“One of the most easily identifiable sounds of the 60’s, Motown notwithstanding, was the horn driven Stax sound coming out of Memphis. With Booker T, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn laying down a powerful groove this music defined an era. Billy Seward and Soulfonic have brought that sound back to life with their new release Better Place. Billy says that it’s not rocket science, “just lay down an infectious groove, put a good song and strong vocals on top and you’ve got the recipe for a fun evening.” This band will make you move and groove from the opening note defying you to not get up and dance. ”
Show No. 2 – Stolen Idols, Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. Tiki bar jazz, lounge music, exotica, Latin that will transport you. This cool Tampa outfit sold-out the side door last time, so don’t miss your chance for a summer of Mad Men style jazz. Leader Drew Farmer had one request this week:
Drew – Is it okay if we bring the giant Tiki carvings for the stage?
Palladium Paul – Do not show up without the giant Tiki carvings!
Show no. 3 – Stan Hunter Quartet with Patrick Bettison on harmonica. Sunday, Aug. 19, 3 p.m.
My first show at the Palladium as executive director was the original Battle of the B3s on a hot summer night in July and Stan and his son-in-law Patrick Bettison appeared together. Stan on a smooth, rhythmic B3 and Patrick adding his rich, melodic harmonica. I was mesmerized. Stan has been a regular on our jazz stages, but Patrick has been in England, playing with lots of great British jazz musicians.
He’s back in Florida for a while – and I wanted to get he and Stan in here. Don’t miss it. Along with legendary sax man Ernie Calhoun, La Rue Nicholson and guitar and more special guests.
For tickets and information visit www.mypalladium.org.