|Les Dudek and I on the cover of Brevard Live.|
The Brevard Live Music
(the BMAs) has
widely as THE party
of the year for Florida's
east coast music
scene and I'm delighted
to be returning as
this year's host.
Since 2004, thousands have attended this annual hometown version of the Grammys. People arrive dressed to impress — some even renting limos for the "big city" celebration.
This year’s event will offer musicians and fans alike the same fun-filled, entertaining experience that they’ve come to expect from previous BMA ceremonies — including live performances from some the area’s top singer/songwriters.
|Les Dudek's 1976 |
Columbia Records debut.
2012's special guest performer is legendary guitarist Les Dudek. A longtime Florida resident, Les has played on many of my all-time favorite records such as Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees, The Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like an Eagle as well as Brothers & Sisters from The Allman Brothers Band — to name just a few. Les’ impressive career has additionally seen the release of several successful solo albums for Columbia Records. Over the years he has also toured, recorded and/or performed with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Steppenwolf, Dave Mason, Toto, and Cher. As a rock and roll kid of the seventies who grew up listening to Les’ music and watching him on TV, it’s been a real privilege and honor to hang out with him a bit recently. We clicked immediately and I’m psyched to be working with him this year. FYI — his German accent is almost as good as mine!
|I'm thrilled to have the lovely|
Janelle Wilson on board
as this year's "Vanna White."
This year's house band will feature former BMA winners Joe Calautti (guitar/vocals), Tom Willett (bass), Sam Hill (drums) and Steve Mazzi (sax). Simply put, this is a great band!
Oh yeah, let’s not forget about the numerous awards that will be handed out to lucky winners in various categories — including the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" honor.
It all happens on Monday, August 27th at 6pm at Melbourne, Florida’s fabulous Henegar Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are now on sale at the usual area outlets for just $10. Proceeds benefit the Brevard Music Aid foundation — a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to area musicians in need. A great cause, to be sure!
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