Artist of the day: Variety Workshop
Oldsmar's Variety Workshop have an eclectic sound that's not quite jam, not quite reggae, not quite ska -- but it's definitely a whole lotta fun.
Bassist Ryan Reilly, singer Evan Brenner, guitarist Robbie Pereira and drummer Brad Whitsett are skate fiends who have produced videos and even have their own art and video production company. They've also played on the Warped Tour (see if you can spot Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy in the photo above.)
In January, the band released their debut self-titled CD, which Brenner says "was the culmination of close to two years of dedication and devotion creating music that not only is diverse, but still has an element of mass appeal." The band would get off work at 10 p.m., drive to Polysound Studios in Brandon and record until 3or 4 a.m. "We wanted to make sure we didn't overlook any details, so we took our time crafting the album."
Variety Workshop is in talks to go on a 54-city summer extreme sports tour, and they've got a few gigs around Tampa Bay this summer. But this afternoon, the band is playing a huge Memorial Day party at Big Shots, 2461 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, with Rise of Saturn, Gladiator and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; tickets are $7. All ages.