a different perspective. See her
Carolina, and images by Marcy Sperry of Chicago. Exhibit runs contemporary cityscapes with an old-fashioned feel at the Old
through March 30. For more information, call 224-6163. Armory Galleries at the Tallahassee Senior Center through April
22. For more information, contact 891-4016.
And April 4 through 27, 621 Gallery goes Primal, exploring
the relationship between primitive nature and humanity. Gabi The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science hosts Enrique
Etenberg of Nevada uses the camera to capture people and Chavarria: Surrealism and the Fantastic Paintings and Works on
places that explain the tension of displacement within herself; Paper from the Michael and Tonya Aranda Collection through
Linda Frost of California addresses the suffering of animals in May 25, 2008. Chavarria’s fantastic imagery brings together
the name of science; Jane Hesser of Rhode Island explores the elements of both outer and inner reality, producing creations
inner, primal nature of humanness that is expressed through with both the quality and lucidity of the fantastic and sometimes
animalistic imagery. For more information, call 224-6163. disturbing world experienced in dreams. For more information,
call 513-0700.
A new exhibit, Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success,
details the history of the Seminole people in Florida from the 1850s
to the present. More than 150 artifacts reflecting the Seminole Dance
history, culture, and traditions plus historical photographs, a The FSU Department of Dance features A’keitha Carey and
reconstructed trading post, and a Seminole chickee are included. Kristen Sholes in the MFA Dance Concert on March 28 and 29 at
Through June 1 at the Museum of Florida History. the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre. Call 644-6500 for tickets,
or go to to order online.
Also at the Museum of Florida History through April 30, in
celebration of Women’s History Month, the new Curator’s Choice Before Dancing with the Stars came the show that started it
exhibit, Florida Women Win the Vote, highlights the history of all: BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Now the creatives behind this
the women’s suffrage movement. The display includes artifacts hit UK television program bring you the sensational stage
from the early 20th century donated by women’s rights activist production Simply Ballroom, starring celebrity host Debbie
Roxcy Bolton. Additional objects include campaign buttons and Reynolds, American Idol finalists Anthony Fedorov and Vonzell
memorabilia promoting the power of women. For information Solomon, and a cast of world-class dance champions. At the
about either exhibit, call 245-6400. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, March 29 and 30. For
more information, call 850-222-0400 or 800-322-3602.

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Dallas and the Bayreuth Festival. Hear her at Opperman Music
Hall on the FSU Campus on March 27, with Timothy Hoekman on
piano, as part of the Faculty Solo Artist Series presented by the FSU
College of Music. For more information, call 644-9934.

Conductor Alexander Jiminez leads the University
Philharmonia in an evening of Barber, Boccherini, and Rimsky-
Korsakov, featuring cellist Gregory Sauer. April 4 at Ruby
Diamond Auditorium. Call 644-6500 for tickets, or go to www. to order online.

On April 6, Goodwood Museum & Gardens along with the FSU
International Center will present Cuba, part of the Housewright
World Music Series at Goodwood. This free outdoor concert
under the oaks features Cuban songs and instrumental music,
under the direction of vocalist Christina Villaverde, and is perfect
for families. For further information, call 894-2302.

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of
Music Director Miriam Burns, presents Staircase to Heaven on
April 26 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium. This concert features
Rossini’s The Silken Staircase Overture, Liszt’s Piano Concerto
No.1 with Andrew Armstrong on piano, and Rachmaninoff’s
Symphony No. 2. Call 644-6500 for tickets or go to
edu to order online.

Join dance lovers and the Tallahassee Swing Band, along Meet the bible belt kin of the deceased Bud Turpin. They've got
with Pauline Hurst and the Tallahassee Swing Dancers, for a funeral to plan. By the time they sort through their money
the popular Swing Dancin’ in the Street: a fun time in the spirit problems and what to engrave on their father's headstone,
of a 1940s block party. Listen to or swing to those fabulous they've put the "fun" in "funeral." Dearly Departed will be
sounds of the 1930s and 1940s outside the Knott House presented by FAMU Essential Theatre at the Charles Winter
Museum on April 5 (rain date: April 12). For information, call Wood Theatre April 2 through 6. Parental guidance is suggested.
922-2459. Call 561-2425 for tickets.

The Mickee Faust Club, Tallahassee’s “community theatre for
Join African Music and Dance for their Fourth Annual Concert the weird community” presents its annual Spring Cabaret, The
of African Music and Dance on April 5 at Chiles High School. The Year of the Rat, on April 4 to 6 and 11 to 13. Join the intrepid
concert will feature African classical choral music, contrasted with “Faustkateers” for an evening of political and socio-sexual satire,
gospel music and jazz. Also featured will be a professional African literary and cinematic parodies, old and new vaudeville, original
traditional dance troupe specializing in West African music, and adapted songs, and fully staged bad jokes. For information,
which will be contrasted with Afro-Peruvian music. Audiences call 562-RATS (7287).
are encouraged to wear their African attire for a fashion show. For
tickets, call 590-8445. Mary Lennox, a young orphaned girl transplanted from Colonial
India to Victorian England, learns to overcome loneliness and
Music reach out to help those around her in this beautiful musical
retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale, The Secret
Indulge your musical talents or come listen to others play in
the Wednesday Night Jazz Jam Sessions at the brand new B Garden. The lush music and the mysterious garden where
Sharps’ Jazz Café, every Wednesday from 7- 10 pm. For more anything is possible are brought to life with a lively cast of
information, call 681-2400. characters, lyrically sensuous music and a romantic spirit of hope
and transcendence. Don't miss The Secret Garden at Tallahassee
Dramatic soprano Shirley Close has appeared in leading operatic Little Theatre, April 10 through 20. Call 224-4597 for information
roles in Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Mannheim, Washington, Miami, and tickets.

(Note: All events are subject to change without notice. Check, or contact the individual organizations listed for updated information.)

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More Than You Thought Interview
(continued from page 9) (continued from page 6)

She’s the adventurous spirit that lives DL: Cloud 13 seems to have an
inside everyone who lives for the emphasis on cost effectiveness.
moment and believes that “life is a In order to keep costs low, do the
banquet!” She’s Eve, St. Joan, Lady artists do their own recording,
Godiva, and Florence Nightingale or is there someone specific you
all rolled up into one larger-than- work with?
life package. She’s Mame! Come see
her April 11-13 and 18-20 at Quincy ST: We definitely try to stay as low-
Music Theatre in Quincy. To reserve to-the-ground as possible. A couple
your tickets, visit of our artists have been fortunate
or call 875-9444. enough to work with an excellent
Murder, greed, corruption, violence, producer, Tim DeLaney, who is based
exploitation, adultery and treachery in Atlanta. But more commonly, our
– the cornerstones of the sultry and artists produce their own recordings.
alluring Broadway musical hit Chicago. I’m a producer myself, although
It’s the story of seductive nightclub Mame is produced by arrange
and dialogue materia ment with, and the
l furnished by Tams-W music
my focus at the moment is on the
new Tangemeenie record that Lori
Library, Inc. / 560 itmark Music

dancer Roxie Hart who finds that the
Lexington Avenue
, New York, NY 10022.

road to fame can be a trail of blood. and I are working on. One of the
Throw in a cunning lawyer and a bit new realities of the music industry
of razzle dazzle, and Roxie goes from Environmental exhibitors, wildlife is that technological advances
cold hearted killer to the toast of the shows, and activities for children are have made it easier and cheaper to
town. Part of the Tallahassee Broadway also available. For more information,
produce decent recordings, so more
Series at the Tallahassee-Leon call 561-7286.
and more independent artists are
County Civic Center, April 14 and 15. producing their own recordings.
On April 10, 11, and 12, the Mary
Call 222-0400 for tickets. Ultimately, those are the kinds of
Brogan Museum of Art and Science
presents its 6th Annual Florida Wine artists we get most excited about
Festivals Festival at the museum and on working with: artists who are
The Downtown Marketplace has Kleman Plaza. This three-day event self-sufficient and self-contained,
returned! Every Saturday, March includes fine food, fine wine, and but who recognize the benefits of
through December, from 8 am to 2 an extravaganza complete with pooling their talents and resources
pm, downtown comes alive with live Las Vegas style gaming and an with other like-minded artists.
entertainment, food, music, art and entertainer who spans the decades.
fine crafts from local and regional For further information, call 513-0700.
artists, and book signings and literary
chats by authors. Selected local LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
farmers offer up nature’s best fresh presents the 8th Annual Chain of Parks
produce of the season, and local Art Festival on April 19 and 20. This
galleries and museums provide free fine art festival features 125 highly
hands-on art activities for children. accomplished artists from across the
For more information, call 224-3252. U.S. exhibiting works in Tallahassee’s
historic downtown parks and along
On April 5, bring the family out to North Gadsden Street. An educational
Wakulla Springs State Park for the experience for all, plus an opportunity
annual Wakulla Springs Wildlife Festival. for art collectors to see a large
There will be nature tours, music national selection of fine works in one For more information about
by Sammy Tedder, Coon Bottom location. Amenities including a wine Tallahassee’s independent music label,
Creek and City Limits, and many and beer garden and food court will visit or visit
artists displaying works highlighting also be offered. For information, call them on MySpace or at their blog at
regional wildlife and heritage. 222-8800.

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COCa Notes New Faces
You’ll be hearing a new voice
answering the phone, as Dan Lyons is
COCA’s new administrative assistant.
Dan was an intern with COCA in the fall
semester, working primarily on Capital
Culture Magazine.
Michael Winn of Catalyst Consultant
Group is generously volunteering with
COCA to help update and upgrade our
web and database systems. He’s off to
a terrific start by securing a donation
of software licenses from SalesForce.
com and helping to revamp our entire
data flow.

COCA was awarded a grant of $375,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for Congratulations
the pre-development phase of the Arts on Gaines project. COCA Board Member Margo COCA congratulates the award winners
Bindhardt, who has been leading the Arts on Gaines effort, made the announcement at at its annual juried show, Photofest.
a press conference on January 22 at the top of the Capitol. She was joined at the podium First Place went to John Douglas,
by Mike Pate of the Knight Foundation, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Leon County Second Place
Commission Vice-Chair Bryan Desloge, and Wendy Holmes of Artspace Projects, Inc. was awarded to
Special guests included Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, FSU Vice President for Amy Higgins,
University Relations Lee Hinkle, FAMU Pharmacy Dean Henry Lewis III, and Leon County and Third
School Board Member Sheila Costigan. Place went to
Jackie Bentz.
That same evening, COCA and Artspace presented the results of the housing/ market Honorable
surveys to the general public. Nearly 100 interested artists, arts organizations, and other Mentions
attended the event at the Marriott Residence Inn on Gaines Street to hear the latest. were awarded
COCA has also been recommended for a Challenge Grant of $100,000 from the State of to Robert Janus, Angela Petsis
Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, for pre-development of the Arts on Gaines Project. Caroline V. Sturtz, and Nancy Worrell.
The Challenge Grant budget still needs to be approved by the legislature this session.
special Thanks
On November 13, COCA hosted the Florida Arts Council members for dinner and a COCA would like to thank the Marriott
bus tour of the Gaines Street area. Representatives from the Performing Arts Center, FSU Residence Inn for donating the use of
Mastercraftsman Program, Blueprint 2000, and other neighborhood arts and community its conference rooms for COCA’s event
projects met the Arts Council members at their sites and shared information about their in January. COCA also thanks The Olive
projects. In addition to many Florida Arts Council members and COCA’s Chair, guests Garden for donating lunch for a recent
included Kurt Browning, Secretary of State, and County Commissioner Ed DePuy. Board of Directors meeting.

Out and about
• Leslie Puckett has begun a new part-time position as the Art Program Coordinator at the Tallahassee Senior Center, where she in
charge of the center’s art exhibits and art classes. (But don’t worry – she’s still here at COCA the rest of the time!)
• COCA’s Associate Director, Randi Goldstein, co-taught an improv theatre workshop at the new Mickee Faust Academy of Really
Dramatic Arts in December, and is currently teaching Creative Improv at TCC.
• COCA’s Arts in Public Places Director, Leslie Puckett, taught a workshop on making collaged holiday cards, and Education Director
Amanda Thompson taught a needle felting class, both at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts.

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arts & Cultural Organizations and Businesses
Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.
Mountain Dew Cloggers The Black Archives
leGeND 386-1263, 561-2603
See for expanded listings Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre Claude Pepper Museum
Highlighted are COCA members 599-8678 644-9311,
Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee, 562-1430, The Florida Historic Capitol & Legislative Research Center
Official First Friday participant 487-1902,
live performances and events Prophecy School of the Arts Goodwood Museum & Gardens
exhibitions/attractions 222-8085, 877-4202,
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL)
opportunities to participate 412-7087, 850-984-5297,
adult classes Sharon Davis Schools of Dance John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American
things to buy 893-5900 History and Culture, 681-7881,
Southern Academy of Ballet Arts
programs/classes for kids
222-0174 Kirk Collection
The Tallahassee Ballet
DaNCe 224-6917, Knott House Museum
African Caribbean Dance Theatre Tallahassee Community Friends of Old 922-2459,
539-4087, Time Dance, 421-1587 or 421-1838, Lichgate on High Road
African Music and Dance, 508-2127, 383-6556 Tallahassee Swing Band Dances Mission San Luis
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee 894-3789, 487-3711,
222-2211, Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) Museum of Florida History
Community School of the Performing Arts and 212-0431, 245-6400,
Culture, 574-2237 Tribal Wallah Dance Troupe Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville, GA)
Corazon Dancers 459-0371, 229-226-2344,
(305) 989-0739 USA Dance, 562-1224, San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park (St. Marks,
Essence Dance Theatre mweininger/tallusabda FL), 922-6007
412-7525, Wildwood Ballet, (850) 894-0264, Tallahassee Automobile Museum
FSU Ballroom Dance Club 942-0137, Tallahassee Museum
FSU Department of Dance
FIlM & VIDeO 575-8684,
Diane Wilkins Productions Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
893-1441, 488-7100,
Halimeda’s Oasis
FSU Film School
Head Over Heels Dancewear
644-0453, lITerarY
FSU Student Life Cinema Anhinga Press
644-4455, 442-1408,
In Step Studio
IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center Apalachee Press
645-STAR, 942-5041,
Killearn Performing Arts
Mike Vasilinda Productions Back Talk Poetry Troupe
443-7512 or 894-9364,
224-5420, 459-7399,
Kollage Dance Troupe
Rossier Productions, Inc. CyPress Publications
224-0372, 576-8820,
Maggie Allesee National Center For
Tallahassee Film Society Digital Pulp
Choreography (MANCC)
386-4404, 297-1373,
Video 21, 878-3921 Fiction Collective Two (FC2)
Mahogany Dance Theatre, 561-2318,
644-2260, HIsTOrY/HerITaGe Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Montgomery Schools of Dance Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
877-4874 487-4115,

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LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Floyd’s Music Store Capital City Shakespeare in the Park
606-2665, 222-3506, 386-6476,
Paperback Rack FSU College of Music Curious Echo Radio Theater
224-3455 644-4774, 228-2473,
Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Gordon’s String Music Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
656-3410, 386-7784 850-653-3200,
Tallahassee Writers’ Association Home Music Educators Dysfunction Junction
671-3731, 656-7613,
Word Traffic Books Jim’s Pianos FAMU Essential Theatre
422-WORD, 205-5467, 599-3430,
Mason’s School of Music In the Moment Players
MulTI-DIsCIPlINarY 412-0102, 383-1718,
Center for Fine Arts Education The Moon The Laughing Stock
254-0123, 878-6900, 841-4063
Downtown Marketplace Music Center Magic and Fun Costume Shop
224-3252, 942-0626 224-6244
Florida Center for Performing Arts and MusicMasters Mickee Faust Club
Education, 893-2497, 224-6158, 224-3089,
Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.) Music Xchange Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL)
644-8533, 681-7443, 997-4242,
Pyramid Studios Musikgarten Off Street Players
513-1733, 668-2119, 907-5743,
Seven Days of Opening Nights musikgartensignup.html Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL)
644-7670, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL) 875-9444,
Tallafesta 904-364-1683, The School of Theatre at Florida State
878-5148, Stringfest 644-6500,
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center 668-6896, Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA)
487-1691, Stubbs Music Center 229-758-5450,
Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA) 893-8754, Tallahassee Little Theatre
229-226-0588, Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters 224-4597,
Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Association, 509-2695, Theatre A La Carte
(Thomasville, GA), 229-226-7404, 385-6700, Tallahassee Civic Chorale Theatre TCC!
Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts 878-2711, 201-8608,
422-7795, Tallahassee Community Chorus Young Actors Theatre 668-5394, 386-6602,
The Warehouse, 222-6188 Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band
567-6336 or 201-8360 VIsual arTs
MusIC Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE 1123@Midtown
Apalachee Blues Society 562-8696
668-5863, 621 Gallery
Tallahassee Music Guild
The Artist Series 224-6163,
224-9934, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
Tallahassee Pipe Band
Barbershop Harmony Society (Valdosta, GA), 229-247-2787,
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven and Company Artisans
894-8700, 395-7671,
Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
The Beta Bar ArtisTree
425-2697, 893-2937,
Tallahassee Winds
Big Bend Community Orchestra Ars Magna @ The NHMFL
893-4567, 644-8053
Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios
Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College
528-2403, 201-8713,
Bradfordville Blues Club artgallery.htm
906-0766, Artport Gallery
Vinyl Fever
Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy 224-2500,
893-0893, Bali HI Trading Company
Voces Angelorum, 942-6075,
Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee 766-7175
521-0700 or 668-1643, Barbara Psimas Studios
Club Downunder 894-1444,
644-6673, Blue Abaco Trading Company
FAMU Music Department THeaTre 325-2323,
599-3334 Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA) Bonifay Guild For The Arts (Bonifay, FL)
Florida State Opera 229-246-834, 850-547-3530,
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March/April 13
DIRECTORY (continued)
Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.
J. Clinard Studio
leGeND 942-7036,
See for expanded listings Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center
Highlighted are COCA members 891-3945,
commcenter/lfartscrafts.cfm As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
Official First Friday participant LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts the Council on Culture & Arts works on behalf of the
live performances and events 222-8800, community to support the area’s diverse range of cultural
Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL) events and traditions. Through innovative partnerships
exhibitions/attractions with community and educational groups, COCA seeks
opportunities to participate M Gallery to enrich and improve the lives of citizens and visitors
adult classes 531-9925, alike. Our professional staff and board of directors serve
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science as a community resource to advocate for and support arts
things to buy
513-0700, and culture in Florida’s Capital Area.
programs/classes for kids
Picture Frames Unlimited
422-0088 COCA members include non-profit and commercial
Oglesby Union Art Center galleries, museums, theaters, music groups, dance
Brush and Palette Studio companies, festivals, historic sites, film and video
893-1960, 644-4737,
Quilters Unlimited companies, educational organizations, and individual
Capital City Carvers artists, as well as businesses and individuals interested in
Quincie’s Art Jewelry supporting local cultural activities.
Capitol Complex Galleries
245-6480, 222-8411, Council on Culture & Arts Staff
City Hall Art Gallery Railroad Square Art Park Executive Director Peggy Brady
224-2500, 224-1308, Tony Archer
Color Wheel Gallery, 222-6873, Ribits Enchanted Cottage Randi Goldstein
671-5859, Leslie Puckett
Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery Clint Riley
Depot Agent Gallery Amanda Karioth Thompson
218-368-5924, 222-4020,
Holly Thompson
Et Ceterocks Gallery Signature Art Gallery 297-2422, Council on Culture & Arts Board of Directors
First Street Gallery (Havana, FL) Chair Anne Mackenzie
539-5220, Simply Artistic, Inc. Vice Chair Ken Winker
402-0073, Treasurer/ Secretary Kay Stephenson
Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter
South of Soho Co-op Gallery Past Chair Michael H. Sheridan Exec. Comm. Margo H. Bindhardt
FSU Big Bend Contemporary Gallery
Member At-Large Southern Scenes Gallery & Frame
504-0555, Valliere Richard Auzenne
FSU International Center Art Gallery Mickey Brady
645-4793, Swamp Buddha Sumi-e Alfredo A. Cruz
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League 386-5041, Lydia A. McKinley-Floyd
644-1299, Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild Longineu Parsons
artistsleaguehome.html 656-2887, Mark Ravenscraft
Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts Susan Stratton
FSU Museum of Fine Arts
891-4000, Mike Vasilinda
644-1254, Stacey Webb
FSU Oglesby Gallery Tallahassee Watercolor Society
Johanna Williams
644-3898, 385-9517,
Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Talleon Independent Artists Ex-officios John Marks, Mayor
599-3161 386-7176, Bob Rackleff, County Commission
Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL) Ten Thousand Villages Marge Banocy-Payne, TCC
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20 | Early Spring 2008 Capital Culture Magazine
Alex Jiménez is a busy guy. Not only
is he the conductor of FSU’s University
Symphony Orchestra and University
Philharmonia, he also oversees the
graduate orchestral conducting
program for the FSU College of Music.
A percussionist at heart, with a
doctorate in percussion/orchestral
conducting, he was the principal
timpanist (that’s the guy who
plays the REALLY big drums) of
the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra
and continues to serve as principal
timpanist of the Music Festival of
Santo Domingo. He plays a mean
game of racquetball, is a Chicago
Cubs fan, and likes to cook for his
wife and two young daughters.
But all that is only the beginning.
Jiménez is also the Music Director
of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth
Orchestras, overseeing about 150
students ages eight to eighteen, in five
orchestras, four chamber ensembles,
and the Tallahassee Fiddlers.
Despite his busy schedule, he takes
time every Sunday afternoon to rehearse
with the TSYO Symphony Orchestra, the most
advanced group, which he personally conducts.
“Most kids in other communities would never
have access to a musician of Dr. Jiménez’ caliber at
such a young age,” says Mandy Sauer, general manager
of the TSYO. “Tallahassee is very lucky to have him.”

Alexander Jiménez

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