Bubba the Love Sponge, Jack Bodziak, others teaming up for new St. Pete nightclub
If you read Soundcheck or tbt* last week, you probably saw our preview and review of the revived Jannus Live (not to mention this item about the next concert at the venue). You probably caught Sarah E. Gerard's roundup of some new and renovated bars in the downtown St. Pete scene. You probably saw Laura Reiley's roundup of new places to eat in the 'Burg.
But you may have overlooked Sandra J. Gadsden's column Sunday about what some of the powers that be at the old Jannus Landing are up to. Apparently, shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, above, is teaming up with Jannus Landing property owner Tony Amico and local nightclub honcho Richard Fabrizi on a possible nightclub at the old American Stage theater at 211 Third St. S in St. Petersburg.
Plans call for a three-story club called Scene, which will have a rooftop deck and multiple music formats at all times. But one of the most interesting tidbits about the project is the man described as the project's "architect": John C. "Jack" Bodziak, the former owner of Jannus Landing. Fabrizi was meeting with Bodziak on Friday.
With the resurgence of Jannus Live this spring, it will be interesting to see how this new "Scene" project plays out. And let's not forget that the old American Stage space is across the street from Push Ultra Lounge, a sweet venue that is trying to develop a live music reputation of its own (Tone Loc, Pete Yorn, Matisyahu, the Airborne Toxic Event and more).
Meanwhile, Jannus Live's opening weekend didn't exactly go off without a hitch.
Heavy rains on Sunday put a damper on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- and, by extension, the "post-race party" with DJ Irie, scheduled for Sunday night. The party was scuttled, and the few fans who braved the rains were directed to the Pelican Pub instead.
According to Eric Snider, who's handling P.R. duties for Jannus Live, new owner Jeff Knight has been friends and business partners with DJ Irie for years, and no contracts were broken, no feelings hurt. They agreed to have Irie back another time, when the weather was more accommodating.
If you're disappointed the party got canceled, hey, at least it was a free event.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*