Southern Fried Sunday & Will's Pub Present: The Second Annual Southern Belle Ball

Southern Fried Sunday & Will's Pub Present: Southern Belle Ball

Southern Fried Sunday and Will's Pub Present: Southern Belle Ball, celebrating the harvest season of fall. The second annual edition of this event features 13 of the cream of the crop female musicians playing a festival style afternoon/evening, inside/outside event at Will's Pub, Lil Indies and The Dirty Laundry Pavilion where female owed local small businesses will be vending too. Enjoy food from area female chefs: Swine & Sons, serving a Locally Sourced, Farm-To-Table, BBQ Feast, and BocaFresca with freshly prepared plant based, southern style vegan eats. Sip on Craft Cocktails designed by Female Mixoligists & our featured Craft Beer from the world's most successful Female Brewmaster, Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing! Donations of Food and Funds will be accepted for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in support of National Hunger Action Month. 4 or More Non-Perishable food items gets $4 off the $12 admission price. Bring out the Big Hats, and don your Dapper Derby Style, in the Fall! Let's get Fancy & have a Ball Y'all!

Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle

Not much is more magical than friends swapping songs and stories in an intimate setting, which is exactly what the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle brings to the stage. The circle is a collective of female songwriters of all ages and stages led by Florida musician Beth McKee. Using various lineups, the group performs in-the-round, acoustic sets with members often jumping in to sing or play on one another’s songs. The Circle formed in early 2015 as a social songwriting experiment when McKee emailed a handful of women songwriters, challenging them to compose a song that incorporated a word or phrase she sent ahead of time. The challenge included an invitation to share their new songs at a monthly gathering in her Orlando home. “It seemed like a fun way to motivate us to write,” she explains “and these women are so driven and talented. They’ve had a tremendously positive influence on me and fabulous friendships have formed. When we gather and sing, the energy is palpable.”

Realizing audiences would enjoy that energy too, McKee made the Circle the ritual kickoff for her Swamp Sistas La Las at the Orlando Fringe Festival and in the high country of Boone, North Carolina. Those sets were so well received and anticipated that she now schedules combinations of the group to perform for concerts, events and fundraisers around the Southeastern US. “It’s a wonderful platform for all of us,” she says, “fully entertaining for audiences and we always enjoy ourselves singing and playing together.”

Oak Hill Drifters

Oak Hill Drifters span the rockabilly, country and early R&B genres with ease, with nods to Janis Martin, Bob Wills, The Everly Brothers, Little Willie John and Charlie Feathers alike. The high energy provided by Craig Roy's upright bass and the kickin' drums by Tom Pearce will keep your feet moving and your head nodding, and the dual vocals and harmonies from Tom Cooper and Rachel Decker will keep you wanting more.

Catfish Dinner

Catfish Dinner was originally formed in 1985 by P. Taylor and Krystae the band truly came together when Dennis Lawson joined as the lead guitar player. In a Spinal Tap parallel they went through numerous drummers. Being young a fans of Traditional Country, Punk and Metal they were a wall of sound country band, They played Traditional Country but put everything on 10 and played as fast as they could. Catfish Dinner never officially split up and to this day can't figure out why they stopped playing but they did. In 2015 they decided to start playing again. This time as a true Traditional Country band, while maintaining their punk rock roots. Dennis travels full time now so could not join the new Catfish Dinner. Lead guitar duties are now handled by legendary Orlando musician Joel Buckley. CFD recently added the amazing talents of Jay Orr on fiddle to the band.

Maple Sparrow

Maple Sparrow was founded by Amy Robbins in January of 2016 as a way to release and share her collection of original songs she had written through out her career. She spent the next year playing solo shows as well as accompanied by various other musicians for full band performances up until in May of 2017 when she started playing with Anthony Leon on bass and Curtis Lyons on drums and something just clicked. The three of them instantly knew they had something special and are all really excited to be on this journey together. They have already began recording their first album due to be released late 2017.

Kayonne Riley Trio

What the world needs now? Music - that’s fresh, organic, authentic, melodic and more. Answering the call, KRD3 ... Kayonne Riley Downtown Trio. Hailing from Orlando, playing soulful, jazzy, natural music, that grooves.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kayonne Riley has been in Florida, writing and performing her original compositions with a four piece band, a trio, and solo. Kayonne is thankful to have performed since 1992, throughout Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia.

Tears of a Tyrant

If Hendrix and Adele ever met...and paired the Duke of Bass and Mr. Mantastic...damn, that would be a great band!

Katie Burkess

Soul / Funk / Rock singer Katie Burkess may be best known for her back-up vocalist work with Orlando band The Legendary J.C.'s, however Katie truly shines as a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist both with her full band, Katie Burkess and The Ruby Rays and as solo performer.

Zoya Zafar

In 2018 Orlando singer-songwriter Zoya Zafar was named by Orlando Weekly as one of 14 artists reshaping the Orlando music scene, and said Zoya Zafar has a "beautiful jazz voice that can captivate with just the faintest exhalation." She learned how to play guitar after taking a class in middle school. Zoya Zafar performs her original Indie Folk/Jazz songs and select cover tunes with a quiet intensity, which strike a chord with all who listen.

Sarah Purser

"When Orlando's Purser sings on "Long Good Night" that she's "got you right where you belong/Between my lips and the lines of a song," she pinpoints her own appeal. At once sultry and vulnerable, Purser's tunes come straight from her soul."

- Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly

Layla Brisbois

Layla Brisbois is a Central Florida Singer Songwriter who's pretty sure she was born singing, and she won't stop until the world hears her song.

Maygen Navarro

Maygen Navarro identified her ability to sing at the age of 15. She was influenced early by the detail and emotion found in Italian Opera singers, and has since found that detail in the many jazz, blues, rock, and folk singers she has come to love. She started playing piano and her uncle's handmade guitars at a very young age, which have since become the support behind her writing and voice. Both pragmatic and artistic, she developed her sultry soulful sound by studying techniques from her favorite writers and musicians

Cultivating sounds, authentic expression, and raw emotion is at the core of every moment of her performances. Maygen constantly incorporates the work of different musicians, building unique sounds for each performance focusing her talents on the preservation of authentic music. Performing has given her an outlet to share her gift, but also provided the opportunity to truly connect with people. Most recently she has been writing new material that she plans to release this year. Until that release, stay tuned for a series of videos she will be releasing.

Maygen is currently obtaining a bachelors degree in Music Business from Full Sail University as the intern for The Recording Academy- Florida Chapter.

Jessica Delacruz

Raised in sunny Orlando Florida, Jessica Delacruz is a singer songwriter who’s music consists of various styles including R&B, Soul, Rock, and Pop. She studied Classical Music and Opera at University of Central Florida where she was trained to learn vocal technique, sing in different languages, and music theory. The training was rigid and demanding, but she enjoyed the experience, fell in love with classical music and was able to travel to Italy for the summer to sing and learn more about Italian Opera. After studying in Music, she felt a pull to create music and to sing to express her personal emotions. She admires musicians like Lauryn Hill, Marina and the Diamonds, Janet Jackson, and Florence + the Machine for their freedom of expression and their focus on telling their story not only through lyrics and melody, but in the instrumentation as well. She tries to follow their example and is currently working on her Alice in Wonderland themed music. Each song uses famous characters and scenes to tell a story that occurred in her life in a way that is relatable to the audience.
Jessica Delacruz has a side project called Women Musicians of Orlando to increase women representation in the music industry. She does this by strengthening the women musicians’ community in the Orlando area through her Facebook page, Women Musicians of Orlando. The page features interviews, music videos, and event listings promoting women musicians of the greater Orlando area.

Addison

Neo-soul singer songwriter Addison is best known in Orlando as the front woman for the band Thrift House. Solo she fuses her Central American roots, with her influences from her European travels and her American upbringing to perform her unique folk style of multi-language soulful originals.

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