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Pussycat Festival in Bradenton expands to include finalists from 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'

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In this June 22, 2011 photo released by NBC, Beverly McClellan, a contestant on the singing competition series, "The Voice," is shown during a performance on the show in Los Angeles. McClellan, a top four finalist, is being mentored by celebrity judge Christina Aguilera. (AP Photo/NBC, Lewis Jacobs)

Beverly McClellan, who finished in the final four of NBC’s “The Voice,” and Melissa McGhee, a top 12 finalist on the fifth season of "American Idol," are among the new artists to join headliner Sophie B. Hawkins for the debut Pussycat Festival. The Nov. 9 concert at Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill in Bradenton will benefit one of Southwest Florida’s leaders in feral cat management.

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Finalist Beverly McClellan, right, and her coach musician Christina Aguilera pose for photographers after finale of "The Voice" in Burbank, Calif., June 29, 2011.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Diane Ward, an award-winning singer/songwriter whose music has been featured in numerous reality shows and films, will also perform at the Pussycat Festival, as will Passerine, a Sarasota-based folk group who earned a nod as Original Single of the Year from the Deland Original Music Festival.

The four performers join Hawkins and Sarasota-based songstress Twinkle Yochim, a blues/rock/soul/jazz voice whose prolific career remains based in Sarasota. Kristy Lee departed from the line-up in late September because of a medical situation.

“The Pussycat Festival has now developed into a chance to witness some of the best live music available today,” said event coordinator Christine Hawes, in a statement. “Every one of our performers has been heralded far beyond Southwest Florida for their talent and appeal.”

A fundraiser for the Gulf Shore Animal League (GSAL), the 1st Annual Pussycat Festival is also endorsed by the Humane Society of Manatee County, Bishop Animal Shelter and Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. GSAL, an all-volunteer non-profit group, coordinates and pays for most of Manatee County’s TNR services for feral and free-roaming cats, making it a pivotal team member in Manatee’s effort to become a No-Kill community.

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American Idol, season five contestant, Melissa McGhee, 21, of Tampa, FL arrives to a finalist party at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood on March 9,2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)

“We’re delighted that artists of this caliber are coming out in support of the life-saving, community-enhancing work that GSAL does,” said Audrey Garrison, executive director of GSAL,. in a statement. “They are truly helping us take our work to a new level.”

Sophie B. Hawkins to play Bradenton concert to benefit Gulf Shore Animal League

Pussycat Festival featuring Sophie B. Hawkins
4-9 p.m. Nov. 9, Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton; $15; 780-3046; gsalinc.org

Pussycat Festival featuring Sophie B. Hawkins
4-9 p.m. Nov. 9, Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton; $15; 780-3046; gsalinc.org

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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