Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes


JRobert, right, has a hit on his hands with his Florida Songwriter Showcase. The Showcase plays for 13 Mondays this summer at the Marco Players Theater. Bob Williams, featured artist in Week 3, shares the stage with host. Williams performed an impressive set of original tunes. Photo by Scott H. Shook

JRobert, right, has a hit on his hands with his Florida Songwriter Showcase. The Showcase plays for 13 Mondays this summer at the Marco Players Theater. Bob Williams, featured artist in Week 3, shares the stage with host. Williams performed an impressive set of original tunes. Photo by Scott H. Shook

When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash.

Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit.

“These are all people I’ve met over the years,” JRobert explains. “And now I’m meeting more and more people.”

Austin Church—who has written songs for Jimmy Buffett and Lyle Lovett— and Bob

Austin Church, who performed in the Florida Songwriter Showcase, has written songs for Jimmy Buffett and Lyle Lovett.

Austin Church, who performed in the Florida Songwriter Showcase, has written songs for Jimmy Buffett and Lyle Lovett.

Williams were the second and third performers in JRobert’s 13-week odyssey that meets every Monday throughout the summer at 7 PM at the Marco Players Theater. Local favorite Raiford Stark packed the place the first week.

The format is simple. The songwriters— accented by master of ceremonies JRobert and a drummer—play their original songs for the first hour, interspersed with some good storytelling.

Then a short intermission, where wine lubricates conversation between the enter- tainers and the audience, is

Austin Church acknowledges the crowd during the Florida Songwriter Showcase as JRobert looks on. Church was the second of 12 local songwriters who will take the stage each Monday night throughout the summer. Photos by Scott H. Shook

Austin Church acknowledges the crowd during the Florida Songwriter Showcase as JRobert looks on. Church was the second of 12 local songwriters who will take the stage each Monday night throughout the summer. Photos by Scott H. Shook

followed by a jam session. Please don’t leave before the jam session, which seems to get better every week.

JRobert is a natural when it comes to orchestrating the jam session. And the performers are the best Southwest Florida has to offer—and that’s saying something.

Mitch Peters takes the stage on Monday, June 26 and Rita Youngman takes her turn on Monday, July 3. Tickets are available through themarcoplayers.com or by calling 239-642-7270. Don’t miss out on this truly unique musical experience.

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