Steve Earle, Amy Goodman coming to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
Hard-core troubador Steve Earle and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman are coming to Tampa this month to headline WMNF 88.5's Peace Awards, from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Maestro's, the high-end restaurant inside the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
The Peace Awards are designed to celebrate those do-gooders who fight social injustice, be it in the realm of the economy, the envrionment or the world of politics. Local peace activist (and former WMNF board president) Lou Putney and his wife, Karen, as well as the late Susan Hussey will be honored with the station's first-ever Peace Legacy Awards.
Goodman (who is also up for an award) will emcee the event, and Earle is flying in from New York to play a solo, acoustic 30-minute set. "He's closing out the event with a half-hour performance," said station general manager Jim Bennett. "He agreed to do it for WMNF."
At $75 a pop, tickets are kind of pricey -- but don't worry, it's all a fundraiser for WMNF, which means it's tax-deductable, and good karma for you. Plus, dinner is included. That's a plus, right?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Ted Barron.