SoundBytes: Sinden, George Lopez, Laws and more
-- Scion is gearing up for another free Pulp the Party event on ... heh heh ... 4/20. That's Tuesday, hippies. Your artists include Sinden, Jokers of the Scene, Franki Chan and DJ Eleven. It's free starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Czar, but you gotta RSVP here.
-- Wait, was that Mike Culotta from Tampa country megastation WQYK on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night? Sure was.
-- Major ups to one of tbt*'s 2010 Ultimate Local Artists, Laws, who is featured in this month's XXL. Great love for one of Tampa Bay's most original artists, and huge for him. Sleep on this guy and you'll regret it.
-- Speaking of former tbt* Ultimate Local Artists: Select Start has been named one of six finalists for the 2010 Florida Grammy Showcase. (Another former tbt* Ultimate Local Artist, Will Quinlan, was a finalist last year.) they'll be performing at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lyrica, 22 S Magnolia Ave., in Orlando, as part of the Florida Grammy Showcase.
-- PLAY isn't the only upcoming music venue in Ybor City. The Blues Ship, located at 1910 E Seventh Ave., formerly the Good Luck Cafe, is relaunching as a blues venue. The Suncoast Blues Society will hold a spotlight series there on May 2, with Dr. Gary Brown's Blues Band. (But it looks like they've got a lot of, um, Ybor-iffic party nights planned there, too.) You might recall it was known as the Blues Ship many years ago -- here's a story about its history.
-- According to our colleague Sandra J. Gadsden, the city of St. Petersburg is throwing its weight behind American Idol contestant (and possible favorite) Michael Lynche, in hopes that if he makes the top 3, Idol producers will accompany him to St. Pete to film a segment about his salad days here. This, the idea goes, will equal tourism. They've even launched a city-sponsored "Unofficial Michael Lynche Fan Page" to support him.
-- If you missed Rebecca Catalanello's story about Dunedin sixth-grade piano prodigy Nadia Azzi, who performed Sunday at Carnegie Hall -- Carnegie Hall! -- click here to check it out. Then see 11-year-old Nadia for yourself when she performs with other (adult) classical musicians at 3 p.m. Sunday (4/25) at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, 1601 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*