Are you a lover of live music and an avid supporter of local talent? AMP’d, a new 6-month music series, launches at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in November, featuring some of Central Florida’s best local musicians.
The series was created to support the music community and provide exposure for local artists. Each month, a new artist will perform at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. The series begins in November 2017 and ends in April 2018.
Tickets are on sale now for $15 per show. 3-show and 6-show subscriptions are also available.
This is a budget-friendly and date night worthy series music lovers won’t want to miss.
The line-up includes a variety of genres from folk rock to soul and includes single performers and bands. The performance schedule is as follows:
Nicole Equerme has been a professional musician and audio specialist for over a decade. Her musical career began as a euphonium player at the age of ten, adding French horn at 11 and trumpet in high school. She began to explore the guitar, playing various local venues, frequenting Friday night bluegrass jams on the mandolin. She earned her B.F.A. of Arts in English while minoring in Digital Arts from Stetson University.
She returned to school to get her B.A. in Music, focusing on composition and jazz guitar. She relocated to Boston to work as a technician at MOTU, Inc, focusing on customer service and one-on-one lessons to help clients maximize performance and efficiency through the industry standard audio product, DAW Digital Performer. She has continued singing, writing songs and playing guitar professionally all over Massachusetts and Central Florida, and her first album of all-original music is now complete.
Beemo is an Americana quintet from Central Florida with a sound best described as a tall pint of acoustic rock with shots of Irish folk, punk and mountain music. The group consists of Dan (vocals), Sean (guitar), Matt (mandolin), JB (percussion) and Tony (bass). Their songwriting draws inspiration from classics like Bruce Springsteen, REM and Johnny Cash. However, Beemo’s stage presence emulates contemporaries Nickel Creek and Avett Brothers. The warm and bright optimism in their songs and explosive stage presence belies a tremendous amount of real life struggles from the band’s past. Full of heart, Beemo is a living testament to the healing power of music. They pour their energy into every note and leave audiences with a powerful message of hope.
CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion bring new meaning to the term Blues Funk Fusion. For more than 15 years, they have performed collectively, and they take each opportunity given to feed the live music famine of the world. This band can’t be put in a box! Whether you call it funk, soul, blues, rock, roots or jam-band, Soul Kamotion, puts ALL the labels to the side. Each member is afforded the freedom to grow, learn, and most importantly take risks. Comprised of Chris Baptiste (Keys & MD), Terrell Kimble (Bass), Lavon Rushing (Guitar), James Adkins (Drums), Kenyarda Scott (Vocals), and CeCe Teneal (Lead Vocals), Soul Kamotion provides an incredible musical experience that transcends cultural and generational barriers.
Thomas Wynn & The Believers hails from a musical family, the sibling-led band that is heavily influenced by Thomas and Olivia’s father, Tom Wynn, the original drummer of Cowboy, one of Capricorn Studio’s (Allman Brothers) legendary bands from the 1970s. His influence, as well as their faith and rearing in church, undoubtedly shaped their songwriting and musical interests. Their deeply rooted principles certainly laid the foundation for what the Wynns bring to The Believers’ sound. Thomas’s spirit-moving vocals are uniquely supported by sister Olivia’s engaging and captivating voice and presence. Her strong vocal harmonies and wide-eyed response is the perfect companion to his yearning banshee cries.
Blueanimal is made up of Drs. Matt Lube and Luke Elms, Aaron Gandia and Ry Kovacevich. Matt and Luke started out their musical careers together in the summer of 2011 in a local Orlando band called Redwax. At the time, the pair also enjoyed writing and playing together and doing shows as an “electric duo” when the rest of the band was busy. This led to the band, Blueanimal. They went into the studio in May 2015 to record 13 original songs on “Hippies and Beauty Queens.” The lineup rounded out with their producer Aaron Gandia joining in on drums and studio engineer Ry Kovacevich on lead guitar. The band is currently working on two full length releases for late fall/early winter.
Sandy Shugart & The January Band features Dr. Sandy Shugart at the helm. He blends two careers: one as a poet and singer/songwriter, another as a college president. He says they nourish each other, his “day job” giving him the material that is turned into ballads and folk-rock licks on life, work, growing and growing old. With three independently produced CDs since 2000, Sandy has also developed a unique performance style. Many of his audiences book him for a formal speech at a convention or professional development event. What they get, instead, is an engaging hour or more of stories, songs and poems aimed at the heart more than the head.
Single tickets for individual shows are available online for $15.
Packages include a 6-show option with guaranteed same-seat for the series for $75 and a 3-show pick-your-own package for $39.99. Subscriptions must be purchased by phone by calling 844-513-2014.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.drphillipscenter.org/events/subscriptions/ampd-at-dr-phillips-center-series/.