CARROLLWOOD – The Carrollwood Cultural Center was in for a big night last Nov. 22.
Famed folk artist Melanie – she of “Brand New Key” fame – was on stage. The place was packed, and it all went up in smoke.
Just before she took the stage the Center’s sound mixing system made a high-pitched noise in a key even higher than Melanie’s signature squeal. Smoke, or perhaps dust, came out of the speakers instead of music. Then there was silence.
Attempts were made to repair the system, but it was no use.
So what to do now? A new sound system will cost the Carrollwood Cultural Center nearly $16,000. Fundraising has already started. Craig and Linda Nowicke of Tampa Reality Now have already offered $4,500 to get the project underway, and the cultural community has been kicking in its share. Donovan Audio Design kicked in another $3,200 worth of equipment and also labor, so half the cost has already been raised.
Now the Center is hoping to raise the other half. Sound, of course, is a major part of everything that goes into putting on a high-class show and there are plenty of reasons to raise the money as soon as possible. Bands, local theater groups, Broadway musicals, and concerts from local and international acts are on the slate for the summer.
Motown Heat will return to the Center on June 14, and other acts, including singer-impressionist Paul Tanner, and country singers Nashville Storytellers will be coming in August.
Just more than $7,700 is needed to get the sound system back to normal. Power2Give and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County are already on board, but there is still work to be done.
To help the Carrollwood Cultural Center replace its sounds system, go to carrollwoodcenter.org/soundsright and click the “donate now” button. Or call Todd Dunkle at (813) 269-1310.