|Friday, June 25|
A night of great music and social consciousness. That’s the theme for Monsters of Sludge Rockfest, a concert to benefit emergency needs caused by the Gulf oil disaster. The goals, according to event founders Tom Nestor, Nicholas Pelley and Jane McKee, are to “raise as much money as possible to assist injured wildlife and cleanup efforts caused by the catastrophic oil spill.” And, we might add, to raise a little hell and a whole lot of fun while doing so.
The MOS lineup calls upon a variety of terrific rock bands that call Tampa Bay home, all aligned for the cause. starting with the Greg Billings Band. The group played a slam-packed, brand new Jannus Live back in March for the opening of St. Pete Grand Prix. Billings and company’s rowdy brand of classic-meets-Southern rock, with strong R&B elements, turned the courtyard on its collective ear.
Pitbull Toddler is a garage-style quartet that mixes punk, pop and classic rock and is headed by none other than afternoon drive personalities Cowhead and Galvin from 102.5 The Bone.
Sonic Erotica refers to itself as a “psycho-sensual entity.” This ‘Burg-based group blends synth-pop, psychedelia, goth-rock and deep grooves.
No King lays down easy-funky rock grooves with a dose of hip-hop flava. Orange Hour is a modern-day classic rock band with a reggae spin. Rounding out the bill is Victims of Circumstance, who play an irrepressibly springy brand of skacore, horns and all.
Admission for Monsters of Sludge is a $10 minimum donation. You can log onto Ticketmaster and purchase a ticket online, or pick up a ticket from Daddy Kool, Detroit Liquors or from the bands on the bill — and then pay the donation at the gate night of show. Or just show up and drop your donation then. And remember, nothing is preventing you from keeping your donation to a ten spot.
If you would like to pledge your commitment in lieu of attending, please send a check or money order made out to “Knight Global Entertainment” (Memo: Oil Disaster Fund) to 200 1st Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33703.
As oil gushes into the Gulf and we implore the loop current to keep globs of sludge off of Bay area beaches, it’s time to do something and have a good time in the process.
Proceeds go to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.
Monsters of Sludge starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30