Lo­cal per­form­ers give is­land hop­ping a new twist

RSWLiving - - Departments - WRIT­TEN BY DAN PROWSE WHICKER Dan Prowse Whicker is the ex­ec­u­tive man­ag­ing ed­i­tor for TOTI Me­dia and a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor.

Lo­cal Mu­sic Seen and Heard

Vo­cal­ist Marvilla Marzán is no stranger to the lo­cal mu­sic scene. Since 2003, she has teamed up with pi­anist Joe McCormick, play­ing venues that have in­cluded restau­rants, re­sorts, coun­try clubs, and spe­cial events. With an eclec­tic mix of mu­si­cal styles, Marzán and McCormick wow their au­di­ences and have even de­vel­oped a lo­cal fol­low­ing. “I en­joy see­ing fa­mil­iar faces in a crowd and get­ting their re­quests,” Marzán says. “It makes it feel like home.”

Marzán cred­its her fa­ther with orig­i­nally in­spir­ing her to per­form. “My fa­ther is a singer/ song­writer,” she notes. “I grew up watch­ing him per­form. He was my first in­spi­ra­tion.” Today, she draws in­spi­ra­tion from her hus­band and two young sons as well as from the peo­ple who en­joy her singing, in­clud­ing South­west Florida’s visi­tors. “Peo­ple come back time and again to our shores and make it a point to come and see us per­form. They be­come a part of our ex­tended fam­ily.”

Marzán and McCormick are head­ing into their third sea­son of en­ter­tain­ing mu­sic lovers at Tra­di­tions on the Beach at the Is­land Inn Re­sort on Sani­bel, per­form­ing on Thurs­day and Satur­day evenings. “Joe and I per­form many dif­fer­ent styles. Our goal is to en­gage the crowd and get them danc­ing, so we’ll cover a lot of those clas­sic songs that are eas­ily rec­og­nized and also play some re­quests.”

The lo­cal mu­sic scene is in­deed spe­cial to Marzán, and she is quick to ad­mit how for­tu­nate she is to be do­ing what she loves in South­west Florida. “We get to make mu­sic in one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world,” she ex­claims ex­cit­edly. “It’s a bless­ing to share what we do with folks that truly ap­pre­ci­ate it.”


IF YOU GO Tra­di­tions on the Beach Ital­ian and Mediter­ranean cui­sine with live mu­sic and danc­ing ev­ery night. 239- 472- 4559, tra­di­tion­son­the­beach.com

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