Last Sunday, we hosted another Picnic in the Park at Miami Meadows. We celebrated many things: Mother’s Day, music, friends, and Bruce Beverly’s 40th birthday.
We grilled out hamburgers and hot dogs and had an Open Mic hosted by Lars Noble featuring many talented musicians. We love to come together, get to know each other more and enjoy new friendships and music.
Since the picnic we hosted last year up to this year, we’ve been so lucky to make even more friends to expand our support system and music family.
Thank you to everyone who attended, sang, brought food, cooked food and cleaned up. Here’s to many more!
Picnic in the Park May 2018
Nick Giese Art Showcase
On Sunday, we went to MVP for Nick Giese's Art and Music showcase featuring Kyla Mainous. It was nice to see two hard working musicians get together and put on such a great performance. Nick had many of his art pieces on display and for sale during the show. To purchase Nick's original artwork and prints, visit NickGiese.online.
Enjoy some photos and videos taken from Nick and Kyla's art and music show at MVP's on 2/18/2018.
Kyla Mainous is a hard working, motivated musician. We had the pleasure of attending one of her shows this weekend with Nick Giese at MVP's sports bar.
Kyla writes her own music and is always busy with her shows. You can find her music anywhere digital music is sold. Check the Calendar of Events to attend her shows.
Kyla recently has started her own booking company helping other musicians with their shows. Contact her on facebook for booking information at KylaCo Productions.
Check out some of the videos and pictures from 2-18-2018.
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"MIGHTY WAR" ORIGINAL by KYLA MAINOUS
Sugar Camp String Band
This story is about the Fenner Family, "The Sugar Camp String Band". We've known them for a few years now, even back when the girls first started singing. They seemed so tiny then, looking back. It's been a joy to watch them learn and grow, becoming not only amazing musicians, but well-rounded, beautiful, loving and caring individuals. They have a strong, supportive family. Their father, Lee, plays the banjo and encourages the girls to continue singing and learning their instruments. Their mother, Sondra, born in Lithuania, is a teacher and a beautiful, nurturing soul.
Every weekend, the girls pack their equipment into the family van. Their father custom built shelving to fit everything, and it's like a rolling band room! They travel to various nursing homes and sing for the residents. Many of the residents have come to know and love them like family and look forward to the visits from the Fenners. One nursing home in particular houses residents who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease.
I had the pleasure of attending one of the shows at a nursing home with the Sugar Camp String Band. I had heard the girls sing many times before, but watching them sing for the residents was so heart warming. Lee played the banjo and instructed the girls with each song. Sondra happily watched in the audience, took pictures (like every mother would) and sang and clapped along with the residents. The girls, after completing their set, walked around to each resident and shook their hands, welcoming them like they had done so many times before. I found myself in awe of this beautiful family, even holding back my own tears of joy and delight.
This story, written by their mother Sondra, is about their last visit with these patients. I hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
"I had a very touching experience today during our musical performance at an Alzheimer's ward where we play once a month and the patients there are suffering from a huge memory loss and mental weakness. Mariam, a lady who usually just walks back and forth while we sing, mumbling some nonsense words all to herself, really "woke up" to music this afternoon. As soon as she heard our music, she grabbed the nurse by both hands, started singing, dancing and got very excited about the concert. She could remember a lot of the lyrics and sang along enthusiastically as much as she could. She wanted to touch the musicians at one point, so I took her by the hands and we danced together, singing along, and holding hands. Whenever she couldn't remember the lyrics, she watched my mouth intently, so that she could continue singing. Her face was all lit up with joy and filled with satisfaction. Seeing the joy and the memory wakefulness in Mariam was priceless ❤" - Sondra Fenner
Music touches every soul. I am proud to call this family my friends. It's stories like this that make all the energy spent on music worth every note.
To all musicians, keep playing and warming hearts. You never know who needs to hear your song.