At the waterfront park behind the town’s famous Resort and Spa, the Safety Harbor Singer Songwriter Festival will give North Pinellas its first major concert festival that isn’t strictly a blues or jazz fest — a sprawling, eclectic three-day event with Grammy-winning headliners, food trucks, a fashion show and performance art that should appeal to music lovers of all ages.
Artist/decorating company Beautiful Streamers will provide their dreamy touches, and circus arts performers will twirl and defy gravity.
Not to be confused with the punk and hardcore-oriented DIY house shows, living room concerts are acoustic-oriented affairs with audiences that seek a quieter, more intimate live music experience than typically found in bars and clubs. Hence the name of venues that cater to these audiences, listening rooms, and the title of the multi-day event that brings a range of artists to private house concerts around the area in April — the Florida Listening Room Festival (FLiRF). The Listening Room Festival was founded and organized by singer-songwriter Fran Snyder, also the music entrepreneur behind ConcertsInYourHome.com, and in its third year, he introduces Office Concerts, a brand new performance concept held in conjunction with the 2014 fest.Ed Woltil, who’d just released his debut solo outing of warm and easy pop-and-folk-oriented rock tunes, Paper Boats. Woltil strummed and plucked melodies on acoustic guitar, his strong, lightly husky vocal quality reminiscent of George Harrison with a touch of Sondre Lerche sweetness as he shared anecdotes about his material and serenaded around a dozen of us with new tunes and old, like the math-meets-life ode “Algebra” and a few Ditchflowers cuts. He closed with a ditty by one of his early bands, Drive Thru Church. “I almost didn’t finish this song,” he commented about the nonsensical tune, “but it sprang out of my head and I had to get it out of my system.”