With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Every weekend, the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin offers area residents a great venue close to home where they can hear great music and have fun with terrific comedians. The lineup for the month of November at their Firehouse Pub is outstanding.

On Friday, November 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and listen to some great Big Band music by the Ken Loomer Bing Band. According to Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center, “Drummer Ken Loomer and his dynamic swinging Big Band have created a style that touches all people and all generations as they play the music of Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Count Basis and more. This is one swinging concert.”

Next, on Saturday, November 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rick Hatfied will be performing the Blues on harmonica and guitar with special guest, TBone Hamilton on upright bass. Harmonica master, guitarist and singer, Rick Hatfield, has shared the stage with the Everly Brothers and Greg Allman.

On Saturday, November 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. feel like you have travelled to New Orleans as you enjoy some Dixieland Jazz performed by the Cypress Creek Dixieland Band. Organized in 2010 by four local musicians who simply enjoy Dixieland Jazz in the New Orleans tradition, this seven member band will have you tapping your toes and smiling.

On Friday, November 18, come to the Firehouse Pub for a great night of comedy. The show is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, November 19 come out for an evening of music from stage and screen. Debby Bacon, a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, will perform outstanding musical selections. The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Please visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org or call 645-7651.

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