Andrea is currently attending Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, towards a Bachelor in Music Education, with an expected graduation date of May 2018. At the university, she’s currently participating in the chorale, chamber choirs, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Andrea has been involved in music since middle school throughout high school, performing in shows, choirs, ensembles, and solos in her church. She also attended music theater camps while in high school, and was music director at her church for a Christmas program. Andrea has studied voice privately since middle school, piano since high school, and guitar on her own studies since middle school. Andrea has been teaching since 2016, and offers classical, Musical Theatre, pop, and most contemporary styles.
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From Key West to Key Largo, the Florida Keys will host some of the most aspiring and accomplished songwriters in the month of May with two incredible festivals. And to celebrate, the Keys Weekly is honoring some of our own in a series of interviews with local, legendary artists such as Paul Cotton, C.W.Colt, Adrienne Z, John Bartus and more.
This week we profile Adrienne Z., who will be a big part of the Key Largo Original Music Festival this weekend (see keylargooriginalmusicfest.com for the schedule). Her sounds are grounded in influences such as James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchel and Crosby Stills Nash. Adrienne has been writing, singing and collaborating on original music in the Florida Keys since the ’90s.
Name: Adrienne Zolondick (stage name: Adrienne Z).
Written: Over 200 songs, 4 solo albums and two band albums (Aye and Injade)
From: Wilmington, MA
BMI member: Since early ’90s
Performs at: My New Joint, Boondocks, Blue Macaw, Gas Monkey, Postcard Inn, and Havana Jacks.
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I prefer songs … with really good melodies. I mostly write alone but have written with many people over the years and write melodies and words to their music. It is super fun for me.
My most successful song … at the moment I think my song “Blue Day” is the most popular song from my recent album “Chameleons.” It’s an intense tune. I think a lot of people relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed with sadness. The melody and chords together have a haunting and mesmerizing sound to it.
My most meaningful song … is perhaps a song on my third solo record called “Private Wars.” It was inspired after I watched the movie “Born on the Fourth of July.” My jaw was in a dropped position a good part of that movie. I was pretty sheltered as a child so it hit me hard to see and learn what really happened in Vietnam.
My most recent song … is a tune with Gary Woods called “Louie’s Backyard.” I wrote the melody to his lyrics.
I write songs … because I love to.
People once said … I sounded like Stevie Nicks, Ricki Lee Jones, Joni Mitchel, and now I sound like Jewel, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones. What about when I sing my songs? Curious about that one.
I can tell when a song is honest … when I am moved inside.
I once cried … when I hurt my wrist while packing up my gear.
A song can … take you back to a place in time.
I never had … that ability some musicians have to be — as Gene Simmons says of himself — “a shameless self promoter,” though I’m changing that.
I remember listening to … “Dog and Butterfly” [Heart] and I just had to learn how to play it just like the record.
For more, check out Adrienne on Facebook, YouTube or www.adriennemusic.com
Her first single, “Blue Day” was an instant hit on my station – Pirate Radio Key West – and still a top 5 AirPlay request since the day we started playing it.” – Jack Smith Pirate Radio Key West
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Below Deck’s Captain Lee, Radio Hosts Steve O & Rene
To Help Judge ‘Gumbo Rumble’
At CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (March 25, 2016) – Captain Lee Rosbach, from the popular Bravo TV show Below Deck, and radio show hosts Steve O and Rene, will help judge the “Gumbo Rumble” at the third annual CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival.
The festival is scheduled for April 2-3 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater field, with the “Gumbo Rumble” slated for Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m.
“We’re honored that Captain Lee as well as Steve O and Rene will be judges for the gumbo competition,” said festival organizer Don Matthews. “Captain Lee said he definitely loves his gumbo and Steve O actually lived in Louisiana for a bit, so he’s keenly aware of a good recipe. It should be a lot of fun having added this celebrity component to the rumble.”
A Fort Lauderdale resident, Captain Lee has been one of the featured cast members on Below Deck since the show’s inception. He’s been in the yachting industry for over 20 years.
The Steve O & Rene Morning Show debuted a year ago on 1230 WBZT-AM and it continues to draw listeners on a daily basis given the hosts’ broad menu of discussion items. The show can be heard throughout South Florida from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Featuring New Orleans crawfish and music, the festival has expanded to two days. In addition to a massive crawfish boil, food and art vendors, the event will feature top tier musicians over the two days to include the headliner – Galactic – on Saturday night.
In addition to Captain Lee and Steve O and Rene, famous master chefs will also judge the “Gumbo Rumble” entries to determine who has the best recipe in South Florida, which must contain okra and rice.
The entry price for the competition is $100 and each entrant must provide their own 10×10 tent as well as tables and chairs. The festival will provide space and power.
Competition prizes will include a customized trophy as well as free entry into the 2017 “Gumbo Rumble.” Additionally, there will be a prize for the best decorated tent.
For “Gumbo Rumble” as well as other festival information, please visit www.CrawDebauchery.com. Tickets (priced at $25 to $125) are on sale now.
Who: Adrienne Z.
What: Performs In the Heart of the Night with Poco’s Paul Cotton
When: Friday April 1, 2016
Where: Tennessee Williams Theater in Key West Florida
Ticket link: http://www.twstages.com/?q=node/156
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this all-star musical variety show headlining many of Key West’s top performers. Hear the best of pop, standards, jazz, blues, country, Broadway, cabaret and Trop rock from your favorite female performers and male guest stars. This one-of-a-kind show features an equally stellar band with production and musical direction by Kim Gordon for the Key West Woman’s Club. It’s a big, fun, musical feast you won’t want to miss! The Woman’s Hope Concert benefits a different local nonprofit each year and has donated $250,000 to help Keys residents in need.
If you have been to The Sunday Ramble then you know what a treat you are in for – if you haven’t been, this is a show that puts local Key West musicians on a stage that allows them to showcase their talents to the best audience anyone can ask for!!
Women Who Rock will take the stage for the March 20th Sunday Ramble. Tix at www.thekeywesttheater.com
Adrienne Z’s new tune Blue Day is featured in the Lifetime Movie The Wrong Car.
—Suzanne Hudson, prize-winning author of All the Way to Memphis
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