So Local Pasco CORRECTION, IMPORTANT…Sunday Schedule Error!

In the Friday podcast, I got a date wrong!

You’ll just have to wait to see Sammy Davis, Jr. til NEXT weekend.

Sammy will be at The HandleBar Saturday, February 6th, not THIS SUNDAY.

No, not that Sammy Davis, Junior...THIS ONE. No not THIS SUNDAY, NEXT SATURDAY!
No, not that Sammy Davis, Junior…THIS ONE. No not THIS SUNDAY, NEXT SATURDAY!

Arrgh.  Very sorry for the error.  Those responsible have been severely reprimanded.

(I think I had too much blood in my caffeine system).

So Local Pasco Podcast, January 29th, 2016. Hogs 4 Dogs Edition

Hogs 4 Dogs is the kind of event I LOVE to get behind.  This event supports K9s For Warriors.

Here’s the idea:

Rescue dogs from shelters.  Train them as service animals.  Assign them to care for veterans with PTSD and other health issues.  Here is the K9s For Warriors Mission Statement:

“K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.”

K9s for Warriors Website Link

So, Betty Gagnon and her friends at VFW Post 6180 (Notice how many SERVICE events we’ve covered, out of that one little old Chapter?) have cooked up a GREAT event to support that effort.  They’ve set a goal for themselves of providing funding for the training and placement of two dogs for this program.

Details are in the podcast, but it involves loud music, a pig roast, and a worthy cause, so call and sign up!

I will be there, which should make this irresistible to you!
I will be there, which should make this irresistible to you!

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Service FIRST, Party after!

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Another BIG music week at The HandleBar, Hudson!
Another BIG music week at The HandleBar, Hudson!

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Saturday, 2 to 6 pm, The HandleBar Hudson presents The Jimmy Sparks Band!Jimmy sparks band logo

Great power blues...If you like SRV, Jeff Beck, Albert Collins, and all, you will LIKE THESE GUYS!
Great power blues…If you like SRV, Jeff Beck, Albert Collins, and all, you will LIKE THESE GUYS!

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Sunday, catch Tampa Local Country and Hick-Hop artist Sammy Davis, Junior, from 2pm to 6pm.  This is where urban meets redneck.

No, not that Sammy Davis, Junior...THIS ONE.
No, not that Sammy Davis, Junior…THIS ONE.

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Hey…We’ve lost too many good people.  Please be safe, out there.  Drink responsibly, and ask for help if you need it.  People care about you.

 

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, January 28th, 2016. Busy Bullfrogs and Benefit for Lee Edition

I caught up with some busy Bullfrogs tonight, as they were loading up after their open mic gig that the New Bobkatz, here in Hudson.  Easy venue for me…Less than a mile from Spare Room Studio, Inc.

Not much writing tonight.  I’ll let the podcast tell the tale.  The screens are blurry, and I need a nap.  Hey…It would mean a LOT to me, and to my friend Lee, if you committed to coming out to the benefit mentioned in the podcast:

Great bands, great food, raffles, prizes...And a chance to give back to a guy who has almost literally given his life to the music, for US.
Great bands, great food, raffles, prizes…And a chance to give back to a guy who has almost literally given his life to the music, for US.

So Local Pasco Podcast, January 27th, 2016…Slow News Day Edition

Slow news days bring out the mischief in me.  I wrote a whole list of fun things imaginary people could do at the Sims Park Grand Re-Opening, on Saturday.  I especially liked the idea of a County All Bassoon Band.

Yes, there REALLY IS such a thing as an all bassoon band.  I checked The Googles!
Yes, there REALLY IS such a thing as an all bassoon band. I checked The Googles!

Oh, well.  I know there are a lot of big things shaking, down in New Port Richey…Chamber of Commerce is doing a lot of pretty cool business development week activities…The Hacienda Restoration looks like an actual construction job, now, so THAT is exciting.

Of course, the big event, this week, will be the Grand Re-Opening of Sims Park…It is the ‘signature space’ of West Pasco County.  The connection of Orange Lake to the rest of the space is going to be a new and amazing thing.  The West Pasco Historical Society will now overlook it all, and I love that.  I think the scale of events in the unified space will grow…And that will mean an ever more vibrant culture, art, and music scene in our community.

Rendering of the new Sims Park splash pad.
Rendering of the new Sims Park splash pad.

Now we have new shops springing up, a TV studio, a business incubator…Our little city on the river is coming around.  Let’s be careful we don’t make it too cool.  If it’s going to be authentic, you’re just going to have to tolerate some weirdos.  Some low income people, some new cultures, some new ideas. A Convenience store, or two.  I remember when former NPR Mayor Wendy Brenner xeriscaped her yard…Some folks were not too enthused about that.  Now, there is a whole ENCLAVE of folks from Orange Lake North to Mass Ave that are xeriscaping, and growing vegetables in their yards, and all sorts of other ‘far out’ things.  It is my favorite residential neighborhood in New Port Richey.

That’s it really…I want them to leave room for new ideas.  I was able to enjoy Ybor City in Tampa during it’s last gasp of…dangerousness.  It was not a place kids from out in the boonies visited with parental approval.  It was sketchy, but it was CHEAP.  Musicians and artists and crafters could live there.

You may not know this, but artists often don’t make a lot of money.   Cheap living is critical to incubating an art and culture scene.  Food, too.  Gourmet food is great.  But so is good STREET food.  A good utility slice of pizza, or a Sabrett, or a giant pretzel with mustard.  We should be careful, is what I am saying, not to price THOSE GUYS out of downtown.

You want to be safe.  I want to be safe.  I get it.  But, if we clamp down too much on what we ‘allow’ in downtown, don’t we lose some of the chaotic beauty of a great town?  Is sterile what we want?  It’s not what I want.

~GregWeirdos