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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lust List 2014: Auto!Automatic!!

Alex Fedele, age 30 (until February 22), drums, single; Adam Khan, 33, bass, in a relationship; Brian Larsen, 32, guitar, single.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:06 AM

What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called ‘The Lust List?’
Alex: Hysterical laughter.

L to R: Alex, Adam and Brian. - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • L to R: Alex, Adam and Brian.

What do you like doing besides making and playing music?
Alex: When I’m not working or playing with Auto!Automatic!!, I’m playing with Poetry n’ Lotion or the Apes.
Brian: What Alex is trying to say is that he has no secondary hobbies.
Adam: Woodworking.

What’s the best part about being a musician?
Alex: Making music, listening to completed albums we’ve released, pulling a record and seeing our names on it, showing off the fresh pressed record to dad. I never built a house or anything, but I made a record.
Brian: Listening to music that I’ve created
Adam: The best part is that there are very few things you can learn to do in life where you can enjoy yourself and other people enjoy it, too.

Who gets hit on the most after shows – or, who’s usually surrounded by ladies?
Alex: Brian
Brian: Alex
Adam: Brian

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Lust List 2014: Dynasty

Hip-hop artist, emcee, single.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:05 AM

What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called The Lust List?
I was kind of surprised. I was flattered; it’s always a privilege to be featured in or work with CL.
“I like a driven guy, an artistic creative self-motivated man,” - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • “I like a driven guy, an artistic creative self-motivated man,”

What’s the best part about being a hip-hop artist in Tampa Bay?
You’re getting to express yourself and do what you love, in a place that’s big enough to have a city feel but small enough to have a sense of community. I moved here seven years ago and Tampa really embraced me; now I’m touring the world. And everyone here is rooting for me – they are so supportive.

What do you enjoy doing besides making and playing music?
I’ve been working out a lot lately – boot camp style. I like to dance and flex my muscles in the mirror; I do that all over the house, every time I pass a mirror, I have to flex, see how the work out is working.

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Lust List 2014: Jon Shea

Upright and electric bass with Infinite Groove Orchestra and Dubsmith, church assistant music director, 32, single.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:04 AM

What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called The Lust List?
I work for a church, so I was hoping it wasn’t anything too risqué.
“Every time I lay down a note, it’s inspired by love.” - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • “Every time I lay down a note, it’s inspired by love.”


What do you enjoy doing besides making and playing music?
Watching Netflix, reading.

Favorite book you’ve read recently?
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, by Wayne W. Dyer. And the Bible, of course.

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Lust List 2014: Jason Smith, aka Jinx

Hip-hop emcee & producer, 31, in a relationship

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:00 AM

What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called The Lust List?
Surprised and shocked. Definitely flattered, and kind of wondering how those conversations went with the staff. [Laughs.] Never thought of myself as someone who’d be on a “Lust List.”
“I’m not afraid of showing a woman how I feel.” - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • “I’m not afraid of showing a woman how I feel.”

What’s the best part about being a hip-hop artist in Tampa Bay?
The diversity in the scene – there’s a lot of different styles and crowds; being able to attract different people kinda diversifies your art, too.

What do you enjoy doing besides making and playing music?
Football, sports. I’ve been getting into cooking recently too, and been increasing my home skills.

What do you like to cook?
I come from a Caribbean background, so jerk chicken and curry chicken are staples. Outside of traditional Caribbean stuff, enchiladas are one of my favorites.

What’s one of your favorite love song?
Common, “The Light.” When I think about my ideal woman, a lot of what Common says in that song is the kind of woman I’d like to spend my life with.

Your favorite album or artist to set a romantic mood?
I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and lately, some Asian underground stuff; there’s lots of different sounds and moods in that music, and I’m all about setting the mood. Old school ’90s R&B…

Any of your own songs inspired by love, lust, or an object of desire? Which one?
“Superstar” is definitely a track where I step out of my shy self and give a more sensual sexy vibe.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Inside the Photo Booth: Blues singer Lauren Mitchell

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

It's exciting times for Lauren Mitchell and her namesake group the Lauren Mitchell Band - they just took home the gold at the Suncoast Blues Challenge and will now go on to represent the Suncoast Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January.

Influenced by legendary female singers such as Etta James, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, Lauren has honed her craft belting out the blues in hundreds of honky tonks around the country.

When she isn't traversing the highways and byways of the good old U.S.A. you can catch Lauren and the band at prominent venues around Tampa Bay. Upcoming gigs include appearances at The Palladium Theatre's Side Door on Friday, Nov. 8 and the Dunedin Wines The Blues Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Lauren Mitchell (click to enlarge)

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the Photo Booth: Jazz pianist John O'Leary

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

John OLeary (click to enlarge)

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay winner John O'Leary has made the Tampa Bay area his home since he moved here from Mexico in 1998 at the age of 12. A thinking man's jazz pianist (perhaps that's because he's also a neuroscientist), John graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in jazz piano performance.

You can catch John performing around town with his jazz ensemble La Lucha at such venues as the Fox Jazz Cafe and the Palladium Side Door.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inside the Photo Booth: Blues singer Betty Fox

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Betty Fox

Tampa native Betty Fox is the front-woman for the Betty Fox Band with Matt Walker on guitar, Barry Williams on bass and Sam Farmer on drums. Betty has been performing since she could barely walk but these days she's cruising down that blues highway with pitstops at top venues such as the B.B. King Blues Club and The House of Blues.

Check out the Betty Fox Band tour calendar for gigs around town including regular appearances at The Ale & The Witch and The Hideaway Cafe.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Inside the photo booth: Singer/songwriter Jun Bustamante

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Jun Bustamante (click to enlarge)

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Friday, August 2, 2013

In the Photo Booth: Jazz singer Sasha Tuck

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Sasha Tuck (click to enlarge)

In between earning multiple music degrees, Jazz vocalist Sasha Tuck has criss crossed the country, charming audiences at hundreds of venues and festivals.

On Friday evening, August 26th, catch Sasha at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts, where she will perform as part of the museum's Dinner & Jazz series. You can also drop into Cafe Alma on Thursday and Sunday nights where Sasha hosts the cafe's Jazz Sessions.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Inside the photo booth: Dunedin Brewery's Mike Bryant

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Mike Bryant, General Manager Dunedin Brewery (click to enlarge)<br />
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  • Mike Bryant, General Manager, Dunedin Brewery (click to enlarge)

Mike Bryant is the general manager at Dunedin Brewery, Florida's original craft brewery. Dunedin Brewery is known for its tasty craft beer as well as its kick ass live music, which Mike personally lords over.

Music and beer will come together on June 1 for the 5th Annual IPA Festival with live music from the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston four-piece jam band, Dopapod.

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