Mardi Gras – King of the Keys

Each Mardi Gras season brings much talk of new queens and kings, but there is one king who has kept his title year after year—the King of Keys, Mr. Al Martin.

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Mardi Gras history is celebrated through piano stylings of Al Martin at Beach CITE Studios March 2, 2011.

No, “Keys” is not the name of one of the numerous Mardi Gras societies. This king creates magic on the piano keys, making even the least musically inclined tap his or her toes and smile widely as he shares his unique stylings. And he can’t wait to get folks keyed up again on Wednesday, March 2, with a special selection of music to put you in the Mardi Gras spirit.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the 7:30 show in the Listening Room of Beach CITE Studios, located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. Arrive early to do a little shopping and enjoy dinner, then meet your friends for some lively entertainment. Admission is by donation at the door; call 251-981-1989 to guarantee your place, as this king typically holds court with a full house.

The eager anticipation of Mardi Gras is always strong along the Gulf Coast. Whether you are a curious novice or seasoned veteran, let Al Martin help you celebrate by treating your ears to a musical history of the season.

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Stardust Duo at Beach CITE Studios

Cleveland Institute of Music, master’s program, 2006. They meet. Harmony ensues. 2008 brings a natural modulation into a musical partnership named The Stardust Duo. A crescendo into 2009 leads to not only their first CD, but a new movement in the sonata of their lives: wedded bliss.

Stardust Duo, music, piano, violin, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Alabama, SanRoc Cay

Outstanding piano/violin music will be brought to you Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Forward to present day. The couple is continuing their individual studies—Amanda on violin and Jonathan on piano—as doctoral candidates at University of Alabama. Naturally, the standard classical/concert repertoire is a large part of their lives. But they choose to perform a variety of musical styles, allowing them to speak to a larger audience.

We know it’s a busy world. But find room in your schedule for a little musical indulgence—treat yourself to a concert this weekend with the gifted Stardust Duo. The folks at Beach CITE Studios (in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach) have made it easier for you by arranging two appearances: Saturday, February 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to curtain, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Seating is limited, so you may wish to guarantee your place by calling 251-981-1989.

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Pensacola’s Naval History Brought to Orange Beach

Did you know that naval aviation is celebrating its 100th year in 2011? Or that Pensacola’s Naval Air Station was the first station of its kind in the United States? As the aeronautical center of the United States Navy, it began with  a flying school plus one ship on which to practice maneuvers.

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Learn about the exciting history of naval aviation at Orange Beach Library on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Aside from a few emergency exceptions during the World Wars, all gold-winged flight personnel in our Navy, Marine and Coast Guard branches have spent time training in Pensacola. That makes all of us along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast very proud!

Of course, this blog is just a teaser, not a recount of history. But you can hear much more about this fascinating topic from one who is an expert in the field—none other than Retired Commander Leo Murphy. His personal experiences, combined with many captivating stories and historical facts from before and after his tenure, will be shared with those who attend his presentation.

The Orange Beach Public Library is hosting this free session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24; you’ll find the library at 26267 Canal Rd., east of Hwy. 161. For further information, contact the library at 251-981-2923. And you’ll want to take a look at their website’s busy schedule of events so you don’t miss out on the great variety of classes and presentations available to guests and residents.

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Two Beach CITE Concerts This Weekend

Beach CITE Studios’ Listening Room will be alive with music this weekend.

Beach CITE Studios Listening Room, Orange Beach, Alabama, Gulf Shores, concert, music

Attend Friday and Sunday concerts at Beach CITE Studios, and bask in the sunshine of wonderful guitar, vocal and handbell music.

Friday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m., a passion for life is evident in the music of Ricky Norris. Together with pals Chris Kenny and Chris Brecht, this singer/songwriter/guitarist will infuse his transparent honesty into your hearts and leave you with new perspectives to merge into your own experiences.

Sunday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m., the sound will literally ring throughout the hall with the music of internationally recognized handbell artist Danny Lyons. Besides performing solo concerts across the United States and into Europe and the Bahamas, Danny has released two solo CDs and a DVD.

Admission for each concert is by donation at the door. Your generosity assures that more concerts of this quality, as well as visual and performing arts classes and culinary experiences, can be made available to residents and visitors along the Gulf Coast. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert; seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

You will find the Beach CITE Studios Listening Room at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. For further details on these or other upcoming events, call 251-981-1989.

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Friday Dance in Orange Beach

Friday night, February 11, 2011, brings an evening of music and socialization to Orange Beach. The Adult Activity Center on Canal Rd. will become a dance hall between 6 and 9 p.m., with the help of Chi-Lou (formerly Vintage Vagabonds Band).

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Join in an evening of social dancing Friday, February 11, 2011 at Orange Beach Adult Activity Center.

If you attended the dances here last year, yes it’s the same band. They decided a change of name gave them a little more flexibility, but they will play the same great music that was so popular during the 2010 winter season and again at the January dance.

For a mere $5, you can dance, hum along, chat with friends old and new, and enjoy light snacks and soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own snacks as well, and even adult beverages if you choose.

Grab your dancing shoes and your dance partner and join the fun. More information is available by calling 251-981-3440. And mark your calendar to do it all again on March 11, thanks to Orange Beach Parks and Recreation!

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Gulf Coast Gospel Showcase Continues

When word got out last fall that a series of gospel concerts was being planned to benefit the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund, more than 100 performing groups clamored to be part of it. Many so genuinely wanted to help this good cause that they waived some or all of their fees. And now everyone involved in any way has the opportunity to benefit from their generosity in multiple ways:

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The Gospel Concert Series to benefit the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund continues Feb. 11 & 12 at Romar Beach Baptist Church in Orange Beach, Alabama.

· Hearing such passionate musical presentations is just plain good for the soul.
· The low ticket price of only $10 (payable at the door) makes it accessible for so many folks to feel the spirit of the music.
· These shows expose the listeners to music and talent they might otherwise be unfamiliar with, and the musicians will enjoy gaining new fans.
· Sharing an uplifting experience with neighbors takes our minds off of the stresses of everyday life and creates new opportunities to bond with each other.
· And perhaps most important, every dollar raised goes into the relief fund to help local folks who have struggled as a result of disaster.

The first performance of this weekend will be Friday, February 11, featuring The Talley Trio. Known today as one of Southern gospel music’s most popular family groups, they have produced ten number-one singles.

Saturday evening, February 12, brings the five men of Gold City to the stage. The vocal quartet plus pianist enjoys a strong reputation, as demonstrated by 50 hit songs and numerous Dove nominations.

Both concerts will be held at Romar Beach Baptist Church in Orange Beach at 7:00 p.m.

More performances in the series of benefit gospel concerts are planned through April. For further information, visit the Lighthouse Gospel Productions website or call 251-981-8966.

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