Sarasota Music Performances

March 30, 2017 – Sarasota Original Arts Performances (SOAP)

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Yes…. another cheesy acronym for a local event….. but this is a cool idea and a great little event. Join local musicians Jonathan Pettus and Christopher Austin as they shine a spotlight on Sarasota’s original music talent.

Each event features 3 local musicians. One musician will join Jonathan (bass guitar) and Christopher (drums and percussion) to fill out the SOAP band as they back up the 2 spotlighted musicians/performers. The 2 featured musicians will each play an hour set showcasing their original music, songs, or lyrics, with the final hour being an open-stage musical jam.

The Details

March 30th, 2017
8:30pm til Midnight

Growlers Pub
2831 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

The Band

  • Featured Musician: Paul Fournier – Guitar
    Paul Fournier is a highly talented and extremely active musician in the greater suncoast area. Among his many current and/or past projects is the Honeycut band and Wild Root. He is a strong advocate for a supportive community and also an active player in the production and dissemination of local, original music with his PFM Productions company.
  • Jonathan Pettus – Bass
  • Christopher Austin – Drums/Percussion

In The Spotlight

Jett Jettina – Vocals
Making her mark on music in the electronic world, Jett is a sensational vocalist whose lilting and, at times, haunting voice and organic lyrical style will draw you in and capture your attention for however long she chooses to keep it. Among her other notable past musical projects was the hard-edged world fusion band World Collision. You can check out some of Jett’s past electronic work at her BandCamp page.

Al Donadi – Guitar and Vocals
A transplant from Pennsylvania, Al Donadi has been pulling strings in Sarasota since 2011. His musical path started, though, much earlier than that with concert and marching percussion in grade school. In 8th grade he got his first guitar. Playing in high school bands and living in a musical household honed his musical skills. Al’s musical styles range from covers, r&b, folk, and much more. Read more about Al Donadi at his website,

A Conversation With Paul Fournier

By Christopher Austin

“I always liked music,” Paul Fournier said to me over the phone. But, adding in an unexpected twist, he also clarified: “But what really got me going as a kid was acting. I really liked acting.”

Apparently, actors like Chris Farley were among his favorite when he was growing up, and he thought it would be cool to be a comedic actor. In 6th grade, he finally got his chance through an audition for Jack and the Bean Stalk.

“I totally bombed the audition,” he recalls. And, let’s be honest, it’s lucky for the Sarasota music scene that he did, otherwise the acting world might have claimed a talent that we desperately need. That same year, Paul was in a band class designed to introduce kids to an array of instruments. That’s when Paul discovered that he gravitated towards the drums.

“I just had a natural rhythm,” he says, “and after playing drums for a while, everything else [I thought I wanted to do] just fell away.”

Paul Fournier Sarasota Musician
“I didn’t want to be the guy who didn’t know what the hell was going on with the music,”

He’s also a “natural” at a whole bunch of other stuff, too, because Paul is one of those infuriatingly talented musicians who plays multiple instruments really well. “When I started playing in bands, I didn’t want to be the guy who didn’t know what the hell was going on with the music,” Paul explained. Thus, he started experimenting with other instruments until he excelled at the drums, bass, guitar, and singing.

But there’s always more to learn, so, when asked about what musical skills he felt he needed to develop, Paul stated: “I feel like I should be a better sight reader.”

It’s clear from our conversation that Paul is one Sarasota musician who believes music is a true art form and a skill that can be developed throughout an entire career. “All the instruments I play now,” he said. “Drums, guitar, and bass… I would like to improve on those just so I can write better music….. to have more colors in my head to choose from.”

After a thoughtful pause, he shifted gears and started talking about really wanting to focus on producing and writing music in the area before we turned the discussion toward Sarasota’s music culture. Given the chance, I asked him what he liked most about the scene. His answer was surprising because it was the first time I had heard this kind of perspective about Sarasota.

Summing up the local scene in one eloquent sentence, Paul stated: “There are homegrown, Sarasota people who wanna live and die in this city, that are musicians, and I think that is a very beautiful thing.”

It seems like Paul likes the idea that there are musicians that love this area and are here for the long-haul… And that those of us who stay will continue to work the musical landscape to grow a music-rich culture.

“We’re all trying to figure out how to make our own history here,” he says hopefully. “This town isn’t that old. We can make it more than a tourist spot and a beach town.”

Q & A With Jett Jettina

Jett is a super busy woman jet-setting around the world to perform. So I didn’t want to burden her with an interview to fit in her schedule. Thus, we did a little email interview exchange and here’s what we got.

Q: Give us a rundown of the type or style of music you typically play. What is the genre? What brought you to the place where that was what you wanted to do?

A: A rundown of the type of music I play… that would be largely electronic. I’ve been on the techno/club scene since the mid 90s and what led me to it was my love for alternative music. I listened to a lot of ska/dub/dissonant jazz chords as well as gothic/industrial/alternative music growing up and it eventually led me to techno/electronic music. I cultivated my dance style there, as well. A sincere love for syncopation and deep bass lines along with creative melodies is what brought me to where I knew what I wanted to do and that is write and perform vocals for electronic music.

Q: What person in your life, friend or family member, has been the most influential when it comes to your musical pursuits? What was their role in your development?

A: Influential people start with my mom who put me on piano at age 6 and has always encouraged me above all else. A very good friend of mine helped me get started recording and a mutual friend of ours got me started recording/singing live for the electronic genre of Drum and Bass back in 2006. That started me working internationally.

Q: What lyricist, poet, or writer has most influenced your own poetic development? Of their works and or styles, what characteristics stand out most in your mind?

A: Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke

Artists: Bjork, Sarah McLachlin, Robert Manos, LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad, Massive Attack, Peter Tosh, Rita Marley, Craig Armstrong, Utah Saints (the band), The Crystal Method, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry… all of these individuals have strong, unabashed creative characteristics that inspire me for the sound I cultivate, the unconventional lyrical quality, the soul, the boldness.

Q: What is your weakest skill as a musician?

A: Promotion, playing bass (so far as I just started), and having unfinished projects. The latter being the most annoying since of the 3 songs that I complete in a month, there are 25 new projects that are birthed in the middle of all of that.

Q: Of all the cities you have performed in, which is your favorite?

A: Brooklyn. I played with a dj and we opened for LTJ Bukem in a fantastic venue called The Brooklyn Bowl. As I mentioned, the venue was great not only for the stage set up, but the sound, and the crowd was great.

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