Ragtime Piano at Beach CITE Studios

You might recognize the name of the pianist/composer Scott Joplin. The titles “Maple Leaf Rag” or “The Entertainer” may be familiar. You probably would know “The Entertainer” to hear it even if you don’t recognize the title—it was well-received when it was written in 1902, burst into popularity again in 1973 as the theme music for the Oscar-winning movie The Sting, and is still heard today in commercials, video games and more.

Bobby VanDeusen, ragtime piano, Beach CITE Studios

Vibrant, masterful renditions of ragtime piano music will be heard at Beach CITE Studios Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

This style of music is known as ragtime, and encompasses the era of the early 20th century. It is recognized, along with the blues, as one of the greatest influences on the early development of jazz. But rather than the melodic and harmonic explorations of jazz, ragtime frames its rhythmic syncopation around more traditional harmonies.

On Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., you will be gently and masterfully coaxed back a century by pianist Bobby VanDeusen. A classically trained pianist, Bobby honed his ragtime and stride styles while with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. His amazingly gifted fingers have allowed him to headline in Branson, Missouri; play jazz in New Orleans with Al Hirt and Pete Fountain; travel the country as a featured entertainer with Hilton Hotels; and most recently tour with civic orchestras as the soloist in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Your opportunity to hear this amazing talent and get lost in the sounds of a bygone era is here. The folks at Beach CITE Studios—located in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach, Alabama—are looking forward to welcoming you to their Listening Room to hear the dazzling sounds of Bobby VanDeusen. Seating is limited, so it’s best to call ahead (251-981-1989) to reserve your spot. Admission is by donation at the door, which will open at 7:00.

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Road to Hangout

To get audiences even more excited for the three-day Hangout Music Fest (May 20–22, 2011), a series of free concerts will be offered at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Road to Hangout Music Fest, Gulf Shores, Alabama

The road to great music at Hangout Music Fest is paved with great FREE music at The Hangout in April and May!

Thanks to a partnership between The Hangout, 92 Zew Radio and Meyer Vacation Rentals, beginning April 2, each Saturday will bring a terrific band for a special performance at 7:00 p.m. See the April lineup below:

April 2  —  The Rez

April 9  —  Brian Wright

April 16  —  Seven Day Sonnet with guest Halo Stereo

April 23  —  Halo Stereo with guest Pale

April 30  —  Caleb Lovely with April Smith and The Great Picture Show

The May lineup is still being finalized, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, grab your friends and party to some terrific music plus good food and drinks on the beach!

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Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration

Surrounded by abundant magnolia trees and a main street protected by a gorgeous canopy of oak trees, the setting for the first annual Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration couldn’t be more perfect. And the quaint town that boasts the only remaining river route mail delivery in the country is excited about being home base for an event that will raise awareness of the best-in-the-nation local seafood.

Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration 2011

Attend the first Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Local seafood at its finest!

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, the town’s famed Jesse’s Restaurant will bring 10 area eateries head-to-head in an invitational competition. Using only local seafood, they may enter in the categories of fish, shrimp and baked oysters. Professional judges are eager to taste everything and announce winners in each category, as well as best of show. And, of course, you get to sample all of it.

The $25 general admission ticket ($75 VIP) includes not only the seafood but wine, microbrews and live musical entertainment from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors will be showing off their best works—be prepared, because you won’t be able to ignore the strong whisper of “Take me home!” from the display cases and tables.

Magnolia Springs is beautiful enough to lure visitors just to be at peace in its surroundings. But the Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration will create a delicious shift from quiet to festive. It’s a wonderful way to welcome a new season!

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Shellie Reese Watercolors on Display

As part of the Visiting Artists and Special Exhibits Series at the Orange Beach Art Center, the works of Shellie Reese are on display through May 12, 2011.

Shellie Reese watercolor display Orange Beach Art Center

View Shellie Reese's whimsical watercolors through May 12, 2011 at Orange Beach Art Center.

Even if the name is not familiar, there is a good chance you have seen at least one Shellie Reese artistic creation. Her artwork was chosen for Gulf Shores’ 2010 National Shrimp Festival poster. The carefully placed colors and great detail allow Shellie to tell a story with each painting. The titles of each canvas supply yet another humorous touch to her whimsical characters depicted via watercolors.

Shellie’s scenes and unique style inspired a line of music boxes, candlesticks and figures for a major department store. Look for those items in the exhibit, and chuckle at the clever combination of beings and objects in each of her masterpieces.

A Meet the Artist reception will be held Thursday, April 7 at 5:30, and you are invited to remain afterward for live demonstrations and a friendly gathering during Hot Glass/Cold Drinks.

The Orange Beach Arts Center is located at 26389 Canal Rd., between the Orange Beach Library and Waterfront Park, east of Hwy. 161. Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Mudbug Meals and Cricket Spitting Contests

While Mobile may not be exactly in our backyard, it’s still in our neighborhood. And because Mobile is home to something as terrific as the Gulf Coast Exploreum, we encourage you to take a few hours during your island stay to explore The Port City and sneak in some education wrapped in a package of experiential fun.

Crawfish in the Courtyard, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Mobile, Gulf Shores, Alabama

View, learn about and even eat some of Nature's little critters at the Crawfish in the Courtyard benefit for the Gulf Coast Exploreum.

The ideal opportunity exists with the Crawfish in the Courtyard event this Thursday, March 31, 2011, starting at 6:00 p.m. The $20 advance tickets ($25 at the door) benefit the Exploreum’s Discover Science program that provides engaging educational experiences to underserved children.

You will enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish, jambalaya, two adult beverages (yes, you must be 21 or older to attend), entry into the exhibit hall as well as the fascinating Giant Insects exhibit, an IMAX film, and live music provided by two popular local acts.

When you are not walking through the exhibits or eating your meal, bid on the many wonderful items in the silent auction. And join in with cheering and laughter during the Cricket Spitting contest. (That alone should make this a don’t-miss evening!)

For details, call 877-625-4FUN. And for an evening of fun, make plans now to make your appearance at 65 Government Street in Mobile for Crawfish in the Courtyard.

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U.S. Music Ambassador Bob Livingston at Beach CITE Studios

Beach CITE Studios is at it again, bringing yet another terrific musician to their Listening Room at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Bob Livingston, Ambassador of Music, U.S. State Department

Bob Livingston brings people together across the world. Experience his gift at Beach CITE Studios at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Bob Livingston’s performances allow you to feel he’s in your living room, simply sharing time with his friends. His easy, melodic voice makes the troubles of the world melt away, whether singing an upbeat rockabilly number or a tender ballad.

Bringing people together is Bob’s specialty. Since the 1980s, he has toured India, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East—his stories of a not-so-ordinary life as a music ambassador for the U.S. State Department remind you that one person is never too small to make an impact in the world. Because of his outreach, he was honored in 2009 by being appointed as Austin’s International Music Ambassador.

As a member of the Lost Gonzo Band, Bob played a strong role in putting Austin, Texas on the map as the Live Music Capital of the World. While his music is rooted in country, he has never felt compelled to stay locked on that path. His newest creation is a collaboration between musicians from India and those from Texas. The idea has sparked such interest that a full musical play is being produced, with a scheduled opening for this summer.

Find out what makes Bob Livingston so special. Join him at Beach CITE Studios on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Donations are accepted at the door, but it is suggested you call 251-981-1989 to reserve your place, as seating is limited.

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