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The Force

Take Stock in Children of Manatee has proudly discovered the natural talents of six local scholars resulting in our one-of-a-kind band, The Force. A group of intelligent, energetic teenagers all ranging from grades 7-11 will take stage for the first time, November 16th at Defying Gravity. Their extensive and formal practices with music professionals, will surely show-off the refreshing finesse of this hard-working group. Be sure to be amazed.

Dylan Taylor

Atlanta born, Nashville-raised, female recording artist, Dylan Taylor, is a hidden gem in the music city. Her authentic vocals captivate while her edgy songwriting inspires, as she unveils her journey and discoveries of her past, present and future. Her unique artistry is felt the very second she walks on stage.

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TKJO Express

Since 1985, the TomKats Jazz Orchestra have been entertaining west Florida audiences with their complete, big band orchestra playing to the likes of jazz and swing fans of all generations. Their energetic, vast sound effortlessly pulls you in and instantly you find yourself tapping your feet.

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Christopher Trakas

Christopher Trakas, a metropolitan opera principal artist, illustrates a free-spirited and all-encompassing music career. Most noted for his eclecticism and consistent excellence, he has impressed music lovers around the world with his deeply felt passion and communicative art.

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The Event

The evening will feature live music performances, special Defying Gravity cocktails along with beer & wine, desserts and DANCING, which is strongly encouraged!!!

THE FORCE will be our headliner for this amazing evening and Dylan Taylor, a Nashville recording artist, will open the show. Florida's super popular big band, TKJO Express, will accompany THE FORCE on stage for a monumental performance! Also we'll have a special appearance by Christopher Trakas, a metropolitan opera principal artist. Seriously, this night is going to be "out-of-this-world"!!!!

RSVP early to secure your tickets. Seating is Limited!

Deadline to RSVP: November 1, 2018