Some music highlights in Lakeland this weekend include Sirens 2, a showcase of local women musicians at The Pink Piano tonight, the hot-sauce-infused rocking blues of Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton at Union Hall Friday, the back-to-the-roots country of Jeffry Allen and Band at Swan Brewing on Friday, country sister act Diamond Dixie at Swan Brewing Saturday and singer-songwriter Kimi Tortuga at Union Hall Saturday. Keep scrolling for our updated live music calendar: More
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Sarasota-based Ari and the Alibis blast their sultry fusion of jazz, rock, funk, soul, samba and blues at Union Hall Friday night. Based on their YouTube videos, the $15 cover is worth it. Other highlights this weekend, at least for people into tribute bands, include Tampa’s Absolute Queen at RP Funding Center tonight. Keep scrolling for the updated music calendar: More
After three weekends of soft openings, musician Dan Signor’s Union Hall in Dixieland holds its grand opening Friday night with the Motown-inspired party sounds of The Black Honkeys. (Check the Clearwater showband’s videos.) Tickets may be hard to come by; the event’s ticket page says it’s sold out.
Traveling musicians playing Lakeland this weekend include Friction Farm, a husband-wife folk troubadour duo from Greenville, S.C., at an Among Friends Music house concert Saturday night, and the traditional Irish tunes of Dublin guitarist-singer Martin Healy at Hillcrest Music Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Alex Rich, who came to Lakeland in 2014 to head Florida Southern College’s art history program and galleries, has been named executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum Art. He succeeds Claire Orologas, who has announced her retirement after leading the museum since 2012, according to a news release issued today by Florida Southern College, which formed a partnership with the museum two years ago. More
LALtoday shares a photo of a Lakeland-focused mural being painted on the side of a warehouse on Main Street near Ingraham Avenue. A depiction of Lake Mirror’s Frances Langford Promenade anchors the mural, a creation of artist A.H. Taylor, a Lakeland native known on social media as The Atlanta Illustrator. Sponsors include the Lakeland Community and Economic Development Department, Boring Business Systems and Rochelle School of the Arts. For a brief time, the warehouse was home to the KRaP Art youth creativity venue and this same wall featured a cartoony bunny mural. Learn more about the project via The Ledger and Bay News 9.
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ATTN: The Frances Langford Promenade is moving to a new location. Okay, we’re just kidding. But how cool is this new mural of the lakefront icon? 🎨 This community piece by artist, @theatlantaillustrator is a collaboration between @lkldced, @bbslakeland + students from @rochellesota and in true Lakeland fashion will include: @sunnfun_flyin planes, swans, oranges, butterflies + of course, the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror. 🍊#ProTip: Charge your phones for this new selfie location. 🤳
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Visit Central Florida offers a video tour of the newest sculptures along Lakeland’s Lemon Street Promenade. Yeah, the video is more promotional than newsy, but this outdoor art is hard to photograph and they did a great job.
The music scene in Lakeland keeps growing. Our calendar, below, lists 44 chances to hear live music between today and Sunday. And we know we don’t list everything. If you know of Lakeland venues or musicians we’re not listing, please let us know. We want to continue improving our live music calendar. Thanks. Now here are the shows: More
“I think they share universal, humanist themes, such as triumph and tragedy, and they do it in such a large way,” he said days before conducting a Lakeland concert fusing the music of Coldplay and Beethoven. More
Music for many moods in Lakeland this weekend: redneck hip-hop from recording artist Bubba Sparxxx at Wild Greg’s Saloon, acoustic energy of Sarasota’s Passarine at Hillcrest Coffee, sophisticated syncopation of “West Side Story” at an ISO concert and the art-rock bombast of Rex Floyd‘s tribute to Pink Floyd at Swan Brewing. Keep scrolling for more on these and other local shows: More