Cigar City Blues Band (BLUES) Formed in Tampa in 2012, the Cigar City Blues Band is a five piece ensemble that includes several national recording artists. The group brings an exciting and unique blend of talent that creates a new interpretation of classic and original blues music. The band’s hard driving rhythm section combines with biting leads to move and inspire its audiences. Incorporating stylistic elements from Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis and Great Britain, while crossing over into Rock and Jazz influences provides a varied and original sound. This diversity is further evidenced by its instrumentation which includes lead guitar, harmonica, keyboards, twelve string slide guitar, five string bass and drums. The group’s members represent a wide array of musical backgrounds that creates an original texture and energy to well known blues classics. The set list also features lesser known hard grooving selections from a variety of vintage blues legends and original compositions by the band.
Southern Train (SOUTHERN ROCK/COUNTRY/ROOTS) is a 6-piece group that features veteran local musicians and performs male and female led songs with rich harmonies and layered guitars. Their sound is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and Rolling Stones with a unique, danceable sound that often leans toward modern country and pop. In December 2014, they released their first EP of all original music titled “Platt Street Bridge.” The band has shared the stage with several well-known national and regional acts and have performed all over the Tampa Bay area in many 4,000+ attended festivals and events. Their stage experience, musicianship, and high powered sets of sing-along classic hit covers and original songs always get the crowd on their feet moving until the very last note.