Hitting the stage Sept. 8, Trigger City Trio is the first band in this year’s Music in the Park series at Seminole City Park.
SEMINOLE – With summer coming to an end and autumn just around the corner, it’s time for tunes to fill the evening air in Seminole. Music in the Park, the city’s annual outdoor music concert series, will get underway Friday, Sept. 8, 7 to 9 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole.
Select Tampa Bay area musicians will entertain concertgoers on six consecutive Fridays, with the series concluding on Oct. 13. Each evening, the music will run 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring a chair or blanket. As part of the Music in the Park series, C&C Auto Repair will host a car raffle benefiting Homes for Heroes. For more information, visit www.myseminole.com or call 727-391-8345.
This year’s event sponsors include Barnhorn Financial; Bluegreen Vacations; C&C Auto Repair;
DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis; First Home Bank; Largo Medical Center; Rotary Club of Lake Seminole; the city of Seminole; the Seminole Beacon; Seminole Title Company; Waste Management and WOW!
Following is a look at this year’s scheduled performers:
• Sept. 8 – Trigger City Trio (sponsored by Waste Management)
• Sept. 15 – Voices of Jazz (Sponsored by the city of Seminole)
• Sept. 22 – Gloria West and the Gents (Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake Seminole)
• Sept. 29 – Charlie Souza & the TItewad Band (Sponsored by Thom Barnhorn)
• Oct. 6 – Ellie Lee (Sponsored by the city of Seminole)
• Oct. 13 – Sounds of Soul (Sponsored by the law offices of DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis/Seminole Title Company)
Trigger City Trio will kick off this year’s Music in the Park series with a performance on Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
According to the band’s website, Trigger City Trio combines tight arrangements, soulful vocals, and guitar wizardry. Together, the power trio weaves together a unique, frequently funky sort of rock and roll.
Featuring Andy Gray on guitars and lead vocals, Tim Nichols on bass and backing vocals and Ryan Smiley on drums and backing vocals, Trigger City Trio serves up songs with lyrics that explore love, war, adventure and philosophy. Nichols’ funky bass wouldn’t seem out of place in outer space, and Smiley’s grooves ground the band with an earthy weight. The group delivers this package with a playful, energetic live show honed from years of stage experience.
Prior to the performance by Trigger City Trio, the city will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce the park’s new playground.
Voices of Jazz will perform Friday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Voices of Jazz was the dream of Al Phillips of Clearwater when he started the band in 2007. The band was created to provide the opportunity for musicians to keep performing for the love of music.
“We also are charged with promoting music, particularly jazz, although we play many styles of music,” said Ron Scarcelli in an interview with TBN in 2015. Scarcelli is president of Voices of Jazz. “We’ve committed to giving a large amount of our proceeds as scholarships to young music students.”
Voices of Jazz is based in Dunedin. They play classic big band jazz and swing music as well as modern arrangements of popular tunes.
“Big band music is a classic genre that stands the test of time because of the quality of the music,” Scarcelli said. “Ellington, Miller, Goodman, etc.; – and they were followed by bands of the ‘60s through the ‘80s that also created great music: Chuck Mangione, Stevie Wonder, Blood, Sweat & Tears.”
Voices of Jazz members are engaging and energetic volunteers who join for the enjoyment of playing their instruments and their passion for performing. This year, Voices of Jazz is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Gloria West and the Gents will perform Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Gloria West, an old-school jazz vocalist, brings her unique style and sound to the stage evoking a bygone era. With more than five years of experience in live performance, West’s stage presence is described as magnetic and vibrant. Her sound is reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones.
With her stride-swing style, she leads her band The Gents. Members include Stephen Dornfeld on piano, Anthony Castellano on piano and vocals, Tony Shannon on jazz guitar, James Suggs on trumpet, Jonathan Cestero on saxophone, Austin Vickrey on clarinet, Derek Reynolds on trombone, Glenn Stevenson on upright bass, Paul Gavin on drums and Gumbi Ortiz on percussion.
Charlie Souza & the TItewad Band take the stage Friday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Souza has worked and performed with some of the top names in the music industry, including Tom Petty and Gregg Allman. In the 1960s, he was part of The Tropics, one of the most popular pop-rock bands in the Southeastern United States. The band recorded “Time,” their first single, in 1968.
Souza, along with Tropics’ co-founder Buddy Pendergrass, played in the psychodelic/glam rock band White Witch in the early 1970s. He also has toured and recorded with the New Rascals, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish with Bill Pascali of Vanilla Fudge.
The rock and roll veteran released his solo albums "Live Your Dream” and "9 Ball in the Corner Pocket" on Souzaphone Records. His song “Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg” was selected as the city song for St. Petersburg, earning almost 13,000 votes in an online competition.
Souza is joined by the Titewad Band, featuring guitarist Jaybo Key, drummer Mike Conway and Raymond Hillary on vocals, keyboard and guitars.
Ellie Lee brings rockin’ blues to the music series on Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Winner of numerous awards, Lee plays and sings like there’s no tomorrow. The blues guitarist/singer/songwriter is known for her soulful voice and ripping guitar solos.
According to her website, Lee grew up playing in rock, blues, funk and show bands. She traveled extensively in the southern states honing her skills as a blues musician. After a 25-year hiatus to raise a family, she’s back in the spotlight.
“I want to present an eclectic collection of old, new and original tunes with a focus on variety, energy and dynamics,” Lee said on her website.
Lee formed her band to satisfy the need to play the music she loves and have fun doing it.
“Our excitement and enthusiasm on stage are infectious to the crowds we play to,” she said on her Facebook page. “Time and time again people have told us how much fun we seem to be having during our performances. For us, it’s an itch we must scratch.”
The Sounds of Soul perform Friday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Audiences will have an opportunity to relive the hits of Motown and beyond as this exciting, high-energy group unleashes their superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul. According to the band’s biography provided by William Clare Entertainment, The Sounds of Soul have been delighting audiences across the nation since 1996.
The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers and songwriters. Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R & S Records to name but a few. The show is a combination of Motown classics mixed with some of the greatest songs of all time. Concertgoers will hear hit songs by legendary recording artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White, and more.
The Sounds of Soul are known for their recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies and flashy, up-scale stage persona. The Sounds of Soul have performed at a myriad of select venues from Los Angeles to the French Quarter and have done featured concerts at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, The Sun Dome in Tampa Bay, and the beautiful Registry Hotel in the heart of California.
The group is a regular attraction on cruise ships and took Cozumel by storm during a Motown excursion sponsored by CBS Radio. The group has appeared on the internationally syndicated show “Dance Connection,” which was seen in over 100 television markets. They have shared the stage with The O’Jays, Bobby Brown, and funny man Sinbad.
Currently, The Sounds of Soul call the Tampa Bay area of Florida home and engage in an exhausting performance schedule that has them averaging over 450 shows per year.