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Frankie Colt

We’ll hear from Southwest Florida musician Xid and the 25 upon the release of his second album of high-energy mix of Electronic Alternative and Synth Pop/Rock music.  Xid went into the studio to create the new album, “Counting Days” with the goal of adding “more energy, more layers, and more passion.”  These eight new tracks follow the release of Xid’s first album “21 Apologies,” which came out in 2017.  Xid is also a member of the popular Southwest Florida band Cobress, which was featured on our show earlier this year.  We’ll hear selections from the new album ahead of the official release party July 5 at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers as we explore Xid’s unique approach to music composition.

Jeff McCullers (fifth generation Estero, Floridaian) grew up around citrus farming, fishing, construction, and well drilling. I love the fact that his three sentence bio includes his ten years as 4-H club member. He wrote two small books on local history while still in high school. A teacher and school administrator for 34 years, he's taught English, drama, journalism, stagecraft, and humanities. He’s also an amateur poet, photographer, and painter. While I’ve known Jeff, mostly via Facebook, for the past decade or so, I knew him by reputation all the way back to my high school years in the late 80's. All my friends who were doing theatre there spoke of him like he was a living legend, now that I’ve gotten to know him years later, they were not joking.

Jeff McCullers (fifth generation Estero, Floridaian) grew up around citrus farming, fishing, construction, and well drilling. I love the fact that his three sentence bio includes his ten years as 4-H club member. He wrote two small books on local history while still in high school. A teacher and school administrator for 34 years, he's taught English, drama, journalism, stagecraft, and humanities. He’s also an amateur poet, photographer, and painter. While I’ve known Jeff, mostly via Facebook, for the past decade or so, I knew him by reputation all the way back to my high school years in the late 80's. All my friends who were doing theatre there spoke of him like he was a living legend, now that I’ve gotten to know him years later, they were not joking.

Episode 15: Provence

Jun 20, 2018

 

Courtesy of Dance Bochette

Dancers take the stage June 24 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for a festival of dance performances in honor of the late Jeanne Bochette who died in February at the age of 89.  Bochette was a pioneering dance instructor, entrepreneur and Grand Dame.  She founded the Dance Bochette studio in Fort Myers in 1951 and taught thousands of students in the forms of ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, jazz and others over a teaching career that spanned seven decades.  Before opening the studio, Bochette performed with New York City Ballet and the Rockettes in the 1940s.  Bochette was also known locally for her tireless advocacy for the performing arts.  Bochette’s daughter Alyce Bochette, who is the director of Dance Bochette, joins us for a preview this Sunday’s upcoming tribute festival as we look back on the life, accomplishments and contributions of this remarkable woman.

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