Artist of the day: Bob Anthony
"If it seems like Bob Anthony can do it all," St. Petersburg Times music critic Gina Vivinetto wrote in 2003, "it's because he can."
That's Anthony, above, in 2000, and even then he was a respected figure in the Tampa Bay music scene. His work with bands like the Smoking Jackets showcased his ability for crafting pop-rock that was complex yet beautiful, modern yet retro, a la Elvis Costello.
Anthony name-drops Lindsey Buckingham, Marshall Crenshaw and Richard Thompson as influences, and says he's looking forward to getting back out for more live shows -- like one this weekend at the Gemini Lounge in St. Pete.
"I haven't played out as frequently the last couple of years," he said, "but am looking to get back out on a more regular basis, and the idea of playing a new venue appealed to me, especially in downtown St. Pete, which is hard to beat these days as a destination."
Look for Anthony at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gemini, 2315 Central Ave. He'll be performing with former members of Car Bomb Driver and The Boats, and he's promising a night of "original tunes new and old, cover tunes mostly old and not always recognizable, and gobs of instrumentals on guitars with 6 and 12 strings, acoustic and electric." Sounds fun!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*