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NEWS  RELEASE - Copied and Pasted .... sorry one neighbor who wants Wal-Mart ... Yes, keeping Wal-Mart OUT is important :-)  I will fight them as much as I am blessed to be able to:
 
TO:            NEWS DESK/CALENDAR
FROM:      CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR TARPON SPRINGS, INC.
RE:            FIND ANOTHER SITE Music Benefit (Sat. April 19, 2008)
 
On January 18-19, 2004 in a twelve hour City Commission meeting the City of Tarpon Springs, despite the opposition from the largest citizen’s turnout in the history of Tampa Bay, voted in favor of the proposal by Wal-Mart to build a super center on the banks of the Anclote River.  This meeting was attended by over 400 citizens who feel this development is unnecessary and will have a negative impact on the Anclote river, the small town businesses, the small town ambiance, and history of this Greek community which attracts tourists daily.
 
Our battle has continued on and January 19, 2008 was the three year anniversary.  However, many of these hearings/meetings require legal assistance and expert witnesses.  Therefore, on Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 2:00 –8:00 p.m.  There will be a six hour Music Benefit to help with these fees.  It will be held at The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL. This will be a non-smoking environment for the benefit.  For further information call:  727-367-3592.   Why not come out and celebrate EARTH DAY week by protecting our wetlands?


Music by: TC Carr, Pete Merrigan, 2PM, Julie Black, Tom Scudiero, The Donny Simonds Band, Bleu Gravy,  Chris Brudy, The Local Yokuls, Keith Hope,  Barney and The Tall Boys, Jayne Kelli, The Humes, Peter Grace and many more.  Check out their websites.  Suggested Donation: $10.00   (See “Bios” for just some of the musicians.)
 
For information:
www.FriendsoftheAncloteRiver.com, Tampa Tribune - archive 8/29/06, the Tampa Bay Sun -7/13/06 and the St. Pete Times Newspapers or call 727-367-3592. 
 

BIOS FOR JUST SOME OF THE PERFORMING MUSICIANS

PETE MERRIGAN:  Audiences everywhere have been enjoying Pete Merrigan's bands and solo performances for more than forty years. Starting at the age of 15 in 1965, Pete's career has taken him from high school stages to concert halls, smoke filled bar-rooms to festivals & opera houses, radio shows -on air and internet- and most every imaginable venue in between, through 19 states and 3 countries, a half million miles and several thousand shows. Pete has entertained crowds from the Caribbean Islands and the beaches of Florida's west coast to the ski resorts of New England playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. A consummate performer with an innate sense of theatrics complemented by a funky, offbeat sense of humor, unlimited energy, a strong voice and the ability to portray, rather than just deliver a song. Three very polished cds chronical his original songs such as "State of Grace," "Born Here" and "Eye of the Devil" (of which Steven Tyler said "That's a great song!")  ( www.petemerrigan.com)

T.C. CARR: T.C.Carr is a Florida native and passionate singer songwriter with his strong lead vocals and unique harp work which demands an audience's attention. He has earned a reputation as one of the premier harp players in the United States and Europe. T.C. has truly established himself as one of Florida's best blues and Americana artists. T.C. is harp master who plays the blues with a passion few can express. Also he has the ability to play a mix of rock, soul, backstreet blues, country and bluegrass. T.C. has an imaginative harp style that changes to fit the time and a passionate vocal style that ranges from gruff blues shouting to soulful crooning. T.C.'s background includes almost as much country as it does blues. He is in great demand for studio work in commercials and to do CD projects. T.C. has shared the stage with such artists as: Big Jack Johnson, Bo Diddley, Bob Margolin, Bruce Hornsby, Charlie Daniels, Chick Willis, Chris Cain, Dickey Betts, Gary Primich, Gregg Allman, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Buffett, Jon McEwen, Kim Wilson,. Lucky Peterson, Mama's Pride, Marshall Tucker Band, Melanie, Mike Pinera, Orleans, Steve Cropper, Steve Tyler, Susan Tedeschi, Vassar Clements, Dan Penn and Vince Gill.  T.C. was featured in the National Geographic film The Body Snatchers. The acting role playing himself as a malaria victim features footage of T.C and his band playing on Pass-A-Grill beach and in London as T.C. is filmed with the beginning stages of malaria in his home to the brink of death in the hospital. This film brings malaria to the doorstep of America and opens new ground for T.C as an actor.  New Happenings: The new all-acoustic CD by Dickey Betts and Great Southern "The Collectors #1" featuring three cuts with T.C. on harp is now available through Dickeys web site
www.dickeybetts.com and at their gigs. He's proud to be a part of this classic CD.   (www.TCCarr.com)

2PM:  “2PM” is Pete Price, Pete Hennings, and Mike Jurgensen, a trio of talented musicians who blend their varied musical talents into an eclectic mix of material, from original songs to well-known standards by the Beatles and Everly Brothers, from country and western to contemporary folk. With Jurgensen on guitar, Price on guitar and bass, and Hennings on guitar, bass, mandolin, and violin, these three performers combine tight instrumentation with pristine vocal harmonies to delight audiences of all musical tastes. All three are talented songwriters and have performed solo as well as with other bands: Hennings and Price with Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends, and Jurgensen and Hennings with Myriad. The combination of Pete, Pete, and Mike as “2PM”, however, is a trio unlike any band you have ever heard!   (
www.mikejurgensen.com)

Julie Black: is one of the most exciting new female performers in the Blues & Jazz genres.  She's a dynamic vocalist, commanding your attention with deep and powerful tones one minute, then seducing you with velvety steam-soaked sounds the next.  Now a resident of the Tampa Bay Area, she has been singing since she was a child in the rural area of Illinois.  Her musical taste was defined early in life, when she fell in love with Solomon Burke's 45 record "Cry to Me".  She has written over 500 songs and she is also a painter & sculptor.  Year 2007 marked the release of her debut album:  Call Me Angel for Blues.  Julie has appeared on NBC & CBS television, radio and print media.  She is a favorite of Cheryl Mogul, WMNF DJ for the Blues.  She has performed at many festivals lately.  Call Me Angel for Blues is receiving national and international airplay and has earned her great reviews.  Her band members include Michael Johnn - keys; Dave Eichenberger - guitar and vocals; Jungle Denny McCarthy - drums and vocals and Father Bill Spiculgia - bass.  (
www.angelforblues.com)

 

Barkin’ Barney and the Tall Boys:   Barney started playing the guitar at age 14. Call it Country, Folk, Americana, or just plain good. His unique voice is at once earthy and passionate. From finger-style to hard strummin' he plays it all. He has played actively in a variety of bands with different styles of music since the age of 18.  He writes from true feelings of his heart and soul, and occasionally, random, if not sometimes quirky, thoughts. Listeners relate very well to the lyrics of Barney’s songs. His early inspirations were legends such as Kris Kristofferson, Tom Waits, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zant, and Steve Earle.  ( www.Barkin'Barney.com)


Tom Scudiero:  A singer/songwriter who was born in Queens, New York but has found a home in Florida.  Tom is known as “the storyteller”. Tom has been awarded best male vocal and now has been chosen “best original song” awards three weeks out of four at the Songwriter’s Showcase at the Dunedin Brewery.  Legendary folk singer, Frank Thomas, has selected Tom to perform at the White Springs Folk Festival in 2005, 2006, 2007 and now look for him in May of 2008.
(Pete Gallagher, WMNF Radio, Florida Folk Show writes: The gold inside, a dog turd, the promise in a wisp of light, that tinge of a Sunday morning when everything is right, the smuggler flyin low, the Iceman with no tears, the music of Tom Scudiero will haunt your brain for years, he’s an original storyteller with tales to tell of just exactly why this world has gone to hell.  All hands down, Tom is already there, the finest Florida songwriter to emerge so far this century.)   (
www.TomScudiero.com)
 

The Donny Simonds Band:  Donny Simonds and his five piece band have become a legend in their little Hudson Beach community.  Pape' Kibos, in Hudson Beach is packed full every Thursday night to hear the sounds of this up and rising americana/alternate country /folkabilly band.   With two CD's in high demand and the third one in the making, audiences cannot get enough of this band.   (www.myspace.com/DonnySimondsBand)


Keith Hope: Keith Hope's Key Biscayne Cowboy is a collection of songs about Key Biscayne, and other Florida treasures.  Keith actively attends the Florida Folk Music Festival and has written songs about Florida for decades. Key Biscayne Cowboy examines the changing climate in South Florida's land development boom. This music is all Florida...so be prepared to take a journey through the back woods, the everglades and into the urban world of Greater Miami.....Keith Hope is a Florida Music Treasure! (www.keithhope.com)

Jayne Kelli:  a young, petite blond with a big and beautiful voice.   Jayne, a new Florida resident, plays guitar and keyboard, however, she has quite true gift as a singer/songwriter.  Her top music influences are Radiohead, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Muse, Howie Day, lst album Jewel and Alanis Morrissette. She has released her first CD and you won't want to leave without one.  (www.myspace.com/JayneKelli)


Leigh and Steve Humes: Leigh plays guitar, percussion and she is currently working on her fiddle.  A native Memphis, Tennessee, she is an accomplished singer/songwriter.   Steve plays bass, mandolin, guitar, percussion, and is currently working on clawhammer banjo, dobro, and lap steel.  He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and has performed with different bands on various instruments over the years.   He hails from Texas, where he learned the importance of tequila and hot sauce.   The Humes play a major part of "The Cold Harbor Band" and have performed at many folk festivals in the last couple of years.  (www.thecoldharborband)

Chris Brudy:  A musician for nearly forty years, "Gitar" Chris Brudy brings you the most beloved songs of the sixties and seventies.   Performing with Guitar, Harmonica and Voice, Chris plays Bob Dylan, Beatles, Neil Young and many others. He can tailor his set list to fit any occasion, from solemn to joyous.

 

The Local Yokals: John A. Stuper hails from St. Louis, MO., however he was raised in the greater Hudson area. Similarly, Jill Strahan was born in Plymouth, MI the outskirts of Detroit but made the exodus with her kin at the age of three, migrated to the coast of West Pasco and mutated into a Hudsonite. The Local Yokals met in the neighborhood of Hudson beach. The stars aligned just right one hot, fateful, late summer evening and so was the genesis of their relationship as well as their partnership in music. They share several of the same interests, mainly music and boating. They enjoy singing covers, and collaborating on their original songs. The subjects of their originals are autobiographical, about past lovers, the loss of friends, and the changing face of their home and neighborhood.        (www.myspace.com/thelocalyokals)


Bleu Gravy:  Bleu Gravy an acoustic blend of musical genres, Bleu Gravy has a uniquely captivating sound and feel. From the songwriting duo of Aaron Oliveira-guitar, and singer/guitarist, Dylan Cowles, comes a heart felt, yet whimsical style, sure to stimulate the ears and mind. Raised in Massachusetts, he found a wealth of traditional music through his family and friends. Some of his influences include: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, The Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd. With mastery in the finger and flat pick guitar stylings, coupled by flawless rhythmic timing, Aaron knows no boundaries. Dylan, a Tampa native, is an international award winning composer (musical short, Vice Verses, NYC Midnight film contest), who's songs have been feature in three independent movies and on HG TV (Unique Backyards). Gifted with simple and complex arrangements, Dylan succeeds in drawing the listener’s attention with beautiful melodies and compelling stories. Bleu Gravy has recently released an 18 track disc, entitled, Bowl of Amnesia! Ingredients: add dashes of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Heat steadily, while stirring at alternating speeds, ladle generously into the ears.


Peter Grace:  Peter Grace is a lifelong professional musician who has lived in Tarpon Springs for almost seven years.  He is an accomplished lead guitarist and vocalist who’s original and cover repertoire is influenced by the styles of the music he grew up listening to in the 60's and 70's.  He has played the part of George Harrison in several national touring Beatle Tribute Bands and is currently putting the finishing touches on his first CD of original music.