Betty Fox appreciated singing early in life and performed for the first time at a church play at the age of 4. She has an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music. She has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 2 time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with. After honing her craft for 20 years, her debut album, “Too Far Gone”, put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist.
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist known for R&B and jazz fusion. He began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records in 1975 as he became a teenager. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel.
ELLA JET &
THE FUTURE SOUL
2018 OFFICIAL EVENT SCHEDULE
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ella Jet & The Future Soul is an amazing band from St. Petersburg, FL! In 2014 Ella Jet was selected into the prestigious Grammy Museum's Music Revolution Project and already she's opened for National Acts We The Kings, Vonda Shepard, Emily Kinney, Mutlu. By August of 2017, Future Soul had formed, which consists of Kevin Mendel on Guitar, Zach West on Keys, Levi Foe on Bass, Dillon Reeder on Drums, Sarah Ferrer on Vocal Harmonies, and Ella Jet on Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals. The songs reflect heavy lyrical subject matter: songs about teenage pain, addiction, abandonment and family dysfunction with powerful intense grooves underneath.
8:30pm - 10:00pm