OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Christmas Frolic on Friday, Dec. 11, will feature local musical talent playing songs from the last 100 years in celebration of Okeechobee’s centennial status. Music from the 20s and every decade on through the 80s will be represented by bands in and around the Lake Okeechobee area. Please come out in celebration and support your local talent!
Our very own Okeechobee High School Jazz Band will be first up, led by Clint LaFlam, the OHS band director. The OHS Jazz Band is an audition-based extra curricular after school program made up of 24 students from grades 9 through 12. The OHS Jazz Band will be playing swing and jazz numbers from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, using instruments appropriate to those styles and eras.
Carl Cable will be playing next, with 40 years of experience with several instruments — Carl enjoys playing country and a bit of classic rock. Coming from parents who had their own success in the musical arena, Carl has traveled widely and played with many notable musicians. After so much travel, Okeechobee now claims him as our own where he plays several local venues. Carl will be representing the 50s era for the Frolic.
Jim Clark will come after that, with a background in musical theater, and a mellow tone and vibe, Jim places his focus on his voice while utilizing background music in place of instrumentals. Jim is still involved with musical theater and often participates in the Okeechobee Community Theater’s local productions. Jim Clark will be playing music from the 60s for the Frolic.
The Department comes next with an eclectic mix of styles and inspirations. The Department consists of Jason Egli on lead guitar, Patrick Sanders vocals and lyricist, Earnest King on Bass, and Chris Bowen on drums. The band manages to blend four distinct styles into a beautiful fusion. The Department will be sampling music from the 70s era.
Last up will be the Kissimmee River Runners, with some 1980s country music. With a love of bluegrass, gospel, and old country, the Kissimmee River Runners are sure to please. Made up of a mixture of locals and snow birds, the River Runners have Tim Deavers for lead guitar and vocals, Bill Vineyard on bass, Bob Rowson plays banjo, Edna Johnson has fiddle, and Dave Bovine on the drums.
Following the live performances, the party will continue with a DJ from DP Productions and more modern music.
At 10 p.m. there will be a drawing for two general admission tickets to the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. You must be present to win.
The City of Okeechobee Centennial Frolic, set for Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. in front of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., is free and open to the public. Come out and dance in the street!
The OHS Jazz Band will play at the Winter Concert held at Okeechobee High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.
Carl Cable plays at the Shrine Club on State Road 78, during the Tuesday night spaghetti dinners. He can be reached at 863-763-8667 or email email@example.com.
Jim Clark is frequently featured in Okeechobee Community Theatre musicals and hopes to perform at area venues. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department will play at the upcoming Ride for the Fight event on Jan. 2 at the Okeechobee Cattleman’s Arena. Follow them online at www.facebook.com/RockTheDepartment/.
The Kissimmee River Runners can be heard playing every Saturday evening at the Kissimmee River Fishing Resort’s community gathering room.