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Another round of blues: The Green Iguana celebrates a milestone


Monday, 10 p.m. Most people are finishing up their least-favorite day of the week. But for Tampa Bay blues fans, it‚Äôs time to head out for an evening of some of the best live music around.

Every Monday for 20 years, the Green Iguana Bar and Grill on West Shore Boulevard has hosted its weekly blues jam. Besides attracting several hundred loyal blues aficionados, most of whom have to work early the next morning, the jam attracts the area’s best musicians.

The jam has become so well known that international blues superstars stop in to play at this Tampa blues club.

"The thing about this is, you never know who’s going to show up," said Dean Germain, the jam’s host and co-founder. "We’ve had B.B. King’s backup band, Buddy Guy, James Peterson and Lucky Peterson. When blues musicians come through Florida, they go out of their way to come here to play."

To get Marty Clear's full story on the history of one of Tampa's best blues bars, click here.

[Last modified: Friday, May 22, 2009 12:00pm]


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