33rd Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook
October 21 - 22, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
Once again Thornebrook’s annual art festival offers music almost as varied as the visual arts that set the stage. Some of the area’s most-loved performers will be on hand to play a variety of music that’s sure to please almost every taste and still leave plenty of space for conversation.
COMFORTABLE POP CLASSICS – Sunday features Mamma Trish with some very sweet and lovely sounds. Trish plays the American Songbook in a thoughtful and relaxing manner and we remember why we love these songs so much. Don’t be surprised if a local musician or two stops by to celebrate that music.
COUNTRY & AMERICANA - Boulware & Stewart return once more cook up some country sounds with great, sincere vocals and a reliable guitar twang. This band will make you believe in the charm and power of country music. This is the real thing. Barbara Johnson plays the upright bass, and as an extra treat, Jon Alexander joins in on steel guitar.
POP VOCALS from the 60s through the 90s. – The Killer B’s create quite a buzz with their great guitar duo offering very listenable pop. This father/son band performs 3 sets on Saturday and we are willing to bet that a lot of your favorites will be included. There’s nothing like “blood harmony”.
JAZZ GUITAR – Taylor Roberts returns to Gainesville to pay two sets of the most thoughtful and mellow Jazz on his guitar Saturday afternoon at 12 and 2 on the western side of the show. As if that is not wonderful enough, Karl Weismantel will play his masterful music at 4 to fill out the day. We are so fortunate to have these great players creating a soundtrack for our show. Don’t miss them!
CONTEMPORARY FOLK – Janet Rucker and David Beede offer some of the best music of the contemporary folk scene on Saturday, without ignoring the traditional folk songs we love. This lively duo of guitar and dulcimer, etc., play compelling sounds and keep the mood light.
ECCLECTIC LATIN and EUROPEAN – The Dozenaires range through a varied repertoire: from Samba and Bossa Nova to Irish and French tunes. This talented group comes from far and wide bringing some very fun and listenable sounds to the Eastern end of the show.
CLASSICAL - We are pleased to announce the inclusion of the string virtuosos of The Gainesville String Quartet. Violins, viola, sting and cello unite to make timeless, elegant music and a lovely atmosphere.
BARBERSHOP - The Barbergators will wander throughout the show on Sunday and stop now and then for a little fun in four parts.
SOFT ROCK – Middle Ground stars Barbara and Paul Armbrecht on guitar and bass. Their spot-on interpretations of old favorites are a pleasant soundtrack to a nice afternoon at a quiet festival of the arts.
BRASS BAND - The Santa Fe Brass make it feel like you are visiting a traditional town square in Anywhere, USA. There is nothing like a brass band. Be sure to catch them Saturday morning at 11 near the clock tower.
SWING - A fun and energetic band, Uptown Swing will be featured on Sunday afternoon with engaging up-tempo tunes done light and sweet with a licorice stick. They will perform at the Eastern Extension at 12, 2 and 4 p.m.
CLASSICAL GUITAR – With a wholly engaging repertoire of classical etudes served with professional élan, the brilliant sounds of Raymond Lohengrin will be featured on Sunday afternoon at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. on the western side of the show.
AMERICANA – Susan David has a million of ‘em! She draws her music and style from the days of the singer/songwriter. Susan will be making the festival sweet and breezy on Saturday at 11, 1 and 3 out on the Western Reach.
RISING STARS – This year we feature young artists performing music and dance on the North side of the show. The Thornebrook Festival is proud to work with music and dance teachers to encourage the youngest among us.