Melissa Ferrick

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Born to a music-industry family and trained at the New England Conservatory, Melissa Ferrick appeared on the big stage on tour with Morrissey as the opening act of his “Kill Uncle” tour. Her career includes appearances with Paul Westerberg, Weezer, Ani DiFranco, Dwight Yoakam and G-Love & Special Sauce. Ferrick started her own label in 2000, releasing a wave of popular alt music albums and earning wide respect from fans and peers as one of the most prolific writers in the business. Eight-time Boston Music Award winner, Ferrick’s strong, earthy voice delivers toe-tapping, evocative songs full of insight and subtle humor.

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents KIDZ BOP at the Rays Summer Concert Series

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The KIDZ BOP Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids in the U.S.

These talented young performers – Ashlynn, Sela, Grant, and Matt – sing on the best-selling KIDZ BOP albums, star in national KIDZ BOP TV commercials and music videos, and host KIDZ BOP Radio on SiriusXM Channel 77. For six consecutive years, the KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist.”

Since 2001, the franchise has sold more than 16 million albums. Last year, they released the best selling children’s album of 2015.

The KIDZ BOP Kids have toured the country performing kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. They are hitting the road again in 2016 for the all-new “Life of the Party” tour, which will stop in more than 50 major cities across North America.

Seal

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GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Seal makes his way to Clearwater for his Ruth Eckerd Hall debut! Seal explores love and all of its implications, idiosyncrasies and intricacies on his seventh full-length album, 7 which saw him reunited with producer Trevor Horn for their first collection of original material since 2003. Seal goes right to the heart of the club with Life On The Dancefloor, which pairs a syncopated house beat wrapped in horns with a massive hook. Everything culminates on Love. Pairing his voice with just a piano, it’s his most vulnerable and vital moment as he declares. Seal’s inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 smash Killer. Another huge hit Crazy arrived shortly after as Seal went on to achieve global acclaim with his debut album. Songs such as the legendary Kiss From a Rose would turn him into a superstar. Don’t miss Seal only at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

Musical Improv Workshop

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WHAT?! Musical Improv? Yes, friends. This is a real thing, and it’s amazing.

Having a good singing voice is not a required to take this high-energy workshop. This three-hour class will teach the basics of breaking into musical improv fearlessly. We’ll be covering physicality, song structure, group numbers and a little bit of rhyming. If you’re looking to be more comfortable thinking on your feet and in verse, this class is for you. If you’re looking into stretching your improv skills further, this is right up your alley. Hunter Brown is the musical director and accompanist of FST Improv. Chris Friday has been performing with FST Improv for over fourteen years at Florida Studio Theatre. They both co-created and co-teach all of their musical improv classes and are founding cast members of the hit musical improv show WHEN X MEETS Y.

More details: americanstage.org/improv-classes/

Screened Out – Do I Sound Gay? (Florida Film Festival)

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Sat, April 18th 6:45PM – 8:05PM, Regal Winter Park Village
Sun, April 19th 9:45PM – 11:45PM, Regal Winter Park Village

The Florida Film Festival continues through this Sunday. Several of the competitions and features are chock full of LGBT content. On top of that, you will get to mix and mingle with other film nerds and up-and-coming filmmakers, including Do I Sound Gay, which is only shown twice this weekend.

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Steve Grand’s YouTube hit puts same-sex couples in country music

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In these days of instant internet celebrity, overnight sensations are a dime a dozen. But Chicago-based gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand seems to be an exception with his song “All-American Boy” and its accompanying video.

Sure, he’s breathtaking to look at and that doesn’t hurt. He’s even put in time as a model. More than just a pretty face and amazing body, Grand is a musician with a message. Striking a chord across boundaries, Grand’s song and video of unrequited love, set to an unlikely country music beat, has found a devoted audience and earned nearly two million views on YouTube.

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