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Music in the Park kicks off Sept. 10
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Suite Caroline opens the 14th annual Music in the Park series at Seminole City Park on Sept. 10.
SEMINOLE – Suite Caroline, a 12-year-old singing sensation from Belleair, will kick off the city of Seminole’s 14th annual Music in the Park series Sept. 10 at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road.

Caroline Kudelko is the first of six performers or groups booked for the Friday night concerts – all of whom have played Music in the Park or the Pow Wow Festival before.

“She (Caroline) was really excited and wanted to play our venue again,” said Dwayne Crandall, a recreation program coordinator for the city and a member of the event selection committee. “All of the others have also played here before. It will be an all-star lineup.”

In addition to Suite Caroline, the free, six-week series will include the Latin rock sound of Supernatural on Sept. 17; Cajun/zydeco tunes from the Gumbo Boogie Band, Sept. 24; Suzette Jennings performing blues and jazz, Oct. 1; the big band sound of the Dan McMillion Orchestra, Oct. 8; and the Shaguars, who will play 1960s British invasion hits, Oct. 15.

Seminole residents first got a chance to see Suite Caroline on stage locally during the 2010 Pow Wow Festival.

She credits Taylor Swift and George Strait for their influence on her music but those that have listened to her say she clearly has her own style.

Caroline has recorded two CDs of all original music, performed on stage with Pat Benatar and the GoGo’s, and sung live with Sheryl Crow.

Supernatural, a local Pinellas County group that has toured nationally, last appeared at Music in the Park two years ago. The group features Dave Mueller on guitar, El Nino Garcia on the congas, Pete Kane on keyboard and vocals, Michael “Angus” McEachern on bass and vocals, vocalist Todd Plant, Steve Eiseman on drums and vocals, and Asoka Compton on timbales.

The Gumbo Boogie Band, based in Bradenton, plays frequently at Pelican Pete’s in Cortez. The six-member group consists of Ryan Langley on piano, accordion, trumpet and vocals; Steve Wigginton on bass and vocals; Chaz Trippy on percussion and the rub board; Devin Neel on drums and vocals; Luke Jones on trumpet and percussion, and Ken Smith on sax and percussion.

Jennings, who last played Music in the Park about five years ago, is a Detroit-born singer and entertainer who specializes in contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, standards and swing, and classic old soul tunes. She and her band Moodswingz perform regularly at nightclubs, private parties and festivals throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The Dan McMillion Orchestra last performed in Seminole four years ago. The 15-member group features McMillion, who previously played with Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. McMillion’s music closely follows the style of Maynard Ferguson and eight years ago the orchestra won a Grammy nomination for its song “Up Your Brass.”

The Shaguars, a Tampa-based group, combines tunes from the 1960s with the humor of Benny Hill to provide an entertaining evening. The five-member group – consisting of Jimmy James, Tere Bertke, Michael Couch, Ricky Wilcox and Tracy LaBarbera – last played in Seminole three years ago.
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