Event Calendars

MCA and Community Arts and Cultural Events
Jul
19
Fri
PJ Morton with Mwiza: Levitt AMP Ocala @ Levitt AMP Music Series
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PJ Morton with Mwiza: Levitt AMP Ocala @ Levitt AMP Music Series
The 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series presents PJ Morton with opening act Mwiza on Friday, July 19th from 6 – 9 p.m. at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex.

The performance is free. Please bring your chairs and blankets. Food is available from a select food truck as well as from the Summer BreakSpot program. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Visit local vendors and have fun at the Ocala Recreation and Parks recreation vehicle.

Each concert in the series features a local non-profit organization working to create art accessibility in our community; tonight’s featured non-profit is Ocala Storytelling.

More information is available at www.levittamp.org/ocala or contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447.

HEADLINING ARTIST: PJ MORTON
It all starts and ends with the music.
For PJ Morton, the songs, records, and shows say everything that needs to be said—and more. Whether performing, playing, or producing, the GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist fills one timeless role most comfortably, that of a “Music Man.”

2019 upheld this claim for Morton. Recorded live in New York and released under his own New Orleans-based Morton Records, Gumbo Unplugged garnered three 2019 GRAMMY® Award nominations—“Best R&B Album,” “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “How Deep Is Your Love” [feat. Yebba], and “Best R&B Performance” for “First Began”—and brought his total back-to-back tally of solo nominations to five, including a pair of 2018 GRAMMY® nods for the original Gumbo. Just a week prior to the ceremony, he walked on to the world’s biggest stage and delivered a historic performance alongside Maroon 5 at Super Bowl LIII.

Morton has quietly, independently, and humbly secured his position at the forefront of 21st century soul and R&B. In 2017, Gumbo bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and received praise from The Washington Post and The Advocate, to name a few. Generating over 30 million cumulative streams in under three years, he regularly averages over half-a-million monthly listeners on Spotify. Meanwhile, 2013’s New Orleans received a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Song” for “Only One” [feat. Stevie Wonder]. Putting it best, Pitchfork described the project as “a smooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid.”

For more information about PJ Morton, visit www.pjmortonmusic.com.

OPENING ARTIST: MWIZA
Born in Zambia, Africa, Mwiza came to the U.S when he was 10. He grew up with music such as Gospel, Rock, Pop, as well as African music but it wasn’t until his 7th grade year that he became interested in it.
He learned how to sing from his chorus experience from 5th to 8th grade but then quit chorus to pursue art from 9th to 12th grade at the Osceola County School for the Arts. He started learning how to play guitar at the end of his 9th grade and has focused on the acoustic guitar throughout this time.
He first started making his own music while having jam sessions at school with his friends but soon managed to join the band The Avalon Broadcast. His time in the band helped with giving him song writing skills as well as finding out what style of music he wanted to play, but after graduating from high school he left central Florida and moved to Tampa. He currently goes to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

SHOW US HOW #MUSICMOVES YOU!

Don’t forget to show us how #musicmoves you by dancing and you may receive a 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala t-shirt. Use the hashtag on Instagram and you could win $100 gift card from the Levitt Foundation. Also, show your support by stopping by our tent and completing a brief survey to tell us what you thought of the series.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Levitt Foundation, Marion Cultural Alliance, City of Ocala Municipal Government, 98.5 KTK, TriEagle Sales, Island Grove Wine Company, The Mojo Grill & Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Ocala/Marion County, Florida, Summer BreakSpot Program, and Ocala Electric Utility. Production by Oniram Productions, Inc..

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.

Jul
25
Thu
Sip & Shop–VIP Art in the Attic Reception @ Marion Cultural Alliance
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sip & Shop--VIP Art in the Attic Reception @ Marion Cultural Alliance

Don’t miss this first look, first buy VIP reception! You won’t believe the art we’ve collected. Start or expand your art collection with some great finds!!!

$15 for Members
$20 for Non Members
(All you can drink champagne is included)- Tickets will be available at the door.

Marion Cultural Alliance’s y-ART Sale is a fundraising event that features previously enjoyed art at yard sale princes! Hundreds of works will be for sale including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and ALL will be sold at affordable prices! Early birds get the art treasures, Saturday’s “birds” get the deep discounts! For more information, call us at 352-369-1500, or email [email protected]

#yARTSale #mca4art #attheBrick #ArtintheAttic

Jul
26
Fri
Art in the Attic 2019-Annual #yARTSale benefiting MCA @ Marion Cultural Alliance
Jul 26 @ 8:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm
Art in the Attic 2019-Annual #yARTSale benefiting MCA @ Marion Cultural Alliance

Back by popular demand, MCA will hold its annual #yARTSale–a creative spin on the traditional yard sale, only at The Brick!

If you have any art collecting dust that you no longer desire, old art that no longer compliments your decor, or just an artist looking to reduce inventory…you can donate today! Please deliver artwork to the Brick City Center for the Arts. You must include your name, address, email, title of the piece, medium and estimated value on a blank 5×7 card to go along with the piece. We will be collecting donation at The Brick Gallery through July 23 at 4pm. Visit www.mcaocala.com for more info.

Find your treasure on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway, Ocala. From 8am to 4pm. Great prices and great finds!

Marion Cultural y-ART Sale is a fundraising event that features previously enjoyed art at yard sale prices! Hundreds of works will be for sale including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and ALL will be sold at affordable prices! Early birds get the art treasures, Saturday’s “birds” get the deep discounts!

VIP Champagne “Sip and Shop” gives a first look, first buy opportunity for art enthusiasts. Tickets available soon!

Aug
2
Fri
Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band with Shine and the Shakers @ Levitt AMP Music Series
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band with Shine and the Shakers @ Levitt AMP Music Series

The 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series presents Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band with opening act Shine & The Shakers on Friday, Aug.2nd from 6 – 9 p.m. at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex.

The performance is free. Please bring your chairs and blankets. Food is available from a select food truck as well as from the Summer BreakSpot program. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Visit local vendors and have fun at the Ocala Recreation and Parks recreation vehicle.

Each concert in the series features a local non-profit organization working to create art accessibility in our community; tonight’s featured non-profit is the College of Central Florida

More information is available at www.levittamp.org/ocala or contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447.

HEADLINING ARTIST: KALETA AND THE SUPER YAMBA BAND
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the gods, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.

Since taking the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals, rock clubs, and music publications across the United States. They performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in 2019 for the Africa Now! Festival. They prompted Action Bronson to stop his own show on VICELAND TV just so he could hear more Yamba. They rocked Paste Magazine’s Manhattan studio and its Emerging Music Festival, and the World Music Institute invited them to perform twice at Brooklyn Bowl, once for its Masters of African Music Series and later for its Festival Of Mali. Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!”

In 2018 Kaleta & Super Yamba self-released their debut single “Mr. Diva” on 7” vinyl. The 45 was quickly picked up for re-release by Costa Mesa, CA based label Ubiquity Records who were already familiar with Kaleta’s work as a guest vocalist on several records they released for producer/dj Bosq. Ubiquity Records will release Kaleta & Super Yamba Band’s debut LP in September 2019.

OPENING ARTIST: SHINE AND THE SHAKERS
Shine and the Shakers was born in the heartland of central Florida. In October of 2016, a group of three inspired musicians came together with one sole purpose…to rock! Drawing on deep roots in funk, blues, reggae, soul, and rock, they seek to revive that soulful groove that had mom and pop doing the two-step.

SHOW US HOW #MUSICMOVES YOU!

Don’t forget to show us how #musicmoves you by dancing and you may receive a 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala t-shirt. Use the hashtag on Instagram and you could win $100 gift card from the Levitt Foundation. Also, show your support by stopping by our tent and completing a brief survey to tell us what you thought of the series.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Levitt Foundation, Marion Cultural Alliance, City of Ocala Municipal Government, 98.5 KTK, TriEagle Sales, Island Grove Wine Company, The Mojo Grill & Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Ocala/Marion County, Florida, Summer BreakSpot Program, and Ocala Electric Utility. Production by Oniram Productions, Inc..

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.

Aug
15
Thu
Pleasures: A Juried Exhibit – Entry Deadline @ Marion Cultural Alliance
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Pleasures: A Juried Exhibit - Entry Deadline @ Marion Cultural Alliance

CALL TO ARTISTS!!!

Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) is proud to present our first juried exhibition! This September, let’s step out of the hustle and bustle and explore the simple PLEASURES that inspire us all. As artists, you draw inspiration from profound beauty and simplicity. From the simplicity of sparse lines, intense color, to varying perspectives. It’s the simple elegance of the natural world that defines a simple pleasure. Artists are to create work inspired by the theme PLEASURES.

Deadline to submit is August 15, 2019.

Entry fee is $25 for members and $40 for non-members (price includes membership to MCA). Each artist may submit two (2) pieces for exhibition and judging. All entries are to be submitted no later than August 15 and must be sent via email to [email protected] In your email, please include:
• Artist Entry Form (see website)
• Brief Artist Statement
• Photograph of artwork in .jpg file format with a high resolution.

Judge will award Honorable Mentions, Third, Second & First places, and Best of Show. Judge’s decisions will be final. Awards will be given at the discretion of the judge and presented at the reception on Friday, September 6, 2019.

For a full list of the exhibit guidelines and prizes, visit mcaocala.com/call-to-artists/. Questions? Contact The Brick Gallery Director at 352-369-1500.

This exhibit is sponsored by The Lisa Irwin Midgett & David Midgett Foundation.

Sep
6
Fri
Pleasures: A Juried Exhibit – Artists’ Reception @ Marion Cultural Alliance
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pleasures: A Juried Exhibit - Artists' Reception @ Marion Cultural Alliance

Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) is proud to present our first juried exhibition! This September, let’s step out of the hustle and bustle and explore the simple PLEASURES that inspire us all. As artists, you draw inspiration from profound beauty and simplicity. From the simplicity of sparse lines, intense color, to varying perspectives. It’s the simple elegance of the natural world that defines a simple pleasure. Artists are to create work inspired by the theme PLEASURES.

Judge will award Honorable Mentions, Third, Second & First places, and Best of Show. Judge’s decisions will be final. Awards will be given at the discretion of the judge and presented at the reception on Friday, September 6, 2019. Exhibit will be on view at The Brick through September 28, 2019.

Join us for our September Artists’ Reception featuring our participating artists. There will be light refreshments served. Admission is free.

This exhibit is sponsored by The Lisa Irwin Midgett & David Midgett Foundation.

For a full list of the exhibit guidelines and prizes, visit mcaocala.com/call-to-artists/. Questions? Contact The Brick Gallery Director at 352-369-1500.

Oct
17
Thu
12th Annual Applaud the Arts @ Appleton Museum of Art
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
12th Annual Applaud the Arts @ Appleton Museum of Art

Join Us for Our 12th Annual Applaud the Arts, a gathering of artists and arts enthusiasts, where we reveal our 2020 Cultural Grants. Food, libations and interactive entertainment abounds. Cocktail Attire. Mark your calendars! More information to come!