Tallahassee Nights Live: Must See Talent!

It's a place where local people with star quality can showcase their talent....and the audience can enjoy a show like none other in our area.
It's been entertaining audiences for four years now. Tallahassee Nights Live or TNL has changed venues several times to accommodate the growing crowd.
"There's no profanity, no vulgarity or nothing like that at all. It's just a good, clean show," says Darius "Doc" Baker, the show's creator.
A good, clean show with lots of captivating performances.
Doc says it's not your average talent show.
"We study artists, that's what makes us different from other shows."
The performances are a mix of pop, R&B, maybe even a little country...but of course...
"We can't lose the soul, ain't nothing we can do to lose that soul," says Baker.
He says the show has a Cabaret feel, with wardrobe changes, theatrics, comedy, dancing and of course singing.

It's the first night of full rehearsal for their performance that's three days away.
The performers put in several section rehearsals and then there are two full rehearsals with the entire crew. After all the magic comes together - it's finally show time.
While the crowd starts to fill the room, backstage- the performers gather and ask for help from a higher power.
"Once I grab the mic, all the nervousness, the butterflies, they be gone," says TNL Performer Antavia Williams.
The group is made up of a full band and about a dozen or more additional performers.
You might think this talented group was selected from performers across the country- but every single person you see in TNL is from from the Big Bend area.
They hold auditions for the coveted slots and once you're in, you're family.
"We have family dinners together. We pray together, we hang out and talk. We're all really good friends, everybody gets along and everybody has your back," says TNL Performer Grace Elsen.
And that chemistry seems to be the perfect formula for success. TNL is now getting offers to take the show on the road, touring other cities. Three of its members have signed national deals, including one as a video dancer, after a recruiter watched one of their shows online.

Keith Rodgers is the host of TNL. He keeps the upbeat tempo with poetry and some comedy.

From impersonations of Ray Charles and Etta James...to Rick James and Tina Marie...the performers have channeled some of the greatest entertainers of all times.

Longtime music mogul and disc jockey Joe Bullard is the group's adviser. He says the show has an appeal that is sure to put it in the national spotlight.
"Just think, when other towns start talking about it- you know it all started here in Tallahassee," says Bullard.

Check out these clips from some of their shows.



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