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The Force

Take Stock in Children of Manatee has proudly discovered the natural talents of our Take Stock 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 professional musicians will surely show-off the refreshing finesse of this hard-working group. Get ready 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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A special performance by NexxLevel topped off the night with their high energy dance beats! 
The Event
The evening featured live music performances, special Defying Gravity cocktails along with beer & wine, desserts and DANCING!
THE FORCE headlined for this amazing evening and Dylan Taylor, a Nashville recording artist, opened the show. Florida's super popular big band, TKJO Express, accompanied THE FORCE on stage for a monumental performance! Also we had a special appearance by Christopher Trakas, a metropolitan opera principal artist. The evening was finished off with NexxLevel who picked up the beat for some dancing during our dessert reception. This night was "out-of-this-world"!!!!

For more information about next year's event, please call or email Lori O'Donnell.

Event Location:
Manatee Performing Arts Center
502 3rd Ave W.
Bradenton, FL 34205