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Skipper’s Smokehouse


Friday night we went back to an old favorite: Skipper’s Smokehouse. We were here the last time the Frozen Four was in Tampa. The food here is phenomenal and the live music often has a blues feel. The food this time was just as good as we remembered; the grouper rueben is worth the drive up from Tampa Bay.

Abandoned Royalty at Skipper’s

After dinner, we ventured outside to listen to some live music. A “Music Box Event” was being held at the saloon. From what I can tell, “Music Box” gives young, up and coming musicians a place to show off their talents to a large, live audience.

Abandoned Royalty
Jack Samter & Dan Smith of Abandoned Royalty

The bands at Skipper’s were Abandoned Royalty, Surviving the Mile, INKBLOT, A Long Way From Kansas, and Extra Celestial.

A Long Way From Kansas
A Long Way From Kansas at Skipper’s

Congrats to all of the bands on rocking the house.

You call me in the morning, I’ll tell you what to do…

You put de lime in de coconut

Miles at Newport

A Flashback Friday Edition:

Newport Jazz Fest 1955
Miles Davis, Percy Heath, and Gerry Mulligan at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955. Photo credit: The Newport Jazz Festival.

Newport Jazz Festival

All roads lead to Newport

The Newport Jazz Festival starts up this Friday, July 31 and runs through August 2. This year the festival will mark the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ first Newport appearance.

The Newport Jazz Festival was started in 1954 by George Wein, who at 89, is still producing the iconic music festival.

How Blue Can You Get?

A Flashback Friday Edition:

Mr. B.B. King – “Sweet Little Angel”:


music history

Comic comes courtesy of K-ville

“Unintelligible at any speed”

A Flashback Friday Edition:

The Kingsmen’s raucous version of “Louie Louie” entered the Billboard Top 40 on November 30, 1963. Originally written by Richard Berry, The Kingsmen recorded their version in a small studio in Portland, Oregon in one take. The cost of the studio recording was $50, and it was produced by Ken Chase, who was looking for a live, bar room sound. Chase had the microphone installed on a boom, and Jack Ely the lead singer was forced to shout the words as he looked directly up at the boom.

Rumor quickly spread, that the record was laced with profanity, and it could be heard clearly at 33 rpm speed. Eventually, due to the hard to understand lyrics, several radio stations refused to play the song, and the Governor of Indiana, Matthew Welsh, banned the song from radio stations state wide. All of which was done over an unsubstantiated rumor. Both the FCC and the FBI investigated the song’s lyrics on the profanity charge. The FBI’s investigation lasted 31 months, at which time the FCC was forced to admit that “We found the record to be unintelligible at any speed…”

“Louie Louie” has gone on to be one of the most covered rock songs in history. Jack Ely died this past week. Ely was 71.

“Okay, let’s give it to ’em right now!”