Music

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Interfaith Week celebrates religions’ influence on culture and the arts

Joran Oppelt founded Tampa Bay Interfaith Week to celebrate all the religions in the Tampa Bay, encourage fellowship, and to heal and solve (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do | Sept. 29-Oct. 5 |
Offbeat Bonanza Edition

Saturdays are such a conundrum around here. It sometimes seems like a challenge to get people out of the house on non-weekend days (maybe it’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Have Irma, Will Travel

When the storms came a-knockin’, two Creative Pinellas contributors hightailed it out of state and discovered some choice sights and people (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do | Sept. 15-22 : Bail Me Out Edition

We got lucky. You’ve probably heard that plenty in the last few days, and it’s true enough. Irma could have been a catastrophe of historic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

5 Things to Do | Aug. 24-31

  Howdy, and welcome back to Five Things to Do after our brief Summer Doldrums Hiatus! I hope you’re weathering this sun-drenched time with (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Caught live — Ricky Wilcox & the Moonsnakes with Steve Connelly

Amid the unsettling news reports from Charlottesville, Va., local music fans enjoyed healthy sonic distraction Saturday night, courtesy of some (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

Rick’s Records Podcast reels in masters of the sweet sounds

Musician Rick Boucher, former drummer for Betty’s Not a Vitamin and Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, has been dealt some major life (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

From West to East and Some Fine Sounds In Between

Two vastly different shows, one St. Pete night. Friday night offered a wide range of live music possibilities — a mixed blessing since you (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

The King of Pain to Join The Florida Orchestra in St. Pete

He’s melded punk rock with jazz and reggae, fronted a supergroup, forged a successful solo career, starred in some films, wrote some books, (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

The Future of Music is Female (and Awesome)

It started in Portland, Ore., 10 years ago and can now be found in multiple countries across five continents: a rock-n-roll summer camp for girls (...)

BY SK WEST | MUSIC

5 Things to Do in Pinellas, July 28-Aug. 3

This week in Pinellas just about has it all – hip hop, blues, and a huge art party. And if you’ve got the ambition, you might even (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

Regional Arts Summit Gathers Arts & Cultural Community

Artists, arts leaders and representatives of arts organizations descended on Clearwater’s EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College on July 21 for the (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | FILM, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

July Arts News Roundup

This month in our regular roundup of news you may have missed, we have fine art controversies, television honors, musical passings, and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Live in Pinellas — July 15-16

A bevy of styles can be enjoyed Saturday and Sunday with bands all ages and decibels making our list. Be sure to check David Morris’ 5 (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

Rebecca Penneys International Piano Festival: Ambassadors Summer Bonus Concert

The fifth season of Rebecca Penneys International Piano Festival—a remarkably unique musical event that showcases talented young pianists—is well (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | MUSIC

Five Things to Do | July 7-13

As Pinellas County arts institutions and creators celebrate milestones, favorites such as the Morean (pictured above), Bananas Music and local (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Live in Pinellas | July 1-7

Let’s start the month strong with some important birthdays. On Saturday,  Dunedin Brewery’s 21st brings Displace. It doesn’t get any (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC

5 Things to Do | June 30-July 6

The coming week will, of course, be full of celebrations of our nation, in all its messy and complex glory. The Tampa Bay Times has provided a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Mark Castle — Pop Star Illusionist Extraordinaire

Mark Castle wants to redefine gay America’s favorite art form. It only takes a glance to see that Mark Castle isn’t your average drag queen. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC

Live in Pinellas, June 24-28

Swampy but finally sunny weather and a swamped schedule this week. Here’s a noteworthy sampling: On Saturday, June 24, the powerful and (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Live in Pinellas — A Local Music Guide for June 17-20

Saturday night brings solid acts. Neoclassical metal king Yngwie Malmsteen rocks the Capitol for his World on Fire Tour. Malmsteen is considered (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

From the Guest Editor,
Margaret Murray

When there is no threshold, there can be no fear of stepping across it. Art can be a transformative experience, even more so when it unexpectedly (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Pride in Pinellas Arts — Celebrating our Uncommon Bonds

Pride Month means every June is full of parades and performances that recognize the long struggle for equality for queer people in the U.S. and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Live in Pinellas — A Local Music Guide for June 9-11

  Friday night kicks off with wildly diverse options, starting with a killer punk festival at Fubar Downtown  and the The Local 662. (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

June 2 – 8 For most people, the weekend is a chance to unwind and enjoy life. Not coincidentally, it’s also when EVERY SINGLE COOL EVENT (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

A plethora of Pinellas music styles for a hot weekend

As the summer months encroach on us with hardcore heat, fewer options for live music events seem to approach on the horizon. But amidst the muggy (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

May 26 – June 1 It’s getting hotter, folks. But at least some forecasts say it won’t crack 90 this week, so consider it a last frantic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

A Saturday of Firsts — The Shins and Salvador Sobral Make History

    Saturday, May 13, was a day of firsts for this music lover and many others. Around 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 27-year-old (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

5 Things To Do

May 12 – 18 It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Here’s how to handle that: First, check out Creative Loafing’s exhaustive guide to Mother’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Where to catch live jazz in Pinellas

Forget the naysayers who only look back and not around them. Jazz is very much alive in Tampa Bay. Its history and tradition continue thrive on (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

From the Guest Editor, Paul Wilborn

What is an arts town? If you follow most media reports, you might think an arts town is where 18,000 people grab up all the Paul McCartney (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Maestro Mark Sforzini Orchestrates a Modern-Day Appreciation of Opera

The Executive and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Opera speaks in a Q&A about growing audiences with a spirit of fun and community (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS

Selwyn Birchwood Works Hard for His Blues

Lessons in art and life from an ax-shredding MBA . . . who’s never held a day job. Award-winning young blues musician Selwyn Birchwood is living (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC

On This Magnetic Field Called Jazz

Two local jazz linchpins discuss their love of music and the local scene. What does it mean to be a jazz musician in Tampa Bay today? Creative (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC

5 Things to Do

May 5 – 11 This week in Pinellas, we have free comic books, a couple of musical icons to choose from, glass blowing in the dark (!!!) and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

April 25 – May 4 No time for a witty intro this week, folks, there’s just TOO MUCH GOING ON! Get to it.   SpaceBalls with Daphne (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

April 21 – 27 Kenny G is playing in Clearwater tonight . . . but let’s not talk about that. Sure, we gave a (totally sincere!) little shout (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, THINGS TO DO

5 Things to Do

April 14 – 20 This week’s events are dominated by SunLit, the newly revamped literary festival linking together book-themed happenings (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

New Music Fest Draws Thousands to Celebrate Local Music and Mentorship

Safety Harbor’s all-day Primavera Music Festival drew thousands  to spread awareness of youth mentoring opportunities. The sounds of (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 31-April 6 It’s a great week for weirdness in Tampa Bay, from surrealist painters to edgy theatre to even-more-surrealist rock icons. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Don’t Stop St. Pete Revs On With Continuously Satisfying Sounds

The Pinellas fest entertained with social and cultural consciousness as well as an impressively diverse sampling of indie music. Photos by Daniel (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 24 – 30 It’s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County – by which I mean there are only two music festivals. Get outside and make (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 17 – 23 Another week, another top-notch, diverse selection of mind- and soul-expanding opportunities in the land of sunshine. This (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Underground Roundup

March 10 – 16 As mentioned over at our usual Five Things to Do writeup, we’re experimenting with adding an occasional listing focusing on (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Five Things to Do

March 10 – 16 Hey folks! Some quick housekeeping: We’re experimenting with a new occasional feature highlighting some fringier cultural (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 3 – 9 It’s one of those weeks when you can’t possibly do everything you’d like, as a huge free art fair goes head-to-head with a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 24 – March 2 We have a problem, folks. Everything this week is happening Saturday. Or, at least, too much great stuff for one (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 17– 23 It’s spriiiiiiing! At least, spiritually. At least, in Florida. Actually, in Florida, it’s already summer. So no wonder this week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Gentrification Cycles: The Artists

This article is part one of a three-part series in which we explore the perspectives of three groups of people affected by gentrification.   (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

February 3-9 Decisions, decisions. This Friday is jam-packed with stuff, though there’s plenty to fill out the rest of the week, too. And while (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

When I Step on Stage in Front of a Piano… | Interview with Elizabeth Baker

Thanks to the efforts of sound maven Elizabeth A. Baker, who’s culmination of influences national and international has bestowed Florida with (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS

February Arts News Roundup

  It has been an eventful few weeks, and not only because the arts are entwined with the complex, challenging landscape they comment on. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Local Creatives Gain Inspiration and More from Women’s March

Local Artists and Writers Who Participated in the Marches Discuss the Role of Creative Expression and Collaboration in Shaping the Historic Event (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Journey with Infinite Third | An Interview with Billy Mays III

On first blush, composer Infinite Third may evoke the likes of Mogwai or Caspian, but he’s incorporated his own grab bag of unique elements to (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, MUSIC

5 Things To Do

January 27– February 2 Sometimes you get a perfect week – a perfect balance of art, music, and words, all of excellent quality, perfectly strung (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

5 Things To Do

January 20-26 With the holidays over, and the North still frozen, right now is prime time for touring acts coming through Florida. This week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 12–19 Does it still feel like the holidays to anyone else? Like you’re just not ready to return to the real world, with all its joy and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 6-January 13 And now, from famine to feast. As the holiday season closes and the New Year kicks off, the Pinellas arts and culture scene (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Art News Need-to-Know

December saw Golden Globes, Rock and Roll, and some local moves of note.   New Class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New inductees to the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 23-29 The holiday season forces even the hardest-charging of us to put the brakes on, which can be either liberating or uncomfortable. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 16 – 22 It’s another jam-packed week in Pinellas, and a great time to get out and see it all with family and friends. In (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

A Venture For the Arts

Investor Frank Wells has ventured south of St. Pete’s craft brew hubs and trendy restaurants to start work on a cultural hub — and home (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 9-16 Wow. It’s another absolutely jam-packed week of big names, local and national, doing the big work here in Pinellas County. We’ve (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 25 – December 1 You’ve survived Round 1 of the holidays, but to make it all the way to the finish line, you’re going to need to (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Give Thanks For a Long-Awaited Grand Opening – SHAMcGiving in Safety Harbor

North Pinellas arts lovers have been gearing up for a long-awaited milestone this Turkey-Day weekend: SHAMcGivinG, which promises a creative (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 18–24 I hope you’ve got good shoes and some protein bars, because this weekend is PACKED, folks. From Russian folk songs to graphic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

November 11– 17 Whether you’re celebrating victory or nursing your political wounds, at least we’ve all got a little bit of a breather – so why (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 4-10 There’s a heck of an election coming up next week! If you’re too close to the edge of your seat, it might be time to distract (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 28-November 3 It’s Halloweeeeeeeen! And while Fall may rarely show her true face down here in the tropics, it’s still a time for change, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 21-28 It’s not quite Halloween, but local artists are already gifting us with delirious takes on the spooky, unnerving, weird and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO

Review | Jason Isbell at Ruth Eckerd Hall

I have a friend who calls Jason Isbell, a musician who straddles the country and rock divide, her god. Her passion piqued my curiosity, so I (...)

BY SHAE KRISPINSKY | MUSIC

Arts News Need-to-Know

Here at Creative Pinellas, we’ve got our focus trained on arts and culture in our namesake county, but the larger world doesn’t (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC

Postmodern Jukebox: Making the New Old Again

YouTube Superstars, Postmodern Jukebox Come To Ruth Eckerd Hall With Their Special Brand of Pop Covers. My favorite part of the musical Gypsy has (...)

BY SHAE KRISPINSKY | MUSIC

Interview | The Psychedelic Furs

Brothers Richard and Tim Butler formed the Psychedelic Furs in 1977, after seeing the Sex Pistols play live. They–on vocals and bass, (...)

BY SHAE KRISPINSKY | MUSIC

5 Things To Do

October 15–21 Music and theatre and comedy, oh my! It’s another packed week of events here in Pinellas, but we’ve once again picked the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 8 – 14 It’s gonna be a heck of a week – and especially, a heck of a weekend. Things are so packed, in fact, that we had to leave a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Musical Fest, Visual Past

One of Tampa Bay’s Most Beloved Music Festivals also Boasts a Rich Poster Tradition. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a four-day/four-night (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Interview | Pianist Rebecca Penneys

Rebecca Penneys may well be described as a piano-lover’s pianist. A talent at the instrument for more than six decades, Penneys is both a (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | MUSIC

A Safe Harbor for the Arts

Where we come from has no small role in where we end up going. This is true in our lives, but also in the lives of towns and cities. Take Safety (...)

BY SHAE KRISPINSKY | MUSIC

From the Guest Editor, Michael Pastreich: Music for All

Part of The Florida Orchestra’s mission is simple: Play more music for more people. That goes straight to the heart of why TFO, under the (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, MUSIC

How the Music Is Made

Behind the Scenes of a Rehearsal with The Florida Orchestra Images by Daniel Veintimilla It may be classical music, but the day kept a punk rock (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | MUSIC

A Gateway to Classical Music

Instilling the Love of Classical Music in Pinellas’ Youth   We all first fell in love with classical music compositions in different (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC

Chamber, Without the Secrets

The Florida Orchestra’s Jeff Multer says chamber music is a great way to get classical music into the community — but more than that, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC

5 Things To Do

October 1 – 7 Welcome to the first installment of our weekly 5 Things to Do event guide. There are already some great comprehensive (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

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