Running Down a Dream: We Went to See What of Tom Petty Was Left in Gainesville

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When I told my brother I'd help him move out of his house in Gainesville, I planned to pay tribute to Tom Petty's place of origin by visiting sites that were important to him as a young man.

Jacksonville gave us Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tallahassee spawned Creed, Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne and went to Florida State University for a minute but was really a California guy. Tom Petty, though, was born, raised, and learned to play music in Gainesville. As far as the Sunshine State's contribution to rock music, Petty is ours.

I figured finding Petty's former hot spots would be easy. After all, Tennessee famously turned Elvis Presley's Graceland into a shrine. Every California guidebook has the address in San Francisco where the Grateful Dead lived. Hell, even Indiana has an "audio driving tour CD" where you can visit places important to John Mellencamp. But a quick internet search on significant Tom Petty sites showed nothing.

I asked a messageboard dedicated to Gainesville rock history and heard crickets. Some deeper sleuthing revealed old Gainesville phone directories where Earl Petty, Tom's dad, was listed. In 1950, the year of Tom's birth, there was an address at 1114 NE Ninth St. The phone book for 1958 listed him as living at 1715 NE Sixth Terrace. That was a start.

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Lady Casa, Queen of the Ravers, Spreads EDM's PLUR Message

Categories: Longreads

Photo by Danh Le/
Lady Casa
Lady Casa is perhaps the country's most famous raver and something like a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to Los Angeles and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns into a mob scene.

Not far from the guy who walks on glass and an Italian tour group, hundreds of ravers wait for hours in a snaking line to get Lady Casa's autograph, hear her wisdom, and, most important, hug her. The event is billed as her 26th birthday party, as well as a benefit for local animal shelters.

"I'm so nervous right now!" says an awkward 20-something when he finally reaches the front. "You're awesome," she responds, writing a personalized note for him on a decal. She ends it, "Namaste, Lady Casa."

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Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow Crowd at Cruzan Amphitheatre Booed Obama

Categories: Concert Review

Sayre Berman

Cruzan Amphitheatre was packed this past Saturday, but it a was a far cry from the last time I was at the venue for Warped Tour. Instead of punks sporting converse and piercings in every orifice, it was cowboy boot-palooza up in there, with daisy duke-clad gals waiting with bated breath for Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts.

After getting over the initial culture shock of feeling like we'd stepped into a rodeo (I swear I didn't know that many people in South Florida owned cowboy boots) my friend and I got to our seats, ready for some twang.

Opening act Gloriana, which hails from Nashville, got early arrivers in the mood with some catchy country tunes and sweet vocals. The guitarist was surprisingly talented and made an impression with his passionate rock style. The trio played a short but high energy set including two of its bigger tunes "Wild At Heart" and "(Kissed You) Good Night," which got the crowd singing along and dancing.

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Surfer Blood - Respectable Street Café, West Palm Beach - September 12

Categories: Concert Preview


By Olivia Feldman

Seeing a band play its hometown -- especially at a venue the members used to frequent -- gives a cool glimpse into its past. Especially, when the bouncer at said venue tells you he remembers throwing the members out multiple times eight or ten years ago.

Now that's pretty revelatory.

This weekend, Respectable Street Café welcomed home one of its own, Surfer Blood, to a packed house Friday night. You could feel the West Palm love emitting from clubgoers. With Surfer Blood's imminent arrival, we saw quite the colorful crowd of spectators -- guys in Hawaiian shirts bopped their heads to house music next to girls in high-waisted shorts and crop tops and a man with a yellow flower in his hair. There was a dude in a Nike swoosh shirt and sneakers at the same show as a college kids lighting up bowls. This is not something you see at just any old rock show.

See also: Surfer Blood's JP Pitts Shares His Top Five Most Memorable Local Gigs

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Shark Valley Sisters Record and Release Album, Shabbos at the Shack, in One Day

Categories: Album Release

Samantha Thrall

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the guitarist and vocalist half of Shark Valley Sisters, Rob Elba, cryptically posted the following status on his Facebook page: "Shark Valley Sisters recording today at the legendary Shack Studios with the semi-legendary Ferny Coipel. The plan is to release whatever we come up with on Bandcamp tonight."

The resulting work he created with his partner in this musical enterprise -- the formidable drummer Fausto Figueredo -- is a three-song Internet release called Shabbos at the Shack. It is the second album by this heavy alt punk duo after its 2013 debut The Prince and the Punk. The set is a natural step forward from Elba's Holy Terrors material and Figueredo's body of work with Load -- an evolution, but not a reinvention, which is marvelous for fans of SVS.

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Washed Out - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - September 13

Categories: Concert Review

James Argyropoulos

As eager as I was to see Washed Out, I was almost more curious to see how an audience would react to the music live.

The brainchild of Ernest Greene, this Athens, Georgia act creates an intimate, synth heavy ambience that seems more fitting heard through a pair of earbuds than in the communal setting of a live venue. How would a crowd respond in public to chillwave? Zone out in a dream like trance with the occasional bob of the head? Dance erotically with one finger in the air another in their mouths without making eye contact with anyone?

See also: Washed Out at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale (Slideshow)

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Surfer Blood's JP Pitts Shares His Top Five Most Memorable Local Gigs

Categories: Concert Preview


It's been a minute since fuzzed-out, home-bred blog sensation Surfer Blood played a local show. You haven't forgotten about our cherished West Palm Beach college rock purveyors, have you? Despite releasing an album on a major label, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and touring the world a few times over, these dudes have never forgotten where they came from.

And it is with open arms that we welcome Surfer Blood back for a prized local show tonight at one of the most befitting spots in our area, Respectable Street Café, where the group first got its start.

It got us thinking, if you're like us, you've probably witnessed Surfer Blood's wondrous Pixie-ish start-stop dynamics a few dozen times. Engulfed with nostalgia, we started reflecting back to our favorite local Surfer Blood gigs. We've been there since the beginning, after all, since its first iteration as TV Club at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, when the band wowed us with an indie rock spunk on par with lo-fi giants like Weezer and Built to Spill.

We asked John Paul Pitts, Surfer Blood's lead singer, which of the group's local shows were the most memorable for him. Here's exactly what he said, word for word.

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Second Saturday's Jazz Night Kicks off this Weekend at Monterey Club

Categories: Jazzy

JazzMonkeys' Facebook page

The Monterey Club had been missing something for a while there. What was it again? It's on the tip of our tongues... That's right! The ability to serve full liquor at the bar!

Rob Stannard and his fledgling club have had their fair shares of ups and downs and all arounds, but now, after reopening in January of this year, they've finally been able to get their alcoholic bearings together and can serve a full bar's worth of delicious liquor.

Bands will start sounding good again! Just kidding, they've done a great job of keeping Wednesday through Sunday nights steadily supplied with quality music. And now, in a move that should surprise no one, they are kicking off their recently rewarded bacchanalian prowess with a newly minted monthly event, Second Saturdays Jazz Night, a night that will correctly capture that "retro cool" spirit to which the venue has always aspired.

See also: Monterey Club Reopens at Same Spot, January 18

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Stitches Offers Coke to Audience, Abruptly Ends Show in Lake Worth

Categories: A Gay Ol' Time

Via YouTube
Last Friday, September 5th, the rapper known as Stitches -- internet-famous for intimidating face tattoos and rapping "I love selling blow!" -- abruptly ended his performance and abandoned a meet-and-greet at a Lake Worth nightclub. Witnesses say, and video shows, that the 19-year-old, whose real name is Phillip Katsabanis, stormed off stage after offering cocaine to female audience members, which triggered a confrontation with his wife, Erica Duarte.

Stitches performed alongside Old Habits, a hardcore band, and Web Three, a rock-rap mashup, at Lake Worth's Propaganda.

Filmmakers Christian Duke and Kyle "Kyote" Oloughlin were at the show to capture footage for a "Gangstas & Thugs" documentary about violence in both hardcore and hip-hop. They captured some of the incident on video.

See also: Viral Rapper Stitches: Some Truth, Many Questions

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Joel Da Silva on the Midnight Howl, Hep Cat Boo Daddies and Going "Balls to the Wall"

Categories: Q&A


Joel Da Silva is keeping the blues alive and fresh in the South Florida sonic sea. The vibrant guitarist composer, teacher, and booker at Vintage Tap, Delray Beach, currently heads up Joel Da Silva and the Midnight Howl. The band's 2014 release Durty Howlin' Blues helped him continue to solidify his reputation as a solo artist and distinguish his current project from his previous group, the Hep Cat Boo Daddies.

He'll pay tribute to his late HCBD bandmate, bassist Sean "Evil" Gerovitz, and join former drummer Randy Blitz along with current Howl bassist Bob Cleary onstage at the fourth Button South Class Reunion at Revolution Live on September 26

New Times caught up with the blues man recently.

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