Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kim Evans performs in Summer Cabaret Series

SPRING HILL — Kim Evans has loved singing since she was a young girl. And her family has always loved hearing her voice.

Evans had dreams of being a professional backup singer, but never pursued it. Instead, she was content just singing for friends and family. If someone had asked her 10 years ago if she would consider singing for a paying audience, she would have laughed.

But all that changed 6 1/2 years ago when a friend, who owned a restaurant, asked Evans to sing along with the keyboardist and flute player who were entertaining patrons.

"I was terrified," Evans admits.

The next day, Evans learned, folks were calling the restaurant to find out when she would sing again.

Everything snowballed from there.

For nearly six years, Evans has been performing with Southern Exposure, and her voice is a staple at area restaurants such as R Beach in Hernando Beach and Mezzaluna in New Port Richey, as well as at local fundraisers.

"I sang for my kids," Evans said, admitting "I never expected to be singing on this scale."

Evans sings a variety of music, including standards, R&B, disco and country. Her favorite artists are Natalie Cole and Eva Cassidy.

On Saturday, Evans and the Ultimate Band will be performing for the Spring Hill Community Association's Summer Cabaret Series at the Lake House.

"Kim has one of the most exciting voices you'll ever hear around here," said community association president Eddie Lawrence, who has sung with Evans in concerts with the Hernando Jazz Society and Southern Exposure. "She is very talented."

Saturday's concert will be the third time Evans has performed for the community association's annual cabaret series. The reason, Lawrence said, is audiences love her.

"The last time she was here, we had a sold-out crowd," he said. "And this year we expect the same."

Evans thinks her popularity has a lot to do with the types of songs she sings, especially the standards.

"These songs bring back memories of a different era, a different time," Evans said. "It is the type of music that anyone can listen to, with beautiful lyrics and music."

Saturday's concert will also include hors d'oeuvres. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase.

The Summer Cabaret Series is an annual slate of indoor concerts that allow guests to enjoy music and food, while escaping Florida's summer heat and humidity. Money raised from the series will goes toward the association's scholarship fund.

The series will wrap up with an Aug. 17 concert by Lil' Deuce Coupe, featuring doo-wop to disco. The first show of the series was last month during the weekend of Tropical Storm Debby, but Lawrence said the turnout was respectable.

"It wasn't bad at all," he said. "The public has been supportive, and we really appreciate it."

>>if you go

Kim Evans and

the Ultimate Band

When:

7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday

Where: Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill

Cost: $12 per person

Contact: Seating is limited; reserve tickets by calling (352) 666-4746. Visit

springhilllakehouse.org

Kim Evans performs in Summer Cabaret Series 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren joins other prosecutors in protesting Jeff Sessions' 'tough-on-crime' policy

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Andrew Warren, the state attorney for Hillsborough County, is among signers of a letter from 31 district prosecutors nationwide voicing opposition to the tough-on-crime policies of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Hillsborough State Atttorney Andrew Warren is among the signers of a letter from 31 top prosecutors nationwide opposing Attorney General Jeff Sessions' 'tough-on-crime' policies. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times
  2. Suspect tells police he killed Tampa Palms roommates for disrespecting his Muslim faith

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man accused of shooting his roommates in a New Tampa apartment told police he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with the two men until he converted to Islam then killed them because they disrespected his faith.

    Devon Arthurs, 18, of Tampa told police  he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with his roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, until he converted to Islam and shot them because they disrespected his faith.
[Photo courtesy of Tampa Police]
  3. Nelson, Rubio want Trump to back off cuts to drug office

    Blogs

    Citing an opioid crisis “devastating Florida,” Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are asking the Trump administration to back off plans to gut the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

    A letter to the Office of Management and Budget
  4. US President Donald Trump, left,  meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Monday, in Jerusalem. Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, a two-day stop aimed at testing the waters for jumpstarting the dormant Middle East peace process. [AP photo]
  5. Study: Florida most friendly state for retired veterans

    Working Life

    Florida is the nation's best state for military retirees looking for somewhere to settle. That's according to a study released Monday by WalletHub which rated Florida the most friendly when it comes to economic factors, quality of life and health care.

    Veterans watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp in 2016. Florida is the most friendly state for retired veterans according to a new WalletHub study. | LOREN ELLIOTT, Times