(Sarasota, FL) For the second consecutive year, the Baltimore Orioles will host “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, March 17. Every dollar raised at the charity event will benefit the Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s early childhood literacy programs and the Music Health Alliance. This year’s event is presented by the Orioles in partnership with the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.
The performances will begin at 8:15 p.m. showcasing a cross-section of Nashville’s vast songwriting community. Performers will include Liz Rose, Grammy Award and American Country Music Award-winning songwriter, Laura Veltz, Grammy nominated co-writer and one of the top songwriters in Nashville, Jimmy Robbins, award-winning country radio hit songwriter, Ryan Beaver, one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” according to Rolling Stone and emerging Nashville writer Margaret Valentine. Country singer and songwriter, Jenae Cherry, whose husband is Orioles pitcher Brad Brach, will perform as a special guest.
Veteran MASN broadcaster Jim Hunter will serve as emcee for the charity event, which will feature a meet and greet with Nashville songwriters and Orioles players and a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. Following the pre-show activities, Rose, Veltz, Robbins, Beaver, and Valentine will perform in a country-style songwriter round, a concept made famous in Nashville and seen on the hit television show Nashville.
The performance benefits the Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s Children’s Literacy Endowment and the Music Health Alliance.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2017 Spring Training season on Sunday, February 26, when the Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower.
Athletic Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools Bethany King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Sarasota Middle School seventh-grade student Michelle DiPuma will perform the national anthem before the game and “God Bless America” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. DiPuma participated in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, a curriculum for Sarasota County middle schools that promotes healthy lifestyles. The Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Color Guard will present the colors before the game.
During pre-game ceremonies, each club’s manager and starters will be introduced and recognized along the first and third base foul lines. Reserve players and uniformed personnel will join the starters along both foul lines. Additionally, students from each participating school in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge will be introduced along with the Orioles starters and stand with them for the national anthem.
Throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan holders will be able to access the ballpark 15 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 17 home games, including Opening Day.
The Orioles have one of the most fan-friendly food policies in professional sports. Outside food and beverages may be brought into Ed Smith Stadium, subject to the following guidelines:
Soft-sided and paper bags are permitted at Ed Smith Stadium, as long as they fit into a 16” x 16” x 8” container. Hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the ballpark.
Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles are permitted into the park. All items will be checked at the gates and any beverage that has been opened or partially consumed prior to entry is subject to confiscation if it is thought to contain alcohol. Additionally, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.
All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16” x 16” x 8” are allowed into the ballpark.
No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance.
New in 2017, as part of Major League Baseball’s league-wide initiative, metal detectors will be installed at Ed Smith Stadium. The initiative is in place to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. Upon entering Ed Smith Stadium, fans will need to remove their cell phone, keys, and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector. Items can be retrieved immediately after entering. Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry.
No re-entry will be permitted once a fan has entered the ballpark gates. Vehicles transporting guests with special needs or disabilities are permitted to utilize the East Lot for this purpose. No vehicles are permitted to park curbside, nor are people able to stand and wait with vehicles.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2017 Spring Training promotions and special events schedule at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL.
On Sunday, February 26, all fans will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet as the Orioles celebrate their Spring Training Opening Day and the start of their eighth season at Ed Smith Stadium. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans will receive a Birds of Paradise flower and all fans ages 4-14 can participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases. It will be the first of three Kids Run the Bases (also March 5 and March 19).
Fans can also enjoy several special events at Ed Smith Stadium throughout Spring Training, including Fireworks Night on March 25. On March 5, the Orioles will celebrate Youth Baseball Day with an on-field pregame parade for pre-registered youth baseball and softball teams. On March 8, seniors (ages 55 and over) will receive a $2 discount on reserved grandstand tickets and will get their turn to take the field for Seniors Run the Bases. Additionally, the Orioles will wear specially-designed, green caps for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 against Pittsburgh in Bradenton, FL. The game-worn caps will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online to benefit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The auction will be held online from March 17-22 at www.orioles.com/spring.
The seventh annual All Faiths Food Drive will take place on March 19, when volunteers will collect food and monetary donations at the gates. Since 2011, more than 4,000 pounds of food and more than $5,000 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota community.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles invite all fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free family-friendly event for fans of all ages at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, February 18. Along with watching players practice on the back fields, fans can also enjoy games and interactive activities in the East Parking Lot, located next to the Left Field Ticket office, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The second annual Sarasota SpringFest event will feature a Question & Answer session with Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph at approximately 12:00 p.m., as well as a variety of games and interactive activities. Fans can also visit the photo booth for a free photo featuring a custom Ed Smith Stadium background, and the booths of local partners Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Suncoast Blood Bank. Z105 Suncoast Classic Rock will be on hand to provide music, contests, and games.
Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will offer a variety of food truck options available for purchase.
Fans are also invited to watch Orioles workouts on the back fields at the complex each day from February 14 through February 23 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., leading up to the first Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. on Friday, February 24. The first full squad workout will be held on Friday, February 17. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available in the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.
The Orioles will play their first of 17 home Spring Training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Spring Training game tickets, as well as Orioles merchandise, will be available for purchase during SpringFest. Tickets are also available at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office each day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) Sarasota favorite Cynthia Sayer makes her annual visit to the area with a performance at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb 18th at 8PM. This year’s program is “The Hot Banjo Show” celebrating America’s jazz banjo stars, including material from the Great American Songbook, old favorites, novelty tunes, vaudeville, virtuoso classics, and more! She’ll be joined by John Orsini (reeds), Don Mopsick (string bass) and Tony Vigilant (drums).
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles and CBS RADIO’s 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM), the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network, have announced that 12 Orioles Spring Training games will be broadcast in 2017. The schedule begins with the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. ET. The broadcast schedule also features eight additional home games in Sarasota, including the March 7 game against Manny Machado and the Dominican Republic team as part of the World Baseball Classic exhibition schedule. The final three broadcasts will feature 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows.
105.7 The Fan will again broadcast all 162 Orioles regular season games this season. Longtime Orioles Radio Network broadcaster Joe Angel will return for his 18th season and pair with veteran broadcaster Jim Hunter for most games. Hunter, who will continue to appear on MASN’s game broadcasts, enters his 21st year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. Former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald and MASN broadcaster and Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick will return and provide analysis for several games throughout the season. Longtime Orioles Radio Network broadcaster Fred Manfra, who will retire from his full-time duties after 24 seasons, will still broadcast select home games.
In addition to the Spring Training schedule, 105.7 The Fan will take the Norris & Long Show on the road to Sarasota between March 13 and March 17. Broadcasting live from Ed Smith Stadium from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, the show will provide fans with an all-access look inside Spring Training with a robust slate of guest interviews and Orioles analysis.
The complete schedule of Spring Training games to be carried live on 105.7 The Fan is below.
Sunday, February 26 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1 Boston Red Sox 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 2 Minnesota Twins 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at Tampa Bay Rays 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 Dominican Republic (WBC) 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 13 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 at Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) “The Girl from Ipanema” comes to Longboat Key, at least musically, in a lively concert of Brazilian rhythms and Brazilian-infused jazz at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, on Sunday, February 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Jazz Club of Sarasota and Temple Beth Israel have teamed to present the event, a tribute to the early days of bossa nova. The music will be performed by an all-star quintet that glories in the bossa nova beat. Three of the five musicians–drummer Eddie Metz Jr., guitarist Nate Najar, and bassist Don Mopsick–are Jazz Club favorites who have headlined concerts for the Club and pianist Joe Delaney has played for the Club’s jazz trolley pub crawls. Saxophone player Bob Bowlby will come from Boston to join the quintet.
Admission at $25 includes the concert, snacks and the opportunity to mingle. A cash bar will be available. For tickets and information phone the Jazz Club office at 941-366-552 (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 9-5) or email email@example.com
Nate Najar will begin the concert with a short presentation on the spectacular birth of bossa nova (“new style” in Portuguese). The music, a fusion of samba and jazz, burst into America’s awareness in the 1960s.
St. Petersburg native Nate Najar began playing guitar at age eight and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary influences. A fingerstyle guitarist in the tradition of Charlie Byrd, he has recorded tribute projects to his idol Charlie Byrd and to the music of Brazil. Najar has won accolades for two full-length recordings, including Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd and garnered a Top Ten Billboard slot for Groove Me, a jazz single with Melba Moore. Becky Byrd, Charlie Byrd’s widow, said, “There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie’s soul in Nate’s mind, heart and fingers.”
Massachusetts native Joe Delaney brings authentic bossa nova experience to the concert. He worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands for most of the ’80s, playing concerts with Brazilian jazz star Astrud Gilberto and her son Marcelo as well as guitarist Paulo Jobim, son of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. He returned to Cape Cod from 1989-2009, became associated with reedman Dick Johnson, leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra at the time, and traveled with the Shaw Orchestra for six years, sometimes playing alongside his good friend, trumpet great Lou Colombo. Delaney has toured five continents with the Shaw band and his own groups, held extended residencies in virtually every live music venue on Cape Cod, and for seven years led the house trio at the Black Cat Tavern at Hyannis Harbor. He has made many recordings as leader and sideman, as well as for commercial jingles (for Pepsi, Beck’s Beer, among others), and movie soundtracks (Mrs. Worthington’s Party).
Eddie Metz Jr., sometimes called “the perfect time-keeper,” plays frequently for the Jazz Club with his trio featuring bassist Nicky Parrott and pianist Rossanno Sportiello. For the past 24 years he has lived in the Orlando area where he spent 14 years as a full-time staff musician at Walt Disney World. He continues to work at Disney as a seasonal performer and clinician and is also on the teaching staff at several jazz camps around the country. Metz has been the driving force of small groups and large bands for over three decades, including those fronted by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and others. He has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Ben Vereen, Sammy Davis Jr., Arturo Sandoval, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, The Coasters and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.
Bob Bowlby studied at the Berklee School of Music and was also on its faculty. A member of the Buddy Rich Band from November 1983 to January 1987, Bowlby toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Ben Vereen, Rita Moreno and Carol Channing. He was a founding member of the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra and member of the Dick Johnson Swing Shift and Herb Pomeroy Jazz Orchestra. Bowlby has been a pit musician at the Boston Opera House, Colonial Theater and North Shore Music Theater, and played for Cats, Avenue Q, Fosse and Star Wars In Concert. He is a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra, The North Shore Music Theatre, and the Boston Opera House.
Upon graduation from the Manhattan School of Music in 1977, Don Mopsick relocated from his native New Jersey to Fort Myers, then to Orlando in 1983, where he found himself in demand statewide, especially by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, where he appeared with Kenny Davern, Bob Rosengarden, John Bunch, Don Goldie, Ira Sullivan, and others. In 1991 he joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio and appeared weekly on the “Riverwalk Jazz” series on the Public Radio International network.
(Sarasota, FL) Individual tickets for all 17 of the Orioles’ Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The team recommends that fans purchase tickets online.
Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans, or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information may call the Orioles Spring Training office at 941-893-6300.
Spring Training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased in the following ways:
INTERNET: Tickets can be purchased at the Orioles’ official website, www.orioles.com/spring.
PHONE: Individual game tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 877-222-2802. Season, five-game flex-plans, group tickets, suites, and other specialty areas are available by calling 941-893-6300.
AT THE BALLPARK: Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at Ed Smith Stadium in the Left Field Ticket Office, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. The box office will be open on January 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will then be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from January 23 until February 10. From February 13 to March 30, the box office will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is available in the East Lot, located on 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.
TRAVEL PACKAGE: The Orioles are offering the official Spring Training Travel Package that includes hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, an exclusive pregame brunch with select Orioles team personnel, and a custom Orioles Spring Training merchandise package. For more information or to order travel packages, fans should visit www.orioles.com/spring or call 1-800-892-7687.
The Orioles will play their first of 17 home spring training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since the Orioles moved Major League operations to Sarasota in 2010, more than 768,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.
(Sarasota, FL) The Suncoast Millionaires have announced it will be joining the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League (APDFL) and begin play again in 2017.
The APDFL is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of adult minor league football teams throughout the southeastern states. The league is comprised primarily of young men between the ages of 18 and 30 looking to obtain a second chance of reaching their college and/or professional football dreams. The APDFL will provide these athletes a place to improve their football skills and a platform to showcase their talents by attracting scouts from the collegiate and professional levels and by offering an outlet to those that otherwise would not have this option. The season runs from March through June.
The Millionaires have been holding workouts at the Robert L. Taylor Complex at 1845 34th St. Sarasota, FL. Registration for those wanting to tryout is $35 and includes a dri-fit shirt.
The Suncoast Millionaires played for ten seasons in the SSFL, FFA and UFF in Florida. The team has not played games the past two seasons. NFL standout receiver in the 1980’s, Ernest Givins (Houston Oilers) has returned as the team’s head coach.