Lakeland’s local music scene has always been one of its most under-celebrated areas of art, but it’s not for lack of talent. Every week, singers and songwriters of various kinds perform nightly in places such as Swan Brewing, LKLD Live, Hillcrest, Red Door, The Pink Piano, Frescos, and Beer Revolution. Many of these singer/songwriters, like Joshua Michael Robinson, Brian Sutherland, and Willix have moved on to bigger cities to develop their musical careers but there is plenty of talent still here in our city. Check out our list of a few of Lakeland’s current musical acts and plan some live music for your next night out!
RANEY WADE SHOULTS
Most may know Raney Wade Shoults from her clothing line, Rane Made. However, she is also a local musician with a soulful sound who can often be found playing piano and doing creative covers throughout town. She frequently performs at The Pink Piano, Brew Hub, and Frescos. Instagram: @ranemadepics
Currently getting a degree from Berklee College of Music in songwriting, Abigail Ellis’ acoustic/indie style shines through in the songs she writes. A former SEU student, she recently moved back to the area and can be found performing at Hillcrest Coffee. Instagram: @abigellis
Most days you can find Connor Lockhart at Hillcrest Coffee on his lunch break writing songs. During the day, he works at Catapult, but at night he performs covers and originals all over Central Florida. facebook.com/con.sings
Known for playing a wide variety of music, Sumner Curtis has been performing in Lakeland for a few years and mostly with the band Valise. His wide variety of music and talent makes him a favorite all over Central Florida, and he often plays at Red Door, Patio 850, and Beer Revolution. facebook.com/sumnercurtis sumnercurtis.com
Her warm voice and jazzy, melodic sounds give Patricia Kenoly the unique ability to be a background artist at an event, or an interactive main performance — and within both contexts she creates an intimate environment for all her listeners. She has been seen playing at Hillcrest and LKLD live, among other local favorites.
Dan Signor is a multi-instrumentalist who plays his original live music throughout Lakeland. His jazzy/folk sounds accompanied by piano and soulful riffs can frequently be heard at venues throughout Lakeland and Central Florida.