Musicians/Bands

6 Volt Rodeo

Arising from the dust and tumbleweeds of Palm Harbor, (an area long considered to be the wild west of Tampa Bay), these aficionados of western swing, classic country, jazz, rockabilly have combined to create 6 Volt Rodeo, a band specializing in playing for dancers.  They are led by WMNF’s Scallywag, host of the Energy Bar… Read more »

Alexander & the Grapes

Indie-pop quartet Alexander and the Grapes don’t need schmancy production to get across their honest, straight-up sound and sentiment. In fact, they don’t even want it. The St. Pete dudes cherish the romance of analog recording, an appreciation evident in their organic efforts. The group is comprised of ringleader Alexander Charos, his brother Philip on… Read more »

Archaic Interest

The psychedelic rock band, Archaic Interest “shares a love for all things retro — surf rock and pop music from the ’50s and ’60s, especially. Think 13th Floor Elevators, the before-their-time band behind You’re Gonnna Miss Me (and the group often cited as the first true psychedelic band). Another influence is Link Wray, the ’50s… Read more »

Betty Fox and the Dirty Bastards

Hailing from the heart of south Tampa, 26 year old soul singer Betty Fox’s explosive voice is one to be reckoned with. Influenced by her years of singing in church, the intense love she has for soul music is apparent with every heartfelt note she sings. Her style has matured into a distinct blend of… Read more »

Bloody Jug Band

Bloody Jug Band This 8-piece group from Orlando has adapted traditional  instruments like washboard, washtub bass, mandolin and harmonica to create their unique sound. Drawing inspiration from historic jug bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, the Bloody Jug Band carves out its own… Read more »

Christie Lenee

…She bounds from folk to classical, while dropping jazz, blues and jam-band-friendly funk lines along the way. She even wilds out on occasion and unleashes the hot, heavy licks that make classical rock fans drool… -WT, Tampa Creative Loafing- The words one finds in reviews, in bios, in all descriptions of Christie Lenee are: Joyful,… Read more »

Come Back Alice

These guys and gal from Sarasota have become one of the top bands in the state, known for dynamic stage shows. “Come Back Alice has been playing some legendary performances, with Big Bad John Werner on bass and Yral ‘datdudeondrums’ Morris anchoring the proceedings while two exceptionally gifted musicians melt faces. Tony Tyler is a… Read more »

Damon Fowler

With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics… Read more »

Dean Johanesen

“Dean Johanesen plays acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues. In addition to original material, his sets are studded with perfectly executed covers of songs like Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing.” Leilani Polk – Creative Loafing – Tampa… Read more »

Dropin Pickup

Experience, passion, and energy embody Tampa-based rock band Dropin Pickup. Rising from the ashes of previous projects, the newly solidified lineup has been creating smooth and soulful anthems after the celebrated release of their debut album, A Settling of Sorts. While maintaining their hunger to move themselves and their audience with sonic harmony and wild… Read more »

Fowler’s Bluff

Fowler’s Bluff band is:  Todd McBride (vocals, bass, guitar), Michael Todd (keyboards, vocals, guitar, bass), George Eckerle III (guitars, vocals), Chad Mairn (drums, vocals) Named after a small community in Florida with a rich and mysterious past this alternative rock band is itself a mystical adventure.  Our music is “a state of mind inspired by… Read more »

Funny Bunny

“The Tampa trio’s eponymous first album evokes late-’70s New York with ventures into New Wave, post-punk and even discoterritories while taking dreamy, shoegaze-y, psychedelic twists and turns, all of it propelled by the sultry croons, coy coos and ethereally sweet drones of frontwoman Kim Stein-Lepley.” – Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing The confection they’ve created is… Read more »