Showtune Shenanigans premiered in 2018 at the City of Gainesville’s Jest Fest. Created by John Lowe, the celebrated director of music and organist at Gainesville’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and talented actor/singer/musician Will Winter, the duo played, sang, acted and danced their way through a variety of popular show tunes. Now with an expanded repertoire and additional musicians, they will play at the All-American Song Fest. This celebration of America’s birthday is held annually at “Free Fridays” on the first Friday in July.
In addition to John Lowe (piano/vocals) and Will Winter (vocals/dance/costumed characters), the group has added vocalists Hunter Henderson and Michael Ekbladh, drummer Rob Rothschild and bassist Dave Hutchings.
Themed The Great American Songbook, the repertoire will include a variety of all-American songs including show tunes, Broadway hits, songs celebrating Independence Day and pop hits of The Beach Boys, Hall & Oates and Neil Diamond.
“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville, and is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at email@example.com or 352-393-8746.