Friends of Joe Prine

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? I have an idea, but first I have something to quote:

In the early 1990’s, Joe Prine almost single-handedly revived the live music scene in Lakeland, bringing performers including; Roy Book Binder, Steve Young, Eric Taylor, Richard Shindell, Michael Smith and Trout Fishing in America.

In 1996, Joe Prine brought Willie & Lobo to the Renaissance Ironworks in downtown Lakeland. Then they appeared later that year at an outdoor performance in Munn Park and mesmerized an audience of thousands with their gypsy and flamenco sounds.

Joe continued to bring acts to Lakeland until a few years ago including venues at Arts on the Park and also organized the music at Mayfaire on Lake Morton. He helped provide a forum for local musical artists including Ken West, Bill Peed and Bryan Rivers.

Joe died on April 17, 2005 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, but his legacy will go on. —

The Friends of Joe is a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing good music to downtown Lakeland. On Election Day I met FOJ President Anne Kearton, and if she runs this group as well as she ran her precinct, you’re in for a festive and flawless show.

Did I say show? Yes, there is a concert this Saturday at 8 pm. The Lakeland band Angus Kahn and The Cantiga Project from Sarasota are headlining. I understand the concert will end with a special sing-along. Who doesn’t love to lend their voice on a fun Saturday night? (Well, actually, my wife prefers I don’t lend mine. She gets tired of the folks around me asking that I take it back.)

And now the details:

8 pm Saturday, December 16, 2006. Arts on the Park gallery, 115 North Kentucky Ave.

Tickets student $5.00 adults $10.00.

Call (863) 646-1972 for information.