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Music on the Porch

June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

I’ve wanted to host a monthly musical event for several years now and just kicked it of in January 2018 on a small scale.  We are gathering the 4th Friday of each month on the side porch of our WW2 army barracks at 7pm to enjoy a different musician each month, usually a singer songwriter and always someone talented and interesting.  Sweetie’s Cafe, who normally closes for the day at 3pm, serves dinner by reservation those nights at 6pm and the music follows on the porch at 7. This month, June 22, locals Valerie Levy and Bob Cubbage will entertain us with a couple of jazz sets; Bob on the piano and Valerie singing her heart out.  See their musical bios below. Each of these monthly events are donation based, meaning the audience should come prepared to make some sort of a monetary donation.  We want this to be a sustainable event and hope locals and visitors alike will appreciate the talent and nice evening out and be happy to pay for it.  We would love to have folks donate between $10 and $30 per person to make it attractive for the artists to come.  Three of our 5 artists so far have traveled 4 hours to perform and this is how they make their living.  Besides a cash donation, I am happy to donate the space, my time to promote the event, set it up and clean it up at the end of the evening in hopes it will be a permanent Dunnellon event and possibly increase to weekly .  The real goal is to outgrow the porch and fill the historic train depot.  That will require rent and probably insurance so for now, we’ll continue to get the word out, attract talented artists and stay put at Grumbles until we know this is something Dunnellon residents will sustain.
Valerie Levys Music Resume
Ive been playing guitar and singing since I was about 13 years old and used to perform in my
Junior High School Follies. I performed in plays at a young age at my local community center but
that stopped when I graduated high school and had to get a job. Fast forwardstill kept up
singing and playing my guitar but not so much in public.
In 2000, my husband Dan and I moved from New Jersey to Dunnellon, Florida and I couldnt
believe he moved me here after we had lived 35 minutes from Manhattan. We used to go in to
New York once a month and stay for 2 days and have a ball. AnywayI basically could not get
used to the culture here and was quite depressed. ButI got involved with the Chamber of
Commerce and became their President and then also got involved with Jazz Up. In 2003, I
auditioned for a Dixie Land Band Called the Good Company Jazz Band and got the job as vocalist.
I was thrilled and we played Jazz Up 2003. We got various weddings and parties around town
and I stayed with this band for about 2-1/2 years. They all retired so since I was still involved with
Jazz Up, in 2005 I hooked up with Joe Michels Jazz Quintet. I sang with that band for about 5
years and then that band disbanded. So here I was without a band. I met the drummer from a
band called Opus 3 and told him I was looking for another band. He sent his piano player to my
house to audition me. I played with them for 2 years and we did many gigs.weddings, company
parties, etc. I met Bob Cubbage in 2011 and we hit it off right away. Our first gig together was
George Goulds wedding. Weve been playing together ever since. Weve done Jazz Up, Victorian
Days and charity events such as the 25
Anniversary of Habitat for Humanity in Ocala. Were still
playing together and loving every minute of it
  •      Bob Cubbage
  • For some reason, I have never created a resumé of my musical
    background. I don’t know why; perhaps I was never called upon to
    provide one. Of course, in the competitive world of music in New York
    (or Nashville, or L.A., et al), the best resumé would take second place to
    simply auditioning for the job. Moreover, when I landed an apprenticeship
    at Mark Century Corporation, to learn the art of commercial production,
    as well as master editing, the fact that I had absolute pitch, as well as a
    feeling for the rhythms in human speech, carried much more weight than
    the fact that I was a piano major at Denison University.
    Anyway, here is some of my musical background, in a nutshell.
    I began playing at the age of three. My mother used to relate the story of
    my performing “Pistol Packin’ Mama” with one finger.
    I began serious piano lessons at the age of nine. When I was twelve, my
    piano teacher insisted that I audition for the Preparatory Division of
    Juilliard School of Music. I was there for one year. Later, I was a piano
    major at Denison.
    During the late 60s, I began playing production piano for stock theatre.
    Some of the more memorable productions were “The Fantasticks,”
    “Camelot,” and “Company.” In later years, the work that I spent
    memorizing these scores, as well as others, would hold me in good stead
    when I performed at such venues as the Sherry Netherland and One
    What is really important about my musical background is the fact that it
    provided an introduction to the world of audio production. Studio
    musicians, as a rule, are pretty fussy about who works on their recorded
    masters. In my case, the fact that I had worked at Mark Century as a
    master editor and was performing at a major piano lounge, gave me a
    great deal of credibility. And the more I worked, the better I became until
    I found myself in demand by numerous artists, record companies and
    music publishers – all this without any advertising or marketing. In fact, I
    was probably the only production facility with an unlisted phone number!
    At this time, I am devoting my energies to restoration of all of my
    analogue master tapes, as well as performing the service music at an
    Episcopalian church on Sunday mornings. I am also a production pianist
    for several vocalists. This is in addition to helping my wife manage our


June 22, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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