Arts & Entertainment window: July 15, 2021 | Diversions


Simrit to perform at Central Park Performing Arts Center

LARGO – Neo-psychedelic world rhythms and ethereal waves group Simrit will perform on Friday, October 8 at 8 p.m. at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Tickets, starting at $ 24.50, are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit or call 727-587-6793.

Simrit is creating waves with crowded theaters and concert halls, chart-topping albums and raving fans around the world, fueling a palpable musical movement. Transcending genres with their eclectic and eccentric mix of instruments and lineages, the Simrit experience is based on lead singer-songwriter, Simrit Kaur.

Born in Athens, Greece, and adopted by Greek Americans, Kaur moved to South Carolina at a young age. According to the group’s website, she came from a long line of Greek matriarchal singers dating back to her great-grandmother, Tula Demetriou, who was a famous Greek singer and actress. Over time, growing up steeped in the rich musical traditions of many cultures, Simrit’s own musical sensibility emerged from a multiplicity of diverse influences, beginning with the dark, heavy and mystical singing of the church choir. Greek Orthodox, in which she sang from age 5. During this same period, Simrit began to study the piano. She later studied West African drums and toured with the Odunde Drumming Company while studying at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Roots reggae, The Grateful Dead, Mazzy Star, and Led Zeppelin, among others, have proven to be deeply influential as Simrit unlocked his own unique sound.

Simrit’s sound and experience is complemented by Salif Bamakora on the West African 21-string kora; Shannon Hayden on electric cello and guitar; Jared May on bass and Moog synthesizer; and Devon Ashley on drums and other percussion. Simrit’s music is known for its hypnotic and deep groove, haunting beauty, sharpness and breathtaking atmosphere. It has been called exotic funk while also being compared to the epic cinematic feel of the David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino films.

Paulie Palooza Music Festival Ensemble

ZEPHYRHILLS – The Paulie Palooza Music Festival headlining event will be on Saturday, October 16, from noon to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Zephyrhills.

The event will feature music from local bands, vendors, food trucks, a silent auction and more.

“We are happy to return to our iconic events calendar and look forward to seeing everyone in person in October on Main Street Zephyrhills,” said Leesa Fryer, fundraising and event planning specialist for Gulfside Hospice.

Limited places for vendors, food trucks and sponsors are now available. The seller’s fee is $ 50 when registering before September 15th. The price drops to $ 75 on September 16. Sponsorships are available from $ 200 and include a seller’s seat as well as additional benefits.

Proceeds from the event benefit Gulfside Hospice to help provide patient care and bereavement services to over 650 patients and families every day. For more information, visit, call Fryer at 727-845-5707 or email [email protected]

Books at the beach to present author dedications, thematic events

CLEARWATER – Books at the Beach takes place Thursday through Sunday, October 21-24, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 400 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater.

The inaugural book convention will feature over 70 authors, themed events, parties, food, murder mysteries and more. Local authors include Jennifer Wedmore, Sheri Lyn, and Cassidy K. O’Connor. There will be book signings, a chance to chat and dine with favorite authors, themed games, giveaways, industry events for authors, and more.

There are free entry options and tickets up to $ 85. For more information, visit

The exhibition of emerging artists Creative Pinellas opens on July 14

LARGO – The Creative Pinellas Emerging Artists Exhibition will feature the work of 10 of Pinellas County’s exciting emerging artists. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.

The evening will feature a variety of different art forms, from visual arts to performing arts and literary readings. Highlights include painting, installation, mixed media, literature, theater, and film. The event is free and open to the public.

This fifth annual exhibition features new original works by Creative Pinellas scholars, including Tatiana Baccari, Chelsea Catherine, Nick Davis, Nikki Devereux, John Gascot, Mason Gehring, Gabriella Krousaniotakis, Yuly Restrepo, Sara Ries and Emily Stehle. The exhibition of emerging artists will be presented with works of art for sale until August 15. It will be the first large-scale public reception at the gallery since the COVID-19 hit. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. The artwork will also be available to view and purchase online in a virtual gallery at

“The Emerging Artists Exhibition is such an exciting art exhibition, featuring artists who are often at a transformational stage in their careers,” said Danny Olda, Curator of Creative Pinellas. “The Emerging Artist Fellows have worked with mentors to create brand new work that we are honored to preview at the 2021 Emerging Artists Exhibition. This is an important opportunity for artists to share their work with a large audience while gaining the vital experience of creating and preparing works to be exhibited and performed in a museum space.

The Emerging Artist Grants Program is designed to help emerging artists on their way to future success by providing funding, professional artist mentor, and exposure to exhibit or perform their work. Applications for the next round of grants open Monday July 12 and close September 7. Fellows may be selected for their work in the disciplines of choreography, literature, media arts, musical composition, theater / musical theater, visual and interdisciplinary arts. arts.

“The Emerging Artists Program is an investment in the future of arts and culture in Pinellas County,” said Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director of Creative Pinellas. “By creating opportunities and bringing recognition to artists who might not have received them otherwise, we are expanding the richness and diversity of the artistic community, which will benefit residents and visitors. We are more than thrilled with the artwork produced by our current group of grantees and always look forward to seeing what the next round will bring. “

Artists interested in applying for a grant can find program guidelines, eligibility details, grant FAQs, and online application at Fellows are selected by a panel of artists and curators based on their portfolio of work and vision for the future. They receive a financial award geared towards the production of new works, leading to an exhibition at the Gallery of Creative Pinellas at the end of the grant award period. Artists are paired with a mentor who guides them in their development as a professional artist.

“I am very grateful to Creative Pinellas for matching us with mentors,” said Chelsea Catherine, writer and emerging artist. “Mine has definitely made a huge difference in my life. I was working on a novel and my mentor helped me overcome some obstacles and complete the book. I submitted it to my agent a few weeks ago and she contacted me to tell me that she liked it. We are going into submission next week.

“The confidence that comes with the Emerging Artist Grant is mind-blowing,” said Emily Stehle, multimedia artist and grant recipient. “It provides me with validation and references as a serious craftsman. Winning a grant opened up a world of opportunity.

For more information on Creative Pinellas, visit or email Sherri Kelly at [email protected]

The Dunedin Concert Band returns to concerts

DUNEDIN – As demand for live and in-person concerts continues to increase, many organizations around Tampa Bay have stepped up to fuel the frenzy.

If you are going to take a day trip just to attend a specific concert, the music better make you feel like it was worth it, and the performance better be high quality.

The performers appearing at the Peace Memorial Concert Series in Clearwater are always of high quality, even though they come from out of town. The Dunedin Music Society’s flagship ensemble, the Dunedin Concert Band, never fails to deliver a spectacular event, and even the Tampa Bay Symphony can perform stoically during a power outage to keep the music alive.

The Dunedin Concert Band’s summer concert at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center on June 13 was a resounding success. The most striking pieces were those already known. Sandwiched between Memorial Day and Independence Day, the program included selections from “A Chorus Line,” an Argentine tango, an original piece by local composer and music teacher Jeffrey Traster, and a few patriotic pieces based on hymns from the military branches. American.

Performers and audience members were delighted to come together again in person to celebrate and participate in the creation of the music live. People from as far away as Spring Hill, Gainesville, Orlando, Palmetto, and other distances attend many Dunedin Music Society events because they know they are always getting something special.

Passionate individuals who wish to attend or help present more music events live, in person and online are encouraged to contact the Dunedin Music Society. Visit or call 727-800-3727.


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