WMNF 2nd Annual Blues Blast
Sunday Mar 29 8:00PM
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Damon Fowler, Nervous Turkey, T.C. Carr, Jimmy Griswold, Greg Poulos, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Gary Brown Blues Band, and will close with a fantastic jam.
Doors open at 3pm, show at 4pm ~ $12 Adv/ $ 15 Door
We are fortunate to live in an area that has so many great blues bands and a radio station like WMNF 88.5 that supports all genres of music and the local artists that choose to play it. Last year the station joined forces with the Suncoast Blues Society to create the inaugural WMNF Blues Blast and our local blues-loving community came out in force to support it. It would be difficult to surpass the wonderful bands that were featured last year but I believe this year’s line up would give any other metropolitan market a run for its money.
Kicking off this years event will be Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues. Liz & Paul “Dr. Blues” Shambarger met in 1981, married in 1983, and have been a nonstop creative team ever since. On August 2nd, 2008, Liz & Dr. Blues were inducted into the Boogie Woogie Piano Hall Of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Gary Brown Blues Band will hit the stage next. They’re coming off a very successful show for WMNF when they opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama. The crowd response was so positive that the station was eager to give them another opportunity to gain exposure to the ‘MNF audience.
Longtime area blues fans will be excited by the 90 minute showcase that will be featured midway through the day’s events. Rather then break this into 30 minute segments we plan to combine the talents of Greg Poulos, Jimmy Griswold and T.C. Carr into one super set. Greg is a current member of The Venturas, one of the most respected bands south of the bay in Sarasota. In 2008 he produced his first solo CD titled Angels From Hazard. Greg is renowned as one of the best guitarists on the Suncoast. Jimmy is equally adept on his six strings and should be much better known on our blues scene. He’s produced 3 stellar studio CDs and an outstanding live recording. Come out and hear him channel some Roy Buchanan licks and you’ll be equally impressed. The third member of this triumvirate needs no introduction to music lovers as T.C. Carr is a local legend on our scene. It will be a treat to hear his searing harp and vocals as he covers blues, R&B and some good ol’ southern cracker tunes. What a treat!!
Next up will be the Damon Fowler Group. Damon, Chuck & Scott have been on a great roll since the release of their Blind Pig Records CD, Sugar Shack in January. After an amazing, packed house CD release party sponsored by WMNF, Damon and the guys will be back to lend their talents to help support the station.
Nervous Turkey will be closing the regular schedule of bands. “The Turkey” represented the SBS at the 2009 International Blues Challenge and if you haven’t seen this trio yet then you’re in for a treat. Ernie Locke plays guitar, harp, lead shenanigans and sings! They have no bass player as organist Mark Cunningham covers that on his keys and drummer Aaron Fowler is widely acknowledged as one of the bay areas leading skin tamers. They produced at CD in 2008 entitled Fatboy Likes To Roll.
There will be a Grand Finale Jam that could set the oak trees at Skipper’s on fire!! I’ll see you there! It all starts at 4pm. Don’t be late!
- Phone: 813-238-8001
Directions from North - I-275 to Bearss exit, then left one block to Nebraska. Go right on Nebraska for 1/4 mile to Skipper Road. Turn left and then left into parking lot.
Directions from South or East - I-275 N to Fletcher exit, then right one block to Nebraska. Go left on Nebraska to Skipper Road. Turn right and then left into parking lot.