|Friday, May 21|
Free for 21+/$10 for under-21
One of the foundations of the new Jannus Live’s programming approach is a commitment to the Bay area music scene, its many fine acts and wide range of genres.
On Friday, May 21, Jannus Live takes a decisive step toward fulfilling this commitment with the first installment of the Marmalade Music Series. Five acts and a collective of DJs will perform over several hours in the courtyard.
Marmalade is a free event for those 21 and over; $10 for people under 21.
Marmalade is the baby of local promoter and Jannus Live programmer Tom Nestor, who is working in tandem with the locally based music website REAXmusic.com. For years, Nestor put on his Disturbing the Peace Fest, a politically charged annual punk/alternative event. “Marmalade is not politically motivated like Disturbing the Peace,” Nestor says. “It’s more a good party and a celebration of the area music scene as a whole, including agents promoters, managers — all are welcome.”
REAX, the arbiter of the local scene, is putting its credibility with the musical community and influence with fans into the mix.
Headlining Marmalade is The Black Honkeys, a multi-racial eight-piece from Clearwater, who play a randy mixture of funk and rock. Also on the bill:
• The Tampa-based all-woman rock quintet Someday Souvenir.
• St. Pete indie rockers The Semis.
• Old North East, a St. Petersburg indie-folk-rock act.
• Southern hip-hop artist Shawty, out of Tampa.
Marmalade Music begins at 7 p.m., with bands until midnight and DJs ‘til 2 a.m.
Come early. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a Musical Happy Hour, with bands, agents, managers and all manner of music biz people encouraged to bring press kits, CDs, promo material and other stuff for a meet-and-greet.
Tickets — both the free and $10 ones — will be distributed through jannuslive.com, Ticketmaster, Detroit Liquors and Pelican Pub in St. Petersburg, and directly through the acts on the bill.