George Frederick Handel was wildly popular with his audiences in spite of being a carnaptious fellow.

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The maestro was adamant that no one talk while his music was being played. He was actually known to curse aloud during concerts and call out an offender’s name ~ rank, royalty, or celebrity didn’t impress George. The explosive firebrand was kick-ass tough.

Attending a concert shouldn’t be anxiferous. It’s not a trip to the dentist.

Thanks to the generous gifts of many Martin County donors, the events at all the library branches are plentiful and frequent and free. And so fun.

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Peter Pertis can play Handel better than Handel. No theatrics, no posing. He just sits and makes music. Relaxed and without effort. He uses every key ~ it sounds like there are four hands on the piano. Me, I’m just an inept living room dabbler, I only dream of playing like that.

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The Blake Library and its staff are the hub of our little Florida community. They do it all and they do it uncommonly well. Especially when it comes to music.  Of all kinds.

The last concert is inscribed in my register of great.  The Sophisticats are a smoking’ slammin’ duo with a monster-truck size playlist ~ 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90’s, 2000s, Jazz, Standards, Pops, Traditional, Blues, R&B, C&W, Caribbean, Latin American, and, well, you get the idea.

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The ‘Cats have been wowing audiences from yacht clubs to country clubs, cruise ships to condos. They’ve performed with or opened for all my favorite entertainers ~ Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Association, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Blood Sweat and Tears, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Marvin Gaye, The Kingsmen, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Seger, Diana Ross and The Supremes, just to name a few.

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I loved them so much, I followed them all the way up-island to Little Jim’s Sandwich and Bait Shop. ( I thought Leilani said bake shop, I was over-the-moon.)  Beer, bait, and bites… and dancing on the deck in the afternoon.

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The ‘Cats put on a show that’s off da hook. Bob “Notes” Norton plays saxophone, flute, and the wind synthesizer (that’s a whole other post) as well as keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion. Leilani plays guitar and the Buchla “Thunder” Tactile MIDI Controller (state-of-the-art synthesizer).
Their voices?  Fan-myself Fabulous.

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I love the Blake library ~ for the books and the boogie-woogie. It’s a high-functioning entertainment machine that gives me hours of joy inside its walls.

Where do you get your live music fix?

What’s happening at your library?

 

Toni 4/7/15

 

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