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UPDATED 10/3: local singers at Florida Blue Blues Festival

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Lauren Mitchell of the Lauren Mitchell Band performing at Thunder by the Bay in downtown Sarasota. (January 5, 2013, Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

UPDATED 10/3: All the local singers who qualified as finalists to perform at The Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival later this month made the final cut at Ocean Blues.

"No one could have ever picked four out of six, that's how great they all were, so at the end of the night I looked through the scoring and there wasn't anyone edging out anyone," says event organixer Tim Calandra, of the Sarasota Film Society.  "So up in the air went the papers and the announcement came that all six were coming with us!"

Here is a complete list of who will be performing:
Big T and The Tornados
Greg Poulos and Ally Couch
Steve Arvey and His Lady Sings The Blues singers:
Sudie Brattli
Carolyn Davis
Lady Katt Graeber
Melanie Massell
Lauren Mitchell
Kara Nally

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Earlier this month, the Sarasota Film Society formed a partnership with The Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival for the local musical portion of this year’s festival with SFS selecting four singers from Lady Sings The Blues to join Big T & The Tornadoes live on stage.

The four ladies that are selected at Ocean Blues, 1936 Hillview St., Sarasota, on Tuesday (October 1)  will join the The Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival on October 26. Big T and The Tornadoes will open the local set. Joining the Big T Band will be local favorites Greg Poulos and Ally Couch of The Venturas, as well as Steve Arvey, musical director and founder of Lady Sings The Blues. Each of the four women selected will perform two songs each.

The six "Ladies" who will vie for the four spots, starting at 8 p.m.  Tuesday are:

Carolyn Davis
Kara Nally
Kat Graeber
Lauren Mitchell
Melanie Massell
Sudie Brattli

No one could have ever picked 4 out of six that's how great they all were, so at the end of the night I looked through the scoring and there wasn't anyone edging out anyone.... So up in the air went the papers and the announcement came that all six were coming with us!!!

here is a complete list of who will be performing

Big T and The Tornados

Longtime Sarasota Band Mates Greg Poulis & Ally Couch

Steve Arvey and His Lady Sings The Blues gals

Sudie Brattli

Carolyn Davis

Lady Katt Graeber

Melanie Massell

Lauren Mitchell

Kara Nally

Last modified: October 3, 2013
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