The Alliance for the Arts’ 2012 Bruce T. Gora Sunday Sunset Concert Series wraps up on April 22nd with Tampa-based Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets. Gates open at 4:00pm, the concert begins at 5:00pm.

 

Alaskan born singer/songwriter and guitarist, Rebekah Pulley, has been a fixture in the Tampa Bay music scene for more than a decade, and has garnered numerous songwriting awards during that time for her rootsy blend of soulful, southern, folk-rock. Her ethereal vocals and poetic lyrics have made her a favorite among both fans and critics. She has earned five “Best of the Bay” awards from Creative Loafing Tampa. That publication has described her live singing as “both technically spot-on and emotionally devastating. It can drop your jaw and break your heart.”

 

Rebekah began playing the guitar at the age of fifteen and was encouraged by her father Wallace, a full time country-western musician who played and traveled the country with early rock-a-billy pioneer Charlie Ryan, among others. Her mother Joan, a former stripper turned housewife and born again Christian, also came from a musical background. Joan’s mother traveled and played the upright bass with Tennessee Ernie Ford and such performers of the day.

Rebekah found a new home in St Petersburg in 2000, where she worked odd jobs and spent her free time writing songs. Eventually, she built up the courage to perform at some of the local open mic nights, which over time led to her full time career in music. She has spent last 12 years performing at venues ranging from intimate coffee houses to large festivals, both as a solo act and with her band, The Reluctant Prophets, which will join her at the Alliance show on Sunday, April 22nd.

 

Bring your family and friends and join your neighbors on the lawn at the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, April 22nd for the final show in this year’s Bruce T. Gora Sunday Sunset Concert Series. Chairs, blankets and coolers are not only welcome, but encouraged. General admission is $20. Call (239) 939-2787 or buy tickets online at www.ArtInLee.org . The concert begins at 5:00 pm – gates open at 4:00.

Proceeds from the series benefit year-round Education and Outreach Programming at the Alliance.