When: Sunday, March 26 , 2017 • 12 noon -9:00 p.m. • Where: Sims Park • Category: Music
Seating is provided • No Coolers • No Golf Carts
Bay Area Showcase
The Black Honkeys
wildly popular Tampa Bay Area R&B, Funk, Soul and Rock and Roll band, recently released their new CD titled “And So On…” The CD release was also accompanied by the release of a new Music Video from the CD, titled “Icebreaker”.
The Black Honkeys have toured both regionally and nationally and traveled and performed as entertainment ambassadors for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, performing around the US and in Iceland.
Performing together since 2001, The Black Honkeys are, (Brother) Phil Esposito, Lead Vocals; Nicole Simone, Lead and Backup vocals; Wil Harris, Bass; Steven Tanner, Drums; Greg Czinke, Guitar and Backup Vocals; John Dash Dixon, Keyboard; Terry Clark, Trumpet; Scott Myers, Trombone; Billy Summer, Guitar.
The Black Honkeys play over 200 dates a year. Their current schedule can be found here: http://www.theblackhonkeys.com/shows.php
Monkeybone is Tampa Bay area's answer to fun! A band consisting of all veteran musicians who are dedicated to providing top quality music while having as much fun as possible. With three STRONG vocalists, the vocal harmonies are rich and full and the music is tight and groovy. Playing songs from almost every genre and almost every time period, the energy from the stage quickly permeates the room leaving everyone dancing, bobbing their heads, and just having a great time. If you haven't seen a Monkeybone show, you owe it to yourself to check it out. You'll have fun.. we guarantee it. Read More....
Fifty Grit is a three piece classic rock band based in New Port Richey, Florida. Members are Ray Letts, bass guitar and vocals, Conrad Boudreau, guitar and vocals and Kirk Yates, drums. The trio has been performing in local venues for the past few years. Band members Ray Letts and Conrad Boudreau grew up in Rhode Island, playing guitar together and sharing the same musical influences; Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie to name a few. Following a thirty year period with no contact that took Ray to Florida and Conrad to California, the pair united to play music together once again in 2012, along with drummer Kirk Yates. Growing up in New York, Kirk Yates shares a strong passion for classic rock, with influences such as Keith Moon and John Bonham. The raw energy and spontaneity put forth by Kirk during Fifty Grit’s live performances provides a unique and entertaining listener experience. The band performs popular classic rock music from the 1965-1985 era of FM radio. The carefully selected song repertoire reflects the band members’ own musical influences, providing cohesive and energetic performances that appeal to a wide audience. Fifty Grit is available for bookings for clubs, festivals and private functions. Read More....
Shawn Paige Band
The Shawn Paige Band was founded in 2009. Shawn handpicked all his band members from hosting Blues Jams in the Tampa area. We play a mix of Southern Rock, Classic Rock,Blues, Funk, and Soul.. Read More....
The Greg Billings Band
The Greg Billings Band is a continuation of a phenomenon that began when popular 80’s Florida band Romeo signed to Epic Records and released its first album after a name change to “Stranger”. Stranger continued to win huge crowds around the southeast with an electrifying stage show and a roster of fun and hook-laden original songs.
Greg Billings and Tom King were original members of Stranger and were there through it all. Greg’s vocal range and ability were equally matched by his magnetic personality and his ability to make everyone in the audience feel like a friend. Always impeccably dressed, Tom King thumped a solid and thunderous foundation of bass guitar and grooved cohesively with guitarist Ronnie Garvin and drummer John Price, augmented for 10 years by keyboardist Randy Holt who brought additional vocals, blues harp, and strong songwriting chops. Ronnie and John have sadly since passed away, leaving Greg and Tom as the remaining original members of the band.
During its 16 year run, Stranger released several independent CDs in addition to the initial Epic release, solidifying their catalog of “Florida Music”, and hits like Swamp Woman, Okeechobee Whiskey, 3D, Hit and Run, Alligator Joe, and Wrong Side of the Tracks continue to be crowd favorites today. In 1990, the band also filmed and recorded a video at Universal Studios Orlando that was released to their eager fans. Titled No Rules, it contained soundstage-shot videos for the songs 3D and Hit and Run and quickly became a popular selling item at the band’s merchandise station.
In early 1996, Greg felt a change was due, and he left Stranger to pursue new interests. By Spring he had hooked up with guitarist Kyle Ashley to form Damn the Torpedoes. DTT secured an official Bud-Lite sponsorship in 1997 that provided equipment endorsements, cash awards, and a wealth of promotional material that was distributed around the USA. The band recorded one full-length CD released in December of 1999, when drummer Leroy Myers joined the band. Leroy was a Florida transplant from Michigan who had spent many years as a touring drummer for several popular circuit bands.
Damn the Torpedoes had a successful seven and a half year run doing events, beach clubs and select appearances in major Florida cities. By mid 2003 Greg felt a calling to run his own band and struck out to form what is now the Greg Billings Band. He recruited Clearwater studio owner and producer George Harris for guitar duties, who has worked in the studio with such notables as Rick Derringer, Cheap Trick, and the members of Paul McCartney’s band. Keyboardist Rob Stoney, fresh back from touring gigs in Nashville that included a stint with the very successful Warren Brothers Band signed on, and soon to follow was original Stranger bassist Tom King and DTT drummer Leroy Myers. Utility musician and additional vocalist Ronnie Dee filled out the lineup, and Greg’s vision for a full sounding band was coming to fruition. He expanded the repertoire to include many soul and rhythm and blues classics that all benefited from the additional instrumentation of piano, organ, saxophone, and stacked vocal harmonies.
The Greg Billings Band profile raised considerably over these years focusing more on concert and festival event and less on nightclub appearances. The band has released 2 CDs through the years including a greatest hits compilation and have been joined in the studio with luminary guest musicians such as Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, and the late R&B bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn. Their material also entered the digital age by becoming available on Itunes.
In early 2014 Ronnie Dee moved on to run his own band and Leroy Myers soon followed. Greg reached out to Mark Busto and his old mate Kyle Ashley from the Damn the Torpedoes days to fill the slots as drummer and second guitarist respectively. The band’s material turned back to more of a rock edge with twin guitars, and additional classic Stranger material has been recently returned to the set list. . Read More....
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