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.
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.
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.
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.
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.