SEMINOLE – September will see the return of a favorite series of outdoor concerts in Seminole.
The city’s 22nd annual Music in the Park series will kick off Friday, Sept. 7, 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. 12. Each evening, the music will run 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seminole Fire Fighters local 2896 will be on hand to sell food. Popcorn will be sold by Seminole Recreation teens. Rita’s Italian Ice has also signed up as a vendor.
Attendees may bring chairs and blankets. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park. For more information, visit www.myseminole.com or call 727-391-8345.
Following is a look at this year’s scheduled performers:
- Sept. 7 – Trop Rock Junkies, sponsored by Waste Management of Pinellas
- Sept. 14 – Tailspin, sponsored by Largo Medical Center
- Sept. 21 – Rockin’ Raccoons, sponsored by Barnhorn Financial
- Sept. 28 – Erica DiCeglie, sponsored by Bluegreen Vacations
- Oct. 5 – Comfort Zone, sponsor to be determined
- Oct. 12 – LaTraia Savage: Divas of Soul, sponsored by the law offices of DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis
In addition to the music, Seminole Recreation’s special events coordinator Duane Crandall said attendees also will have an opportunity to check out a recent addition to the park.
“This year people can come out and meet the park’s newest resident, a yet-to-be-named Gator on our playground,” Crandall explained. Don’t worry: It’s not real. “Also, on Sept. 14 we will have our National Anthem sung by local Ceirra Reynolds in conjunction with our Fire Fighters Local 2896 Honor Guard presenting the colors and performing their bell ceremony.”
The special presentation on Sept. 14 will begin at 6:45 p.m.
The annual music series is one of the city’s signature events. The outdoor shows attract area concertgoers.
“On average, we get between 500 and 2,000 people at each concert,” Crandall said. “This draws folks from all over, even across the bay.”
The Trop Rock Junkies will kick off this year’s Music in the Park series performing Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at the park.
The band has earned a reputation as one of the top acts in the “trop rock” music genre nationwide. The Trop Rock Junkies scored Band of the Year nominations from the Trop Rock Music Association in 2016 and 2017 in addition to four Trop Rock Music Award nominations in 2012 and in 2013. Steve Tolliver, the band’s front-man, won the association’s Songwriter of the Year award in 2014.
The band is known by trop rock fans nationwide for high-energy, tropical-themed rock, beach, surf and party favorites. They have performed on Bourbon Street in New Orleans as well as Duval Street in Key West. They’ve made appearances at festivals throughout the Southeast.
Concertgoers can expect a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and other favorite tropical-themed covers in addition to Trop Rock Junkies’ originals.
Tolliver can’t wait to hit the stage at Seminole City Park.
“Besides always having a love for music and being a creative person, there is nothing more rewarding than looking out into an audience and seeing someone singing along to the words of a song you wrote or just tapping their feet, clapping and dancing to something you created,” Tolliver said.
Visit troprockjunkies.com for more information about the band.
Tailspin secured the second spot in the Music in the Park lineup, performing Friday, Sept. 14.
Tailspin is a four-piece band playing a variety of music from classic rock songs of the ’60s and ’70s to current hits as well as Americana, R&B, soul and country.
According to the band’s website, Tailspin features Charlie Boice on guitar and lead vocals, Ted Feinman on keyboards and vocals, Jim Lafrinere on drums and vocals and John Baccoli on bass and vocals.
Boice, the band’s front-man, hails from New Jersey but relocated to Florida in 1974. He has been singing for most of his life, performing everywhere from choirs to street corners. His early influences include Bob Bylan, Frank Zappa and The Beatles.
Visit tailspinband.rocks for more information about the band.
Rockin’ Raccoons will perform Friday, Sept. 21.
The band plays classic to contemporary covers. Band member Malissa Myers has lived in Florida since 1983. She joined her sister in a band called Road Doll, recording at Criteria Studios based in Miami.
“We love playing for people who appreciate live music,” Myers said. “Outdoor venues like this are a great place for likeminded people to sit back and forget about their troubles and sing along to their favorite songs.”
Visit www.facebook.com/Rockin-Raccoons-643373945847968 for more information about the band.
Erica DiCeglie will perform Friday, Sept. 28.
DiCeglie, an accomplished singer/songwriter, brings to the stage a sweet and soulful vibe with a hint of country flair. She and her band perform regularly throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond. She has opened for national acts such as Big Daddy Weave and Ginny Owens, and most recently for the Temptations at the prestigious Clearwater Jazz Holiday.
“Some Rainy Day,” the first release from DiCeglie’s upcoming EP “My Blue,” is now available on all music platforms.
“I’ve always been singing, since I was a little girl, and I always knew that there is no greater joy than sharing the gift of music with others,” DiCeglie said. “The Tampa Bay area has a very unique music scene and it’s been very rewarding to be a part of it.”
DiCeglie shared a glimpse at what concertgoers can expect when she and her band perform at Music in the Park.
“As a singer/songwriter, I am inspired by a diverse range of artists,” she explained. “My band and I make our own arrangements of some of my favorites: Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder – a mix of jazz, soul and country, and some of my original songs, as well. It’s always fun, classy and upbeat.”
Visit ericadicegliemusic.com for more information on DiCeglie.
Comfort Zone will take the stage Friday, Oct. 5.
The band burst onto the musical scene six years ago with their inaugural gig taking place at the prestigious Ruth Eckerd Hall as the pre-concert entertainment for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hailing from Treasure Island, Comfort Zone has performed for thousands at concerts, festivals, private events and select clubs.
This powerful six-piece band features four lead singers and delivers music from classic icons such as Queen, Styx, CSN, The Rolling Stones and the Little River Band. In addition, Comfort Zone performs hits from contemporary bands such as Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and more.
Every member of the band developed a love of music at an early age. Each can recall what inspired them to start performing.
“The first Chicago record did it for me,” said Brad Yerger, singer. “Heard it and was hooked for life to perform.”
For Cherie Leal, singer, the inspiration came from her musical family. She said she “can’t remember a time I wasn’t singing.”
Watching Don Kirchner’s Rock Concerts did it for Ray Boucher, guitarist.
“I started playing at 12 years of age and couldn’t imagine doing anything other than playing guitar,” he said.
Drummer Tom Baumgartner started at 12 years of age. Hearing Grand Funk Railroad, Boston and Styx on the radio, he knew this was what he wanted to do. Bassist Howard Kleinfeld sums up his inspiration in one word: “Beatles.” Keyboard player Bert Hansen learned to play piano at age 6 and began performing at age 10.
Visit www.comfortzoneband.com for more information about the band.
Closing out this year’s series, LaTraia Savage will bring her Divas of Soul tribute show to Seminole City Park Friday, Oct. 12.
According to her website, Savage is a vocalist well known for covering a wide variety of genres including jazz, R&B, country, big band, dance, Motown and more. She’s opened shows for several national acts including Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, SOS Band, Frankie Beverly & Maze and Brian Culbertson.
Currently she is on the road with her Divas of Soul tribute show. Savage performs hits from Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Beyonce, Diana Ross and several others.
For more information about Savage, visit latraiasavage.com.