The Ferman mAIN Stage
Boxcar Hollow, practices post-modern folk/newgrass music; the drummer and electric bassist held down a pounding low-end, the guitarist played on both electric and acoustic models, and the fiddler used effects pedals to wring out wet psychedelic notes from his instrument in addition to traditional style playing, and occasionally sang and jumped on mandolin.
CHRIS WALKER BAND
Chris Walker’s emotionally charged lyrics and sincere musicianship have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his captivating, engaging shows, where he connects with audiences using multiple instruments and enigmatic musicianship. Chris Walker has and always will play barefoot.
A powerhouse from the Lone Star State, the Ally Venable Band has ignited excitement on the Modern Blues Scene. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Ally Venable, starting singing at an early age in church and in recent years picked up the guitar and found her passion.
JEREMY THOMAS AND SOUTHERN RUMBLE
Jeremy Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Tampa Bay Florida. fronting many rock bands through the years (Blackfoot, Basic Rock Outfit, Satellites Down) he started Jeremy Thomas Band in 2008. Launched the Southern Rumble. With Members from Florida and Nashville they have honed a kick ass new sound called Flo-Nash. Full of Big hooks and Guitar Slinging you will remember the days when R&R really mattered!
ANTHONY ROSANO & THE CONQUERROOS
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos blend old school blues with a modern rock sound. Conjuring Muddy Water flowing into second line funk with fuzzy guitar riffs on Chicago’s south side. Voted “Best Blues” for 3 years (2015/2016/2017), along with “Best Live Performer” (2017) and an “Album of the Year” nomination for “Get ROO’D” (2016) in the VEER Music Awards. The two time “International Blues Challenge” Semi Finalists released a LIVE record “ROO’D Awakening” in the spring of 2016 which along with their previous effort “Get ROO’d”, received international radio airplay as well as spins on Sirius XMBluesville.
Blur Kelly’s chica boom room WEST END STAGE
GLORIA WEST & THE GENTS
Gloria West Is The Premiere Female Old School Jazz Vocalist In The Tampa Bay Area. Her Unique Style And Sound Lends Itself To Her Era And Adds An Authentic Vintage Feel All Her Own. With Over 5 Years Experience In Live Performance, Gloria’s Stage Presence Is Magnetic As It Is Vibrant, Her Sound Has Been Compared To Billie Holiday And Norah Jones, With The Lightheartedness of Mrs. Swing, Mildred Bailey!
TRIGGER CITY TRIO
Performing songs that explore love, war, adventure, and philosophy, Tim’s funk bass wouldn’t seem out of place in outer space, while Smiley’s grooves ground the band with an earthy weight. The group delivers this package with a playful, energetic live show honed from years of stage experience.
Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 2 time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with.
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A passion for singing and playing music was sparked in Josh early in life from when he was a kid in church listening to his parents sing. The multi-talented Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer brings electricity to the stage and fresh life to the local music scene. His soulful original music and fresh and funky interpretation of cover songs, along with his passion for bringing people together are what drive the force of his originality. His charming energy will bring a smile to your face and keep your head bouncing through his entire set!
DOUG SOUTH AND THE ROUNDABOUTS
Doug South & The Roundabouts are one of Tampa Bays newest and hardest working trios. After forming in the summer of 2016 they kicked off 2017 with a busy schedule and a CD release. This international trio has a powerful sound to be reckoned with. With old school soul, a slightly modern feel and impeccable musicianship, this band will put on a performance that you won’t ever forget.
Julie Black is a critically acclaimed artist, singer, songwriter, and poet who inspires with stories of life, love, and loss. Her powerful vocals weave a potent message that resonates long after the music has ended. Genuine and emotionally uninhibited, Julie Black presents her work with strong conviction and a level of honesty that is rare and refreshing. She takes listeners on a journey through many spaces, places, and states of mind on her captivating new album Follow the Muse.