[Dixielandjazz] Ramsey Lewis in Punta Gorda, FL Concert
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Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL)
Be there or be square for Lewis jazz concert
January 12, 2007
The new year is already slightly frantic at the Punta Gorda Chamber of
Commerce, as it prepares for two major events in the next 10 days.
This coming weekend, the chamber is sponsoring an arts and crafts fair on
Sullivan Street in downtown Punta Gorda, with the customary assortment of cool
junk ranging from candles to ceramics. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Call 941-639-3720.
Also, John Wright, chamber president, reports that tickets are going
reasonably fast for the second annual Punta Gorda Wine & Food Festival, Jan. 20 at
Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis will be headlining the festival entertainment.
What can I say? Lewis has been a major jazz and pop artist for as long as I've
been alive, and I'm no kid anymore.
Brief editorial: Everywhere I've worked in the news business, I've had to
listen to folks complain about the lack of entertainment in their community.
But when I look at the facts, I'm always surprised at how many big-name
artists still play one-nighters in smaller markets. However, you have to catch
them before they're gone. And it's hard to keep track of who's playing at the
local palladium when you're busy complaining about how there's "nothing to do."
The chamber has also enlisted a couple of strong local acts to open for
Lewis. There's Mike Currao and His All-American Banjo Team -- a great name,
because there's no instrument more purely American than a banjo.
Currao performed and taught in the New York City area for about 40 years
prior to retiring to Punta Gorda. According to Currao's bio, one of his many
gigs was entertaining at the dedication of the World Trade Center, back in
Also performing will be local drummer Mike Nickelson and his classic rock
band, Low Rent.
Syd Kitson, chief executive officer of Kitson & Partners, the developers of
Babcock Ranch, will be answering questions Jan. 16 on the Debrorah & Rocky
Show, on WCCF, 1580 AM. Local broker Debra Meredith-Peters and builder Rocky
Farhat co-host this real estate call-in show. Air time is 11:05 a.m.
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