Showcase Shines Spotlight On Local Performers

By  //  March 28, 2013

Musicians Range From Age 3 To 80

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Move over American Idol and The Voice, Brevard County has its own local musical talent roundup for young people and can be right found in Melbourne.  

Talent Bright Nights host Anne Conklin helps musical group No Drama set up for a performance on March 26 at the Sun Shoppe and Cafe in Melbourne. (Image by Christey Krause)

Talent Bright Nights is a talent showcase created and hosted by Anne Conklin.

She has been teaching music privately in school programs  and community centers for the past eight years, mostly to children.

Conklin also manages several children’s bands.

The idea for Talent Bright Nights came from Conklin’s desire to give her children and her young students more opportunities to perform publicly.

The current venue for Talent Bright Nights is The Sun Shoppe and Cafe where kids and adults are embraced by a warm, receptive audience.

Performers as young as 3 and as old as 80 have performed on this stage.

Conklin said her mission is to bring together Brevard’s community of young and older musicians to support and rally for one another.

Each act is offered a 15-minute set to perform what they wish and indivduals, duos and groups can perform.

Singers can provide a CD to sing along with or play an instrument.

Conklin provides microphones, keyboards, drums and a safe, fun atmosphere.

She also creates an Event Page with names and pictures of the performers on facebook.  They can then invite family and friends through facebook to the event.

The last Talent Bright Night drew nearly 100 people to the cafe.

For more information, call Conklin at 321-863-2882.