Music on the Mainstage

Live musicians hit the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from bluegrass to Cajun and blues to jazz and classical.

Mainstage Schedule

Friday, November 3, 2017

10 am Patchouli
1 pm Jamie Adamson
3 pm Lisa Zanghi

Saturday, November 4, 2017

10 am TBA
11 am John Common & Jess Denicola
12:30 pm Freddy & Francine
2 pm Holly Shelton
3:30 pm Chubby Carrier

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Noon Steve Gunter
1:30 pm The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
3:00 pm The Dustbowl Revival


Main Stage Lineup

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Patchouli and Terra Guitarra is master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli. They represent the very top echelon of today's acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed.

Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, spine tingling vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems are infused with a visible onstage chemistry. An extraordinary bond is immediately apparent as two guitars merge into one acoustic wall of sound and their innovative, percussive flat-picking and hybrid fingerstyle techniques leave even astute listeners wondering where the drummer is. Website

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Jamie Adamson has spent the majority of his life singing and writing songs. Jamie grew up between Alabama and Mississippi where he was either listening to his Grandpa Herman play guitar or fiddle around the wood stove in the back room of their old general store home place or watching his mother and dad sing in church. 

The skills he learned early in life carried him on to Nashville at the age of 23. Where he honed his singing and guitar skills to the degree of actually becoming a working musician. Jamie moved back to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2015 and is looking to build on the music career he started in Tennessee.  Website

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Lisa Zanghi performed locally in the 70’s and 80’s at various nightclubs in the Mobile, AL area. Some of her early influences include Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt. All of which have a major effect to her unique style. She moved to Nashville, TN in 1993 to pursue her musical career. In 1998 she was hired to play piano and sing backup for country music star Doug Stone. Lisa has written and co-written many songs, one of which was recorded by Doug Stone. In 2005 after touring with Doug Lisa moved back to the Mobile area to be with her family. Her style can be described as adult contemporary with a bluesy, jazz influence. Lisa has published three of her own CD’s, A Woman Does Too and Brighter Days, and “A Different Side of Me”. A fourth CD is to be released this fall. Website

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John was born in a small fishing village off the coast of Portugal named Uoraguwaogo. Every evening, he would walk down to the sea and look westward out into the blackness, dreaming of something better. One day, while cleaning fish near the ocean, John saw a big trunk that had washed up from the sea.

He opened it and found a guitar, a film projector and an educational filmstrip entitled “ESP: Stop Laughing, It’s Real” inside. He did not fully comprehend what these things would come to mean to him at the time… but he experimented. He played. Lord, he played. He practiced in the day and he practiced in the night, whenever he wasn’t helping mother and father with the chores of course. Mother would always say, “Stop that foolishness… go learn how to fish from Father”. But as John grew into a man, he knew what his purpose in life was… to make this thing we call the “rock music”.

When Jess opens her mouth to sing, something strange happens–it suddenly becomes 1936. You’re standing at the bar inside a supper club with a name like ‘The Magnolia Room’. It’s a hot and humid summer night. You’ve had one too many gin and tonics. You feel like anything is possible. The woman in the white dress singing on stage makes you blush. Is she singing directly to you? Yes. Jess is a time machine. She’s been singing since she was about 3 years old. Her voice will break your heart, but you’ll thank her.  She’s also a sweetheart. Website

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Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris.  With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages.

“Ferris and Caruso have found their respective vocal soulmates, the kind of perfect harmonies that send a gripping shiver down the backbone of the listener,” says The Deli Magazine. No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list.  There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.” Website

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Rave reviews and repeat engagements are the norm for this six-foot tall beauty. Holly studied piano, guitar, violin, and ballet, earned a BFA in Theatre Performance, practices Pilates, and has totally mastered the art of SINGER/ENTERTAINER. She can turn on her southern charm, the ditsy humor and the spellbinding virtuosity that captivates everyone within earshot - all the while moving like satin, turning heads, and winning hearts. Based for several years at the 4-Diamond Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, she is in demand at jazz festivals, cabaret venues, organizational gatherings, et al..   From Memphis to Morocco to the Mediterranean, whether accompanied by piano alone, or with her eclectic group of exciting musicians, every event becomes special indeed. Website

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... is undeniably "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman." Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history. Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father's band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989. 
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby's professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to "continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places." Website

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is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. In the 1970's and 1980's Steve played in many popular regional groups. During this period he also recorded and toured with the nationally recognized rock group "Potliquor"(which was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame in October of 2013) and in 1985 was guitarist and back-up vocalist for Columbia recording artist Mark Gray. In 1993 and 1994 Steve appeared with his group at the Pensacola JazzFest. He has performed at all of Pensacola's Springfests and at many local festivals. Steve is a repeat performer on WEAR-TV, BLAB-TV, and has often been featured on WUWF's "Radio Live". His versatility is also sought for educational seminars and studio work. 

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In 1926, a group of dedicated Pensacolians joined together to share their talent and passion for music. Their first performance as the Pensacola Philharmonic Orchestra and Military Band was a free concert held in the Pensacola High School auditorium. The show earned high accolades from the community and made it clear that Pensacola was hungry for exceptional music. These humble beginnings ignited a spark that would become the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO).

Over the next couple of decades, the Orchestra experienced tremendous expansion and the pains that often accompany such growth. PSO did not have a space of its own and continued to perform at Pensacola High School, Blount Junior High School, Pensacola Junior College, and area churches. In 1956, with unparalleled community support, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra purchased Sacred Heart Cathedral located on the corner of 9th and Jackson Streets. The move signaled the permanence of our stay in the community.

Twenty-six years later, in 1982, PSO moved into the recently renovated Saenger Theatre. The new venue allowed then conductor, Dr. Grier Williams, to share his musical vision with a larger audience and the stage was set to solidify the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as an integral part of cultural arts in Pensacola.

PSO has continued to grow and increase its presence in Pensacola and the surrounding communities. The Pensacola Symphony it is dedicated now more than ever to ensure live symphonic music reaches as many listeners as possible. Engaging enrichment programs bring the PSO to students of all ages, spreading enthusiasm through free concerts, special programs for families, and involvement with other community and cultural arts initiatives. Website

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Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”
Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe. 
2017 marks the tenth anniversary of The Dustbowl Revival’s formation. It was back in 2007 when Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant to Los Angeles, posted an ad in Craigslist in hopes of creating a group inspired by brass band and string band traditions. Over the years, the group has been an inclusive outfit that frequently shifted in size before solidifying in its current eight-piece lineup, with Zach Lupetin, vocalist Liz Beebe, drummer Joshlyn Heffernan, bassist James Klopfleisch, trumpet Matt Rubin, trombonist Ulf Bjorlin, mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance. Website

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