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WUWF's live performance music program returns to the Museum of Commerce located in historic Pensacola on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Doors open at 5:00 and the show starts promptly  at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online or at the door. Seating is festival-style with no reserved seats.

Our featured artists for this show are Grant Peeples, Smithfield Fair, and the Sarah Mac Band.     

Grant Peeples
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A self-described  “tree-hugger who watches NASCAR, and a Buddhist with a gun below the seat,”  Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.”

Grant was a 2016 Finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriters Showcase, sponsored by Kerrville Folk Festival.  Third Coast Magazine’s John Conquest says “Peeples is unusually literate, unusually honest. And the only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless.’” His latest album, “A Congress of Treasons,” was released in 2016.

Smithfield Fair

Smithfield Fair has its origins in Pensacola in 1973 under the name 'Laughter' as a project by Dudley-Brian Smith, then as now, to promote original songs sung with harmony and backed by acoustic instrumentation. Following early recordings produced by Joe Moore in Pensacola,the group was signed by Great World of Sound Records in Nashville. 

In 2008 the group looked back on its long history and released 'The Perfect Cafe', a first compilation of original material. 'Companions', a second compilation featuring guest Joel Smith was released in 2014.

Sarah Mac
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Sarah Mac, Claire Swindell, and Charlie Vanture had been playing together for several years when they finally decided to officially name themselves the Sarah Mac Band in March of 2005. Since then, they have traveled extensively throughout the American South East and Midwest, amassing an impressive list of credentials.  

They have performed at South by Southwest, Suwannee Springfest, and countless regional festivals. They have shared the stage with artists such as Shawn Colvin, Anders Osborne, Shawn Mullins, and The Oh Hellos.

The Sarah Mac Band has released 4 full length studio albums, 2 full length live albums, and 2 EPs. Their most recent album 'Florida' (Fall 2015) was recorded at Monastery Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio and was produced by Ric Hordinski. 

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