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SouthWoodstock Musicians (subject to change)

List of Musicians


Outdoor Entertainment:

  • Star Swain

    "Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God." ~ Leo Buscaglia

    A family trip on June 16, to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. thrust Star Swain into the national spotlight when her compelling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner went viral with more than 50 million views online. Her reach has been international with social media posts from across the world including Singapore, Bahrain and Australia describing the impact her spirited rendition of the national anthem had on listeners. A moment of moving beyond fear has propelled Swain along her path to fulfilling her dreams.

    "My message is dare to dream, dare to take risks. You never know when that moment is going to happen."

    Since her impromptu performance that stopped tourists in their tracks, Swain has become an Internet sensation covered by media outlets throughout the country. She has appeared on major network broadcasts from CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly and Inside Edition, to CNN and FOX and Friends. Swain made her television performance debut on July 1, when she sang the national anthem live on Good Morning America. She was also featured as the ABC News "Person of the Week."

    Swain has made several guest appearances singing the Star Spangled Banner on national platforms including the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she sang the anthem on July 28, 2016 - the same day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the party's historic nomination for president of the United States. After her DNC appearance, Swain traveled to Washington D.C. to perform during a July 31 taping of BET's "Joyful Noise," a new Sunday morning gospel show hosted by award-winning recording artist Tye Tribbett. Swain will be featured in the "Artist Spotlight" segment of the show's debut episode scheduled for October 9.

    On June 23, Swain sang the national anthem live on HBO in the center of the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before the Terence "Bud" Crawford and "The Iceman" Viktor Postal welterweight world championship fight. She has shared her voice at several national sporting events including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, NC and National Football League games featuring the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    On September 17, Swain performed with legendary country music artist and activist, Willie Nelson, during Farm Aid 2016, in Bristow, Va. She opened the annual food and farm festival and later joined a star-studded concert lineup that featured: Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alison Krauss and many more.

    Swain's voice has also been a blessing to others. During a September performance at the Toyota's Annual Dealers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Toyota Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Jefferson County Middle/High School, where Swain serves as assistant principal. Swain said the company's contribution will be used to advance students' learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    Swain is using her new public platform to address social issues currently plaguing the United States. Troubled by social unrest that emerged in June after the shooting deaths of two civilians and five police officers, Swain was moved to use her voice to inspire national unity and healing. She teamed up with close friends to produce her first single titled "Home of the Brave," released July 28.

    For Swain, singing is part of her life's calling to use her voice as an instrument to inspire, uplift and empower people through music. "It is always important to me that the singing has a purpose, whether it's bringing people together, encouraging someone who has been down, or providing hope. It's not just singing in vain and not just to sound good. It is about someone being able to connect based on their need." Swain, who calls her voice a gift from God, is also an Elder at the Family Worship & Praise Center church, where she serves as director of the Worship & Arts Ministry.

    Born Genleah Star Swain in Macon, Georgia, Swain is the daughter of Bennie Crawford, III and Sheila Crawford. She has one brother. Swain is a graduate of Northeast High School. She has been married to Craig Swain for seven years. The couple has two children.

    Swain has been an educator for 14 years. She earned her master's degree in Educational Leadership Administration from Florida State University, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Policy and Evaluation. In 2003, she graduated from Florida A&M University, where she was a member of the acclaimed Marching 100 from 1999-2002 under the direction of Dr. Julian White. During her time in the band, Swain played the trombone and sang during major halftime performances.

    Although she was introduced to the world while singing the national anthem, Swain is a diverse musician whose singing ability embraces a broad range of genres including R&B, jazz, funk and gospel - her roots.

    "When you are open to being creative in all forms of music, you are able to touch more lives throughout the world. I want to be free to become lost in music of different genres in order to reach people beyond one style of music."

    The newfound fame is opening many doors for Swain, whose dream is to have a professional singing career.

    "It has afforded me the opportunity for exposure at a magnitude I would not have been able to do on my own. The platform has already been laid out there. All I have to do is walk into it."

    Star Swain: Viral Video, youtube.com
    Farm Aid 2016 ( FB / Album)
    ABC: Good Morning America - July 1, 2016 ( Live Performance / Entire Segment)
    ABC News "Person of the Week" - July 1, 2016
    CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley - June 28, 2016
    NPR - July 2, 2016

  • Swingin' Harpoon Blues Band

    Growing up in Tarpon Springs Mike Lanigan always tinkered with musical instruments. He started blowing harp at 14, learning his licks from two main sources: The J. Geils Band and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The two contrasting styles of music influenced Mike's unique style. Other significant influences include Pat Ramsey, William Clarke, Fingers Taylor, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer and Michael Andrew.

    Mike has performed with or opened for a long list of artists such as Roosevelt Collier, Eric Culbertson, Biscuit Miller, Jason Ricci, Sean Chambers, EG Kight, Albert Castiglia, Watermelon Slim, Herbie Mann, Spyro Gyra, Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Grace Slick & Starship, T.C. Carr, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Confederate Railroad, Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Collie and Janie Fricke, and many more!

    After literally wearing out a copy of Michael Andrew's Swingerhead CD over a period of about 12 years, Mike finally put the Swingin' Harpoon Blues Band together. He is joined in the lineup by Neil Anderson on lead guitar and vocals, and The Mercenaries of Rhythm: James Lewis on drums and Kevan McCann on Bass, along with special guests. The band performs original songs and quality covers in genres from big city blues to swing to rockabilly to funk. Mike describes his harmonica style as "a cross breed of mountain and big city blues... with some big band swing twisted into it." So how did that name come about? "The original name in 2005 was Swing Pocket," Mike explains, "but I found a band up north that had been using that name for a while so I changed it. Swingin' identifies the style of blues that I present. Harpoon is slang for harmonica... as you might remember from Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee.'"

    They've been touring relentlessly ever since, and crowd reception to Swingin' Harpoon's unique mix of big band swing and blues harp has been overwhelming positive.According to Mike, "When performing, I become Swingin Harpoon'... delivering everything I have." Mike's 2007 debut CD, American Without Prefix, met with critical success as well. "My songs often are commentaries regarding social or personal issues," Mike says. "The title cut presents the need for Americans to focus on being an American first. Adding a prefix in front of American causes divisiveness."

    But Mike is always ready to listen, as well. "The best advice was given to me the first time I played in a venue. I was 15 and sitting in with a band. When the song was over, the frontman told me, 'You're pretty good, kid, but learn when not to play.' Sage advice for harp players who sit in with bands!" Their live performance recorded on World Famous Bradfordville Blues Club showcases Mike’s hard-blowing licks and unique timing on swinging blues-rock and vintage blues. It was followed by Full Sail Sessionand 2013's Only Trash Litters.

    A few years back, Mike put together a scripted musical documentary, Swingin' Harpoon 3 "History of the Blues," which received standing ovations and requests for additional installments. For a change of pace, Mike currently performs in Americana rock band The Allie Cats. Mike also performs as a solo act, 'The Saltwater Cowboy', throughout north Florida.

    And if that wasn't enough to keep a man busy, Mike will be hosting the Inaugural Greater Southeastern Harmonica Championships at Bradfordville Blues Club on August 29. "It's a vision I've had many years," says Mike. "I love sharing my stage with other harpists and feed on their style and talent. Tallahassee is a great central location for a one day drive. I plan to make this an annual event... and hopefully it will become a prestigious Championship."

    The championship will be followed by a live radio broadcast from the Club featuring Swingin' Harpoon. Mike favors Sydel & Hohner harps, using an Astatic JT 30 Mic through a 1963 Lafayette or a 1965 Univox.

  • Mike Mangione

    I Am Mike Mangione & I Want To Share With You

    For the past thirteen years I have been on the move. I grew up in Chicago, attended Marquette University and after graduation, moved to Los Angeles to pursue something as a musician. While there I recorded an album entitled There and Back. A little while later I moved into my van with my dog, played all the contiguous United States at night, and then slept in parking lots and rest stops. After a year and a half of that nonsense I moved back to Milwaukee and married my college sweetheart. At that point I started a band called The Union, and we began recording my second record, Tenebrae, in Lexington, KY. We then accomplished the third, Offering, also in Lexington, KY. Finally, we finished the fourth, Red-winged Blackbird Man, in Iowa City, IA. All of that production was over the span of seven years.

    Within that time I co-founded something called The Cor Project with speaker and author, Christopher West. I toured the country and traveled the world. That endeavor, combined with my music and band, has taken me deep into places I never would have imagined I'd go. I mean this physically, spiritually, and emotionally; some have been good, and some horrible. I've gained some amazing friends, lost a few as well. I've been lifted so high and let down so much. I have had a few accomplishments and many more failures. I've met some fascinating people and some surprisingly toxic ones too.

    In the past year and a half I have begun a few new projects while maintaining my music career. The first being my new record, recorded back in LA and due out sometime in the future. The second is my podcast, "Time and The Mystery: Conversations with Mike Mangione." T&M is a conversational podcast in which I sit with public figures I have come to know over the years to discuss their inspiration, process, and ability to connect with others through their work. Last, but not least, is my blog of the same name (sans the "conversations with Mike Mangione"). The purpose of this blog is to be the platform for what's underneath it all: stories, reflections, conversations, and opinions will all find a home here. I find myself in strange places and sometimes with incredible people doing fantastic things and so ... I want to share. I don't consider myself very smart, opinionated, or an expert on anything. I see and experience things around me, I am affected and moved by them and so I create. This is a product of that pattern meant simply to be taken, but never too seriously.

    I am a husband. I am a father of three. I am homeowner. I am perpetually tired.

    Listen, read, like, comment, share and I will do the same.

    ~ Mike

  • Wild Planet

    It's a Tuesday night and I'm walking over to Gaines Street Pies to meet with the members of local band, Wild Planet. After a few seconds spent trying to find them, I see three of the band's members sitting together laughing, and when they see me, they warmly welcome me over to come sit with them. We exchange pleasantries, and I can tell that the band is excited to start talking about their music and what they have in the works.

    Wild Planet is a local indie/rock band consisting of four Florida State students: Dartanyan Melendez (guitar, bass, and vocals), Madison Fields (guitar, bass, and vocals), Justin Fogel (guitar) and Dan Prusher (drums and vocals).

    Before Wild Planet, the band used to be called "David and the Phoenix."

    "Wild Planet is just like a reincarnation of David and the Phoenix," says Melendez.

    "Yeah," says Fields. "We had that name 'David and the Phoenix' before we had Dan, the drummer, but we changed it partly because we kind of encompass something a little bit different and we grew when we all four got together. Also Dartanyan got tired of people thinking he was David or the Dan was David."

    Melendez chimes in with a "yes" and they all laugh.

    The name Wild Planet was inspired by one of Melendez favorite films, La Planète Sauvage, an animated French film from the 70s whose English title is Fantastic Planet.

    "I like the message that the film has," says Melendez. "The soundtrack is really cool, because it's not a traditional orchestra, it's like a funk/rock band making these unworldly sounds from like amps and guitars, and I watched it when we were thinking about changing the name and it just felt good."

    Since the band's name change, Wild Planet has been keeping busy by playing shows around town.

    "Last semester was probably the high of our gigs that we played, "says Fogel. "We played with a lot of local bands, and we opened up for the Jacuzzi Boys, and that was sweet."

    "Yeah that was definitely the highlight," says Melendez. "[He and Justin] saw Vampire Weekend a few years ago, and Jacuzzi Boys opened for them, so it's funny because we were an opener for an opener."

    "It's still a step up though," says Fogel, and they all laugh.

    "We're making it," says Fields.

    Because Wild Planet exists in an area that contains mainly punk and hardcore bands, their sound is unique to the area of Tallahassee. Though they like to think of themselves as an indie/rock band, when playing with other local artists, the band members note that they often get categorized as a pop band. However, this difference in sound, as well as their constant experimentation, is what makes them stand out.

    "The sound that we've recently been playing has been very different from what I've heard," says Fogel. "I think the difference is that all of our influences counteract each other to pull together something so different."

    The members also mentioned that they like to use their live shows as a way to workshop their music.

    "We're constantly changing out or reworking sections of songs," says Melendez. "We us live shows to see how the audience receives our music and feel it out from there."

    Currently, Wild Planet is getting ready for the Destination Okeechobee event at Club Downunder. The event will take place on January 18th, and will be a competition among five bands from Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. The winners of the competition will play at this year's Okeechobee music festival.

    "As long as I know that Wild Planet is a part of the 'and more' category on the poster, I will be like, 'YES'," says Fogel.

    Wild Planet's passion for their music undoubtedly helps them stand out and drives their success.

    "We're not doing it for the money," says Fogel. "I mean, that would be cool, but this is something we all really love."

    After having played a lot of their music live and workshopping each song accordingly, Wild Planet is ready to begin working on trying to release an album so that fans can listen to them on the go. But, until then, the band wants to remind you to stay wild.

    By Sara Santora, FSUNews.com

  • Acme Rhythm & Blues

    ACME Rhythm & Blues is a 7-piece, horn-driven Classic Old School R&B, Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz ensemble that is one of the Tallahassee and surrounding area's favorite dance bands for over 22 years, featuring the smoking-hot FZB Horns horn section.

    ACME features a veritable "who's who" of talented veterans of the Tallahassee area music scene and plays a wide and eclectic variety of dance hits by various artists from Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Temptations and James Brown to Van Morrison, Hall & Oates, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Chicago and Stevie Ray Vaughn, with some classic 80's hits as well as contemporary tunes and originals.

  • Tim Donovan - SWS Mainstage Master of Ceremonies

    Tim Donovan has been involved in Southwoodstock ever since our first festival in 2005.

    His labor of love includes keeping up with bands and musicians, and keeping things moving on festival day as the mainstage emcee. And you might see him capturing a photograph or two along the way.

    In real life, Tim stays out of trouble by working as a media specialist at the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and does radio work for Red Hills Broadcasting at 106.1, The Sound.

    Tim says he hopes you have a blast at Southwoodstock!

    Come and say hi (he doesn't get out much), and thanks for your help in support of this wonderful school.


Indoor Entertainment:

  • Out of Darkness (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

    Adam and Lori Ubowski, founders of Out of Darkness, currently reside and serve as Directors of Music Ministry at neighboring parishes in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida. They are joined by band members Jim Blanchet (drums), Andrew Ensley (bass guitar), and Gabriel Wanous (electric guitar). Out of Darkness leads music for retreats, youth conferences, Eucharistic Adoration, and concert-style worship events throughout the country.

    Out of Darkness released their first self-titled CD of original music in December of 2010, and their sophomore album, strong-hold, released in November of 2013. Their music is currently airing on Salt and Light Radio 1, Archangel Radio (WNGL 1410AM, Mobile, AL), and on the Catholic Playlist at Holy Family Radio (WJTA 88.9FM), St. Gabriel Catholic Radio (AM 820, Columbus, OH), Eucharist Radio (WEUC 88.7FM, Morganfield, KY), Universe Catholic Radio, and Steubenville Conferences Burning Catholics Podcasts.

    Out of Darkness hopes to bless people of all ages, in all walks of life with their music.

  • Tony and the 4.0s (2:15 PM - 2:45 PM)

  • Colleen Nixon (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Colleen Nixon is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Colleen graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a focus on Voice and the Music Business. Colleen began writing music in college, and has since recorded two CD's featuring her original music; "Love is in the Details (2009)" & "Lake Ella's Sky (2013)". These albums are of the folk/jazz/pop genre, and both were recorded and produced in Nashville, TN by Grammy Award Winner, Mitch Dane.

    Colleen also has a Sacred Music project called Marian Grace. Marian Grace features Colleen as the vocalist/co-arranger/songwriter and Jimmy Mitchell as the pianist/co-arranger. They take the Church's richest musical treasures in hymns and arrange them with a contemporary sound. They have been featured on EWTN's "Life on the Rock" and have 3 CD's: "Ancient Hymns & Chants (2010)," "What Wondrous Love (2012)," and even an Advent/Christmas CD, "Midwinter (2013)".

    Colleen has been married for almost 7 years to Titus, (the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach here at JP2) and they have 4 sweet children, Benny (5), Max (3), Camille (22 months), and Norah (3 months) whom she is so grateful for!

    Check out colleennixon.com or "like" her Colleen Nixon Facebook Fan page to keep in touch and see where she is playing around locally!

  • Trinity Catholic School presents selections from Music Man (4:05 PM - 4:20 PM)

    Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.

    The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best - a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold's power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

    Come see the story unfold on Friday April 28 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM at the Jeff Bradford Auditorium at Godby High School. Tickets will be on sale starting on March 20!

    Tickets are $6 for children and $10 for adults and are available at www.tcs.booktix.com or in the TCS Front Office.

  • SJPII Drama Club presents selections from Sister Act the Musical (4:25 PM - 4:40 PM)

    Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

    The St. John Paul II Catholic High School Drama Club will perform Sister Act three times this spring on April 7th-9th, 2017. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the front office of SJPII or online. Don't miss this great show and come get a sneak peak at Southwoodstock!

  • SJPII Guitar Ensemble (4:45 PM - 5:00 PM)

  • Ben Lougheed (5:00 PM - 5:35 PM)

    At age six Ben Lougheed's mother wanted him to start instrumental music lessons, and gave him the choice of piano, violin, or guitar. With dreams of being a rock star Ben chose the guitar. Twelve years later, as a High School senior, Ben performed a solo at a musical review produced by the University of Michigan Musical Society and a local teen center. The performance took place at one of the largest halls on the University's campus, which was filled beyond capacity with over 1,500 people. Scheduled between a traditional Indian dancer and a start-up indie band, Ben performed Recuerdos del Alhambra to raucous applause and rave reviews. It is an experience he will never forget, and he realized then that he wanted to pursue music as his career.

    Ben's training began with internationally recognized Suzuki teacher Marylou Roberts. He studied with Marylou for twelve years until he graduated from high school. During his summers between college terms Ben returned to Michigan to take Suzuki teacher-training courses with Marylou. His goal was to have the same positive impact on other children's lives that Marylou had on his and to teach them to not only be good musicians, but good persons. Now working as a Suzuki teacher in Tallahassee, Ben has fallen in love with the challenges and victories of teaching.

    While in his final semester at Peabody, Ben took a class on community engagement with the director of Baltimore Orchkids, Daniel Trahey. This class sparked his interest in improving his community through music. Since moving to Tallahassee Ben has been working to increase the presence of classical music in the city in many ways. In the fall of 2014 he co-founded a chapter Classical Revolution and works as one of the artistic directors for the organization which has now given over 20 concerts.

    Ben has also taken a leadership role in the Tallahassee Guitar Society . He is the outreach coordinator for the organization and has organized dozens of concerts at schools, churches, hospitals, restaurants, and community centers. He is also the web master for the Society's site.

    Not confined to the classical realm, Ben has performed in an Off Broadway show in Baltimore and New York called Simply Complicated: The Elegant Escapades of a Danish Israeli Tank Commander. For his work in this show Ben was praised by the Baltimore Sun for his marvelous playing and gorgeous sound.

    Ben has been awarded multiple grants from the Rislov Foundation, Florida State University, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, including the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Guitar. Ben has participated in numerous competitions and was named a finalist in the Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee International Competition.

    Ben attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with world-renowned teacher and current department chair Julian Gray, earning his Bachelor's of Music in Guitar Performance with honors. He completed his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State, under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman, who was recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame. Currently, Ben is continuing his studies with Mr. Holzman while completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from FSU. He has participated in master classes with several of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Denis Azabagic, and Paul Galbraith.

  • Kelly Holden (5:40 PM - 6:15 PM)

    Kelly Holden is a local Tallahassee resident, originally from Tampa, FL. Kelly is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, employed at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Kelly is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied classical voice, but mostly enjoys singing pop, folk and modern jazz. As a Music Therapist, Kelly sees patients all across the hospital to meet specific patient needs related to pain, mood, anxiety, confusion, and depression to name a few!

    Music has been part of Kelly's life since about the age of 6 when she started piano lessons and getting involved with musical theatre, however Kelly decided to pursue a career in Music Therapy due to her passion for people and music!

    Kelly played at JPII's Mass on the Grass last fall and is excited to be back! She wants to thank her Aunt and Uncle, Dennis and Frannie Golabek, for giving her the opportunity to play at SouthWoodstock!

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