Indie-folk band Rainbow Kitten Surprise gets personal during concert at The Beacham

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ORLANDO | Indie-folk, rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS) paused to explain the meaning of the song “Hide” to their fans during a concert at The Beacham in Orlando Sept. 18.

“Homophobia is everywhere, and homophobic violence is felt throughout the world,” says Charlie Holt, band’s openly queer bassist.

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Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

Dennis DeYoung with Rock Symphony

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Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of STYX and lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight top 10 hits, returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with Rock Symphony! Dennis’ live concert showcases all the STYX greatest hits spanning the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s like you have never heard them before performed live with a six-piece band and a full symphonic orchestra. This symphonic rock spectacular includes all eight top 10 ten hits including Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands, Best Of Times, Mr. Roboto plus classic rock anthems Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue, Rockin’ The Paradise and more. Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning more than 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans.

Decades Rewind

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Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind, featuring more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. This live concert experience features an eight-piece rock band and six vocalists surrounded by rock ‘n’ roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and more than 100 costume changes. Trip through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s as Decades Rewind has you singing along and dancing in your seats on this memorable, magical, rock musical extravaganza.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 22.

Legends of Rock

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The Legends of Rock Tour hits the road for its inaugural tour this summer, which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, September 17! Starring Jefferson Starship, Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Rick Derringer and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, the tour is set to bring classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s all to the same stage.

Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Jefferson Airplane. Founder Paul Kantner knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts. Today’s Jefferson Starship – featuring original member David Freiberg, longtime members Donny Baldwin (drums) and Chris Smith (keyboards and synth bass), Jude Gold on lead guitar and GRAMMY® nominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick – remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music.

Shortly after co-founding the band in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner took his American band to the heights of success. They would quickly release their debut album, On Time, in August of that year and four months later, follow it up with their sophomore effort titled, Grand Funk. In 1970, Closer to Home featuring Mark’s song, I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home) was released and the band went on to sell more albums that year than any other American band.

When guitar slinger Rick Derringer breaks into his legendary rock anthem, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo, you’ll likely see many air guitars in the audience. Now more than four decades after its release, the hugely popular hit continues to be a staple on classic rock radio and has been featured in several movies over the years including the Richard Linklater cult classic, Dazed and Confused, and others including The Spirit of ‘76, Rush, Stag and What A Girl Wants.

The hits began for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels with the release of their first hit single, Jenny Take a Ride! In 1966, they recorded and performed a medley featuring Little Richard’s Jenny Jenny and Chuck Willis’ classic R&B song, C.C. Rider, which quickly entered the Top 10 charts. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels followed up their initial hit with two more in ’66 including a rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ Little Latin Lupe Lu and the song that would ultimately be their biggest hit, Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.

The Tubes and John Waite

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Making their Clearwater debut, The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill with special guest John Waite take the stage at the historic Capitol Theatre on Friday, June 3 at 8 pm.

The Tubes (She’s A Beauty, Talk To Ya Later, White Punks On Dope) have always managed to expose, enlighten and entertain audiences worldwide by combining art with trash, comedy with tragedy and innovative rock theater with consummate musicianship. Featuring frontman and original member Fee Waybill, the band is one of the most exciting, in-your-face, tight-knit group of musicians who epitomize the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into the ultimate rock and roll extravaganza.

Singer/songwriter John Waite got his start as the lead singer of The Baby’s whose hits include Isn’t It Time? and Every Time I Think of You. After five albums with The Baby’s, Waite released his first solo album, Ignition, which boasted the hit rock single Change which was soon followed with a number one and what is undeniably one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads, Missing You. The song topped the international charts and today remains a radio staple around the globe.

Tickets are $65 & $55. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.

Indie Rock with Halycon

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Deb Hunseder, Steph Callahan and a drummer of the indie band Halcyon rocked the crowd with their acoustic guitar and voices June 8 at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista.

The duo has played at main stage Pride events, Olivia cruises and has opened for John Mayer, Joan Osborne, Nash and many others. About 70 people attended the event, which was held in the Zest Restaurant.

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