There’s something to applaud about Tampa when a concert rightfully sells out! It restores my faith in this city having exceptional taste in music, and gives me hope that other fantastic artists and musicians will take note and head down this way to perform. Last night’s SOLD OUT Phantogram wih Bad Things concert at The RITZ Ybor was simply put… FUCKIN’ AWESOME! An even bigger bonus when the music artists are just as cool and genuine as you would hope them to be.
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When a band you admire is playing in your town, you get excited.
When that same band you admire is playing at your job, you get super excited.
When that same admired band playing at your job are friendly, super cool, and genuine individuals, you take a photo with them.
But what happens when that same admired band of friendly, super cool, and genuine individuals just put on a show at your job that knocked your socks off?
…you first buy new socks, and then you relive the experience through their music and the evening’s photos. WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW Neon Trees put on at The RITZ Ybor in Tampa last Wednesday! Don’t miss their Pop Psychology Tour on the road this summer.
Yet another Pride & Passion event gone by!
In its 8 years, the event has slowly transformed into a fashionable night out downtown to dress up and party. This year’s theme was an avant garde wedding celebrating the union of art + community + diversity. I decided to play with the theme, and turned the pimp factor level up a few notches when dressing as my interpretation of an avant garde groom. And that’s one of the many things that I love about Pride & Passion: how one can be decked out in leather and fur with opera goggles in Florida during the summertime, and not one person bats an eyelash at the ridiculousness of it all. Pride & Passion is a night to play dress up, and an evening to play with one’s
Uncle Karl Lagerfeld André Leon Talley Okie Fierce alter ego.
However, the true importance of this event is the $75,000.00 net that was raised from just one evening for the Tampa Museum of Art, its exhibits and community programs. As an avid supporter of the arts and of Tampa raising its profile, I applaud this year’s Chairs Kevin Reder and Rick Scherer, the Museum staff, and the Pride & Passion steering and host committee for a spectacular event.
P.S. Next year, I plan to dress even more ridiculously!
“I Can’t Keep Up” by Tourist featuring Will Heard: There’s just something in the way that Will Heard
sings SANGS this song that does something to my soul. When the frenetic pace changes up at the 3:00 mark, the song becomes pure, unadulterated audio ecstasy.
Another year, another Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF). This year’s Closing Party FINALLY took place at The RITZ Ybor historic theatre, where I’ve always said that it should take place since I attended my very first one four years ago and not because I work there. It only makes sense that Tampa’s independent film festival kick off and conclude at this city’s oldest theatres that are still in operation: the historic Tampa Theatre built in 1926 and the historic Ritz Theatre built in 1917. Hats off to GIFF for making that magic happen this year!
“Artifice” by SOHN: My latest song obsession is “Artifice” by British singer-songwriter-producer Christopher Taylor who performs under the moniker SOHN. One listen to SOHN’s gentle, delicate vocals singing the chorus lyrics “Somebody better let me know my name, Before I give myself away… Somebody better show me how I feel, Cause I know I’m not at the wheel…” gliding across a lush, layered electronic backdrop, and you’re instantly hooked.
Earlier this month, I attended the 2nd Annual Bow Ties & Clutches event at the Florida Museum of Photographic Art (FMOPA). It was my first time attending the Best of the Bay Award-winning event (which required all guests to either sport a bow tie or clutch) and stepping foot inside the FMOPA downtown. Bow Ties & Clutches, presented by a local fashion events and marketing company The Fashion Movement was an enjoyable evening of fashion, cocktails and mingling. Proceeds from the event benefited the Friends of Joshua House Foundation, Inc., an organization that provides a safe haven for abused, abandoned and neglected children.
For the fashion event, I channeled my inner Lexx Miyake-Mugler and went for a K.Pop boy band meets Rhythm Nation look. And YES I sported a bow tie… conveniently pinned to my coat.
Bravo to The Fashion Movement for hosting a wonderful event that benefited such a valuable cause.
“Drunk in Love” by Beyonce with Jay-Z: Despite her obvious Rihanna impersonation in the music video, I just cannot get enough of Mrs. Carter’s new single. In fact, I cannot get enough of BEYONCE, her surprise album and music video collection that was quietly released to iTunes last Friday without any announcement or promotion. Love her or hate her, you have to bow down to Bey’s marketing genius behind this album’s surprise release. She relied on word of mouth buzz to spread the word of her new album’s availability, gave fans no option but to purchase the ENTIRE album, ensured that her entire album was listened to by releasing an accompanying music video to every single track, and sold nearly a million copies in a mere three days.
In today’s social media era of creating gargantuan hype around a project with trending hashtags, teaser photos and videos, release date countdowns, and “surprise” album leaks, Beyonce’s risky gamble of no promotion paid off BIG TIME. BEYONCE: The Visual Album sold more in its first three days than the COMBINED first-week sales of superstar Miss Spears’ Britney Jean, Katy Perry’s heavily-hyped Prism and Lady Gaga’s overhyped ARTpop , proving that you don’t need a golden semi-truck, a helicopter dress, or numerous “personal” Twitter Q&As to sell quality music.
To you Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, I gladly bow down.
I first fell in love with Jessie Ware after listening to her critically-acclaimed Devotion album. I first fell in love with Mikky Ekko upon hearing his silky-smooth voice gliding across Rihanna’s blockbuster single “Stay” (that he also co-wrote and produced.) What a thrill it was to see both of them perform live at The State Theatre in St. Pete this past Wednesday.
Mikky crooned his way through current single “Kids” and of course the #1 hit “Stay” which he reminded the crowd that he performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year…. and rightfully so since it was hands down the performance highlight of this year’s Grammy night!
Jessie kicked off her set with a cover of Martika’s “Love This Will Be Done” and kept the cover train going with Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” the latter perfectly interlaced with her debut single “Running.” I can forgive her for not performing the heavenly”Taking In Water” because the rest of her set which consisted of staples “Wildest Moments” and “Imagine It Was Us” along with a brand new song were just as divine. I remember once trying to describe Jessie Ware’s sound to a friend of mine, and could only remark that she is this generation’s Sade… classy, sophisticated and just cool.
It was a welcome embrace to witness two newer artists in today’s crowded music scene solely rely on genuine talent and artistry rather than gimmickry and media stunts to entertain a crowd.
Working in the concert industry, one thing that I love and admire is when an artist emerges from backstage to mingle with the crowd and their fans. I was able to meet (a very friendly + laidback) Mikky Ekko who mentioned that he is still working on his album which should see a release date sometime early next year. He was also a good sport for allowing Rod,
Shane O’Neil and I to sing our “song“ that we wrote together in front of him. Granted, Rod sorta ambushed him with this spontaneous performance, but he seemed to find the intended hilarity in it all. (SEE TWEET EXCHANGE BELOW)
DEFINITELY take a listen to Jessie Ware’s soulful debut album Devotion, check out Mikky Ekko’s catchy “Kids” music video below, see them both on tour while you can, and read my friend Carole’s review on tbt Soundcheck that perfectly sums up the night (and where I “borrowed” two of the above photos from for this post.)
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