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On Friday, August 17th there will be a Free concert at theLake Mirror Promenade from 6 p.m.-9:00 p.m. featuring live music from twobands, the eclectic Brian Sutherland Trio and the folksy Americana act BillyNeeds a Beard.

Brian Sutherland is a local favorite and his trio consists of three individuals whobecame friends while attending Florida Southern College where Sutherland graduated with a degree in Cello Performance.  The band has a uniqueability to craft great pop/folk/rock songs and the band uses cello, doublebass, ukulele, and even the odd kazoo.  They play melodic and interesting originals influenced by artists like Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice and Jason Mraz. The trio is rounded out with vocalist Adrienne Kneebone and bassist Zachary Rogers.  Kneebone possesses a distinctive quality in her voicethat is reminiscent of 60’s and early 70’s Rhythm & Blues singers. Roger’s solid tempo anchors the Brian Sutherland Trio but don’t be surprised to hear him take a distinctive solo every now and again. 

Billy Needs a Beard is a band celebrating their 10th year of making music together.  The band hasfound a niche in harmonizing around folk, country, blues, Americana and rockand roll music.  Their influences range from Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, the Eagles, Hank Williams and the Band. Billy Needs a Beard is comprised of four band members. Billy Lippy playsguitar, mandolin and sings. Jimmy Bassham plays bass, vocals and cowbell. BenGraffam plays guitar and sings. Steven Glick plays guitar, banjo,mandolin, and harmonica. They are currently working on their third CD.

The music series takes placeat the Lake Mirror amphitheater which is between Hollis Garden and the LakeMirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged toattend so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under thestars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City ofLakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at863/834-6264.

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