ISO Presents Comic Opera

Professional singers join FSC students on stage

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s annual opera production welcomes opera professionals to Lakeland for a two-week rehearsal and performance schedule including special workshops for students. Puccini’s hilarious Gianni Schicchi, sung in English, is a comic opera based upon an incident in Dante’s Divine Comedy where Schicchi is condemned to Hell for impersonating the rich Buoso Donati in order to make Donati’s will favorable to Schicchi. The short, one act opera will be preceded by famous choruses with Lakeland Choral Society, Christina Dominski Sale (mezzo-soprano) and Mark Thomsen (tenor).

Tickets on sale October 16:
$60 • $40 • $15 students

(plus applicable ticketing fees)

Diving “feet first” into Opera

As the ISO prepares to celebrate the joys of the holiday season on December 12, the opera committee is also diligently working to finalize plans for Gianni Schicchi on January 20.

Following successful auditions in New York and Lakeland, the committee identified some exciting artists to join the cast in 2018 and 2019 including recent FSC graduate Alyna Francine as Lauretta and Grammy Award-nominated Daniel Bates as Rinuccio.

And now you’re wondering about the “feet first” mention in the headline, right? The opera committee has also created a fundraiser we can all support – OPERA SOCKS!

Using the 2018 poster design for Gianni Schicchi, the folks at will custom print socks just for the opera. You can learn more and purchase your socks here:

Bakdrop will donate up to 50% of sock sales to the ISO – and you’ll be able to collect socks for each opera for years to come!

Thank you for supporting the ISO and all the programs that bring live music to our community!

I’ll see you at the Symphony,
Brad Lunz, ISO President

FloGrown Festival Announces Reggae Act Stick Figure as Headliner for Inaugural Event

Chart-topping reggae act Stick Figure will be headlining the 1st Annual FloGrown Festival as it kicks off at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on October 1, 2016. The band’s signature sound and addictive, hypnotic rhythms will provide the perfect highlight to a festival that is essentially a one-day celebration of the Florida lifestyle. Other reggae acts set to perform include New Kingston, Florida natives SOWFLO and more.

Dual main stages, an expansive festival fairground and a beautiful lake will serve as the setting for a day filled with music, food, drink, water sports and outdoor activities that make Florida unique. ‘The Beach‘ main stage will feature the reggae/ska sounds of the coastal sandy beaches, while ‘The Swamp’ main stage will rock Florida’s country roots. Festival organizers will be announcing their country stage headliner on August 28th.

Additionally, the ‘Festival Fairgrounds’ will feature the FloGrown Wake Invitational on Lake Lawne, Ultimate FloGrown Truck Meet, Tailgate Nation, Miss FloGrown Contest, BBQ Smoke Off, Yuengling Beachside VIP Party area and more.

Kicking off at 11:00am, tricked out trucks from across the state will roll in to showcase and compete in the 1st Annual FloGrown Truck Meet, sponsored by FloGrown and Truck Fever. The top 3 trucks will be crowned FloGrown Truck Meet Winners 2016 at 1:30pm on the ‘The Swamp’ main stage. A crowning of another sort will be taking place over at the ‘The Beach’ main stage as ladies compete for the title of Miss FloGrown 2016. Lake Lawne will play host to the first annual FloGrown Wake Invitational, as a backdrop to ‘The Beach’ main stage. Five of the world’s top wakeboarders will hit the water and the air as live music rocks the beach.

“Florida is very unique in that it offers the ability to spend the day at the beach surfing and fishing, and by nightfall you can be sitting on the tailgate of your lifted truck in the woods by a campfire. By bringing country and reggae together on one day we’ve harmonized this true FloGrown Floridian lifestyle” says Flogrown founder Jesse Welch.

Tickets for the event are $25 general admission and $75 for VIP. For more information on the FloGrown Festival or how to participate in any of the events listed, please visit .

Check Your Ticketmaster Account Because You May Have Some Free Tickets

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice surprise every now and again? Well, if you’ve used the event ticketing service Ticketmaster at some point in the last ten years, you could be in for a huge surprise today. The company settled a $400 million class action lawsuit over its exorbitant fees after a protracted legal spat just last month. Rather than pay out affected customers in the form of cold hard cash however, Ticketmaster has elected to compensate them in the form of discount codes and vouchers.

What that means is if you log into your Ticketmaster account today and click on the “Active Vouchers” tab, you might just find a whole series of codes granting you free passes or discounts to upcoming events. I’ve personally used Ticketmaster quite frequently over the years and found seven offer codes to free shows in the future. They’re only free in the sense that I don’t have to pay for them, and Ticketmaster already got my money when I sprung for those KanyeWest tickets a couple years back. But I’m not about to shake my fist at the opportunity to catch some shows without having to go out-of-pocket again in the future.

The settled lawsuit is purported to affect about 50 million people that purchased tickets on Ticketmaster between the span of October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013. The list of eligible shows that are open for you to redeem your promo codes is currently dead, but will hopefully be up and running soon. Keep checking back, and let us know who you intend on catching live when it does.

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Keeps Playing After Breaking His Leg During Show

“I think I really broke my leg”

The Foo Fighters’ June 12 show in Sweden didn’t go quite as planned: Dave Grohl broke his leg after falling during a song and had to leave, according to a fan-shot video from the show.

In the video, Grohl’s spirits seem to be up despite his injury: “I think Ireally broke my leg,” he tells the audience before promising to come back after first making a stop at the hospital. And apparently he made good on his promise: Some Reddit users posted photos of Grohl sitting on a chair with his leg bandaged up, strumming on his guitar.

The Foo Fighters’ next show is scheduled for Sunday in the Netherlands, and haven’t announced any plans to reschedule.

Garth Brooks Cancels Tampa Tour Dates Due To Stanley Cup Final

Country music megastar Garth Brooks announced the cancellation of a series of concerts on his comeback world tour that were slated to take place in Tampa, Florida due to the Tampa Bay Lightning earning a spot in the championship series of the Stanley Cup Final.

Brooks announced on his website that the cancellation came after working closely with the Tampa Bay Lightning personnel and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in exhausting all possibly workable scenarios that would have allowed for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and Brooks’ concerts take place.

“First of all, we would all like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching the Stanley Cup Final. As we now know, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is being played on Saturday, June 6th. All parties looked into moving Saturday’s two Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood shows to Sunday. The issue of getting the network crews and their gear out of the building and getting our crews and gear into the building late Saturday/early Sunday for two shows on Sunday raises serious safety concerns. It is because of those safety concerns that the choice is being made to refund all shows and reschedule depending on finding a date that works for both the arena and the tour.”

“This was a hard decision for everyone. We would like to thank Elmer Straub at Amalie Arena and Tod Leiweke with the Tampa Bay Lightning for working around the clock for the last 48 hours to find a remedy for the situation. We personally know Gary Bettman and are very familiar with the League and its players, coaches, and staff…they are all stand-up people. We are convinced everything that could have been done was done to try to remedy the situation. Congrats again to the City of Tampa, good luck, and we will be watching the series!!!”

Brooks’ website goes on to state that customers who purchased their tickets through Ticketmaster online or by phone will automatically be refunded, while those who purchased their tickets at an outlet location will be able to receive refunds at the point of sale beginning Monday. Brooks fans who purchased their tickets through the McDonald’s Ticket Office at Amalie Arena or through the Amalie Arena Sales Office are being advised to contact their sales rep or visit the box office during normal business hours for full refunds.

The concerts were set to be the first for Brooks since 1998. Brooks retired from the music business soon after to concentrate on raising his children. During Brooks’ hiatus, Brooks kept a toe in the music industry, releasing box sets of his studio albums and concert DVD’s and performing a series of limited engagement dates at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. With his oldest daughter having graduated high school and entering college, Brooks announced his return to country music with the release of his first album of new music, Man Against Machine, in November and quickly announced a long awaited return to touring.

Brooks’ announcement also stated that his camp would work with the Amalie Arena to try to reschedule the tour dates, providing dates become available that work within Brooks’ availability and further tour commitments.