Artist of the day: A Play On Words
Charlie Foti, the frontman of Clearwater's A Play On Words, has been writing Christian-tinged acoustic emo-pop songs in the vein of Dashboard Confessional or NeverShoutNever for a couple of years (Say Anything and The Scene Aesthetic are big influences, he says), and started playing live shows last summer. He sings and plays guitar and piano, and has rotated through a handful of accompanying musicians, but has settled on a lineup: Stephen Juliano on bass and Andrew Foti on percussion.
"The sound I'm going for is somewhere between acoustic and pop and that you can dance to," Charlie says. "When I write songs, I basically come at it in either of two ways -- poppy and upbeat, or really organic indie and sort of down, like my song Not Today."
You can catch A Play on Words at 7 p.m. Friday at Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, alongside John Gold, the Sun Society, Old North East, John Allen and more. All ages, $7. Click here for details.
Photo: Britt Bridges Photography