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Damon Fowler Group at Skipper's Smokehouse
Damon Fowler Group (BLUES) 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 extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In recent years “Best of Tampa” poll, Creative Loafing magazine has named him “Best Guitarist… And Slide Guitarist… and Lap Steel Player… And Dobro Player.” He'll be joined by blues artist Gracie Curran. The show begins at 8pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
Joe Machi at Side Splitters Comedy Club (All Weekend)
Machi decided to try stand up and moved to NYC in 2006. He quickly passed for late night at New York’s Comic Strip Live. He subsequently passed at four other NYC Comedy Clubs including Stand Up New York and Caroline’s on Broadway. In 2010 Machi won the NY Underground Comedy Festival's Emerging Comic's Contest. Three months later was a finalist in the New York Comedy Festivals NY's Funniest Person Competition. In 2011 he was runner up in the Boston Comedy Festivals New York Comedy Contest which earned him a trip to the Boston Comedy Festival. He was then profiled in the NY Daily News for making the Elite Eight in Caroline’s March Madness Final Four Competition. In 2012 Machi was selected by Country Music Television to participate in their "Next Big Comic" Competition but could not compete because he had worked for CMT's parent company. Machi has become a staple on New York Comedy Club and alternative comedy shows. His influences include everyone he's ever talked to. Follow this link for set times and ticket prices. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 North Dale Mabry Highway.
Good Graeff at Crowbar
Good Graeff will perform live at Crowbar Friday night. Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced "grayf") creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke's dynamic & original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit's melodic, classically influenced cello riffs. The group originated as a busking duo when the twins were 16, playing on street corners of Sarasota, FL, where they spent their teenage years. At 18, Brooke moved to Canada to become a foley artist (check out her imdb) and Brit studied marketing and international business then packed up her bags to travel around Europe and India, then eventually settled in Hanoi, Vietnam. Brooke joined her there in 2012, and Good Graeff was born into its second life, a little less than ten years later and ten thousand miles away, though again on a street corner. The band still retains a dedicated following in Vietnam. This is an 18+ show. Concert begins at 9pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo at Tampa Convention Center
The Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo (TBYSE) is the region’s premiere forum to educate, train and empower youth, parents, coaches, and sport administrators in effective youth development through sports. This one-day event gives young athletes the opportunity to sharpen their skills, while learning invaluable information that is applicable in both sport and life. Join us for everything youth sports related – all under one roof. This year’s activities include: • 9 Interactive Skills Zones • 4 Specialty Clinics* • LIVE Workshops & Demonstrations – Building the Student-Athlete • Exhibit Zone • Character Awards • Tyler’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and more! Buc's WR Vincent Jackson will be in attendance along with Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo. Event goes from 9am-2pm. Follow this link for ticket information. Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street.
Creative Loafing Record Fair at CL Space
Creative Loafing's 2nd Annual Record Fair is this weekend. The event will feature pop-up shops by Microgroove, Planet Retro Records, Daddy Kool Records, Mojo Books, Audio Visions South and Jerk Dog Records. You can also enjoy popsicles by Whatever Pops and specialty sandwiches by Sunday's Delicatessen. Event runs from noon-5pm. FREE to attend. CL Space, 1911 North 13th Street, Suite W200.
WMNF Presents: Americanafest at Skipper's Smokehouse
The Brian Sutherland Band, Boxcar Hollow, Wax Wings, wWaylon, Big Shoals, One Mile Final, Gator Nate and the Gladezmen, Bloody Jug Band, Passerine and Will Quinlan and the Holy Show will all perform during the amazing Americanafest. This event, featuring the most eclectic sounds in Tampa Bay is presented by WMNF. Music starts at 4pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
Sofia Talvik at Fodder and Shine
Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her she is now poised to conquer the U.S with her new album "Big Sky Country." Performance begins at 10:30pm. Fodder and Shine, 5910 North Florida Avenue.
Spash Sundays at The Epicurean Hotel
The Epicurean Hotel is once again hosting their epic Splash Sunday pool parties 15 weekends in a row beginning May 31. Each week Splash sponsors – Appleton Rum, Heineken Light and Just Grillin – will present a variety of rotating entertainment and activities ranging from poolside fashion shows and DJs to live music and craft cocktail specials. Scheduled entertainment for the first four weeks includes: May 31 – DJ LeSage, with fashion show from Don Me Now June 7 – Tribal Style – Reggae June 14 – The Sunsetters – Reggae/R&B/Jazzy Rock June 21 – Tidal Wave – Retro Surf Food and drinks, including craft cocktails will be available. noon-5pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Epicurean Hotel,
Breakfast at Tiffany's at The Tampa Theatre
"Based on Truman Capote's novel, young socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) when he moves into her apartment building. Paul is "sponsored" by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, but he strikes up a platonic friendship with Holly, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life." Screening begins at 3pm. Follow this link to purchase tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
Jammin' For X (Xavier Johnson) at Skipper's Smokehouse
Xavier Johnson was involved in a serious tubing accident on Saturday, May 16 and sustained a severe head injury, and is now in a medically-induced coma. Xavier or “X” is a starting linebacker and fullback on the Sunlake High School football team. His father, Ross Johnson, is a pastor at Gathering Pointe Church. At this time it is still too early to tell what the recovery process will include for X. With that said, the family plans to prepare for the longer and more difficult journey that X may have ahead of him. The longer that journey is, the higher the cost will be to cover the care. Due to the lack of knowing how long the recovery process will be, any excess in funds will be set aside for Xavier’s college fund. The event begins at 5pm. There is a $10 minimum suggested donation. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
The Tampa Battle of the Band at The Orpheum
TASCAM presents Battle Of The Bands at The Orpheum. The battle begins at 4pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue.
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