Music & Shows

2014 Tampa Bay Ultimate Local Music Guide


Welcome to tbt*'s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

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!

Tampa Bay Local Music Quiz: Which music venue is perfect for you?

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Three bands, one man: Interview with Singer-songwriter Mark Etherington


  1. SoundCheck: Santana among top live music picks

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    Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $89-$200. (727) 791-7400.

    Carlos Santana will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  2. Spring Into Music at Lake House to boost Special Olympics

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    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.

  3. Interview: Mavericks' Raul Malo talks fame, power of his pipes

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    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.

    Raul Malo says he and the Mavericks just wanted to make music they liked. “I think our sound was ahead of its time,” he says. 
  4. Tampa Bay Local Music Quiz: Which music venue is perfect for you?

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  5. Nate Najar aiming for personal statements on classical guitar albums

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    Colorful chords and rhythms paint the walls in the shades of retro Brazil as you listen to guitarist Nate Najar's latest album.

    Nate Najar poses for a portrait at the Studio@620 in St. Pete.
  6. Jesse Thelonious Vance leads experimental arts venue the Venture Compound into a new era

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    Jesse Thelonious Vance creates.

    Appeal isn't a secondary or even a 101st concern as the noise artist and Pangaea Project president turns to his instruments of choice — synthesizers, saxophones, keyboards, typewriters, bullhorns and whatever else he can dream up — to express the sounds in his mind.

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