Suncoast Arts fest will kick off the festival with performances by two local children’s groups – The Richey Suncoast Kid’s Theatre and The Eighth Note. Join us at our Mainstage to support the efforts and talents of these terrific kids!
Sassafras are three seasoned musicians working hard at their craft, creating a unique acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk, and hillbilly rock. Sassafras, though only a trio, sure has a big sound. With Wanda’s strong soulful voice, accompanied by Randy’s rhythmic pattern style of bass playing, doused with Lori’s hard-driving banjo playing with a sweet touch of melodic style, this group will have you tapping your toes and put a smile on your face. Sassafras enjoys nothing more than to share the magical music they create together with audiences both young and old.
When In Rome is an acoustic pop duo comprised of husband and wife team Tim and April Turner. Based in Lakeland, FL they bring a unique sound to top 40 hits spanning three decades.
Hope Darling is an alternative/modern rock band based in the Tampa Bay area. With musical tastes and backgrounds ranging from classical to blues to rock to reggae and hip hop, Hope Darling combines the very best of alternative and modern rock while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and drive.
Before the vocals even begin; you can hear the passion coming from Hope Darling. When writing this review, we couldn’t help tapping our feet with the drum beat and imitating being on stage playing along on the piano in a storyteller’s episode. Incredible vocals in an incredible song.Highrise Productions
Pasco County School Board member, Allison Crumbley, will present this year’s grant awards on behalf of the festival. Every year, the proceeds from Suncoast Arts Fest are donated back to the community through the Arts for Kids grant program, which provides funding for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco County schools. Don’t miss a special performance by the Sanders Memorial Elementary School’s Ipad Band!
John Emil is an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist and a master of the slide guitar. He has delivered show-stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Festivals, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the 2012 Bangor on Dee Blues Festival in the UK and the 2012 Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands. Emil’s instrumental tracks have been published by LA Post Music in Los Angeles, Westar Music in Canada, and Strange Fruit in South Africa. He also recently became the first American musician to be published by London’s KPM/EMI, one of the world’s largest production libraries. Emil has supplied music for NBC’s “Dateline”, “The Voice”, Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”, ESPN, UFC’s “Ultimate Insider” and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.
Trop Rockin’ your flip flops off!
Sarasota Slim’s disc “Get Up Get Down,” is commingled blues, funk, boogie, slide guitar and heaps of warm Southern charm. Gene Hardage, who grew up in Sarasota, is as authentic and talented as they come, having worked/ toured with Lucky Peterson in the late eighties and earning his “Sarasota Slim” nickname from Rock Bottom (with whom he played in The Jungle Bushmasters and The Cuttaways).
All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through the Arts for Kids mini-grant program, which provides funding for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco schools. You can help us meet our goals by making a tax deductible contribution to Fine Arts of the Suncoast.
Suncoast Arts Fest is produced by Fine Arts of the Suncoast, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to its mission to develop a community culture that embraces the arts. All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through “Arts for Kids” mini-grants, which provide special project support for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco County schools. In total, SAF has awarded over $91,000 for the benefit of over 15,000 area children and teens.