Clearwater Jazz Holiday Celebrates 35 Years
By KIMBERLY DEFALCO
Under the umbrella of crystalline skies and a live oak canopy, Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2014 hosted the consummate backyard picnic at Coachman Park.
That is, if you invited 30,000-plus of your favorite neighbors, friends and family, listened to a diverse line-up of renowned musical acts and spread it out over four days. And hey, no cleanup required!
Celebrating 35 years of bringing some of the jazz world’s biggest names to Clearwater, festival organizers continue to raise the bar with each new edition and have been following the growing trend of diversified music festivals like the formerly genre-specific New Orleans Jazz Festival, by welcoming performers that reach beyond the original genre scope.
Whether it's age, booze or both, you see enough live music and you're bound to forget a few shows. What I can only hope is that the memory of Friday night’s Ty Segall show at Skatepark of Tampa stays as raw and joyous as it was after the last crackling note buzzed from SPOT's speakers. [Text by Andrew, photos by Tracy.]
I'll admit that I was a little worried when I walked into the House of Blues this past Wed., Sept. 10, and saw the stage decked out in giant baby bottles. Lily Allen's new album is a strange dichotomy of self-conscious mom and bad-ass bitch, and the decor had me worried that I was going to be seeing only one side of things.