The Central Florida-based singer-songwriter Lauren Heintz will be featured at the next Sundays at Stetsons Concert, which starts at 1 p.m. May 13, at Beluthahatchee Park.
At the historic home of author and human rights activist Stetson Kennedy, Beluthahatchee Park is at 1523 State Road 13 in Fruit Cove.
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and tours of the Hart House and Kennedy's Cottage will be available before the concert at 1 p.m. and following the concert at 4 p.m.
An award-winning singer/songwriter and Gatorbone recording artist, Heintz has quite a story to tell. She swam in volcanic calderas, water-skied gator-infested rivers, repaired U-2 spy planes near the Yellow Sea while in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the dot-com tech wars of Silicon Valley.
Yet, what excites her most is stepping onto stages and playing her own music.
Heintz' musical roots were planted at the jam sessions of her Chicago-area childhood home. She grew up listening to her mother and father playing and singing their favorite country & western tunes. Her musical influences range from such greats as Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and the Beatles. And she credits friend, mentor, and finger-style maestro, Jack Williams, for inspiring her to take her own finger-picking to higher levels and to also take her show on the road.
Heintz has released two albums.
Her sophomore project, "Where I Belong," debuted on global folk radio as the No. 12 album. And her first album, "Feels Like a Miracle," promptly sold out after being released and helping to establish her as a standout in the Florida folk scene.
If her life were a novel, the songs on her two albums are the plot points of her story, the twists and turns of an edge walker. These albums capture many aspects of her search for survival and a sense of place and purpose. Lauren graduated from Eustis High School and immediately joined the Air Force, then later received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, then spent the next 15 years as a software engineer before outing herself as a singer/songwriter.
The Sundays at Stetson’s Concert Series is now in its third year. It is at the home of the late Stetson Kennedy, whose home is a twice-dedicated Literary Landmark honoring Kennedy’s work and the work of his friend and American music legend Woody Guthrie, who wrote many of his songs at Beluthahatchee.
Beluthahatchee was dedicated as the only National Literary Landmark honoring two writers. Kennedy’s friend and folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote his autobiography "Seeds of Man" there. Kennedy is the author of "Palmetto Country," "The Florida Slave," "Southern Exposure," and "Jim Crow Guide to the U.S.A."
Music and performers for the monthly series Second Sunday’s at Stetson’s are in line with the causes of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation of human rights, social justice, environmental stewardship, and the preservation and growth of folk culture.
Reservations are required for tours of the Hart House and Kennedy Cottage. The cost is $10. For reservations, call 206-8304 or email email@example.com.