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Avon Park, Fla. – Nov. 7, 2018 – The Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) welcomes The Hunts, a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band made up of seven brothers and sisters who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives, on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
The Hunts include twin sisters, Jessi and Jenni, and five brothers, Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison. They range in age from 19 to 28 and learned to sing and play violin as young kids. The Hunts spent much of their childhood performing in their community. After widening their following and playing at theaters, universities, and major music festivals like Austin City Limits Music Festival (twice), Summerfest, Landmark, and Firefly, plus two national tours with O.A.R., they have over 10.3 million streams on Spotify.
“I saw The Hunts in New York City three years ago,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs at SFSC. “They were so much fun and so talented that I wanted to introduce them to Highlands County audiences. This is wholesome family entertainment and a great way to introduce young people to live performances. The dress is casual and the parking is free.”
With a harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal, The Hunts write songs that move audiences with their positive themes and joyful sound. Their debut extended play record for Cherrytree Records/Interscope, “Life Was Simple,” features the lead single “Make This Leap” which was eventually featured in a national Milk Bone commercial.
With roots in folk music, The Hunts infuse their songwriting with a fresh sensibility that is both Americana and indie-inspired folk. Ron Wray in The Journal of Roots Music calls them “an undiscovered gem.”
When asked about The Hunts sound, singer/guitar player Josh Hunt explains, “We’re aiming to create something we think is cool, and real, and joyful, and emotional, and whatever relates to us personally. I believe that’s how you create the most genuine music.”
Prior to their Nov. 30 performance, The Hunts will conduct a Backstage Scoop at 6 p.m. in the Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) at SFSC. The pre-show talk is free with a ticket to the performance and allows audiences to discover how they went from local band to national touring artists.
Tickets are $24, $20, $17 and $10 for children and students. Tickets are available online at sfscarts.org, by phone at 863-784-7178 or in person at the box office located on the Highlands Campus at 600 West College Avenue in Avon Park. Group discounts are available by calling or visiting the box office. Ticket subscriptions are also available and include savings and perks.
The AdventHealth/Florida Hospital Series at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts celebrates contemporary, family-oriented entertainment. Student/child tickets for all performances are only $10. Upcoming Trending Now performances include: Forever Young on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.; Wild World of Animals on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Irish dance spectacular Rhythm in the Night on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. and Cirque Zuma Zuma on March 3 at 3 p.m. Subscription packages are available for $92 – $117 for adults. The Trending Now Series is sponsored by All Around Septic and Sewer and the SFSC Foundation.