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Future of St. Petersburg music venue Jannus Landing still up in the air

It's been a rough few days for Jannus Landing.

First, veteran concert promoter Rob Douglas, a local music scene fixture who has booked shows almost entirely at Jannus Landing for more than 25 years, resigned from the venue.

Then, on Friday, a show by the emo band Emery was canceled at the last minute without explanation — the latest sign of disarray at a venue whose owner, John C. "Jack" Bodziak, has been charged with failing to pay $250,000 in state sales taxes.

But in a brief phone conversation Monday, Bodziak said Jannus Landing remains a viable concert venue; a local hip-hop concert this past Saturday drew a paid crowd of 875, and this Sunday's show by '90s rockers Sugar Ray is attracting solid advance ticket sales.

"It's not like we shut down and we're not having shows anymore," Bodziak said.

Indeed, 10 more shows are listed on Jannus Landing's concert calendar through Oct. 31, including Motorhead (Sept. 15), Johnny Winter (Oct. 8), Insane Clown Posse (Oct. 9) and All Time Low (Oct. 26). Bodziak said the venue is still moving forward with those shows, and is currently booking more. Late Monday, the band Skinny Puppy announced a gig Nov. 28 at Jannus.

Beyond that, though, the concert outlook at the venue — which has already lost several gigs this summer to the Ritz Ybor across the bay — remains murky.

According to Bodziak's criminal defense attorney, Donald Anderson III, his client struck a deal with the Department of Revenue and has been paying back the unpaid sales tax that led to his arrest in May.

However, paying the state back won't resolve the grand theft charge against Bodziak. The next court hearing is set for Sept. 8.

A separate legal matter is whether Bodziak's concert business and downtown bars will be evicted from the Jannus Landing property altogether. In July the owner of the properties, St. Pete Jannus Inc., filed to evict Bodziak's businesses: the Green Room/Tamiami Bar, the Pelican Pub, Detroit Liquors and the concert business.

Bodziak is contesting the eviction.

From a business standpoint, losing Douglas, who's been part of the Tampa Bay live music scene since 1979, won't make things any easier for Bodziak.

Reached by phone Monday, Douglas confirmed his resignation, but declined to give a reason, "out of respect for Jack and the time I spent there."

Friday night's concert by Emery and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster was canceled with no notice, leaving plenty of confused fans at the gate, finding only a handmade sign reading "EMERY CONCERT CANCELED."

Bodziak said the Emery concert "was canceled due to a combination of an electrical problem and slow ticket sales."

On their Twitter feed Friday morning, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster wrote: "In St Pete. The power's been shut off at Jannus so the show is up in the air at this point." And Emery's manager, Scott Andrews, said there was no sound equipment at Jannus when the band arrived Friday.

Ice hot for Labor Day

Stop! Collaborate and listen, because Ice is back, with a brand new invention.

Vanilla Ice will headline the annual Labor Day Weekend beach party on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach. And what's more, he's bringing Rob Base! This means you'll get to hear Ice Ice Baby and It Takes Two live, both in the same night. Be still, our hearts.

The Old Skool Weekend show kicks off at 10 p.m. Sept. 6. Tickets will be $15 for the show; cover for the rest of Labor Day weekend is $10 for 21 and up.

Word to your mother.

Gimme 3 lines, mister

A couple of weeks ago, intrepid Times journalists Dalia Colon and Luis Santana spent the day at Tropicana Field for a behind-the-scenes look at how the Tampa Bay Rays put together their summer postgame concerts. They also spent plenty of time around that day's band, Daughtry.

As a thank you, the Rays sent Dalia an autographed picture of Daughtry. And rather than place it on her desk alongside her autographed photo of Brian Austin Green, Dalia decided to pass it along to the ultimate Daughtry fan — maybe even you!

Here's the deal: The person who writes the best Daughtry-themed haiku wins the photo. Post your haiku at our Soundcheck blog (blogs.tampabay.com/tbt), and we'll judge them this week. The contest ends at noon Thursday, and our favorite haiku gets the photo.

A refresher: A haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third. Here's our example:

Pipes like a rocker,

Head like a shiny cue ball,

Skunked by Soul Patrol.

You Daughtry fans are hardcore; we're sure you can do better than that.

Future of St. Petersburg music venue Jannus Landing still up in the air 08/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 10, 2009 10:22pm]

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