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Local singers take the stage at two Pasco festivals

Singer/songwriter Nathalie Hernandez will stop by the Greek Fest on Saturday.

Courtesy of Nathalie Hernandez

Singer/songwriter Nathalie Hernandez will stop by the Greek Fest on Saturday.

Anyone hankering for some homegrown music this weekend can check out some local talent on either side of the county.

Dunedin's Nathalie Hernandez, who is fresh off a stint on NBC's The Voice, will drop in for a brief performance on Saturday at the annual Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey. The 16-year-old made it through a blind audition on Oct. 1, singing Taylor Swift's White Horse, but was eliminated the following week during the battle competition against 24-year-old singer Aquile, after singing You Give Me Something by English singer/songwriter James Morrison.

"It was really nerve-racking — really exciting — a crazy experience for me," said Hernandez.

Hernandez, who has been composing since she was 11 (under the direction of Jennifer Duckleman of Tarpon Springs), plans a set for Saturday featuring some of her originals. She will also sing the national anthem on Nov. 25 at Raymond James Stadium when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Atlanta Falcons. Check her out at

New Port Richey singer/songwriter Julie Black will offer up some original blues and more at the third annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ and Blues festival on Saturday. Black is midway through recording her third CD and has earned some acclaim for her original tunes. Her first effort, Julie Black, Call Me Angel for Blues was named one of the Top 5 Contemporary Blues Albums of the Year in 2007 by Blues Critic Radio. You Just Might Win, released in 2009, made it to the Top 10 at B.B. King's Bluesville on XM/Sirius and earned stellar reviews in the 20th anniversary edition of Blues Revue magazine. To see a recent Pasco Times feature on Black, visit

>>Fast facts

Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ and Blues festival, 10 a.m. to

7 p.m. Saturday at Charles B. Krusen Field. Sample culinary creations of both local and out-of-town barbecue chefs. Music featuring Ed Wright, Cold Iron and Julie Black. $5; Kids under 12 free. No pets.

Greek Fest, 4 to 11 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. Greek food, entertainment and dance-off contest featuring talent from local studios. For information, call (727) 868-5911.

Local singers take the stage at two Pasco festivals 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:13pm]
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