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Monday Night Jazz at USF

Last night was the season opener for the University of South Florida's Monday Night Jazz Series at the new music building. USF faculty gathered onstage to perform several Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' hits. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers were a jazz institution from the 1950's through the 1990's leaving about 300 songs for the faculty

2 Days. 2 Oktoberfests.

OKTOBERFEST #1 Saturday, October 24, 2015 Downtown Palm Harbor's Rocktoberfest As the name suggests, Rocktoberfest 2015 was all about the music, inviting three of the most popular local bands to the stage:  The Black Honkeys, Jeriko Turnpike, and Stormbringer, in that order. We arrived in the middle of the Black Honkey's set as

Frenchy’s Stone Crab Weekend

With Clearwater Beach in sight, the cars started backing up on Causeway Blvd.  For a few moments, there was bumper-to- bumper beach-bound traffic.  Since I wasn't driving, this provided a unique photo opportunity.  I was free to snap shots of Clearwater Harbor from the middle of the road without getting run over. It seemed everyone was

Celebrating the Florida Stone Crab

Stone Crab Season is here! The opening of stone crab season (October 15th through May 15th) is accompanied by multiple outdoor festivals throughout Florida, and with the Florida stone crab there is much to celebrate.  Often compared to lobster, and sold at similarly steep prices, stone crab claws are a local delicacy. 

Tampa Bay’s favorite saxophone player returns

Day 2 of Clearwater Jazz Holiday featured Mindi Abair, my favorite contemporary saxophone player, and blues legend, Buddy Guy. For Tampa Bay locals, Mindi Abair is a household name.  Born in St. Petersburg, FL, she is practically a permanent fixture of Clearwater Jazz Holiday, returning year after year to play her unique blend of

Pumpkins at Twilight

Traveling north on Bayshore Boulevard after sunset, I saw the globe string lights of the Kirk Church pumpkin patch casting a soft glow over rows of pumpkins on wooden pallets.  I didn't have time to stop that day, but I returned this evening at twilight to capture the look I had so