So Local Pasco Podcast February 19th, 2016. Barry for Pasco, Freq Does the Wall Edition

I had a great conversation Thursday (I have a LOT of those, lately) with a musician I’ve never met.  He’s Brett, the bass player from the band Freq…They are doing an extraordinary thing on Saturday night: A complete, end to end, no breaks rendition of the legendary Pink Floyd concept album “The Wall”.  They’ve even made some ‘organic’ sound effects and spoken word bits to replace the ones you may remember from the album (though they kept some of them ‘as is’.)

For those of us of a certain age, this was our disillusioned, isolated, nihilistic statement.  “We don’t need no education!”  was a battle line anthem chant in my house (my mom was a teacher)…And chant it I did.  I was so disillusioned with life in that moment.  My best friend had died.  I was going to an almost alien school, 35 miles from my house, here in Pasco County.  Nothing about that was emotionally good.

MOST of us were, in some way, cut off from being able to show real humanity to each other as teens.  I feel comfortable saying that because at fifty three, most of my peers who have any level of introspection tell me they felt isolated and alone with their fears and problems then, as well.
The Wall Freq
Anyway, dark baggage aside, The Wall is an extraordinary WORK.  It is not a collection of good songs…It is a complete piece, and it deserves to be treated that way.  Brett seemed concerned that I “get” that they aren’t really doing it to show they can master it, or perform a carbon copy of the style of Pink Floyd…Just that they know it, they worked hard to learn it, and they want to perform it.  I think, probably, in the same way any classical musician wants to be able to play those works…For the shear joy of knowing you can.

And I am really excited that we are going to get to see them do it.  The Overtime Bar, Saturday night.

Corey Cottrell and his band BOM open, so don’t miss that!

Freq perform The Wall at Overtime on 52, Saturday night.
Freq perform The Wall at Overtime on 52, Saturday night.
These guys, right here!
These guys, right here!

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Tonight, I’ll be up at the FULL LIQUOR HandleBar to catch Wicked for an early set…My Friend Jimmy Lee Brearley has escaped containment, and will be joining me.  Really excited to get Lee out for a bit…Stay tuned for more info on the benefit for himself early next week, when we interview Lisa Hayn from Gypsy Raine!

Another BIG music week at The HandleBar, Hudson!
Another BIG music week at The HandleBar, Hudson!
Wicked plays The HandleBar in Hudson, Friday, 8-12.
Wicked plays The HandleBar in Hudson, Friday, 8-12.

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There’s ALSO a literal boatload of fun to be had at the Pasco WaterFest, sponsored by the Bayou Business Association this weekend.  See the event flyer in our earlier posts for more information…I hope to get down there for some of the events on Saturday!

Proceeds benefit "Fish On", a charity that takes underprivileged kids fishing.
Proceeds benefit “Fish On”, a charity that takes underprivileged kids fishing.

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My Sunday is going to be filled with the smells and delightful tastes of the Suncoast Brotherhood Pasco’s 4th Annual Chili Cookoff, out at VFW 6180, on Osceola Drive, in Golden Acres.  I sincerely love my life right now…ALL THE CHILI I CAN EAT FOR $5!?  You should come out and join me, I’m bringing all the Tums I can find.

Prizes for best mild, medium, and hot chili, and a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR prize for the people's choice!
Prizes for best mild, medium, and hot chili, and a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR prize for the people’s choice!

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Friend of the show Barry Horvath kicked off his campaign for County Commission, last night.  I think it is safe to say NO candidate for County Commission in Pasco County has ever kicked off their campaign by performing “Some Kind of Wonderful” with his or her ROCK BAND, before.  It was nice getting to talk to Mike Napoli and John Battista from Shadowfax…I had not seen Mike since 1983 or so.  Eric Anderson helped out, so no one broke a hip.  Aside from my personal endorsement, you can read my formal “So Local Pasco” endorsement for Barry later today, elsewhere on the website.

So Local Pasco endorses Barry Horvath for County Commission.
So Local Pasco endorses Barry Horvath for County Commission.

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Oh, one last thing!  So Local Pasco TV airs today at 3pm!

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Today’s guests are yet ANOTHER amazing singer/songwriter, Corey Cottrell, who plays two songs for us, and talks about his dramatic escape from the frozen wastelands of arctic Canada…And Jason Rhodes (and possibly a mystery music guest!) from The Inspire Foundation, which provides music instruction and therapy to Special needs kids and adults in our community.  So tune in for THAT!

Have a great weekend, everybody…And make sure and catch the Second Edition of the Saturday Music Cast with Letter of Intent, tomorrow.

And off we go!

~Greg

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