Artist of the day: The Geezers
Webster's Dictionary defines "geezer" as "a queer, odd, or eccentric person — used especially of elderly men." But The Geezers are ready to take over the world, or at least a swath of Pinellas County, with their brand of spontaneous and introspective classic rock.
They've been playing together about a year, but their collective musical wisdom (110 years) is nearly as old as St. Petersburg. They write most of their own music, slipping occasional covers like The Who's Shakin' all Over or Funkadelic's Maggot Brain.
On bass, Don Crawford of Largo, a bald 59-year-old with a white handlebar mustache, is the elder. Jim Chapin, 49, who looks like Crawford with a bit more hair, is on drums. Guitarist Clint McWilliams, 31, of Dunedin, and sound technician D.E. Walker, 36, of Gulfport, are old in soul alone, with the requisite flowing rocker hair.
On Saturday, they're playing at the First Annual Buzz Fest from 2 to 9 p.m. at Shackleton's Folly, 4300 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. Other bands on the lineup include Green Sunshine, Kickin' Again and the Funky Seeds. Tickets are $5, $7 at the door; you can get them at Seminole Music and Sound, the Disc Exchange and the Asylum.
Luis Perez recently profiled the Geezers. Click here for his story.
Photo: Scott Keeler.