WGCU’s XPoNential Radio presents excerpts from a live concert recorded at the Veteran’s Pavilion on the Florida Gulf Coast University library lawn on April 23, 2015. Five southwest Florida musical groups performed as part of Eagle Walk during finals week as a break for students. Several of the performers have been featured on WGCU’s program “Gulf Coast Music” of local singer/songwriters who write and perform their own original music. Some also recently entered an NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
The Honey Creepers Band out of Naples start us off. The band features Prana on vocals, John R. Butler on strings and Randy Hilderman on bass guitar. From their bio: They are performing nationally and recording their first original collective album. Prana has performed and competed internationally as a vocalist with The Southwest Florida Sweet Adeline's chapter "Spirit of The Gulf”. John R. Butler is a singer/songwriter and guitar player who has performed nationally and his music has been featured in major motion pictures. Randy Hilderman has toured nationally with several bands throughout the US and Europe having opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Guess Who, Joan Jett and Steely Dan.
Sean Ewing- a singer songwriter based out of Fort Myers –joins in next. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, he says he has wandered aimlessly throughout the country in search of new and interesting ways to go broke as a musician.
Ewing is currently writing songs about lost time, serial killers, strange observations, and sometimes just words that rhyme.
Matt Hembling released his first CD at the concert titled Wandering Soul and he performed two singles from it. He’s now an FGCU student and was proud to perform for fellow students.
After years of developing as an artist, Hembling spent a year in Nashville working with musicians and discovering his own sound and writing style. He’s now back in Fort Myers studying and performing. He appeared on Gulf Coast Music in 2013.
Don Jenson says he was born in the same Minnesota town as Bob Dylan but he grew up in the mountains of Colorado.
Currently he builds boat docks in southwest Florida dreaming of the day he says he can become a professional musician rather than a professional carpenter. Jensen performs around southwest Florida’s open mic nights.
And our final performer is Luc Janke, who is also an FGCU student and as a journalism major, was WGCU’s spring 2015 news intern. Janke started playing trombone in fifth grade.
Last year he created his own one-man-band “Bull Moose Party” named after Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party of the early 1900s. He appeared on Gulf Coast Music in 2014.