Jazz comes to two locations in downtown Lakeland at 9 p.m. Friday. At Fresco’s, Swan City Jazz is being joined by active musician friends from LHS Band days and former jazz bands director Ron Wilder. Around the corner, Lakeland Loft has been strangely shy about publicizing their musical guests lately, but the Jazz Phools let their fans know they’ll be playing there. Keep scrolling for our updated live music calendar. More
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Phillips will perform selections from his forthcoming “Night/Dances” album at 8 tonight at Revival cocktail lounge. The performance is a fund-raiser for the release and international distribution of the album, a collection of dances and nocturnes composed for him. Donations can be made here.
McArthur returns to the Polk Theatre for his third show there Saturday at 8 to release his first full-length album, “Ever Green, Ever Rain.” (Listen to it here | Also, view videos from his September 2016 Polk Theatre concert with ISO musicians here and here.) McArthur fronts a full band Saturday. Opening are singer-songwriters Kit Allen Wiley (aka Hannah Dobson) and Van Plating (aka Rachel Plating). Keep scrolling for the full music calendar. More
Rumours have it that there will be a Fleetwood Mac tribute band at the Polk Theatre tonight and some mighty fine bluegrass at LkldLive Friday. Keep scrolling for our live music calendar. More
The symbolic struggle between light and darkness is employed by numerous world religions, as well as in Freemasonry – a society to which the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) belonged. So it’s fitting that in his last opera, “The Magic Flute,” he brings this struggle to life in a fantastical story that has charmed audiences for centuries.
This week, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s annual production of a Night at the Opera, a fundraising gala, will feature “The Magic Flute.” Polk County audiences may see and hear for themselves how the hero Tamino overcomes the temptations of the evil Queen of the Night and emerges on the side of right. More
Local music highlights this weekend include two Friday night events: Jazz in the Park at Simpson Park as part of Lakeland’s MLK Day observances and a tribute showdown between The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival (Is that even a fair fight?) at LkldLive. Keep scrolling for the full music calendar. More
A Jan. 19-20 event at the RP Funding Center is bringing dozens of sci fi, comic and fantasy exhibitors, artists and actors to Lakeland (See a list | Facebook page). On a personal note, I was unfazed when I saw that the voice of Space Ghost would be there; after all, I stood in line with him at Publix last week. But when I realized Deanna Troi would be there …
We’ve got some nostalgia going on this week, with Dwight Icenhower channeling Elvis at the Polk Theatre Friday and the offspring of some of Southern Rock’s pioneers rocking the Music Ranch Saturday. For more live music offerings, check out calendar below: More
Arts are generally regarded as important to the health and economic climate of a city, and Lakeland city commissioners devote a quarter of a million dollars a year to helping non-profit arts organizations stay afloat. But like all questions of using taxpayer funds, commissioners have to make tough decisions about which organizations are supported. In recent years, there has been intense debate about how to spread the wealth among eight Lakeland arts organizations that have been the traditional beneficiaries.
Until a new approach was put in place two years ago, city and arts leaders say that decisions were made in a haphazard fashion, with groups competing against each other for money and a few major organizations having the inside track. Even an attempt to set aside a permanent fund for the arts failed when the city commission raided the fund during the recent recession, leaving the arts community and its supporters to start over again. More