Jimmy Geurts, Times Staff Writer

Jimmy Geurts

Jimmy Geurts works in the Tampa Bay Times' Tampa bureau and has reported on news, features and art and entertainment. He joined the Times in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in journalism. He has also written for Creative Loafing, the Tampa Tribune and the USF Oracle.

Phone: (813) 226-3402

Email: jgeurts@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

  1. Review: Deafhaven blast Tampa's Crowbar with moody shoegaze and metal


    Tampa Bay’s summer concert schedule this year ends with the inaugural Southern Darkness Fest on Aug. 23, bringing a variety of metal and hardcore acts to Ybor.

    So it’s fitting that a few days before the first day of summer, a diverse bill of heavy music headlined by one of its biggest current success stories would make its way to town. That’s what happened Tuesday night, as San Francisco black metal shoegazers Deafheaven played Crowbar in Ybor City along with Pallbearer and Wreck and Reference....

    Wreck and Reference opened for Deafhaven at Crowbar in Ybor City on June 17, 2014.
  2. Former regional planning chief, Julia Greene, dead at 74


    Julia Greene decided to go to college, eventually earning a master's of public administration, while living as a full-time mom.

    And after starting as a bookkeeper at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, she worked her way up to become the first female executive director of the agency that oversees growth and transportation planning in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties ....

    Julia Greene is the former executive director of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
  3. Andrew W.K. parties hard, but how's his putting?

    Music & Concerts

    Call it "Oh, Florida," concert edition: Andrew W.K. is performing at a Wesley Chapel golf course.

    That's right, the Party Hard musician will be headlining a free concert Friday night at Quail Hollow Golf Club, following 102.5 The Bone's Real Raw Open Golf Tournament.

    Andrew W.K. is no stranger to unusual concert venues, having performed at the Gathering of Juggalos, DJed for Black Sabbath and spoken at a My Little Pony convention. And it makes even more sense when you learn his brother, Patrick Wilkes-Krier, is a professional golfer....

    Does Andrew W.K. look like a guy who should be performing at a golf tournament?
  4. Eight-year-old South Tampa girl helps deliver newborn brother

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — An 8-year-old girl helped deliver her baby brother Monday as a 911 dispatcher talked mother and daughter along until rescue workers arrived and finished the job.

    And it was all caught on audio recording.

    The 29-year-old expecting South Tampa mother, Krystle Garcia, called 911 shortly after 7 a.m. having gone into labor. Tampa Fire Rescue dispatched paramedics to the home in the 4700 block of Wisconsin Avenue....

    Jazmine McEnaney, 8, holds her brother, Joseph, after helping deliver the boy as a 911 operator gave her instructions.
  5. Review: Tropical Heatwave, the Hold Steady throw another killer party in Ybor City


    Five years ago, Tropical Heatwave was the only game in town.

    There was no Gasparilla Music Festival, no Antiwarpt, no Whigfest, no Big Guava, no Sunset. Sure, there was the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Ribfest, but in terms of a pure eclectic, electric rock festival experience, you had to go to Ybor City for WMNF-88.5’s biggest annual event....

    Singer Craig Finn of The Hold Steady performs at WMNF-88.5's 33rd annual Tropical Heatwave festival on May 10, 2014 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City.
  6. Review: Mogwai cranks up the volume for awe-inspiring show at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


    It's one of the biggest weeks for Tampa Bay music in recent memory, as Big Guava Music Festival aims to bring a Coachella flavor to Florida. How do you kick it off? Well, how about a club gig from a band coming off the festival?

    That's what happened when Scottish post-rockers Mogwai stopped by the Ritz Ybor for a show Wednesday night. And sure, the group might not be as huge a draw as Coachella/Big Guava headliners Outkast or Foster the People, or maybe even up-and-comers Chance the Rapper and Haim. But on Wednesday, the group offered an epic, festival-level set, without having to sift through the crowds at Florida State Fairgrounds. ...

    Mogwai performs at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on April 30, 2014.
  7. School staffers use CPR, defibrillator to revive collapsed Plant High student

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — School staff used CPR and a portable defibrillator to revive a Plant High School student who collapsed Tuesday while running on the track.

    The 15-year-old male student, whose name was not released, was on the final lap of a fitness test around noon when he collapsed behind a concession stand, said coach and physical education department head Carrie Mahon.

    Assistant principal Laura Figueredo said Wednesday she knew the situation was serious when she heard Mahon's voice as she called for the school nurse and emergency medical help....

  8. Tampa lawyer Henry Hicks is remembered for efforts to help others

    Human Interest

    Friends say Henry Hicks took an interest in helping people out of tough spots.

    As a lawyer specializing in real estate, he represented clients facing foreclosure or similar issues. It was a "massive undertaking," particularly in recent years, said close friend Charles Greacen, but Hicks always sought practical solutions to ease people's burdens.

    "He saw people who were in this nationwide conundrum and said, 'There's got to be a fix to this,' " Greacen said....

    Henry Hicks, 60, died Saturday in a boating incident off Anna Maria.
  9. Apartment complex's latest fire displaces residents — again


    TAMPA — Yanet Marrero was taking a sick day from work when she heard a knock on her apartment door and warnings about a fire early Monday.

    Marrero could only grab her phone, purse and a jacket before rushing out. When she left her building, she was confronted by smoke.

    She had moved into the apartment about a month ago, spending all her money on it. The fire didn't just damage her apartment — part of the complex's destroyed roof fell on her car....

    Yanet Marrero, left, who has two children, 16 and 3, gets help from the Red Cross after her apartment was destroyed. She had only lived there for a month. “I lost everything,” she said.
  10. Singer-guitarist Benjamin Booker of Tampa is on the fast track


    Only about a year and half after starting to play music in Tampa, Benjamin Booker has found big success — playing with Jack White and on the David Letterman show. The White Stripes frontman chose Booker as an opening act for a handful of dates, and the singer and guitarist is set to perform on The Late Show With David Letterman this Wednesday. • Booker, 24, grew up in Tampa, staying until he graduated from Hillsborough High School. After living in Gainesville and New Orleans, he moved back to Tampa, working at Mojo Books & Records and playing with drummer Max Norton. (Booker has since returned to New Orleans.) • It was in Tampa that the bluesy garage duo caught the attention of ATO Records — the home of Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket. They'll release their debut album on the label this year. • Booker talked with Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about his past playing in Tampa and his busy future....

    Benjamin Booker of Tampa is on the fast track, with a gig this week on Letterman, performances with Jack White and a deal with ATO Records. He performs with drummer Max Norton, also of Tampa. For Letterman, Alex Spoto, also from Tampa, will join them.
  11. Review: Cloud Nothings rip through a ferocious set at Crowbar in Ybor City


    Slowly but surely, names are getting crossed off the “they never visit Tampa!” list of grievances. On Tuesday night at Crowbar, it was Cleveland indie group Cloud Nothings, riding the wave of critical acclaim off their last two albums.

    Starting off as a lo-fi, home-recorded act, the band got clearer and louder on 2012’s Attack on Memory and their new record Here and Nowhere Else. Tuesday’s show was a stop in several months of dates spanning several countries and sets at Bonnaroo and the Pitchfork Music Festival. ...

    Cloud Nothings performed at Crowbar in Ybor City on April 22, 2014.
  12. Permanent Makeup bringing danceable punk to life in St. Petersburg

    Music & Concerts

    Perhaps the ever-increasing presence of Pinellas post-punkers Permanent Makeup can be best summed up by one week in January.

    Over the span of eight days, they played with San Francisco hardcore group No Statik, Washington D.C. punks Priests and twice with the buzzed-about Syracuse, New York band Perfect Pussy.

    "That was a crazy week," vocalist-bassist Chris Nadeau said in an interview at the St. Pete home he shares with his wife and drummer Susan Dickson-Nadeau....

    Permanent Makeup’s unconventional venues match their unconventional sound.
  13. Permanent Makeup: Post-punk noise that might just make you dance


    (Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Genre-pushing post-punk trio Permanent Makeup.)

    Perhaps the ever-increasing presence of Pinellas post-punkers Permanent Makeup can be best summed up by one week in January.

    Over the span of eight days, they played with San Francisco hardcore group No Statik, Washington D.C. punks Priests and twice with the buzzed-about Syracuse, New York band Perfect Pussy....

    From left: James Bess, Susan Dickson-Nadeau and Chris Nadeau of Permanent Makeup, photographed at the Nadeaus' home in St. Petersburg.
  14. Review: The Dead Milkmen merge goofy sensibility, legendary melodies at the Brass Mug in Tampa


    It’s not every day you can see The Dead Milkmen at a small club located in a strip mall, but fortuitous circumstances brought them to Tampa that way on April 12.

    The Philadelphia punk legends were set to play Orlando at a new venue called Fabbio’s Live, but it wasn’t able to open in time. It was then moved to Tampa, and the Brass Mug at that — a venue synonymous with metal shows and inescapable cigarette smoke....

    The Dead Milkmen perform at the Brass Mug on April 12 in Tampa.
  15. Deputies investigating Riverview horse rescue operation


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has launched a criminal investigation into a Riverview horse rescue, saying the operation mistreated two horses the Sheriff's Office had placed there earlier this year.

    Detectives said two horses, an Arabian mare named Valentine and a Tennessee pinto mare named Flower, were found underweight and apparently malnourished during an April 2 visit to RVR Horse Rescue at 12611 Hayes Clan Road. The animals were taken to a Sheriff's Office facility against the rescue's wishes....