Sultry Sybil Gage highlights popular Boomer Guide Senior Expo


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Sybil Gage will perform three live mini-shows at the upcoming Boomer Guide Expo on Feb. 18.

Adam Palumbo

If you love the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Janis Joplin, then you’re going to love the music and singing of Sybil Gage.

Gage is scheduled to perform three live mini-concerts at Senior Life’s free Boomer Guide Senior Expo.

The expo, which has a “Magic of Broadway” theme, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.

Born in New Orleans, Gage is known locally as the Artist-in-Residence at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach. She has regularly performed at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival in DeLand. Some of her favorite shows include the Cinematique Theatre in Daytona Beach, the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora and the Blue Bamboo Performing Arts Center in Orlando.

It was Gage’s performance at the recent Space Coast Arts Festival that caught the attention of Jill Blue, the CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group, the company that publishes Senior Life, Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide.

“She’s always in the news and always performs locally,” she said. “I think her jazz singing will fit right in with the theme of this year’s expo — ‘the Magic of Broadway.’ She’s going to sing some Broadway tunes like ‘Hello Dolly.’ It’s going to be fantastic.”

Gage graduated in 1976 from John F. Kennedy High School in New Orleans. She then received her bachelor’s degree in film making from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1983.

Following graduation, Gage began her career in radio as an announcer and news director. She worked for several New York City radio stations, including WMJC, WBLI and WBAI.

Gage came to Florida in 2002 to care for her father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. She later moved to Sebastian and lives there now with her husband, Bill. The couple have been married for 26 years.

Gage said she’s been singing since getting out of college and her upbringing in New Orleans had a tremendous influence on her.

“I love the vocalists,” she said. “I like to hear the words. The words make the song.”

Gage said she is going to perform songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’60s at the expo. “Rag Time, Dixieland, the music of Louie Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday. I love them all,” she said.

According to her website — sybilgage.com — Gage is spreading New Orleans music to the rest of the world. Nicknamed the “Little Dynamo,” Gage is slinky in sequins, funky in fishnets and has become the darling of the East Coast from New Orleans (Old U.S. Mint Theater) to New York City (Triad Theater at West 72nd Street and Broadway).

Gage plans to bring her unique singing style and her “Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas” to Senior Life’s February expo. Gage and her band will perform in the 250-seat Black Box Studio. Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo live entertainment will be from 11 to 11:40 a.m.; noon to 12:40 p.m. and 1 to 1:40 p.m.

Her stage is decorated with boas and hat boxes. She said they remind her of her days working in the Chris Owens Club on Bourbon Street as a costume valet.

In addition to the live entertainment, there will be exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to have your drivers’ license renewed and replaced. Those visiting the Art Gallery of Viera’s exhibit booth will be able to watch Brevard’s most talented artists in action.

The event is presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors are Palm Point Behavioral Health and the Art Gallery of Viera.

Other sponsors include VNA Home Healthcare, BrightStar Care, ClearCaptions, FROSH,  Parrish Medical, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana is the main sponsor of the Veterans area.

Blue said more than 60 exhibitors will set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom. The expo also will unveil Senior Life’s annual 2020 Boomer Guide. There will be plenty of free parking for those attending.

For more information about the Boomer Guide Expo, call 321-242-1253 or go to boomerseniorexpo.com.