Grant Livingston

Florida guitarist Grant Livingston will headline at the Woodview Coffee House Dec. 6 with his combination of humor and vocal stylings.

A Florida favorite performer since the mid-1980s, Grant Livingston brings great songwriting, singing and guitar skills to Woodview Coffee House on Friday, Dec. 6, when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Livingston recently completed an artist-in-residence month at Everglades National Park (AIRIE). From that month came “The Difference” — pointing out the difference between alligators and crocodiles — both living in the Everglades.

Recently, Livingston was teamed with National Park Ranger Gary Bremen this year to add his talents to Bremen’s tales at Yosemite National Park celebrating 100 years of park history.

He has toured national and state parks — Biscayne, Big Cypress, Everglades, Barnacle, Stephen Foster, Pennecamp, Myakka River and Hillsborough River, just to drop a few names.

Described as a “cross between Jimmy Buffett and Sesame Street,” Livingston is an upbeat performer with an offbeat sense of humor. He has penned songs about Florida historical figures like Henry Flagler and Julia Tuttle. Add to that, songs about Melaleuca trees and pythons in the Everglades and you get a glimpse of Livingston’s range of talent.

His style owes a lot to the music of the early 1900s — ragtime, country blues and swing with a vision of Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. Livingston has published four CDs of original songs — “One Everglades” and “Florida Rain,” to mention his two most recent. Grant’s music was a subject of Public Broadcasting’s “New Florida” television series and he has taught songwriting at Miami-Dade College.

Woodview’s doors open at 6:30. Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 with desserts, soup, coffee and tea available. The monthly venue is at Unity of Citrus County, 2628 Woodview Lane, Lecanto, just off County Road 491.

For information or directions, email bsellis58@yahoo.com.

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