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. 5 tips, 5 bands to watch at Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor

    Music & Concerts

    For the second time, weeknight Ybor City will be overrun by punks sporting band T-shirts, beards and beers.

    Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor returns Wednesday and Thursday as a warm-up to Gainesville's punk festival Fest, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Florida ska group Less Than Jake and Richmond, Va., punk act Strike Anywhere headline the lineup of more than 70 bands playing Ybor City venues like the Orpheum and Crowbar....

    New Jersey’s Screaming Females, playing at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, are one of Pre-Fest’s must-see bands.
  2. Bicyclists, pedestrians rule Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa during Cyclovia



    Traffic on Kennedy Boulevard traveled by bicycle, roller skate, skateboard and foot in downtown Tampa on Sunday — everything but cars.

    The usually busy road was closed to vehicles from Tampa Street to Nebraska Avenue for much of the day for what is called Cyclovia, an event in which participating cities shut down major streets to open them for cyclists and pedestrians.

    Booths offering helmet fittings and safety information, food trucks, live music and more set up along the street. Visitors rode along on a wide variety of bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller skates....

    Alexandre Bramlett, 5, left, and his sister, Abby Bramlett, 8, add to the art along Kennedy Boulevard. The event also included street games, food trucks and scavenger hunts.
  3. Tampa police officer shoots armed robbery suspect near Ybor City


    TAMPA — A police officer shot and seriously injured an armed robbery suspect early Sunday at an apartment complex near Ybor City, authorities said.

    Officer Ronald Neipert, 29, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, Tampa Police Department's Homicide Shoot Team and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

    According to the Tampa Police Department, John C. Carr Jr. fired at Neipert and later pointed his gun at the officer before being shot. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. ...

  4. How Tampa shaped Benjamin Booker, music's next big thing

    Music & Concerts

    Benjamin Booker's story is the kind to make any aspiring musician jealous. Less than two years after starting to play live, he has been signed to a record label, released his debut album, played festivals, opened for Jack White and appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman and Conan.

    He lives in New Orleans, but it was in Tampa where the blues- and punk-tinged garage rocker went to Hillsborough High School and later started playing shows. He moved back to Tampa after college in Gainesville and a first attempt at living in New Orleans....

    Beer and BBQ at New World Brewery for Beer Week on Wednesday, March 6.
  5. Longtime Tampa activist, radio host Jetie Wilds Jr. dies


    TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.

    Mr. Wilds, a community activist, columnist, political candidate and former talk show host who welcomed elected officials and dignitaries to his Saturday morning show for years, died Sunday. He was 74....

    Jetie Wilds Jr.
  6. Tattoo artists, fans become ink masters at convention

    Human Interest

    Stephanie Paeplow lay face-down on a board at the Tampa Convention Center as a portrait of Elvis Presley was being etched into the back of her leg.

    Paeplow, 30, of St. Petersburg decided to get the artwork done while visiting the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention in hopes of winning a tattoo of the day award.

    This was her first time attending such a convention, she said, but she had no other plans for the day. "This is going to be an all-day thing," she said....

    Noah Hollis, owner of Noah’s Art Studio in Lake Panasoffkee, tattoos a giraffe onto Ann Ruby’s thigh Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. Hollis has been tattooing for more than 10 years.
  7. Review / photos: Ty Segall hits the Skatepark of Tampa for raucous, jam-packed show


    One thing that can be said about Friday’s sold-out, sweaty, swarming Ty Segall concert at the Skatepark of Tampa: it's a good thing it got moved from Epic Problem.

    As great as it is to catch a critically acclaimed act in a venue as intimate as the DIY punk room, it always seemed like too small a space for Segall. And sure enough, the raucous crowd packed the room to the rafters even in the considerably larger Skatepark of Tampa next door....

    Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa on Sept. 12, 2014.
  8. Prolific punk Ty Segall set to perform at the Skatepark of Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    Theater. Music hall. Skatepark?

    Those venues are all part of the current tour itinerary for garage and glam-inspired rocker Ty Segall, who plays the Skatepark of Tampa on Friday.

    It's somewhat of a small venue for Segall, who will play Athens' Georgia Theatre and the grand ballroom of New York City's Webster Hall on the tour.

    "They're all over the place, for sure," he said in an interview. "We like to do that — we like to mix it up. We'll play a 200-cap room and then the next night, we'll play a 900-cap room. And then the next night, we'll play outside of a storefront."...

    Glam-inspired California rocker Ty Segall’s tour itinerary is eclectic — just like his musical influences.
  9. Driver in altercation at Palm Harbor strip club comes forward


    TAMPA — The driver authorities say struck and injured a bouncer outside a Palm Harbor strip club, then drove off, came forward Wednesday as officials weighed whether to file charges.

    Jacques Ayyub, 29, of Clearwater spent Wednesday afternoon talking to Florida Highway Patrol troopers at their Pinellas Park station.

    "He wasn't arrested today, and I don't think he's ever going to be arrested, but that decision will ultimately be made by the State Attorney's Office," said his attorney, Barry Cohen, at a news conference Wednesday in Tampa....

  10. Review: Southern Darkness Fest brings Pelican, Primate, Black Tusk, much more metal to Ybor City


    It’s hard to imagine that in a city with such a huge metal history, and one that’s increasingly music festival-crazy, there hasn’t really been a metal festival in Tampa.

    There was Scion Rock Fest, which chose Tampa as its location two years ago. And there have been traveling tours like Mayhem Festival, which might earn you scowls from metalheads if you call them metal. But Tampa hasn’t had a metal festival we could truly call our own....

    Sannhet performs at Southern Darkness Fest in Ybor City on Aug. 23, 2014.
  11. A steady trickle of early voters turn out for final Sunday of balloting


    In-person early voting for the Florida primary ended in a slow crawl Sunday in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the final day to cast ballots before Election Day.

    Supporters waving signs and election workers outnumbered voters in some voting locations for Tuesday's primary, which determines candidates for governor, state House and other offices, in a return of Sunday early voting after a brief hiatus....

  12. Detectives arrest man wanted in 2007 murder of Wharton High student


    TAMPA — A man who has been on the run since the 2007 shooting death of a 17-year-old Wharton High School student was jailed late Wednesday in Hillsborough County after being extradited from New York.

    Rick Elise Joseph, 28, has been wanted on a second-degree murder charge for seven years. A Hillsborough County sheriff's fugitive cold case squad traced him to New York City, where he was arrested in April, officials said. On Wednesday, he was extradited to Florida....

    Rick Joseph is charged in Marcus Johnson’s death in 2007.
  13. Home fire kills two in Town 'N Country


    TAMPA — Two people died when a fire tore through a home in a Town 'N Country neighborhood Monday afternoon.

    Flames were shooting through the roof of the home at 4627 Burkett Circle when firefighters arrived shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials did not release the names of those found inside late Monday, other than to say they were adults. Hillsborough County property records indicate the home is owned by Virginia Jones and Michelle Hayes, whom neighbors described as mother and daughter....

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue members put out a blaze at 4627 Burkett Circle in Tampa on Monday afternoon.
  14. Churches rally members to vote early Sunday in Hillsborough


    TAMPA — Multicolored election signs dotted the sidewalks, cars crowded the streets and supporters shouted their candidates' praises over one another Sunday afternoon at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library.

    The event was held to encourage early voting in the Aug. 26 primary, where candidates for Florida governor, state House and other offices will be selected. Early voting started Thursday and ends Aug. 24....

    Jesse Patty tries to attract drivers Sunday outside the early voting center at C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library in Tampa.
  15. Death metal music brings Orpheum owner to life

    Music & Concerts

    As owner of the Ybor City music venue the Orpheum, Jerry Dufrain has seen everyone from rapper Ghostface Killah to indie-electronic group Little Dragon play his room. But one genre sticks out in the club's concert history: metal. The Orpheum has carved itself out as a heavy music haven by hosting national metal acts like Agalloch and Behemoth, and local pioneers like Obituary and Deicide. And on Aug. 23, it will be one of three stages for Southern Darkness Fest, which features more than 25 bands, including instrumental headliner Pelican. • Despite Tampa being a metal capital, Southern Darkness Fest is unique, said Dufrain, a promoter for the fest. There have been traveling tours and one-offs like Scion Rock Fest, which included the Orpheum as a participating venue, but not a locally grown metal festival, he said. A fan of metal and hardcore music who would see bands at CBGB as a teenager, he said, Dufrain talked with Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about Southern Darkness Fest, Tampa's metal history and his favorite metal shows at the Orpheum....

    The Orpheum’s Jerry Dufrain puts on Southern Darkness Fest on Aug. 23, with more than 25 acts.