Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
January 18th The Honey Dewdrops of Baltimore, Maryland bring their beautiful and engaging take on modern American roots music and the first album of theirs entirely written, arranged, and recorded in one place; a testament to the power of home. Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, are collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.” The culmination of three years of writing and arranging their latest release, Tangled Country, captures and communicates this as the duo weave dynamics and harmonies from one track to another, proving that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.
On January 20th, Tucson’s best folk/rock band, Ryanhood join The REP for an unforgettable performance. Named Best Duo/Group at the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that Ryan Green and Cameron Hood were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” They would go on to tour with Jason Mraz, record an album with grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, share stages with Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and Lifehouse, and even get tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.
Caroline Cotter and Michael Howard are an Americana duo hailing from the far flung corners of Maine and Alaska return to The REP on January 26th. Caroline Cotter has played over 450 shows in 42 states and 10 countries since her debut album, Dreaming as I Do, released and reached #5 on the Folk DJ Charts in 2015. With a captivating soprano voice and award winning songwriting, her travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to the coast of Maine, through the hills of Colorado, to the side of a bluegrass festival campfire, and into the depths of the human heart. Ms. Cotter’s new album is brilliant, the range of styles from a cappella to smooth vocals and jazz, back to folk harmonies – the album never ceases to surprise.” – Bruce Swan, WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT. Born and raised in the wilds of Alaska, Michael Howard’s award winning songwriting and unique voice akin to Cat Stevens is captivating audiences across North America and quickly earning him critical acclaim: “Remember the first time you encountered Steve Goodman, John Prine, Steve Forbert, Nick Drake, or Jesse Winchester? That’s how I feel listening to Howard—as if I’ve discovered the real deal, a one-of-a-kind singer who also loves words and knows how to put them together in memorable ways. I can’t wait to hear where he goes from here.”
February 23rd singer-songwriter Amy Black performs on The REP stage. Amy has always been drawn to soul singers. But it wasn’t until she began exploring her own southern soul roots for her last album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she found her musical sweet spot — and knew her next stop had to be the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she was meant to make — the sound of Memphis. Infusing her vocals with Saturday-night sultriness and Sunday-morning gospel, slow-dance sexiness and fast-dance exuberance, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough with equal ease. Her organic sound was recorded old-school analog style at Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording studio and mixed to tape by Adam Hill at Ardent Studios. The result is pure and authentic —and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
March 14th and 15th brings the return of sell-out sensations, Harpeth Rising. Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound.
Tickets and more information available at www.LoveTheREP.com
The Winter 2018 performance schedule is as follows:
9 – 7:30pm E2C*- Calvin Arsenia and The E2C Trio – $25
12-15 – Official Venue for 30ASongwriters Festival – Various Artists Tickets: http://www.30asongwritersfestival.com/
18 – 7:30pm – Live @ The REP- The Honey Dewdrops – $25
20 – 7:30pm – Live @ The REP- Ryanhood – $25
26 – 7:30pm – Live @ The REP- Caroline Cotter & Michael Howard – $25
27 – 4pm – E2C- John K. Melvin Co-Hosting of Screening “A Plastic Ocean” – FREE
28 – 7:30pm – E2C- Goody Playwright Fellowship staged reading of JOLEY with Caitlin Saylor Stephens – $25
8 – 7:30pm – E2C- Anthony Green – $25
13 – 7:30pm – E2C- Kim Richey- $25
22 – 8:00pm – E2C- Taylor & Jabares-Pita – $25
23 – 7:30pm – Live @ The REP- Amy Black – $25
27 – 7:30pm – E2C- Kevin Doyle Playwright – $25
14 & 15 – 7:30pm Live @ The REP Harpeth Rising – $25
About The REP Theatre
Celebrating its 17th season, The Repertory Theatre is Northwest Florida’s premier professional theatre company. The REP has built itself into a first-rate regional theatre, attracting some of the finest talent from around the world. The REP’s host of talented theatre professionals and group of dedicated volunteers work together to entertain more than 25,000 people each year. Having established an indoor home on the stage of the 75-seat Meeting Hall Theatre in downtown Seaside, Florida, The REP has never stopped broadening its horizons, adding new programming and new venues in Seaside and beyond to better reach its expanding audience base. For five years, The REP has provided a successful drama mentoring programs to area elementary and middle schools that introduces and teaches students all aspects of theatre including lights, sound, costumes, sets and stage management. For more information about The REP, visit www.lovetherep.com.