Cooler weather will make Saturday a great day to stroll around Art Crawl in Munn Park and check out innovative artists — both visual and musical. Musicians include Revel in the View, Stefani LeBarre and Victoria Longoria (isn’t that a great name?) And for something soothing: classical mandolin at Midday Meditations Friday; Rafael Ramirez, principal violinist for the ISO, performs at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11:30. And here’s the rest of the music calendar: More
A & E
The actors who played President Trump and Hillary Clinton in a skit that included a mock assassination stood by their act several days after it sparked online controversy and an apology from the Polk Theatre (previous article.) The skit was part of the pre-show at Friday night’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience. Many thought the assassination theme was in poor taste. Actor Ashley Khole Panic, who played Clinton, said on Facebook, “I’m not sorry, and I shouldn’t have to censor my art.” Actor Nichole Stone, who played Trump, told Bay News 9, “Nowhere in the lyrics did we actually say to go out and kill the president or go out and kill anybody.”
An on-stage depiction of a presidential assassination on Friday night has drawn an apology from the Polk Theatre and a firestorm of Facebook controversy focused on prudence and taste vs. free expression and the use of art to provoke. People who attended said the skit showed a masked character stabbing President Trump.
A Facebook post from The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience said that the pre-show skit was unaffiliated with both the Polk Theatre and the Lipstick Players, who produce the on-stage shadow production during the annual screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Posts from two individuals said the same thing.
“Our event is open and inclusive to everyone no matter their political views and our goal is to provide the best show experience. We do not agree nor condone any actions of violence toward anyone,” the Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience wrote. “The depiction on the stage last evening was distasteful and inappropriate.”
Here’s the Polk Theatre’s post. Click on it to read the many comments it generated:
The weekend starts with a quiet bang tonight as Colorado-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom brings her stories and songs of inspiration to Satya Life Yoga and Joe Gavin coaxes intricate, otherworldly melodies from his guitar at Hillcrest Coffee. On Saturday, rocking blues guitarist Sean Chambers introduces his 7th album, “Welcome to My Blues,” at the Music Ranch. The music calendar follows: More
Some music events of interest this weekend:
- Fresh from a featured article by Aaron Marsh in The Lakelander‘s new music issue, the intense and soulful Hannah Dobson will play solo and with Dark Heaven tonight at Hillcrest Coffee.
- The Broke, a new collaboration between local musical stalwarts David Brimer, Marcus McCants and Mike Richards, debuts Friday at Swan Brewing. Their Facebook profile says they’re “bringers of the funk.”
- Bluesy singer-songwriter Tim Steiner plays Friday at The Poor Porker, signaling that venue’s re-opening after remodeling, rebranding and adding a taco truck.
- Nora’s Breakfast Club, whose 90s dreamy indie rock inspired bands like Copeland and Anberlin, plays at ART/ifact Studios Saturday night. Also, MrENC will create moody soundscapes on his guitar and Bump Galletta will illustrate.
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Copeland fan-boy and fellow musician Chase Wagner interviews Aaron Marsh about the past, present and future of the band. With a new album coming out soon (“Actually, I’m not sure if I like it yet … I know I liked it six months ago.”), Marsh says the band has re-found its passion. He reveals he’s always dreamed about playing “The Late Show” and wants to again tour Southeast Asia, where Copeland has drawn audiences of 5,000.
There’s music for many moods in Lakeland this weekend. Thursday is a night to go to campus with Music Under the Stars at FSC and jazz at SEU’s chapel. On Friday, come hear Uncle John’s Band as Swan Brewing goes gratefully psychedelic at their Swan of the Dead event. Also Friday, hear Copeland‘s dreamy pop set to symphonic sounds when they perform with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. And on Sunday, Classic Albums Live revives The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” at RP Funding Center, presumably without the tight leather pants. Keep scrolling for the rest of our music calendar: More
Imperial Symphony Orchestra Conductor Mark Thielen has shared the stage with a wide range of artists over the years, but this week marks the first time he and the ISO will perform in concert with a rock band led by a former student of his. More
Lordy, we have a lot of traveling musicians coming to Lakeland this weekend. Here are some highlights, but first a mention of a local boy: Gene Eanett plays Revival tonight, signaling that the swanky new lounge is the latest downtown venue to offer live music, presumably of the acoustic variety. Keep scrolling for the out-of-towners and our live music calendar: More
Famous works by Marc Chagall, one of the world’s most beloved artists, will be part of two new and very different exhibitions opening this weekend that promise to enchant and provoke viewers with visions of the ethereal and the earthy. The exhibitions will be on display at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College. More