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910 Skipper Road • Tampa FL 33613 • (813) 971-0666 • MAP
corner of Nebraska Avenue and Skipper Road • near USF • north of Fletcher • south of Bearss • east of 275
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Advance tickets FAQs are here.

All shows are rain or shine. The music venue is outdoors, with about half the audience area being covered, so dress appropriately. Sensible footware, please!

Unless otherwise noted, all shows at Skipper's are 21 and up with a valid ID or you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meaning that, yes, persons under 21 can attend if and only if they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Well-behaved children under 10 are free unless otherwise noted for that specific show; they must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian unless otherwise noted for that specific show.

Other than service animals, dogs are not permitted in the concert area, in the restaurant or in the Oyster Bar. Plese leave the ferret/parrot/iguana/lemur/etc. at home.

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OCTOBER 2014

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SAT OCT 25

Chris DuarteGroup (BLUES/ROCK) Yes, he's been based in Austin since 1979 and yes, he's plays a Stratocaster and yes, he plays it equal amounts of fiery abandon and block-levelling volume. But to simply write off Chrus Duarte as one of many Vaghanabes isa huge diservice to both Duarte and the listener.The years and album ssince his national debut, 1994's Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, have see Duarte incorporating more and more '70s Jeff Beck-style funky jazz-rock fusion into his live show however, his newest release, Infinite Energy, marks a return to the big-toned swaggering psycheadelic blues-rock that first turned heads his way in the mid-90s. thechrisduartegroup.com

w/ Iron Mike Norton (SWAMP STOMP BLUES) The king of swamp stomp, blues recording artist and producer Iron Mike Norton is described by peers and critics as one of the most innovative and creative artists in the genre. Iron Mike combines elements of modern styles like hip hop, rock and techno with traditional hill country slide guitar blues. The result is a sound truly unique to Iron Mike alone. Based out of the swamps of Florida, Iron Mike has performed for audiences in both the USA and abroad. His ability to cross over into other formats has garnered him the opportunity to work with top artists from not only blues, but rock and country as well. Having toured and released music on a regional level for more than a decade, Iron Mike broke onto the international scene in 2012 with the release of his self produced album Bad Monkey. His unique "swamp stomp" sound and style attracted both blues purists as well as an entirely new generation of fans. The effort earned him a spot as headliner on the 2013 Greatest Slide Show On Earth Tour. In 2014 he followed up with Bloody Knuckles. Again displaying his talent as both a producer and performer, Bloody Knuckles is loaded with juke joint slide guitar infused with urban beats. Bloody Knuckles is no one trick pony, however. Full orchestration and songwriting depth are found in the ballad "Roses And Rust" and "49 Dog Years". Like Bad Monkey, Bloody Knuckles took Iron Mike back onto the international blues scene with a US - Canadian tour, which is now the subject of a documentary blues film "Devil in My Kitchen" due to be released in the fall of 2014. ironmikenorton.com

8PM $12/15

SUN OCT 26

(REGGAE)

Elvis “Shaft” Dowe
August 17, 1957 – August 26, 2014

On August, 26th, the Tampa Bay area lost local reggae legend Elvis "Shaft" Dowe at the young age of only 57. For the last 25 years, Shaft has been widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the local music scene and an icon of island-style music.

Shaft's popularity began as a 14-year-old prodigy when he won the coveted title of “Junior Calypso King” in the highly competitive calypso scene on his home island of Dominica. Shaft displayed his drumming prowess as a teenager by playing with the best-known band from his island-the Swinging Stars.

In 1974, Shaft and the other Swinging Stars were invited to the United States to play for the United Nations General Assembly in celebration of the birthday of Dominica's President. His decision to stay in the U.S. led to the creation of popular bands from New York, to Texas, to Florida including Moja Nya, Gratitude, Spy vs Spy, and Shaka.

One common phrase sums up Shaft in the hearts of his family, friends and fans: “To know him is to love him!” His laugh, smile and his charisma brought immense joy to all those around him and made him a beloved member of the Tampa Bay community. Shaft's presence and music will be sorely missed but they will never be forgotten.

All proceeds of the benefit will be used to get Shaft and his family back home to Dominica. Please come join in the celebration of his life!

Impulse 2:00 to 3:00 (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, Impulse is hands-down one of the most popular reggae groups in Central Florida. With a huge repertoire of material, including all the favorites to traditional covers, augmented with original music blending many different styles of Caribbean influences including reggae, soca and zouk, Impulse pleases both the reggae traditionalist and dabbler alike.

I-Ruption 3:30 to 4:30

Jahfari 5:00 to 6:00 Jahfari is an eclectic group of musicians that play a wide variety of reggae genres. From ska to rock steady, roots to dancehall, Jahfari keeps the music and the people "Moving Forward".

The Groovers 6:30 to 7:30

Spy vs Spy 8:00 to 9:00 from reggae, calypso, zouk, soca to Top 40, they do it all with a Caribbean flair.

2PM $10 minimum suggested donation

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TUE OCT 28

Carrollwood Cultural Center Presents: War of the Worlds
An adaptation of the original Mercury Radio Theatre broadcast. Written by Howard Koch, produced by arrangement with Anne Koch. On Sunday, October 30, 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians’ ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled.
Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real.

Directed by James Rayfield
Produced by MAS Radio Theatre

7PM $10/14

WED OCT 29

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU OCT 30

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

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FRI OCT 31

Bogus Pomp (ZAPPA) Bogus Pomp will celebrate their 19th annual Zappaween concert this year on Halloween night at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa.
Skipper's is one of Bogus Pomp's favorite venues to play because of the unique atmosphere and very enthused crowds they always have. For two decades, Bogus Pomp has been bringing the incredible music of Frank Zappa to Tampa Bay's halloween festivities. Zappaween has become a much loved part of Halloween legend in the Tampa Bay area. Bogus Pomp is led by guitarist Jerry Outlaw and this band delivers the real stuff!! The band has seen many changes over the last 20 years and enjoyed many wonderful musicians in it's ranks.
Currently Bogus Pomp consists of,....

Jerry Outlaw ~ guitars, vocals
Alex Pasut ~ bass guitars
Rick Olson ~ keyboards, vocals
David Pate ~ saxophones
David Coash ~ vibes, marimba, percussion
Jim Hall ~ trombone
Matt Cowley ~ drums
Ross Jobson ~ keyboards
Ward Smith ~ vocals

Be ready for an evening of wonderful music that ranges from the serious to the absurd because,.. Bogus Pomp is seriously absurd!!

8PM $17/20

 

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SAT NOV 1

Bill Kirchen (ROCKABILLY) Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. billkirchen.com

w/ Fauxgrass The Fauxgrass approach to music, original and traditional, has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass community since their 2011 inception. With a fresh, playful, and heart-felt approach to structure Fauxgrass performances flow between genres with unique instrumental communication. The current members consist of Adam Balcer (guitar, vocals), Tim McKay (bass, vocals), Joey Schultz (banjo, vocals) and Jason Wheeler (mandolin, vocals). They have toured extensively through the mid-west, Colorado, and northeast coast, as well as establishing themselves as a regular presence in the Michigan music scene. They are continuing to build momentum as their unique songwriting and fun performances find enthusiastic reception around the region. Their creative approach to a familiar musical style is a breath of fresh air, and something worth experiencing for the acoustic music lover. fauxgrassmusic.com

8PM $12/15

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SUN NOV 2

Slam Allen Band (BLUES/SOUL) For over 20 years,The "SoulWorking Man" Slam Allen has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of soul and blues. Playing the famous Chitlin' Circuit as well as performing around the world, Allen's unique approach to Entertaining will capture your soul and make you feel like you have known him all your life. His Love Energy is strong on stage and off Stage and has been shared with thousands of people of all ages. For the past Four years he has played an important role as Headlining Entertainer at Fat Cats Blues Club on Norwegian Cruise Line. Prior to that Slam Allen toured 9 years as frontman in the legendary James Cotton Band. "It's one of the highlights and privileges of my life to play with Cotton" says Allen, "He is one of the last living legends, and there's so much history there. Cotton was directly connected to Muddy Waters -- who was a major factor in the blues world as well as being one of my all time favorites. Playing with Cotton was such a great experience for me and there are things you can learn from him that you can't learn from any school. Slam Wrote two songs, Sang and played on James Cotton's Grammy Nominated Album "Giant" It's was a great honor. Music is in Allen's blood -- he got his start from his father and uncles who were known as the Allen Brothers Band. Allen carries on the family legacy wherever he goes. His music runs deep. "When I play," says Allen, "People who may have never heard of me leave the show with a feeling that we're old friends or family." From B.B. King to Otis Redding, Slam has a way of making you feel the Soul of the Music. It's often difficult to tell if he's doing one of his originals or an old blues or soul cover. Regardless, he makes all the music his own. slamallen.com

5PM $7/10

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TUE NOV 4

Galbraith Group (PROGRESSIVE FUNK JAZZ BLUES ROCK) A family trio bringing the jamband sound to our renditions of obscure creations, as well as classic tunes, from conceptual jazz & funk to 70's prog rock.

w/ Stadelman Brothers (JAM) The brothers from COPE combine forces for a jamming duo!

7PM $7

WED NOV 5

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU NOV 6

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com

w/ High Cotton (WIDESPREAD PANIC) Like a Truck Redlining Across a Southern Night…
Here Comes High Cotton High Cotton is the definition of good things and fine times, played through a collection of classic Widespread Panic songs. Drawing from the early Panic years, their live shows are full of grit and edge. Mixing influences of southern rock, a bit of the Allman Brothers, Santana, the Dead, and if that’s to your liking, you will love High Cotton. Encouraged by friends who love Widespread, High Cotton was spun-up to recreate the Widespread experience. Originally, the band existed as a hobby as all members have regular jobs. Even with 70+ years of live performance experience between them, they have a tough row to hoe, but these seven band members give it their all. Their experience will mirror your experience, if you are already familiar with Widespread.
Breaking from today’s standards, the music is true, emotional, and definitely not plastic. With fans already trading copies of the shows, they are well on their way to bringing Widespread out of the house and onto a local stage. The essence of Widespread breaks with natural music and performance convention, so expect a raw and energetic show when you see them.
facebook.com/highcottontampabay

8PM $9

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FRI NOV 7

Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur is best known for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Including her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others. In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. That album, Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and it was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation. In 2011 Maria released Steady Love, a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation. In 2012, for her 40th album, Maria produced the critically acclaimed ….First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, and others. In 2013, taking a brief hiatus from her yearly recording schedule, Maria focused on 3 special collaborations, performing worldwide with the 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, teaming up with the Campbell Brothers, world-renowned Sacred Steel Gospel artists, for a very special presentation entitled, “Spirit & The Blues”, and touring as Special Guest Artist with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings. 2014 marks 40 years since Maria’s big hit “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding at the top of the charts. To celebrate this landmark, Maria has created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan faves from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music. Maria Muldaur continues to tour regularly world wide, and is available for festivals, concerts, club dates, workshops and residencies. 
mariamuldaur.com

w/ The Tampa Collective(JAM FUNKY SOUL) From the birthplace of Southern Rock comes The Tampa Collective...a group of the Bay Area musicians collaborating on original music. Consider it Tampa Bay's version of Widespread Panic.The Tampa Collective is a new all-pro jamband (featuring vocalist Dre Anders), that pays homage to the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth in the Tampa Bay area, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, and Ray Charles. Borrowing from many of the best bands and studio musicians in the region,The Tampa Collective draws on these celebrated roots and blends them with Dre's Swedish musical heritage, to create something new. The Collective not only brings a fresh sound to The Bay Area, it creates a platform for showcasing the best local talent, and will serve as the jamband "at large" for national acts to sit in with when passing through. Live collaborations by their very nature are an edge of the seat experience...even more so when drawing on the unique talents of so many respected musicians, who are coming together to create a sound that blends the past with the present. facebook.com/TheTampaCollective

8PM $12/15

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SAT NOV 8

Tab Benoit (BLUES) Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who's definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band - a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early '90s and hasn't stopped since. Benoit landed a recording contract with the tiny, Texas-based Justice Records and released a series of well-received recordings, beginning in 1992 with Nice and Warm, an album that prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix. Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots - a goal that often eluded him when past producers and promoters tried to turn him and his recordings in a rock direction, often against his better instincts. An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade. He serves as president of Voice of the Wetlands, an environmental organization he co-founded in 2003, and he appeared prominently in Hurricane on the Bayou, a 2006 documentary by filmmaker McGillivray Freeman that chronicles life in Louisiana after Katrina. Hurricane on the Bayou played in IMAX theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe throughout 2007. Medicine, Benoit's latest release on Telarc, was co-produced by ace songwriter Anders Osborne and successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks. tabbenoit.com

w/ TBA

8PM

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SUN NOV 9

Tab Benoit (BLUES) Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who's definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band - a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early '90s and hasn't stopped since. Benoit landed a recording contract with the tiny, Texas-based Justice Records and released a series of well-received recordings, beginning in 1992 with Nice and Warm, an album that prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix. Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots - a goal that often eluded him when past producers and promoters tried to turn him and his recordings in a rock direction, often against his better instincts. An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade. He serves as president of Voice of the Wetlands, an environmental organization he co-founded in 2003, and he appeared prominently in Hurricane on the Bayou, a 2006 documentary by filmmaker McGillivray Freeman that chronicles life in Louisiana after Katrina. Hurricane on the Bayou played in IMAX theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe throughout 2007. Medicine, Benoit's latest release on Telarc, was co-produced by ace songwriter Anders Osborne and successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks. tabbenoit.com

w/ TBA

5PM

  CLOSED MONDAYS

TUE NOV 11

BLACK TAXI BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting.  The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation.  Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious. BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines.  They debuted on the CMJ Radio 200 at #180 and quickly rose to #110, putting their 2012 release “We Don’t Know Any Better” the #2 spot for self-released albums.  Their music video "Shoeshine" was an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards, and their most recent video "Hand" debuted on AOL Music. BLACK TAXI’s first full-length offering Things of that Nature received strong reviews in publications throughout the country. For their second full-length album they returned to The Bunker Studio to record with Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with Grammy nominated acts like The Black Keys and Danger Mouse.

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WED NOV 12

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU NOV 13

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

FRI NOV 14

WMNF Presents... Huun Hurr Tu (MOGOLIAN TUVAN THROAT SINGERS)

w/ Waah

8PM $20/25

SAT NOV 15

Halcyon

w/ TBA

8PM $12

SUN NOV 16

 

  CLOSED MONDAYS

TUE NOV 18

Ellie Lee & Blues Fury (BLUES) Winner of numerous awards, Ellie Lee & Blues Fury are an exciting rockin’ blues group with a dynamic stage performance. Ellie is a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter that fronts the band with her soulful voice, ripping guitar solos and her obvious joy in performing. Ellie's guitar virtuosity has been compared to Jeff Beck, Albert King and Jimi Hendrix just to name a few. People enjoy the fact that Ellie plays and sings like there's no tomorrow. Ellie Lee grew up playing in rock, blues, funk and show bands. She traveled extensively in the southern states honing her skills as a blues musician. After a 25 year hiatus to raise a family, Ellie is now back with a deep and ernest desire to play the music she loves... the blues... the musical soul of our nation. Ellie “ I want to present an eclectic collection of old, new, and original tunes with a focus on variety, energy and dynamics”. bluesfury.com

7PM $6

 

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WED NOV 19

Pato Banton & The Now Generation (REGGAE) The legendary reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England returns to the Skipperdome! Pato Banton began recording in 1982, appearing on "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" (from Special Beat Service) with Ranking Roger of The Beat. His solo debut was 1987's Never Give In and he's released a near-constant stream of crowd-pleasers since then. A bit of trivia: Banton received the nickname Pato (Jamaican Patois for "wise owl") from his stepfather, and Banton from the disc jockey slang for a "heavyweight DJ". patobanton.com

w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $12/15

 

THU NOV 20

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

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FRI NOV 21

Shane Meade & The Sound (SOUL/ROCK/JAZZ) Shane Meade is a gifted singer songwriter and catalyst behind the soul-infused, rock jazz project Shane Meade & the Sound. Formed in 2005, the Tampa, FL based group combines infectious vocals, melodic hooks with feel good grooves, and has the uncanny ability of turning even the largest of venues into an intimate musical experience. Nearly a decade into a career marked by steady artistic growth, relentless touring efforts throughout the southeast, Virgin Islands, and selected cities nationwide, SMS has also gained recognition and industry praise with both their 2010 double-disc album – "Candle Lights & Conspiracies", and 2014 release - "All Walks of Life". The overwhelming response to their most recent festival appearances and live performances has triggered a growing consensus that this group is well on their way to breaking out onto the national scene, capturing not only the ears but the hearts of an array of listeners. shanemeade.com

w/ Betty Fox Band (BLUES) Hailing from the heart of Southern Tampa, 26 year old soul singer Betty Fox's explosive voice is one to be reckoned with. Influenced by her years of singing in church, the intense love she has for soul music is apparent with every heartfelt note she sings. Her style has matured into a distinct blend of funk, soul and Chicago blues, with enough swagger and passionate live presence to captivate the most passive passer-by's attention. Her sweltering, seductive voice will draw you in and not let go until the final chord has changed and the last song is sung. bettyfox.net (Betty Fox Band just won the 2014 Suncoast Blues Challenge, congrats!)

8PM $7/10

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SAT NOV 22

Southern Train (ROCK/BLUES/COUNTRY)

w/ No Money Down (BLUES)

8PM $7/10

SUN NOV 23
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TUE NOV 25

Milton Menisco & the Big Fiasco

7PM $5

WED NOV 26
THU NOV 27

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FRI NOV 28

Cracker This December Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs. As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup - Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.” “This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.” Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe ("Low," "Euro-Trash Girl,” "Get Off This" and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base - that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry - continues to grow each year.

w/ TBA

8PM $17/20

SAT NOV 29

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SUN NOV 30

Dale Ann Bradley (BLUEGRASS)

w/ Cotton Eyed Does

5PM $12/15

  CLOSED MONDAYS

TUE DEC 2

Galbraith Group

w/ Between the Bluffs

and Row Jomah

7PM $7

WED DEC 3
THU DEC 4

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FRI DEC 5

Jubilee Riots (formerly, Enter the Haggis)

w/ Bloody Jug Band Drawing inspiration from historic JUG bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, the BLOODY JUG band carves out its own niche in a genre of music that has never seen such a bloody incarnation. bloodyjugband.com

8PM $15/18

SAT DEC 6

WMNF Presents: Paul Thorn Band

8PM $20/25

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SUN DEC 7

Travelin McCourys (BLUEGRASS) Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass with featured guests on guitar and vocals, is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive acoustic music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. Based in tradition the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful but they also bring something fresh and rejuvenating to the stage. Recently the McCoury's debuted the widely successful festival on wheels called The Bluegrass Ball bringing spontaneous live collaborations, the hallmark of the McCourys, to clubs across the country. The band has a confidence that comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. They are known not only for their individual prowess on their instruments but also the tight rhythm, the soulful material and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. The Travelin’ McCourys are quickly becoming known amongst fans and musical icons alike collaborating with the likes of Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers, Phish, and Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Dierks Bentley, Yonder Mountain String Band and MANY more! travelinmccourys.com

and Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident

w/ The Tampa Collective (JAM ROCK AMERICANA SOUL) The Tampa Collective is a new all-pro jamband (featuring vocalist Dre Anders), that draws from the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth in the Tampa Bay area, such as Tom Petty and Ray Charles.
Borrowing from many of the best bands and studio musicians in the region,The Tampa Collective draws on these roots and blends them with Dre’s Swedish musical heritage, to create something new. The Collective not only brings their fresh sound to The Bay Area, they’re creating a platform to showcase the best local talent, and serve as the jamband “at large” for national acts to sit in with when passing through. Comparisons have already been made to such bands as North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, and The Dave Matthews Band. Live collaborations by their very nature are an edge of the seat experience…even more so when drawing on the unique talents of so many respected musicians, who are coming together to create a sound that blends the past with the present.
facebook.com/TheTampaCollective

5PM $15/20

 

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