Artist of the day: Wicasta
Singer-bassist-writer Wicasta Lovelace has his hands in a number of local rock bands (the Catdaddy Pirates, Systematic Chaos, the Just In Time Band, Windhaven), but he wants to be an even bigger part of the local scene.
In November, he hopes to organize "Capt. Thornton’s Tampa Bay Local Music Festival" — the name is an homage to a ship captain who, a century ago, took it upon himself to dredge a commercial harbor in St. Pete — to showcase local talent.
"I think such an event, focused solely on local talent performing original material, would help artists to raise their profile more than they’re likely to be able to do just from working the club scene," he said. Makes sense.
He’s approached a few artist friends for support, and has been talking to the city of St. Petersburg on park venue, and trying to line up corporate sponsors. "But it’s up to me to get the ball rolling. That’s something I’ll be working on in the next month or two as I go bow before the corporate money machines and implore them to think of all of us little fish."
Musically, these days Wicasta is focusing on the Catdaddy Pirates, who hold an invitation-only jam session each Wednesday at Market on 7th in Ybor City (they’re performing at 8 p.m. this Wednesday). And he’s working on — are you ready for this? — "a CD based upon a novel I’m writing about vampires in St. Petersburg (not as bad as it sounds — think Nosferatu, not Twilight)," he says.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*