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Thursday nights are special for trombone player Akridge

Many fans seated in the stands of Doak Campbell Stadium await the much anticipated and familiar announcement that the Florida State University Marching Chiefs are taking the field. Musician Greg Akridge, an alumnus of the band, is proud to have been a part of the...

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COCA Spotlight: Musician serves up Americana with a twist

When musician Bruce “Brewster” Graybeal walks into a room, he wants nothing more than to create an ambiance. He doesn’t believe in shouting at his audience, instead he relies on a speaker hookup that he says works like magic — if you’re in the...

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COCA Spotlight: From trucker to painter

Seven years ago, Steve Johnson fell off a tractor-trailer, shattered his ankle, and unknowingly landed himself into a career as an artist. Johnson had played guitar since age 9, but not even music could beat his boredom during his post-surgery bed rest. He flipped on the...

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COCA Spotlight: Nurture your muse

Several years ago, watercolorist Marina Brown was writer-in-residence at the Tallahassee International Airport. From the wee hours of the morning until midnight she roamed the terminals, speaking with travelers and jotting down their stories. She came to view the airport as a magical state of...

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COCA Spotlight: Mandolin player keeps stretching

For acoustic musician Mickey Abraham, Michael Jackson comes closest to healing the world through music. He gets chills when the late singer belts about world peace and love because he believes in its sincerity. Maintaining that sense of innocence and authenticity is the driving force...

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COCA Spotlight: One-man band brings razzle dazzle to Swamp Stomp

Diving into old blues folklore, Tallahassee-born musician Dylan “RP” Allen uncovered the term ragpicker while working in a local music store. He explains how the timeworn word describes a vagrant who rummages through rubbish and reinvents litter. Shortening ragpicker to “RP,” Allen fully owns the...