Happy Monday everyone.
The run of cool live music happening in Tampa continues tonight with Wilco coming to the Straz Theatre downtown. Saturday night you had Chris Cornell performing solo at the Tampa Theatre, and last night yours truly was among the lucky group of folks to see and hear Washed Out at the Crowbar in Ybor. Great show!
This reporter also among the thousands who ventured out to WMNF's Tropical Heatwave Saturday night. In recent years the music (of which there was more than ever in the event's history with a total of 73 acts — perhaps too many, program director Randy Wind?) has been almost secondary for me in recent year to the good times engendered by meeting up with old and new friends, but two acts did sustain my interest — the first being the Austin band The Preservation, who were dynamic, in particular their ferocious closing cover of Iggy Pop's "I wanna be your dog."
San Francisco's Chuck Prophet was also fun to watch this year, especially to hear some of his Bay Area flavored songs that populate his new album, Temple Beautiful, which featured "The Left Hand and the Right Hand," a ditty about the Mitchell Brothers, best known for their club on O'Farrell, The Mitchell Brothers Cinema. Sort of the Joe Redner of San Francisco. Google it if you must.
There's still lots of buzz in media circles about Barack Obama's rhetorical embrace of same sex marriage last week, a topic that was explored on all of the Sunday morning talk shows. The biggest takeaway is that most D.C. Republicans don't want to talk about it, preferring to concentrate on the economy. But conservatives who love the social issues aren't in agreement with that attitude. Oh, and check out Newsweek's cover this week.
Critics of Barack Obama for playing way too nice with Wall Street perhaps received more support for that stance after JPMorgan Chase's Jaime Dimon confessed last week that his institution had suffered a $2 billion trading loss last week, after initially dismissing such concerns.
And on Friday, a group out of St. Petersburg announced a new facility that will be powered exclusively by solar power. Advocates for building a solar power farm in the city hope this will create more synergy for that to become a possibility in the sometime future.