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We were honored to welcome Caroline Kole

The Straz Center, Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall – Nov 16, 2013 at 7:00pm


Caroline Kole is a dynamic, energetic performer and can currently be found on the road opening for Reba McEntire. She just released her debut single, “Money To Me,” on Starstruck Records, and you can hear it locally on 99.5 WQYK.

Her normal week may consist of school on Monday, a writing appointment on Tuesday, recording in a studio Wednesday and then opening shows for artists like Reba, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Charlie Daniels on Friday. At just 16 years old, Caroline knows her passion lies in becoming a Country music star.

Caroline was born in Houston, TX and grew up right here in Tampa, FL. She received her first guitar at 8 years old from her parents. Caroline took to it immediately and with green crayon in hand wrote her first song, “Questions,” about a boy at school.  Songwriting eventually led Caroline to visit Nashville, where through a friend she was connected to Narvel Blackstock, Reba McEntire’s husband and manager. Narvel heard Caroline’s song “Old Enough To Love” and immediately wanted to meet her. They have been working together ever since.

In 2011, Caroline moved to Nashville after being offered a publishing and artist development deal with Sony/ATV.  She is currently be found on the road opening for Reba and has an endorsement deal with Martin Guitars.

Featuring local artists


Ken Apperson

Growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis MO, Ken Apperson began his career in music at the age of sixteen helping young students learn the basics of rock and blues. Ken attended St. Louis Community College and studied Music.

Moving to Tampa in 2009, Ken performs at venues throughout Florida. In 2011, Ken released his solo album “Puzzle Pieces” which features Bad Intentions, Sinkin’ In, Soulard, Keep Dreaming and Love Thing. His video, “Bad Intentions” was featured in a number of film festivals around the country.

Check out the Ken Apperson on his Facebook page


Bars & Guitars

Bars & Guitars includes members Shane, Emily and rapper Eternity. Shane and Emily bring a family-fun vibe to their shows that make the people listening feel comfortable and involved. Eternity adds an element of straight forward rap with a deep and inspirational twist. With Shane’s ‘Gramma’s’ carpet, the incomparable “Supernova, the tip cat”, and bare feet, their goal is to welcome listeners in as a part of their show – to make their guests more than bystanders. Shane and Emily are known for their harmonies and originals that come straight from their heart to the stage. Eternity is known for his thoughtful and moving lyrics.

Check out Bars & Guitars on their Facebook page.

Daniel B

Daniel B. Marshall

Daniel B. has shared the stage with some of today’s hottest and brightest stars, performing on the same bill as Phil Vassar, Gwen Stefani, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, Slightly Stoopid, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, and many, many others.

From playing guitar for Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and performing alongside young country sensation Ashley Gearing, to producing his own records, Daniel maintains a staggering schedule of over 260 dates per year.

Check out Daniel on his web site.