Florida Musical Journey


Clewiston Museum

Clewiston Museum to Present a Musical Journey Through Florida featuring Chris Kahl on October 20 at 7PM. The audience will go on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon’s voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler’s building of the Florida’s East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl’s Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid.

Chris Kahl is a #Florida folk musician and storyteller, who is also a singer/songwriter who has written and produced the two albums listed above. He performs statewide, and his programs have been sponsored by the Florida State Touring Roster, Florida Humanities Council Road Scholar program, Florida Historical Society and Stetson University’s Continuing Education Program.
A native of the Space Coast of Florida, Kahl grew up just miles from the NASA launchpads. He started performing steadily around Central Florida during the late 1990’s and released his self-titled debut to rave reviews in the Florida press. In 2000, his song “Bring Us Together” was used in a regional TV advert.

After graduating from Rollins College, Kahl continued his musical journey in London for the next few years where he gigged constantly in clubs and busked nightly in the subways of the London Underground. During this period, he released the Odessa Morning EP and Up From the Underground, which received airplay all over Europe and featured top London players, such as pedal steel legend BJ Cole.
After returning to Florida, Kahl released the album Orange Blossom Memories in 2006. In this nostalgic ode to his home state, he includes not only songs about the Florida good life, but of the state’s history as well. His song “Floridiana Hotel” was honored as one of the Top 10 New Florida Songs of 2006. His 2nd Florida-themed album, Sunshine Kid, was released in March 2009. This album contains “Out on Cedar Key” which was a winner of the Will McLean Florida Songwriting Contest.

Contact the museum at 863-983-2870 or clewistonmuseum@embarqmail.com