Murray Hill Theatre presents
A Beach For EveryBODY Benefit with Leah Sykes & Arbor Park
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Leah realized her passion for performing after being asked to sing for a function at her local church. After that performance Leah took up the guitar and began writing music. Her mature voice and unique style caught the attention of a disc jockey who happened to be at one of her local gigs. She has since been featured on his show as well as in an article highlighting local artists to keep an eye on. Leah recently traveled to Nashville where she spent time working with several Grammy winning songwriters. She is currently hard at work putting together her debut EP . Leah's music addresses the joy, pain and everyday experiences of living life that are common to all people.
What makes the band, Arbor Park, special? These guys hail from the sunny beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, and they exhibit a level of musical talent, passion, and experience that would normally come from a much older group.
Home schooling provided all of these band members the time needed to do what they love--play music!
Jake Sykes, lead singer and songwriter for the group, plays multiple instruments and writes tunes with meaningful and soulful lyrics. He’s the kind of guy who would be happy spending all day with his guitar or at the piano, creating. Keyboardist Aaron Eiginger has the ability to play complicated classical masterpieces, and his background adds another dimension to the music; in addition, the Hatch brothers, Carson on electric and
Andrew on the bass, interject perfect groove and rhythm, which further compliments the heartbeat of the music,
driven by drummer, Gill West. West’s drumming technique has been recognized as “beyond his years” and brings to mind many well-known drummers, including Keith Moon of the Who and Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band. Each musician adds his individual style and ability to the group, which produces songs with impressive technical effects and toe-tapping beats that remain in the heads of listeners.
Early participation in their church music programs such as choir, praise and worship performances, and even large church orchestra performances has given these guys lots of experience, making them comfortable on stage no matter how large the audience. Fans are treated to a show which leaves them humming the catchy tunes and tapping their toes, wanting more.
In June of 2013, the band gave its first performance at Murray Hill Theatre in Jacksonville, dedicating its time and ticket sales to the non-profit cause A Beach for EveryBODY (www.Abeachforeverybody.weebly.com), co-founded by Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes and her parents, Brad and Vicki Sykes. Since June, the guys have been asked to perform in multiple well-known concert venues such as Freebird Live and Jack Rabbits, for the Big Ticket Battle of the Bands.
Arbor Park has also returned to Murray Hill two times to open for national bands Royal Tailor and The Digital Age, bringing with them a growing group of fans who are openly pleased with the new songs added to the set. After playing for the homecoming ceremony of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes, they were invited to play for the Miss Florida Pageant in July of 2014, and they recently dedicated their time again to Tunes
for Tots, playing to raise money for children’s charities such as Make a Wish Foundation. They will finish out the
year by performing at Murray Hill’s annual Christmas Cover Show on December 20th and take a turn backing their
friend, Leah Sykes, when she sings at Jack Rabbits on Dec. 28th.
2014 starts off with the band’s first headline show on January 31, 2014 at Murray Hill, where their performances began in 2013. They are also putting together their new cd, which will include favorites such as Music, Toy to You, and What’s Music For? Currently, their songs All I Need and Getaway Car can be found online at iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Also online is Angel, written and sung by previous band member Joseph Mendum,
now a solo artist.
Arbor Park is a group of young men who want to make a difference for others by using the gifts and the passion God gave them. That means coming together to make music that leaves others smiling and wondering what these guys are all about. Ask them!
$8.00 - $12.00
Tickets Available at the Door
This benefit show is an effort to raise awareness and raise funds to establish and build a handicapped access beach park and boardwalk to Jacksonville Beach. Beaches For Everybody's vision is to provide a way for those confined to wheelchairs to enjoy the beach right alongside their able bodied friends and family. This event is STANDING ROOM ONLY (with limited seating available)-NO LARGE BAGS-NO SMOKING IN VENUE-NO RE-ENTRY. Sound at the Murray Hill Theatre provided by AVL Productions www.avlproductions.com
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