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Artist of the day: Alias Julius

Detroit native Alias Julius has established herself as a popular acoustic folk-rock-blues performer around Tampa Bay, with shows almost every night at bars and clubs around Tampa Bay. This month alone, she's taken the stage at Taps Wine and Beer Merchants, the Hula Bay Club, the Chart House and multiple Green Iguanas.

But the classically trained singer-songwriter also managed to cultivate a fan base around the globe, performing in the Czech Republic and other European countries. In 2011, she hopes to release a new album, Lonely Season, and tour behind it in Scandanavia.

She's already released a pair of albums, Boondox and Two Lane Blacktop. With her bold stage presence and bold voice, comparisons to Melissa Etheridge and Indigo Girls aren't far off. "I've heard Grace Slick, which is complimentary," she told tbt* a few years ago. "She taught me how to sing instead of scream and changed my outlook on music."

On Tuesday, she'll take a break from club gigs for a headlining show at 7 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse. Greg West is also on the bill. Tickets are $5. Click here for details.