There is much to love about this year's Ultimate Local Music Guide (you really do need to pick up a hard copy for the full interactive experience), butall the highlights are here. So take a tour of this page to hear music from 2014 top local bands, watch performances and read the stories!
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APOLLO BEACH — The Leonard Brothers Band kicks off Newland Communities' annual Concerts for a Cause series at 7 p.m. Friday at the Landing at Waterset, 7012 Sail View Lane.
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $89-$200. (727) 791-7400.
SPRING HILL — Two years ago, the Special Olympics program in Hernando County was in trouble. After operating for 18 months without a coordinator, the fledgling organization had lost most of its volunteers. Bocce was the only sport local athletes were offered.
After a few scheduled interviews fall through — his fault, my fault, life's fault — Mavericks frontman Raul Malo calls my iPhone, unplanned, on a Monday morning. I laugh and say the apologetic DIY approach is not a very "rock star" maneuver.
Colorful chords and rhythms paint the walls in the shades of retro Brazil as you listen to guitarist Nate Najar's latest album.