Joe Pug

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Joe Pug’s jangling guitar chords and watchful eye root his songs in the folk music tradition established by Bob Dylan. At once familiar and fresh, this young singer-songwriter makes his own honest sound from a hard-won life as a hero to his devoted collective of fans.

Kim Richey

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Longtime rambler on the plains of Americana music, Kim Richey straddles the roads of country and pop with a simple strumming guitar style for her straightforward songs about life. Pam Tillis and Trisha Yearwood borrowed Richey songs for their albums, and Yearwood provided harmonies for Thorn in My Heart, Richey’s latest, critically-acclaimed album which also included members of Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

Legends of Rock

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The Legends of Rock Tour hits the road for its inaugural tour this summer, which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, September 17! Starring Jefferson Starship, Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Rick Derringer and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, the tour is set to bring classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s all to the same stage.

Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Jefferson Airplane. Founder Paul Kantner knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts. Today’s Jefferson Starship – featuring original member David Freiberg, longtime members Donny Baldwin (drums) and Chris Smith (keyboards and synth bass), Jude Gold on lead guitar and GRAMMY® nominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick – remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music.

Shortly after co-founding the band in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner took his American band to the heights of success. They would quickly release their debut album, On Time, in August of that year and four months later, follow it up with their sophomore effort titled, Grand Funk. In 1970, Closer to Home featuring Mark’s song, I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home) was released and the band went on to sell more albums that year than any other American band.

When guitar slinger Rick Derringer breaks into his legendary rock anthem, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo, you’ll likely see many air guitars in the audience. Now more than four decades after its release, the hugely popular hit continues to be a staple on classic rock radio and has been featured in several movies over the years including the Richard Linklater cult classic, Dazed and Confused, and others including The Spirit of ‘76, Rush, Stag and What A Girl Wants.

The hits began for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels with the release of their first hit single, Jenny Take a Ride! In 1966, they recorded and performed a medley featuring Little Richard’s Jenny Jenny and Chuck Willis’ classic R&B song, C.C. Rider, which quickly entered the Top 10 charts. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels followed up their initial hit with two more in ’66 including a rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ Little Latin Lupe Lu and the song that would ultimately be their biggest hit, Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.

Pride Speak: Open Mic

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Bring your guitar, sing a song, or read your favorite piece of poetry in this open mic night at Metro! Cash bar and refreshments available. $5 cover. Contact Toli at tolig@metrotampabay.org for more information!

Tyrone Wells

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Tyrone Wells originally hails from Washington State. His dad taught him how to yodel. He wanted to be a pro athlete, but wasn’t even close to having what it takes. He picked up an acoustic guitar and fell in love. He likes to think that he sings from his soul.

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Single tickets go on sale to the public on July 31.

My View: From a Broad – Left Out

By : Jill Shargaa
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Raise your right hand if you’re left-handed! I’m a lefty and those that are can tell you, it’s not easy.

When I was in first grade, I vividly remember that when it rained during recess my teacher would break out the record player and we’d have to square dance or get up and move. Every time that happened I would break into a sweat. Not because of my dancing skills, but because it took me a long time to distinguish left from right.

“Start on your right foot!” I would naturally start on my left foot, reach with my left hand, turn the faucet toward the right hoping the water would come out…

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2014 Transgender Pride event at Metro in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg – Tristan Byrnes was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who supported the first-ever Transgender Pride event held at the Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ St. Petersburg Nov. 8. He had hoped for 20-30 attendees. Instead, an estimated 60 people participated in the celebration.

“It definitely exceeded my expectations because it’s not always easy getting the T-community out to events,” said Byrnes, who is a gender therapist and transgender himself. “Working with the Metro Centers’ Chris Rudisill was really nice and he and the center were very supportive.”

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After decades as a “rock ‘n’ roll guy,” Jami Gee re-launches her musical career as a woman

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Sarasota – When you meet Jami Gee it isn’t hard to pick her out of the crowd. Wearing a short pink mini skirt you can’t help but notice her long legs and high heels. She embodies femininity. She nervously bites her polished lips while thinking, and when she talks about men she leans in close, like a teenage girl about to share some juicy gossip.

This is only surprising because up until recently, she was known as Jimi.

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