Clewiston Museum to present a musical journey through Florida

Featuring Chris Kahl on Oct. 20

Posted 10/7/22

Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller, who is also a singer/songwriter who has...

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Clewiston Museum to present a musical journey through Florida

Featuring Chris Kahl on Oct. 20

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CLEWISTON — The Clewiston Museum is happy to announce that the first program of the 2022-2023 Speaker Series will be a FREE musical presentation featuring Florida singer/songwriter Chris Kahl.

A Musical Journey Through Florida, which will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., takes the audience on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon’s voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler’s building of the Florida’s East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl’s Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid.

Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller, who is also a singer/songwriter who has written and produced the two albums listed above. He performs statewide, and his programs have been sponsored by the Florida State Touring Roster, Florida Humanities Council Road Scholar program, Florida Historical Society and Stetson University’s Continuing Education Program.

A native of the Space Coast of Florida, Kahl grew up just miles from the NASA launchpads. He started performing steadily around Central Florida during the late 1990’s and released his self-titled debut to rave reviews in the Florida press. In 2000, his song “Bring Us Together” was used in a regional TV advert.

After graduating from Rollins College, Kahl continued his musical journey in London for the next few years where he gigged constantly in clubs and busked nightly in the subways of the London Underground. He was met by enthusiastic audiences while touring the UK, Ireland, and Germany, and performed live numerous times on British TV and radio, including the BBC. During this period, he released the Odessa Morning EP and Up From the Underground, which received airplay all over Europe and featured top London players, such as pedal steel legend BJ Cole.

After returning to Florida, Kahl released the album Orange Blossom Memories in 2006. In this nostalgic ode to his home state, he includes not only songs about the Florida good life, but of the state’s history as well. His song “Floridiana Hotel” was honored as one of the Top 10 New Florida Songs of 2006. His second Florida-themed album, Sunshine Kid, was released in March 2009. This album contains “Out on Cedar Key” which was a winner of the Will McLean Florida Songwriting Contest.

Kahl continues to travel extensively throughout Florida to perform at music festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and schools to bring his educational performances to K-12 students and adults statewide. A modern Florida Troubadour, Kahl looks forward to delighting audiences with performances of his music for years to come.

The Clewiston Museum is a private not-for-profit that relies on donations, grants, the support of its members, and fundraising events to remain in operation. It is located at 109 Central Avenue in Clewiston and the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday hours are by appointment only. Contact the museum at 863-983-2870 or via email at clewistonmuseum@embarqmail.com.

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