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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pirates invade and make merry this Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

NICOLE ABBETT
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Right around lunchtime Tuesday, the streets of Downtown Tampa echoed with the sounds of cannons and pirates demanding to see the mayor. When he emerged from the crowd, the bilge-sucking heightened with shouts of “Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!” and “Coward” being thrown about.

“You will not get the key!” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn retaliated.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Best of the Day: University of Tampa's Lectores

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

NO FOOLIN: Hal Hartley will appear Jan. 10, and Lectores will present a free screening of his film Trust this Sunday at 9 p.m.
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  • NO FOOLIN': Hal Hartley will appear Jan. 10, and Lectores will present a free screening of his film Trust this Sunday at 9 p.m.
The University of Tampa presents its free, week-long Lectores series, spotlighting writers who have left an indelible imprint on our modern literary consciousness.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Best of the Day: Bunker Singer-Songwriter Night

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

DOWN IN THE BUNKER: Joel Tatangelo is among the musicians performing tonight.
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  • DOWN IN THE BUNKER: Joel Tatangelo is among the musicians performing tonight.
CL caught up with Amy Snider, who hosts of WMNF-88.5FM's "It's the Music/Thursday Nooner!," a consistently worthwhile singer-songwriter night, every Thursday at Tre Amici at the Bunker, Ybor City.

The showcase of live original music by three artists takes place tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Get the blues this weekend in Bradenton

The Bradenton Blues Festival spreads out along the town's scenic Riverwalk.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

HORN A-PLENTY: Eddie Shaw performs Saturday at the Bradenton Blues Festival.
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  • HORN A-PLENTY: Eddie Shaw performs Saturday at the Bradenton Blues Festival.
Head south for some deep-down-in-the-soul goodness to warm your belly this holiday season.

The Bradenton Blues Festival spreads out along the town's scenic Riverwalk, and headliners offer a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary sounds. Highlights include right-as-rain singer guitarist Johnny Rawls (pictured), saxophonist Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang; Trampled Under Foot, an up-and-coming sibling act led by Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen; and powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Best of the Day: John Vanderslice

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

ONE OF THE CROWD: John Vanderslice with Rec Centers Susie Ulrey at his CL Space show in 2011.
  • Nicole Kibert
  • ONE OF THE CROWD: John Vanderslice with Rec Center's Susie Ulrey at his CL Space show in 2011.
Those unacquainted with John Vanderslice might have newcomers surprised by the numerous associations he's made over the years. He has hosted Death Cab for Cutie, Mike Watt, Deerhoof, Spoon and many others at his Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. Musicians have deferred to him for his "shaman-like knowledge of tone."

When he played the CL Space in 2011, he jumped down into the crowd like a merry troubadour. He instructed the audience to form a circle around him and his guest players, creating a cozy scene that provided the perfect complement to the singer-songwriter's uniquely descriptive and intimate narratives.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Sophie B. Hawkins to headline Pussycat Festival

The Saturday fundraiser benefits the Gulf Shore Animal League

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, known for her early ‘90s chart-toppers “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “As I Lay Me Down,” will headline the inaugural Pussycat Festival in Bradenton this Sat., Nov. 9.

The event is a fundraiser for the Gulf Shore Animal League (GSAL), an all-volunteer nonprofit group that provides services for feral and free-roaming cats throughout Manatee County. The organization also rescues infant and ill kittens, and nurses them back to health before finding them a home.

“I’m so excited about it,” Hawkins said. “It’s such a great lineup of artists and for a good cause ... They’re giving me a big space to play. I’m going to get out there and play until they shut us down.”

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Piano festival hits a high note for USF recital hall

The first ever Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival will be held in the Barness Recital Hall, and everyone's invited.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

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“I think when you devote yourself whole-heartedly to a piece, it lives inside of you all the way up until the concert,” Rebecca Penneys said. “You’re on a journey with that piece.”

As a practiced pianist, myself, for the past… I don’t know, 13 years or so, I inevitably understand what Penneys means.

When there's a gig coming up, those melodies are temporarily ingrained in your mind until you can unleash them into the world using your own interpretation.

Even if you’re not the one behind the piano, but rather an audience member, you can feel the emotion and power that’s going into every keystroke — it’s an incredible and inspiring thing to witness.

Well, Penneys invites us to do just that; to bear witness to a journey. One in which she tests the limits of various musicians that, according to her, are the best of the best.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

A Q&A with singer-songwriter and lesbian icon Melissa Ferrick

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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Following the release of her latest album, “the truth is,” earlier this week, Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick will be in the area for a free show on Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m., at the New Port Richey Library.

With a career that spans two decades, Ferrick builds on her signature raw and emotive sound on "the truth is." By adding a touch of Americana and lush arrangements, she creates a more rootsy record. She also brought in a bevy of talented collaborators for this effort: Grammy Award-winner Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow) mixed the album; Rafi Sofer (James Taylor, Juliana Hatfield) took on the role of engineer; and fellow Berklee College of Music alum Paula Cole appears as a guest vocalist on the album’s first track, “Wreck Me.”

Atlantic Records signed Ferrick in the mid-1990s, at a time when artists like Liz Phair and PJ Harvey were making waves and the industry was intent on finding the next alt-rock female phenom. Eventually, as the industry evolved, Ferrick went on to form her own independent label, Right On Records, and for the past several years has been signed with MPress Records. She’s released 17 albums throughout her career, including four live records.

Ferrick will be back in the Tampa Bay area this fall, performing at Club Jaeb at the Straz Center on Oct. 28.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Weekend wrap-up: Florida Night Heat at New World, George Clinton at Ferg’s

A look back at shows that happened on May 31 and June 1, 2013; photos & video included.

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

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Last weekend proved a lively musical romp despite the rain, with Florida Night Heat raging the standing room stage at New World Brewery in celebration of releasing a new recording, and George Clinton bringing his sticky-icky funk to St. Pete for A Slice of the Burg Music & Food Festival on Saturday in what became a throwdown at Ferg’s because of the nonstop downpour on the fest’s outdoor stage. [Text by Leilani, photos by Phil.]

The Friday night Florida Night Heat show at New World opened up with performances by Sun Signs, Alias Punch and AJ Vincent, though we managed to miss the first two and arrived at the start of AJ’s set, joining the healthy 100-plus crowd that had come out to enjoy some brews and local(ish) tunes.

You likely remember sandy-haired keysman AJ best from his tenure playing with Austin-bred The Bright Light Social Hour; he hit the falsetto notes, brought dynamic stage presence, and busted out a keytar for the occasional high-powered jam. Solo, he shows strong promise and already has a full repertoire of songs ranging from more straightforward electro-rock dance numbers to synth-trippy instrumental soundscapes, all of it blasted at frequencies so loud I had to bust out the ‘plugs. AJ still has the ability to enthrall with his good looks, great keyboard stylings and impressive vocal range, but he’d benefit from the support of a band, or at least a drummer; there’s a certain sonic vibrancy a live kit adds to the mix that a drum track just can’t replicate.

Florida Night Heat strolled to their spots at around 12:20 a.m., and after a brief scuffle that actually tumbled into the stage area from the patio and interrupted their set relatively early on (stop drinking if you can’t handle your alcohol, people!), the musicians got into the building and crushing part of the night, bassist Andre Jones, guitarist Jensen Kistler and drummer Chris Wood joined by unofficial member Matt E. Lee (Poetry n’ Lotion, Brahm Bones); Lee actually appeared on 2011’s #Immortality and has been contributing to recent live performances on keyboards and guitar, adding a fresh dimension of hazy texture and sci-fi psychedelia to their grimy post-rock n’ hard groove sound.

On the whole, the foursome's playing was tight, focused and plenty vigorous in a setlist that included older tracks (“Bobby,” “BK Outro”), a cover (Nirvana’s “About a Girl”), and all four cuts off their newly-pressed Omegas EP, unveiled for the first time on this night and available on 180g vinyl; copies were hawked along with limited edition Simpsons-inspired tee-shirts made specially for the occasion. The band even changed things up a for a song that found Dre and Jensen trading instruments, Dre’s brow furrowed in concentration over the axe while Jensen looked extra angular wielding Dre’s bass. FNH returned for an encore with guest trumpeter Kenny Pullin and closed the night with the dramatic spaghetti western march and crash of “The Last Bandito.”

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Saturday night was drenched in rain and a few events seemed to suffer, though the shows went on as scheduled, if slightly altered. The St. Pete Bike Co-Op Grand Opening was moved into the small confines of the shop, a building adjacent to the Shufflboard Courts, and I arrived to find it surrounded by giant puddles; Early Forms was setting up, the rain was still coming down and I managed to immerse my feet (flip flops a bad idea in hindsight) and soak through the bottom of jeans feet before even getting to the door. Since I’d seen Early Forms the weekend before at Fubar, I decided to return home to change into drier clothes before venturing back out to catch George Clinton and P-Funk at A Slice of the Burg. (More info about the Co-Op opening in Meghan's report.)

A few stops later, I was at The Bends drinking with friends in the nighclub-like laser-lighted backroom and bobbing to some hip hop when word finally arrived that The Mothership had landed. We started the process of closing multiple tabs, and made a hasty retreat as the music took a dance-unz turn. Next stop: Ferg's.

The fundraiser to help preserve the historic YMCA had endured a wetting all day, and as the day grew late, was finally moved from its downtown St. Pete street stage to the sports bar near Tropicana Field. Pay-what-you-can tickets turned into a free-for-all walk-up by the time we strutted and sauntered into Ferg’s (because that’s what you do when you hear P-Funk playing) to what sounded like the tail end of “Cosmic Slop” based on the guitar soloing. The closer I got, the better I could make out Clinton’s head bobbing in the distance. The only thing visible above the surging crowd of bodies was his white fedora and that was my view of him for the rest of his set, as pushing through the too-thick crowd surrounding the stage was more trouble than it was worth for a view that didn’t change much despite me being closer. But I didn’t mind; the atmosphere was a festive and high-spirited one, the crowd getting down and totally enthused as Clinton and the band cycled through various Afro-futuristic P-Funk hits — “One Nation (Under a Groove),” “Make My Funk P-Funk” and the like. Even the clusters of cops standing with crossed arms on the sidewalk to the left of the stage (which opened out onto the street) seemed to be in a mellow mood, ignoring or ignorant to the occasional scent of greenery wafting on the late night air.

A short video of the night below...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Dopapod continues to re-invent at the Dunedin Brewery

Dopapod serves Dunedin Brewery's IPA Festival "a synchronicity of smooth, psychedelic jams.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Dopapod brought two high-energy sets to a packed house on Saturday night at Dunedin Brewery’s sold-out 5th Annual IPA Festival.

Dopapod members L to R: Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, Chuck Jones, Neal Evans
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Dopapod members L to R: Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, Chuck Jones, Neal Evans

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