Grammy winning artist to perform at Safety Harbor SongFest

TAMPA, Fla. –Fantastic Negrito, winner of the 2017 Grammy award for best contemporary blues album, is scheduled to headline day one of Safety Harbor SongFest on Saturday, April 1st.

Album Cover- Last days in oaklandFantastic Negrito earned critical acclaim for his infectious 13 song studio album, “The Last Days of Oakland”, which features heavy slide guitar sounds fused lyrical perspective on life, society and love. Self described as “Blues with a punk attitude”, Fantastic Negrito channels his unique narrative into his work, experiences that include selling drugs to make ends meet, sneaking into University of California Berkeley classrooms to learn music and recovering from a three week long coma after a severe accident.

“Fantastic Negrito’s music and his life are an inspiration,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “Our goal is to provide our community with the opportunity to experience new and upcoming artists and Fantastic Negrito shines bright among many gems in this year’s line-up.”

Spectacular music is not all that’s on tap at Safety Harbor SongFest. Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, art demonstrations, and other wonders to keep them amazed and amused.

The festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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2017 Grammy award winner heads to Safety Harbor SongFest

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The 2017 Grammy award winner for best contemporary blues album, Fantastic Negrito, is scheduled to headline day one of Safety Harbor SongFest on Apr. 1.

The fourth annual Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to be held Apr. 1-2 and is hosted by The Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc).

On Friday, SHAMc announced a lineup of 20 nationally acclaimed musical acts for the festival, which also include national recording artists, Rising Appalachia, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Caravan of Thieves, Kristian Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, and Chasing Lovely. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.Fantastic Negrito

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

“We can’t wait to welcome Fantastic Negrito along with the other talented musicians coming to this year’s SongFest,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “Our goal is to provide our community with the opportunity to experience new and upcoming artists and this year’s lineup is incredible.”

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

For more information on Safety Harbor SongFest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center or to purchase tickets for the 2017 Safety Harbor SongFest, please visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest announces nationally acclaimed artist lineup

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc), announced Friday, a lineup of 20 nationally acclaimed musical acts, scheduled to perform at the fourth annual Safety Harbor Song Fest on Apr. 1-2.

The festival’s confirmed lineup includes national recording artists, Magic Giant, Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, Rising Appalachia, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, and Chasing Lovely. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Fantastic Negrito poses backstage with the award for best contemporary blues album

Fantastic Negrito poses backstage with the award for best contemporary blues album for “The Last Days of Oakland” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards

“We’re thrilled to once again celebrate music, poetry, and performing and visual arts with this festival for our community, as well as those folks who come to Safety Harbor from all over the country,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer. “One hundred percent of the profits raised from SongFest will go back to music and art programs at the newly opened Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, making it a festival that keeps on giving back to the community throughout the year.”

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

For more information on Safety Harbor Song Fest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center or to purchase tickets for the 2017 Safety Harbor SongFest, visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest co-headliner ‘Love and Theft’ to celebrate new record deal, sobriety, homecoming at Sunday concert

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – When country music duo Love and Theft takes the stage as a co-headliner this Sunday at Safety Harbor SongFest, the duo will have a lot to celebrate.

Clearwater native Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, who is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, make up Love and Theft. The two signed a new record deal with Curb Records in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month, which is a fresh breath of life into their musical career.

After a little more than a year without a label, their latest independently recorded hit, “Whiskey On My Breath,” started receiving radio airplay from Sirius XM Satellite’s The Highway, nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and regional radio stations, which helped the song climb the iTunes charts. Within weeks of that climb, the deal with Curb was inked.

“I’m so pumped to be celebrating this milestone of an amazing year with my hometown crowd,” said Liles.

Liles was born in downtown Clearwater at Morton Plant and grew up in the Tampa Bay area, attending Oldsmar Christian, Dunedin High School and later the University of South Florida. His dad was the head pastor at a church in Safety Harbor after serving as an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.

While Liles was attending USF, he decided to pursue his dream of making music and made the move to Nashville. That’s where he met Gunderson, and Love and Theft was formed. Before long, the country music duo had recorded several top-40 songs and the platinum-selling, number one single, “Angel Eyes.”

They have toured with major artists including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley. Swift even wrote a song about Liles, called “Hey Stephen.”

“Besides the record deal and this homecoming concert, we’re also really proud to celebrate Eric’s one year of sobriety,” Liles said.

Much like the character in their song, “Whiskey On My Breath,” Love and Theft’s Gunderson found himself struggling with alcohol and needed to make a change.

“Being a musician and being on the road, it’s certainly easy to find yourself hitting the bottle entirely way too much,” Gunderson said. “I was making poor decisions, it was affecting my family, and being a type 1 diabetic, it was affecting my health.”

That’s when Gunderson decided to give up alcohol. This Sunday will mark his one year of sobriety.

“I can’t think of a better place to celebrate it than out by Tampa Bay’s beautiful waters in Safety Harbor,” Gunderson Said. “With Stephen being from here, this place has also become like a second home for me, and it will be good to be around so many people we know and love.”

While they now reside with their families in Nashville, where the duo has been nominated multiple times for CMA, ACM and CMT awards, Liles’s Tampa Bay area roots still shine through.

On his right arm he has a tattoo of Florida and on his bicep, he has a tattoo of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers old mascot Bucco Bruce, who is wearing the signature pirate hat and feather. But as an added flare of Tampa love, Liles made sure the tattoo artist placed a TB in the center of the hat for the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I absolutely love my hometown and every time we come back, it’s just great to be home and to be able to spend time with friends and family,” Liles said. “This Sunday’s SongFest is going to be a great opportunity to do just that, so make sure you head on out, we’d love to see you.”

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Shawn Mullins to light you up at Safety Harbor SongFest

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – Safety Harbor SongFest is delighted to welcome back Shawn Mullins to the Waterfront Park on April 3rd.

Mullins will close out the two-day festival. This well-known singer-songwriter brings his special brand of Americana southern roots to SongFest for the second time in two years.

“He was just so popular last year and is such an amazing talent, we were thrilled he was able to come back for this year’s festival,” remarked Todd Ramquist, festival organizer.

Mullins hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is best known for some of his early work including his hit top-40 song Lullaby. These days, his music is still powerful but a little more southern roots inspired and country infused. His latest hit, My Stupid Heart, inspired by his recent divorce, has been receiving critical acclaim.

Tickets are on sale now at www.safetyharborsongfest.com for the two-day event, which takes place April 2 & 3 on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Safety Harbor SongFest is presented by Bright House Networks and 3110003proudly sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times.

This year’s confirmed lineup also includes national recording artists Robin Zander, Otis Taylor, Love & Theft, Ben Sollee, Matt the
Electrician, Daphne Willis, Chris Gelbuda, Joe Craven, Anne Harris, The Vespers, The Shook Twins, HONEYHONEY, Dan Rodriguez, David Jacobs-Strain, Tall Heights, Mastersons, and many more who pull from a wide range of influences, including blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. 

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.safetyharborsongfest.com.

For more information on Safety Harbor Song Fest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center please visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor SongFest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest to bring music playshop to Seminole Elementary, need public’s help

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – For the third year, the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc) will host the Safety Harbor Song Fest on April 2-3, 2016 and are scheduled to bring in Joe Craven, a musician and educator, to put on a local music playshop.

The only thing stopping them from bringing this program to Seminole Elementary, is funding. A GoFundMe page has been launched to allow people to make donations online to help pay for Craven’s music improvisation playshop.

Any additional funds raised will go toward future programs at SHAMc and to Instruments of Change, a non-profit that provides mentorship and access to instruments to economically disadvantaged music students in elementary and middle school.

In addition to funding the construction of the center, the non-profit’s goals include providing art and music outreach programs to the Tampa Bay region. Sometimes those goals exceed the group’s budget.

“We recently met with Glen from Instruments of Change and spoke to him about looking for ways we could work together,” said festival organizer, Todd Ramquist.

They found a great opportunity to partner with Instruments of Change by bringing Joe Craven to one of their music classes at Seminole Elementary to teach the kids about music improvisation.

“You don’t work music, you play it,” explains Joe Craven, music educator and musician. Hence the name he gives to his sessions, playshops.

At Seminole Elementary the playshop will focus on how to improvise with music. Learning music is traditionally taught by repetition and stresses accuracy. Craven helps students become more open to the spur of the moment. “Instead of preparing for outcomes, let’s learn how to spend time preparing for what may come,” is Joe’s motto.

“We really wanted to broaden SongFest’s impact on the community. By providing an opportunity like this to a group of kids who would never have the chance to experience it otherwise, we feel like we are fulfilling a big part of our mission,” added festival organizer Kiaralinda (no last name).

This year, SongFest’s confirmed lineup includes national recording artists Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Otis Taylor, Shawn Mullins, Love & Theft, Ben Sollee, Matt the Electrician, Daphne Willis, Chris Gelbuda, Joe Craven, Billy Strings, SHEL, Anne Harris, The Vespers, The Shook Twins, HONEYHONEY, Dan Rodriguez, David Jacobs-Strain, Tall Heights, The Mastersons, and more musicians to be announced that pull from a wide range of influences, including blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more.

Donations are being accepted at www.gofundme.com/hyp43yj8.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.safetyharborsongfest.com.

Event sponsorships are still available and will directly go towards funding the festival.  For more information on Safety Harbor SongFest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center please visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

Safety Harbor SongFest Lineup for 2016 Festival: Love and Theft, Otis Taylor and more

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – For the third year, the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc) will be showcasing a stellar lineup of more than 20 nationally acclaimed musical acts, when it hosts the Safety Harbor Song Fest on April 2-3, 2016. Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier.

“We’re thrilled to once again stage this music and creative arts festival for our community, as well as those folks who come to Safety Harbor from all over the country,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer. “All the profits from SongFest will be going to music and art programs at the new Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, making it a festival that keeps on giving back to the community throughout the year.”Logo

This year’s confirmed lineup includes national recording artists Otis Taylor, Love & Theft, Ben Sollee, Matt the Electrician, Daphne Willis, Chris Gelbuda, Joe Craven, Anne Harris, The Vespers, The Shook Twins, Honey Honey, Dan Rodriguez, David Jacob Strain, Tall Heights, The Brothers Landreth, The Mastersons, and more musicians to be announced that pull from a wide range of influences, including blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.safetyharborsongfest.com.

For more information on Safety Harbor Song Fest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center please visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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