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UPDATED 4/17/14

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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HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SKIPPERDOME...
APRIL 2014

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FRI APR 18
The Boxcars (BLUEGRASS) Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon make up the new group "The Boxcars." With collective stints with Alison Krauss & Union Station (Adam Steffey, John Bowman), J.D. Crowe & The New South (Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Harold Nixon), Blue Moon Rising (Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon), The Isaacs (John Bowman) and most recently The Dan Tyminski Band (Steffey and Stewart), this quintet starts out with an impressive rap sheet. Steffey's newly realease project on Sugar Hill, One More For The Road is a receiving a great deal of airplay and attention and features guest appearances by Krauss, Ronnie Bowman and Tyminski. Expect The Boxcars to cover this material and branch out into their own unique style of contemporary bluegrass laced with Steffey's signature rhythm that can be traced back to the early days of Union Station. Award winning instrumentalist Ron Stewart will deliver rock solid banjo work, but will also lay down the banjo for the fiddle on some tunes. It's always a rarity to have multiple strong vocalists in the same group, and The Boxcars will benefit from strong vocal performances from Keith Garrett, John Bowman and Steffey's signature baritone. theboxcars.com
w/Balsam Range (BLUEGRASS) A group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina who thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county, the Balsam Range. Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing. Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar. His presentations are spontaneous, polished and professional. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give BALSAM RANGE its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass…country and gospel…and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band. balsamrange.com
8PM $12/15


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SAT APR 19

Come Back Alice (ROCK/JAMBAND) An aggressive eclectic jamrock band, brandishing fusion funk styling with rock flavor. It's jamrock for the soul with an intriguing blend of melodic and technical bass, funky drums, hard hitting guitar and smoking fiddle, topped of with frontman/guitarist Tony Tyler's soul-stirring vocals. Each member of Come Back Alice has played as primary of stand-in musicians for many national acts; this experience contributes to their tight sound and professionalism both on and off the stage. comebackalice.com
w/Ari & The Alibis (BLUES/FUNK) With world class musicianship and namesake frontwoman Ari’s ability to channel the souls of the greats like Etta James, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Ari and the Alibis have become a big draw in their home base of Sarasota. ariandthealibis.com
8PM $7/10


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SUN APR 20

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 last year's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player." Sugar Shack, Damon Fowler's Blind Pig Records debut showcases a fresh and exciting rising star at the height of his powers as a performer and writer. Damon's sparkling original compositions pair perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. And Damon's soulful vocal delivery and instrumental prowess continually excite and delight. He said he was honored and excited about working with Blind Pig, noting that he's looking forward to furthering the blues tradition by "making roots music for my generation as well as for generations to come." Scott Cable, renowned for his work on Blind Pig's acclaimed comeback album by Nappy Brown, served as producer.
Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. damonfowler.com

SAUCE BOSS (BLUES) Sauce Boss One Man Band . . .Americana Swamp Blues. Heavy slide, and a voice begging for mercy. Big fat bullfrog rhythm on the bottom. And the feet? Prisoners of the beat. Oh…also, a big pot of gumbo on the side. Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and he cooks a big pot of gumbo, while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he's added some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he also plays a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.” FROM THE DEEP ROOTS OF THE FLORIDA CYPRESS SWAMP COMES THE SAUCE BOSS. Haven’t heard him play? You’ll never forget him once you do. With his distinctive slide guitar sound, wrought out of his ’53 Telecaster like a man beggin’ for mercy, and slung through a 1948 Fender amp like a dark horse running through the night, the Sauce Boss has a truly authentic sound that leaves you looking for something you thought you’d lost, but in fact you never knew you had. sauceboss.com

WHOLETONES (FOLKMETALBLUEGRASS) Formed in 2007 when Alex Dorris and Taylor Freydberg met at a local bluegrass jam, the Wholetones were later completed with the addition of Russ Depa on upright bass, and Mayo Coates on drums. They play a unique mix of bluegrass, folk, jazz, and metal, all translated through acoustic instruments. Combining impressive technical skill with the spontaneity of jazz and drive of bluegrass, they put on a captivating live show, jumping from folk to metal as easily as they do from banjo to cello. The Wholetones’ blend of genres is a result of the four members’ enormously varied musical appetite. They play and listen to reggae, metal, hip-hop, bluegrass, and everything in between, and the end product is a truly original sound. facebook.com/thewholetones.com

sweetwaterpresents.com

5PM 300 tickets at $4.20 and $8 at the door


closed Mondays


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TUE APR 22


Todd Snider (SINGER-SONGWRITER/AUTHOR) Todd Snider will be hitting the road again this spring, but this time with a multi-media show starring the wit, honesty and spontaneity he's best known for. Kicking the show off will be a 30 minute preview of East Nashville Tonight. Directed by the Barnes Brothers, the film was originally intended to be a documentary on Snider, but soon turned into what has been best described as a "stoner musical." Next, Todd will read from his upcoming book, "I Never Met A Story I Didn't Like (Mostly True Tall Tales)" to be released April 29th via Da Capo Press. The book features insightful and often hilarious classic Todd storytelling with chapter titles such as "Talkin' Margaritaville Blues," "I'm Tight With Slash," Jerry Jeff's Balls" and "Drugs." Following the reading, Todd will answer questions and take song requests. Todd breaks it down like this... "Ok Buckaroos, so here's the plan: First we show 30 minutes of our 70 minute stoner digest movie, East Nashville Tonight with Elizabeth Cook. Then I'm gonna come out to some kick ass podium thing (that I haven't made yet, but will) and read a chapter from the book I wrote without Peter Cooper's help. We'll put two microphones in the aisle, and I'll either take a question or song request (not both). After that, I'll read a poem I composed that day. Then we crank the Hard Working Americans album and have an after show dance party."
Todd Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release The Devil You Know found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone. His latest album is the pithily titled Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. On the 10 new songs, Snider doesn't talk around the vulnerable part, or the angry part, or the part about how everything we're taught about goodness and righteousness and capitalism, about God and family values winds up exploding into violence and chaos, wonder and longing. He might carry the mantle of "storyteller" - it's what he titled his live record, after all - but Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is anything but a nice, folk/Americana troubadour album. It is jagged, leering, lurching and howling, and filled with unhappy endings both experienced and intimated: "It ain't the despair that gets you, it's the hope," he sings in the album-closer, "Big Finish." That Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is also roaringly funny is tribute to Snider's unique sensibilities, and to his standing as what Rolling Stone magazine calls "America's sharpest musical storyteller." Anguish without laughter is boring, like intensive care without morphine, and Snider has never been within 100 miles of boring. toddsnider.net
NO OPENING ACT
8PM $20/25

You can purchase advance ticketsfor WMNF-presented shows at Skipper's online at wmnf.org/events, via phone by calling the station during business hours at 813-238-8001 or in-person at Skipper's in the Oyster Bar during business hours, Tuesday through Sunday (we're closed on Mondays.)


WED APR 23
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 APR 24
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 $7

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FRI APR 25
Maurice John Vaughn (BLUES) Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned -- Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown. Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own. alligator.com/artists/Maurice-John-Vaughn

w/ Daryl Hance (BLUES) Funky, Bluesy, Rock and Roll music Hance will be performing in his One-Man Band style, songs from his upcoming yet to be titled second album, as well as song from his 2011 debut recording Hallowed Ground. Hance says he calls his sound Funky, Bluesy, Rock and Roll music because that's what it is. It has been described as "Southern rock with a psychedelic lover man's twist", "music with humidity bearing down", and as "essential listening for anyone who digs raw, primo Southern accented rock 'n' roll." Hance co-founded the band Mofro (JJ Grey and Mofro) with friend JJ Grey in the late 1990s recording 4 albums and touring internationally with the group before going his own way in the summer of 2010. darylhance.com

8PM $7/$10


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SAT APR 26
Coo Coo Ca Choo (ROCK & ROLL) It starts with a casual conversation between old friends who all stopped playing music publicly, and professionally, because they could no longer stand either the music, touring, other unprofessional musicians, and the realization that it was no longer fun.“Remember the days before music sucked?"
That was the question that raised our eyebrows. “How ‘bout when we first started getting paid for playing music?! We would have played for free. Just so we could meet girls?”“Well, how about if we just put together a really good band that plays the songs that we used to love?” “Let’s be even more specific. Let’s play songs exclusively from the 60’s, that way we could play British Invasion stuff as well as the early Rhythm and Blues songs that made it all possible.” So began the venture that would result in CooCooCaChoo. An effort of close friends for over 40 years, we wanted to reclaim our interest in the music that we enjoyed as teenagers. The problem was how do we find people like us, that have a passion for great music, miss performing, and will devote the necessary time to be in a serious band, who isn’t satisfied with being ordinary, and playing all of the “easy” songs that every other band plays.
coocoocahooband.com

w/ The Lint Rollers (ROCK & ROLL)
Music that we know…. well, sorta. Music that you remember… well, maybe"… this is one of the ambiguous slogans of the Lint Rollers, self described as "a garage band for indiscriminate grownups, playing music that doesn't stick to your clothes”. They generate a fair amount of raw (although somewhat middle-aged) energy.
Formed in 2006 the Lint Rollers play the music of the Woodstock era, with some unexpected newer or older surprises thrown in every now and then, and frequent (and random) appearances by guest musicians and vocalists (sometimes known as the Rolling Lint Revue.)
The Lint Rollers are: Mike Cusumano- drums; Joey Donovan- guitar; George Valaes- bass and frequently also features Dennis Toerpe- B3 organ.
thelintrollers.com

8PM $10/$13


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SUN APR 27
Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (Rock & Roll)Twinkle Schascle Yochim, signed to Warner Brothers Records , recorded the album "Haunted By Real Life". Produced by Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd), the album gained attention on the jazz/pop charts with the song title.
Schascle's music video, "Can't Get Love With Money", was featured on VH1. The sensual song, "Garden Of Love" accompanied a love scene on the prime time soap opera, "Days Of Our Lives".
The album consists of an all-star cast of musicians including Steve Lukather (Toto), Jeff Porcaro (Toto, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs), Randy Jackson (Mariah Carey, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Elton John, Destiny's Child, American Idol), John Pattitucci (Bon Jovi, Sting, B.B. King), and Andrae Crouch Gospel Choir (Michael Jackson's).
Warner Reprise featured Schascle on the back cover of Billboard Magazine announcing the release of her new album. She was brought to New York to guest VJ on VH1 to host the "Top 21 Countdown" and feature her new music video "Can't Get Love With Money" in the countdown.
The Olympics and CBS picked up the song "Freedom" to play behind athlete profiles during the network Olympic coverage.
Schascle's performance in the Montreux Jazz Festival accompanied by Eric Clapton's Band under the direction of Quincy Jones, won her international critical acclaim.
Schascle has performed and recorded with world class musicians including Aerosmith, Grover Washington Jr., Indigo Girls, David Crosby, Sophie B. Hawkins, Joe Thomas, Beacon Brothers, Chris Cross, Joe Walsh, Chicago, Beth Hart, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Randy Jackson, Steve Lukather, John Pattituci, Vinny Colaiuta,
Pat Benatar, Bill Bottrell, Brian McCleod, Brian Johnson, Neal Larson, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Nathan East, Ray Cooper, Gregg Fillengaines, Steve Feroni, Double Trouble, Bill Ashbaugh, Rod Stewart, Howard Leese, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Young, Joe Thomas, Brian Wilson, Bud Sneider, Rick Hall, Bonnie Bramlett, Allman Brothers, Dickey Betts and the Great Southern, Chris Anderson, Doug Gray and The Marshall Tucker Band, and
Preacher Stone.
In 2011, Twinkle teamed up with her brother, Tony LeClerc, and Lenny Brooks, and Troy Parrish forming her new band, "Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio". The band just released their new album, "Rock Soul Radio". schascle.com

w/Rockjoint (Rock & Roll)

5PM $7/$10


closed Mondays

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TUE APR 29
Applebutter Express (AMERICANA/UKUELE FUNK) Utterly charming ukes and vocals from this boy-girl (now husband-wife) led group, now fortified with fiddle and upright bass, very popular with the jamband crowd, featuring stick-in-your-head originals and really clever reinterpretations of covers.

w/ Stadelman Brothers (JAM/AMERICANA) COPE'S founding brothers.

7PM $10/$13


WED APR 30
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
MAY 2014

THU MAY 1
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/ Gypsy Wind (ACOUSTIC NEWGRASS/SWINGIN' GYPSY JAZZ) Gypsy Wind's style carries its listeners across borders and through time. A musical journey from the Kentucky bluegrass of Bill Monroe to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt. Working in a medium of acoustic instruments, Gypsy Wind embodies a new take on an old blend of jazz, swing, bluegrass and folk. gypsywindband.com
8PM $8



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FRI MAY 2

Caroline Kole (POP/COUNTRY) Tampa Bay's own Caroline Kole is now based in Nashville. The 16 year old recording artist is currently on tour with Reba McEntire throughout the US and Canada. She recently released her debut album, and her video for her single "Money To Me" has been airing on CMT and CMT Pure. In 2011, Caroline moved to Nashville after being offered a publishing and artist development deal with Sony/ATV. She most recently released her debut single, “Money To Me,” on Starstruck Records and can currently be found on the road opening for Reba. Caroline also has an endorsement deal with Martin Guitars. Caroline has also shared stages with such artists as Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride. carolinekole.com
w/Daniel B. Marshall (POP/ROCK) After touring all over the world as a guitarist and artist, Daniel B. Marshall has found a way to plot his own path in a musical world that can seem one-track minded sometimes. The music that he has made through the years has a certain multi-genre quality to it that's hard to label, blending his favorite genres of folk, blues, rock, and country together. From his dad listening to Alan Jackson and George Strait to his mother's passion for folk records like James Taylor and Bob Dylan, Daniel learned to find the link between all these wonderful styles: lyrics and melody coupled with fantastic musicianship. Picking up R&B from his "choir boy" days, he tries to blend all the soulful elements from each style and make something new. His new releaseSunshine, produced by Danny Rader (Keith Urban, Jason Aldean), is available on ITunes as well as CDBaby. danielbmarshall.com
plus WIll Erickson (AMERICANA/ROCK) Copiously talented area singer-songwriter blends elements of Country, Americana, Pop, and Southern Rock and paints the perfect picture of bad relationships, screwing up, drunken nights, and second chances with a blunt and effective delivery reminiscent of storytellers of long ago. His charisma and sarcasm live are just as engaging as the words being delivered by this Southern songwriter's soulful voice. willerickson.com
plus Keko (ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY) KEKO (Keith W Koehler) has been the core of the Tampa based acoustic band Mo' Gravy, having performed a number of shows at Skipper's, including opening for National recording artists Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain. KEKO is a singer songwriter, and often writes with Daniel B Marshall, and will be performing original songs from his debut album Pour Me One More Margarita. kekoacoustic.com
8PM $7/10

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SAT MAY 3
THE MUD FLAPPERS (FLORIDANA) "FLORIDANA," no better word could be used to describe the eclectic sounds of The Mud Flappers. A genre spawned from the art and culture of the swampland they call home. Brandishing a wide arsenal of traditional acoustic instruments, this seven piece mini-orchestra has developed a reputation for ecstatic live performances and infectious onstage energy. Pulling influences every which way from the bl...azing bluegrass of Earl Scruggs, roaming melodies of gypsy swing à la Django Reinhardt, and the prohibitionary jazz of your local speakeasy. This sonic gumbo is held together by the sultrily celestial harmonies of leading ladies, Lauren Carder and Sarah Elizabeth Patrick. Even the most gentle of men transform into drunken scoundrels, while the prudish are left with a case of the vapors after seeing these flappers strut their stuff. facebook.com/themudflappers

w/ SAVANTS OF SOUL (SOUL/NEO-SOUL) Over the past two years, a phenomenon has taken Gainesville’s live music scene by storm. That phenomenon is The Savants of Soul. Blending the sounds of 1960s and 1970s soul with influences as diverse as indie rock, ska, punk and jazz, this veritable soul orchestra is sure to keep you moving and grooving to their big, energetic sound. savantsofsoul.com

8PM $10/$13


SUN MAY 4

FAIS DO-DO. . .LOUISIANA DANCE PARTY!
Gumbo Boogie Band (ZYDECO/ROCK) Emerging in 1995 as a primarily acoustic jug band with a Louisiana flavor, GBB band cranked up the beat and electrified in '97. They serve up a tasty musical stew with good time, street party, New Orleans-style dance music, strong on Zydeco, adding swampy rock tunes and classic rockers to keep the party moving. facebook.com/gumbo.boogie

5PM $7/$10


closed Mondays

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TUE MAY 6
T-Bird and the Breaks (FUNK) T Bird and the Breaks is a big, funky, band. Horns? Check. Female singers that swing-it-while-they-sing-it? Check. Fire-in-the-hole rhythm-section of drums, bass, guitar, and keys? Check. Gravel-voiced front-man who always leaves it on stage? Check. Hailing from Austin, TX, T Bird And The Breaks play a style of dance music that has it's most basic and obvious roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960's and early 1970's. It'll get you dancing. It'll make you sweat. It'll make you smile. But...it can't be classified as strictly throw-back, retro, Funk/Soul. The original songs belie lyrical influences such as Beck or Bob Dylan. And the contemporary swagger of The Breaks' live show especially pays homage to the creativity and positivity of early and golden-age Hip-Hop. The band's “kitchen-sink-style” of music is evident on their cover of Shirley Ellis' 1965 R&B hit “The Clapping Song” in which they include verses from Tom Waits' “Clap Hands”. It's a melting-pot of funk but one that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig. In the last few years they've been invited to play shows with artists as eclectic as The Flaming Lips, The Funky Meters, Sting, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Galactic. tbirdandthebreaks.com

7PM $7/$10


WED MAY 7
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 MAY 8
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 $7

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FRI MAY 9
Legendary JC's (Soul/Rhythm & Blues) It all started with some sharkskin suits and Otis Redding tunes more than seven years ago. Since that point, the members of the The Legendary J.C.s have ridden a wave of press accolades and flocks of sweaty fans to a point where they are ready for lift-off.
The Legendary J.C.s (commonly: 'The J.C.s') started flooring Central Florida crowds with their brand of soulful rocking blues in 2000 and since have performed with the very legends they took their inspiration from, sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Al Green. Other opening slots have included: Tab Benoit, Topaz, Robert Randolph, The Black Keys, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass band, Sam Rivers, Cowboy Mouth, J.J. Grey and Mofro, Stanton Moore, Greyboy Allstars, Robert Walters, Galactic, Blues Traveler and even Bad Company.

w/ Mike Dillon Band (Rock) Mike Dillon (aka Mike D) is a percussionist, vibraphonist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Garage A Trois. He has performed with many musicians including Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Brave Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento and New Orleans musicians Kevin O'Day, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton. Dillon also performed in the 80's with local Dallas and Denton favorites Ten Hands. As a touring musician and prolific song-writer, Mike Dillon has continuously pushed his distinct sound in new and inventive directions. On stage, Dillon is a powerful force, with boundless energy that hails a punk rock/hardcore edge and the seamless ability to play multiple percussive instruments at once. For nearly three decades, fans have been draw to Dillon’s organic style, creative musicianship and the way his music never fails to stir the crowd into a big dance party from start to finish.

8PM $7/$10


SAT MAY 10

SUN MAY 11
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TUE MAY 13
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. youtube.com/cigarcityband

w/ Steve Arvey (BLUES) Steve Arvey started playing Music seriously when he was 18 years old. While in college in Gainesville Florida Steve met John Vilardo who was the first person that he ever jammed with. At that same period Steve had a new roommate by the name of Ben Andrews. Ben is a country blues ragtime guitarist from Washington, DC. Ben Introduced Steve to the great country bluesmen like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, and Leadbelly. When Steve first heard Leadbelly his whole life changed. The words and music struck a deep emotion in Arvey's soul. The blues became a deep part of Steve's life. Ben Andrews really was my his big influence into the blues. He showed him how to fingerpick and got Steve into playing bass. Another person from Gainesville and an early influence was Barrelhouse Chuck. Chuck had a large record collection and was playing in the Robert Hunter Blues Band. Robert Hunter was a blind saxophone player who had worked with Bobby "Blue" Bland in the sixties. Eventually Chuck moved out to Seattle and Ben and Steve formed another band to back up Robert Hunter. The same year Bo Diddley moved to Gainesville from New Mexico and the Robert Hunter Band ended up backing Bo Diddley. Arvey eventually returned to Chicago, where he worked as a sideman on the Chicago Blues scene playing bass guitar, guitar, and drums behind such Blues Legends as Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Big Smokey Smothers, Homesick James, Andrew Brown, Lefty Dizz, Big Moose Walker, BB Big Voice Odum, Detroit Jr., Lovie Lee, Carey Bell, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr, Frank Frost, Lester Davenport. Eddie Taylor, Sam Lay, Eddie Clearwater, Sugar Blue, Abb Locke, Hip Linkchain, Sammy Lawhorn, Jr. Wells, Sammy Fender and others.

stevearvey.com

7PM $7/$10


WED MAY 14
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 MAY 15
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/ Copious Jones copiousjones.com


8PM $8


FRI MAY 16
Halcyon (ACOUSTIC ROCK) Halcyon writes and performs well-received original songs that sacked up favorably to any national act, rife with excellent musicianship and enviably close harmonies, delivered via energetic and engaging live performances, documented on seven CD releases. The duo has built a devoted fan base through regular touring across the US particularly the Southeast, playing the Main Stage for many a Pride event including festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver and York, England. Deb Hunseder and Steph Callahan met in 1989 and had their first gig two weeks later. From the first note, they knew their entwined harmonies created something very special and unique. the duo has opened for many acts including John Mayer, india.irie, Joan Osborne, Tabitha's Secret (since morphed into Matchbox 20 and back-in-the-day they opened for Halcyon), Sister Hazel (ditto), Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Melissa Ferrick and the late, great Koko Taylor. halcyonmusic.com
w/Waking Giants (ALT-ROCK)
8PM $12



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SAT MAY 17
Red Elvises (SURF ROCK) Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed "Siberian Surf Rock". Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor's unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock'n'roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.
w/Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show is a one man guitar act, specializing in late 1950's through mid-1960's instrumentals. Backed by pre-recorded bass and drum tracks on a vintage Silvertone reel-to-reel tape deck, then fed through a vintage PA system, Johnny can play practically any venue, the less conventional the better. The Hi-Fi show captures the sound and look of the mid-century musician on the move, better living through sonic technology, and there's even a theremin!
With a repertoire of over 50 songs and then some, you'll be wowed by popular surf tunes of the time by The Ventures and The Astronauts, guitar knockouts Duane Eddy and Johnny Rivers, and the space-age sounds of Joe Meek and Link Wray! As well as lesser known but equally amazing instrumentals from the time, and some original songs that fit right in, all given the Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show treatment.

8PM $12/15


SUN MAY 18
The Ries Brothers (POP/ROCK) (pronounced ”Rees”) For the past three years they have played extensively throughout the Tampa Bay area as well as making appearances in Los Angeles, impressing audiences with their original music and innovative covers of current and classic rock. Older brother Charlie (18) handles the lead vocals while simultaneously playing the drums and keyboard bass. The duo’s big sound is a result of Charlie’s unique ability to do this. Kevin (15) plays guitar, provides background vocals and is the co-writer on many of their original songs. This past summer the boys were 2 of only 25 performers ages 14-21 selected from the state of Florida to participate in the Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project in conjunction with Ruth Eckerd Hall. On October 17th, 2013 The Ries Brothers became the youngest lead-in act to the Headliner in the 34-year history of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday when they opened for the legendary band Chicago. Since opening for Chicago, the boys have opened for Daughtry at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Little River Band at the Capitol Theatre, and Firefall, also at the Capitol Theatre, receiving standing ovations after every performance. On May 30 they will open for Edgar Winter in downtown Clearwater. Recently The Ries Brothers recorded their EP “Hearts Collide” in Los Angeles with producer Warren Huart. While in LA the boys performed at the House of Blues Los Angeles as well as The Viper Room and other area venues. riesbrothers.com

w/ Allon Sams (JAZZ) a talented keyboardist gaining momentum in the contemporary smooth jazz format. He began playing the trumpet and french horn in his hometown of Tampa, Florida but the keyboards captured his heart and he set out to master his craft. Early endeavors had him traveling throughout the US, the Caribbean, Jamaica and Mexico with cover bands, followed by 3 months of solo performances all over Japan. Upon returning to the US, Allon graduated from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts and moved to Los Angeles after being offered an internship with jazz legend Joe Zawinul, garnering him invaluable experience as a studio technician. But diligence and perseverance propelled him on to work at other studios like Can Am, Clearlake Audio, Enterprise, and Paramount were he polished his studio savvy. One of which was Westlake Audio where he worked with members of Toto, film composer James Newton Howard, Vanessa Williams, Michael Jackson, and Richard Marx - just to name a few! allonsams.com

5PM $5


closed Mondays

TUE MAY 20
COUPLES THERAPY...

Rebekah Pulley Duo (AMERICANA) Rebekah Pulley’s music has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. Her songwriting has wryly evolved, tapping roots-rock, blues, old-school country & western, jazz, and even gospel earning her 6 'Best Of The Bay’ songwriting awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing. Her latest CD was the top played album for 2013 on WMNF, 88.5FM and is a must have for even the most discerning Americana and folk rock fans.

Sunset Bridge Band Trio (SOUTHERN POP/FOLK) Sunset Bridge Band has released three albums and plays local venues, festivals, and benefits throughout Florida. Some tunes you may recognize that are played locally are, No Worries, Big Black Tears, and Good Ol' Dog. Though the band fits into many genres of music, the majority of tunes encapsulates a Pop/Folk style with a Southern Twist.

The Hummingbirds (AMERICANA) The Hummingbirds first bursted into the Americana music scene in Detroit and then made their way down to Tampa. A high energy duo with strong determination, Rachel Lynn and Stephen Grant Wood (S.G.), are both, individually and collectively, unique in their musical talent. Rachel and S.G. have distinct voices and a well-defined sound that they have clearly made all their own.. Their newest release, Lonesome, is a seven track EP of some of their most expressive and honest songs. The recording showcases the award winning writing ability of the duo, who draw much of their inspiration from country music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Prior to this EP, The Hummingbirds released their first full length CD, simply entitled, The Hummingbirds. The recording was an overwhelming success with both fans and critics, winning the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country/Folk recording. From roots to rock, country to folk, it's difficult to pigeonhole these 'Birds into only one genre. "Sometimes our songs turn out to be rockers, other times they show a more sensitive and thoughtful side," notes Rachel. "We try to write songs to express everyday emotions, songs people can relate to, laugh, cry, tap their toes to, songs you'd want to sing along to."

7PM $7


WED MAY 21
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 MAY 22
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 $7

FRI MAY 23
TBA

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SAT MAY 24
The Heavy Pets (ROCK/JAMBAND)This American rock band blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances. Riding high on the success of their most recent studio effort, Two Horses, look out for The Heavy Pets as they continue to hit the road hard. The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale, driven by hit tracks “Operation of Flight” and “Sleep.” First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their crossover sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, also dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. Returning to their acoustic roots on Swim Out Past the Sun (2011), THP’s guitar duo set aside their electric axes for a more organic approach. The Heavy Pets followed up those polished efforts by releasing the Everywhere Sessions: Volume 1 EP, recorded live in the studio with accompanying videos of the three songs “Chew,” “Help Me Help You” and “The Day the Sun Forgot to Rise.” theheavypets.com
w/Big Something (ALT-ROCK/JAMBAND) Breakout rockers The BIG Something have just released their highly-anticipated new self-titled studio album. Within weeks it captured three Album of the Year awards! With several years of relentless touring experience now under their belt, the band has crafted a powerful sound that is refreshingly original and yet classic in its approach. In a digital age of popular music dominated by programmed computers, BIG Something is a breath of fresh air: a straight up rock band that calls upon a diverse range of sounds created and performed live by 6 musicians on real instruments. This signature sound can be hard to fully describe, but the song craft is instantly recognizable with arena sized rock grooves, dirty funk and dance rhythms layered with lush electronic embellishments and soulfully triumphant vocals. bigsomething.net
8PM $10/13

SUN MAY 25

WOODY AND THE WOODTONES(BLUES) is an original four piece band HOT Florida Slideabilly band with a difference! A danceable mix of electric swing, shuffles and classic rockin' blues"

QUIVERING RHYTHM HOUNDS (ROCKIN' BLUES) A four piece band that personifies that old saying "still crazy after all these years." The band has been together since the winter of 1984 when Patrick "Mojo" Harpe and Scott "Pinetop" Peterson decided to leave their own respective bands to form what ultimately became The Quivering Rhythm Hounds.The Hounds specialize in easily identifiable Rockin' Blues and Classic Rock hits that are a sure bet to fill the dance floor." - Ted Webb/legendary Tampa radio personality

THE LINT ROLLERS (ROCK & ROLL)
Music that we know…. well, sorta. Music that you remember… well, maybe"… this is one of the ambiguous slogans of the Lint Rollers, self described as "a garage band for indiscriminate grownups, playing music that doesn't stick to your clothes”. They generate a fair amount of raw (although somewhat middle-aged) energy.
Formed in 2006 the Lint Rollers play the music of the Woodstock era, with some unexpected newer or older surprises thrown in every now and then, and frequent (and random) appearances by guest musicians and vocalists (sometimes known as the Rolling Lint Revue.)
The Lint Rollers are: Mike Cusumano- drums; Joey Donovan- guitar; George Valaes- bass and frequently also features Dennis Toerpe- B3 organ.

Featuring Emcee, Steve Otto (Tampa Tribune) and Party Marti Ryan (Animal Advocate/Radio Personality)


5PM $10 SUGGESTED MINIMUM DONATION


closed Mondays

TUE MAY 27
TBA

WED MAY 28
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 MAY 29
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 $7

FRI MAY 30
TBA

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SAT MAY 31
Blue Dice (RHYTHM ‘N’ BLUES) The long-running Tampa Bay horn-fortified rhythm ‘n’ blues/funk/jazz powerhouse is back! In addition to the group’s well-rendered originals, expect to hear lots of tasty covers along the lines of classic Stax/Volt recordings, Joe Cocker, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Tower Of Power and many more. bluedice.com

Dukes Of Juke (RhYTHMN 'N' BLUES) This long-running rhythm 'n' blues juggernaut has been gracing the Skipper's stage for more than 25 years. The Dukes debuted at the Skipperdome in 1985 with a smokin' set of high energy rhythm 'n' blues. The band remains mostly the same with guitarist Roger Casey injecting a sometimes-blistering sonic sophistication to the music. Frontman Bobby Rose adds some Philly soul with his vocals and moanin' sax. Kyle Campana on driving drums was the original drummer, with a few years off for good behavior. The other half of the rhythm section is held down by Pat Peterson. Dan Hill on keyboards keeps things moving and grooving. dukesofjuke.com

8PM $7/10

JUNE 2014

SUN JUNE 1
TBA

closed Mondays

TUE JUNE 3
TBA

WED JUNE 4
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 JUNE 5
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 $7

FRI JUNE 6
TBA

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SAT JUNE 7

Shaun Murphy (BLUES/ROCK) Winner of the Bluesblast Music Awards: Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year, Shaun Murphy got her start in the Detroit music scene after seeing performances of Blues legends such as Son House and Muddy Waters, taking the performing name of "Stoney" and was soon noticed by an employee of Motown Records, who signed her along with a collaborator going by the name of Meatloaf. Stoney and Meatloaf released a single record in 1971, before parting ways. 1973 brought work singing with Bob Seger, and the Borneo Band (Murphy continues to work with Seger to this day). After extensive touring 1985 brought a move back to Los Angeles, where Murphy lent her impressive vocal abilities to Eric Clapton for his Behind the Sun album and subsequent tours; including the legendary first 1985 Live Aid concert. 
Murphy's career in vocals has been both as band lead singer and session singer throughout her many years in the music industry. She has sung, toured, and recorded with such acts as The Moody Blues, Bob Seger, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Maria Muldaur, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, J.J. Cale, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Washington, D.C. legend Chuck Brown, and Little Feat, in addition to Broadway theater, in national road companies in two popular rock musicals, Hair and Sgt. Pepper's. In 1993, she became a full-time member, as well as the first female member, of the Los Angeles based band Little Feat. She stayed on for the next fifteen years, recording and touring with them until 2009, when she decided to concentrate on her passion for the blues. shaunmurphyband.com
8PM $12/15

SUN JUNE 8
TBA

closed Mondays

TUE JUNE 10
TBA

WED JUNE 11
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 JUNE 12
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 $7

FRI JUNE 13
TBA

SAT JUNE 14
TBA

SUN JUNE 15
TBA

closed Mondays

TUE JUNE 17
Earphunk (Prog Funk Band / Jam) Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production. EARPHUNK has performed in more than 140 cities over the past 12 months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival, and The Purple Hatters Ball, and sharing the stage with Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, Perpetual Groove, Break Science & Chali 2NA, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Rubblebucket. earphunk.com

7PM $7/$10

 


WED JUNE 18
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 JUNE 19
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 $7

FRI JUNE 20
TBA

SAT JUNE 21
TBA

SUN JUNE 22
TBA

closed Mondays

TUE JUNE 24
TBA

WED JUNE 25
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 JUNE 26
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 $7

FRI JUNE 27
TBA

SAT JUNE 28
TBA

SUN JUNE 29
TBA
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