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Nicholas Markart


Of all the film festivals held around the world each year, one holds a certain amount of prestige -- the Cannes Film Festival, which is held in a city of the same name in France. The international film festival was held for the 71st year this May, and at it, a film called “Peacekeeper” was screened. The 13-minute-long documentary is about the Dakota pipeline, and the response of the Native Americans who live on the land that would be developed for the project.

My guest today is a relatively new voice on the southwest Florida music scene, but one that’s pretty much taken it by storm. Born and raised in a small town called Lititz, Pennsylvania, about and hour and a half outside of Philadelphia, Kate has a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Kutztown University, which is in a tiny farming town about an hour down the road. She went on to live in Philly for a few years after graduating, working in theatres, before moving to Florida in 2015. She started pursuing a career in music full time in the summer of 2017 and released her first EP called Ready For Me in April of this year...and she’s been writing new tunes and hopes to be back in the studio before the end of the year. I met Kate recently when she performed on Gulf Coast Live, the making of which is my day job.

My guest today is a relatively new voice on the southwest Florida music scene, but one that’s pretty much taken it by storm. Born and raised in a small town called Lititz, Pennsylvania, about and hour and a half outside of Philadelphia, Kate has a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Kutztown University, which is in a tiny farming town about an hour down the road. She went on to live in Philly for a few years after graduating, working in theatres, before moving to Florida in 2015. She started pursuing a career in music full time in the summer of 2017 and released her first EP called Ready For Me in April of this year...and she’s been writing new tunes and hopes to be back in the studio before the end of the year. I met Kate recently when she performed on Gulf Coast Live, the making of which is my day job.

Gina and Julie continue their series, “The Grapes of the Zodiac,” in which they pair the personalities of the zodiac with the grapes of the wine world. This month we’re in Leo, and while it may seem like a lazy choice to pair the fiery, ego-driven fire sign with the king of red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gina and Julie explain that it’s not for obvious reasons.

Jay Payne

Fort Myers-based musicians Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield perform their eclectic blend of Americana, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and Reggae music live in studio!  The duo, known as The Reckless Saints, performs prolifically at venues throughout Southwest Florida and they’ve been featured at festivals and other music venues throughout the country.  Schneider is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist providing vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and percussion.  Mayfield is also a multi-instrumentalist who brings tight vocal harmonies piano, mandolin, guitar and percussion as well.  We’ll get to know the musicians as we explore their influences, inspirations, songwriting style and Schneider’s former career as the syndicated cartoonist behind “The Humble Stumble.”

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