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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


Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

  1. Review: King Tuff, Ex Hex bridge rock and punk with throwback show at Crowbar in Tampa


    The longstanding war between classic rock and indie rock may finally be coming to a close, if Friday night's King Tuff and Ex Hex show at Crowbar was any indication.

    For a long time, indie rockers seemed to view bands like Led Zeppelin and T. Rex as dinosaur acts to consider extinct, with a few exceptions, such as the guitar-solo shredding, Peter Frampton-covering Dinosaur Jr. Yet lately, more Pitchfork-approved artists like Ty Segall have been vocal about their classic rock influences — and judging by his sold-out Skatepark of Tampa show in September, audiences are more receptive to it as well....

    King Tuff performed at Crowbar in Ybor City on Jan. 16, 2015.
  2. Review: Propagandhi mine the past for expansive, political set at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg


    Consider the concert calendar for 2015 officially commenced, as Canadian punks Propagandhi shook Tampa Bay out of its end-of-year slumber Saturday at the State Theatre.

    The band last played the State Theatre six years ago with hardcore legends Bad Brains on their way to St. Augustine's Harvest of Hope Fest, where they headlined alongside acts like The National and Against Me! Before that, it had been another eight years since they had played Florida....

    Propagandhi performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Jan. 3, 2015.
  3. The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2014, No. 3: The DIY movement takes off


    (Welcome to the end of the year on Soundcheck! From now through Dec. 31, we’ll be wrapping up the year’s best music, best local concerts and the biggest local music stories of the year. Stay tuned as we count 'em all down!)

    One of the year’s most epic local concerts came in September, when fuzzy garage rocker Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa. Not the Skatepark’s Epic Problem performance space, mind you — inside the actual Skatepark, with a stage set up in the rink and skaters doing their thing off to the side....

    Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa on Sept. 12, 2014.
  4. Tampa Bay's best concerts of 2014, Part 2: Against Me!, Ty Segall, Action Bronson and more


    (Through the end of the year on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2014. Today: tbt*’s Jimmy Geurts.)

    Priests (Jan. 14, Planet Retro Gallery): January was an unusually busy month for up-and-coming acts in Tampa Bay — in one week alone, Speedy Ortiz, Priests and Perfect Pussy all played shows, which is 3/7 of a Pitchfork showcase right there. And while there was an undeniable novelty in seeing Perfect Pussy play a literal storage unit, most impressive was Priests, proving a worthy addition to the long lineage of Washington D.C. punk....

    Joyce Manor performed at Epic Problem in Tampa on Sept. 24, 2014.
  5. Hillsborough to halt animal turn-ins while shelter gets termite treatment


    TAMPA — Starting next week, Hillsborough County's animal shelter will temporarily stop taking in pets as it prepares to treat for termites.

    Officials are asking owners to hold off turning in their pets beginning at noon Dec. 24 while the shelter temporarily relocates animals from the N Falkenburg Road facility, which will be tented. Normal operations resume on Jan. 12.

    The shelter will provide items such as food and crates for owners who need them so they can care for their pets during the interim, county pet services director Scott Trebatoski said....

  6. Tampa bike sharing program rolls out to the public

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A dreary, drizzling Sunday morning sky didn't deter local cyclists from coming out for the opening of Tampa's new bike-sharing program.

    Coast Bike Share held a launch party at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa and a bike ride to Ybor City with Tampa police escorts that drew a couple hundred attendees, city spokeswoman Ali Glisson said.

    Among those present were Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City Council member Mike Suarez, police Chief Jane Castor and Richard Gonzmart, owner of the Columbia Restaurant and new restaurant Ulele, next to Water Works Park....

    People pick out bicycles to ride before Sunday’s public launch of Tampa’s Coast Bike Share program at Water Works Park.
  7. Event held to assist people trying to understand immigration changes

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Three days after President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to immigration rules through executive actions, advocates are starting to spread the word to their communities about how they work.

    Tampa lawyer Gil Sanchez held a free immigration seminar Sunday inside Raymond James Stadium. The event's purpose, he said, was to inform those who are potentially affected about what the changes mean — and what they don't mean....

  8. Sunday's TED Talk event in Tampa focuses on youth

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — It's often said that ideas can come from anywhere. On Sunday afternoon at the John F. Germany Public Library auditorium, several speakers tried to inspire the next great one on topics related to youth.

    This being the TEDxYouth@TampaRiverwalk, the fifth annual installment of the event based on the popular TED Talks series, several presenters at the downtown Tampa library were young people themselves....

  9. Tampa police focus on churches in effort to recruit black officers

    Human Interest

    As the Bible-Based Fellowship Church held its services Sunday, with shouted proclamations and smashing drums, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor watched from the pews before taking her own turn at the pulpit.

    She joked with the pastor about her more subdued Protestant church, then addressed the congregation with a serious message about diversity: Her department needs to look more like the community it serves. ...

    Tampa police Chief Jane Castor spoke at a church on Sunday.
  10. Review: Interpol, Hundred Waters combine New York, Florida cool at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Between Interpol’s show Thursday at Jannus Live, and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas headlining the Coral Skies Festival less than two weeks earlier, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s early-'00s New York City again.

    First, no, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs didn’t play a secret show anywhere. But the next question it raised is, what have these darlings of the '00s NYC rock scene been up to more than a decade later?...

    Hundred Waters opened for Interpol at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Nov. 6, 2014.
  11. Review / photos: Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor wraps up with Less Than Jake, Screaming Females, PUP and more


    (For a review of Day 1 of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, click here.)

    As Fest 13 begins its onslaught on downtown Gainesville today, Tampa’s offshoot Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor wrapped up Thursday night with some of the biggest names playing this weekend....

    Toys That Kill performed at Day 2 of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor on Oct. 30, 2014.
  12. Review / photos: Tampa punks rejoice as Day 1 of Pre-Fest brings Strike Anywhere, Kind of Like Spitting, more to Ybor City


    The punks walking the sidewalks of Ybor City, the loud music emanating from various venues and the posters proudly advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon deals made it clear: Fest has returned to Tampa.

    Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor began its second year Wednesday night across various Ybor City venues. The two-day festival serves as a prelude to Fest 13, the punk extravaganza running Friday through Sunday in Gainesville....

    Dads headlined Crowbar's stage on Day 1 of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor on Oct. 29, 2014.
  13. Wrong-way driver arrested on I-275, faces DUI charge

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A police officer who narrowly averted a collision with yet another wrong-way driver on Interstate 275 turned around and arrested the man early Sunday.

    Josean Carrasquillo, 25, was charged with driving under the influence. There were no injuries or crashes caused by the wrong-way incident, police said.

    According to authorities, Tampa patrol officer John Stanjeski was traveling southbound on I-275 near the Howard Avenue exit at about 3 a.m. Sunday as Carrasquillo was driving northbound on the inside lane. The officer had to swerve to avoid colliding with him, Tampa Police Lt. Ashley Roberts said....

    Josean Carrasquillo, 25, was pulled over, arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
  14. 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.
  15. 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....

    Participants in the Cyclovia, an event for families to run, bike and play together Sunday, are reflected in the side of a vehicle.