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Calling All Local Music Fans: Little Help?

This blog tries to help make the local music scene better. Can you help make the blog better?

As you guys know, I'm a working musician, and a pretty busy one at that. My schedule consists of three-four days a week of actual gigs, at least one day a week of practice/rehearsal, and various other behind-the-scenes work throughout the week.

I took on this blog because I felt like it was something this area needed, and I'm glad everyone has taken a shine to it. However, the actual time I have to work on the blog is limited. It wouldn't be nearly as hard if I was simply talking about what was on my mind that particular week, but the majority of my blog work comes from finding out who's playing where and when.

For many places, this can be as easy as looking it up on their website. Other places, one phone call usually does the trick. More often than not, bands will have a schedule on their websites as well, and that helps. But there are still a few places where--for one reason or another--I am having a tough time finding out what's going on, and sometimes I won't even know a place's schedule for the weekend until the blog has already been posted.

I would like to reduce the frequency of these occurrences, so I'm calling upon you, the reader, to help me out. I know there are people reading this who frequent many of the bars listed here (some of you also play these bars), so maybe you guys can help me by letting me know who I should be getting in touch with for some of the more difficult-to-list places.

Here's a few that I've been wanting to get more info on, but just don't seem to have much luck:

Venom Bar & Grill: On U.S. 19 just before the Cotee River bridge. Their website doesn't have an updated calendar, and I don't have much phone or e-mail luck with them. I think they have a bike night on Tuesdays, and they usually have a band (or a DJ) during that; also, I'm pretty sure they have bands on Saturdays (if not Fridays) as well.

The Crab Shack: On Baylea Ave, just off of 19 on the north side of the river. No Facebook page (there's a "Places" page, but it's not moderated), and no website. I heard a rumor that they changed owners recently. Haven't been able to verify this yet. Also haven't been able to verify if this means a change in their music lineup. Whenever I list Crab Shack dates, it's because musicians have it on their schedules. Whenever I call, the servers seem a bit confused as to who is playing there any given weekend.

Ollie Oyster Bar & Grill: On Clark St in Hudson, pretty much right by Hudson Beach. They have a Facebook page, but it needs updating. As I've said in earlier blog posts, I'm not as familiar with the Hudson bar scene. I really didn't know about this place at all until I saw someone on Facebook post that they were playing there. Suddenly, I started seeing other people mention that they play there. I tried calling there a couple times, but the people I talk to usually know only certain days' events.

Blarney Stone Irish Pub: On Mitchell Blvd in Trinity. To be fair, this place is new, so they're probably still working out an exact schedule. Last I checked, they do have a regular live act every Wednesday (Cage O'Hanlon), and when I went there to eat a few weeks ago, there was a band setting up (this was on a Sunday). So I think they have live music 4 days a week, but it's tough to say because they're set up more like a restaurant, and the waitresses usually only know who's playing on the actual day-of (which is perfectly acceptable for their job, but doesn't help me). And speaking of Irish-themed bars…

Shananigans: On Little Rd in New Port Richey. I know these guys have live bands there pretty often, but I still haven't been able to lock down an exact schedule. They do sometimes post who's playing on their Facebook page, but (again) it's usually on the day-of, which (again) doesn't really help me. I've tried calling, but I have trouble getting through. Maybe I have the wrong number?

Stormie's Country Legends: On Main St just east of Grand Blvd in New Port Richey. They don't have a Facebook page (they too have an unmoderated "Places" page), and their website is in desperate need of an update (it still says "Live Music Every Night" on their site, which I know isn't true anymore). I know for sure they do have an Open Mic night on Thursdays, a live act on Fridays, and Karaoke on Saturdays. The tricky part is locking down who plays there on Fridays. Calling them yields mixed results.

What I'm looking for is a way to get in touch with the people that actually book the bands at these places (usually managers or owners), because they'll be the ones that can provide me with a more complete schedule. Any contact info is appreciated, be it e-mail, phone, or hey, if I have to show up in person and talk to them, I can try and make time to do that. If you have any information about any (or all) of these places, please contact me at tcronin82@gmail.com.

In the meantime, here's the rundown for August 26-September 1. Once again, if you have any additions or corrections you want to see on this list, please don't hesitate to contact me at the e-mail address above. Oh, and by the way, did you see Andy Harrison's article about Benchwarmers' new open mic night? It's a cool little spotlight on both the bar and the guys running the open mic. Check out the article .

Have fun out there!

Friday, August 26th:
All Stars Sports Bar (4331 US Hwy 19, NPR, formerly Bourbon Street)
    The Mark Anthony Band (Classic/Modern/Dance Rock) (9pm-1am)

Beer Hut (11909 SR 52, Hudson)
    The Bullfrogs (Classic/Southern Rock/Blues) (9pm-1am)

Boulevard Lounge (6214 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Cruzin' for a Bluzin' (Blues/Classic Rock) (9pm-1am)

Brew City Grill (5711 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Southyrn Steel (Classic/Southern Rock) (8pm-12am)

Catches Waterfront Grille/Rum River Bar & Grill (7811 Bayview St, PR)
    The Roadhouse Band (Classic Rock) (7pm-11pm)

Cocktails (6229 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Nation (Classic/Modern Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Crazy Eddie's Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grille (6431 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Baker Act (Classic/Dance Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Cricketers 52 (7306 SR 52, Hudson)
    Karaoke (9pm-1am)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ Brooklyn (Hip-Hop/Rap) (9pm-1am)

Jilly's Lounge (5313 Main St, NPR)
    Karaoke with Carolyn (9pm-1am)

Karl Reef (6307 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Stormbringer (Classic Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Beachbillies (Acoustic) (5pm-9pm)

Mooks N Lukes (6408 Rowan Rd, NPR)
    Wooden Nickel (Classic/Southern Rock) (9pm-1am)

Muddbuggz Bar & Grill (13330 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Lawless Intent (Classic/Southern Rock) (9pm-1am)

Overtime Sports Bar & Grill (7736 SR 52, Hudson)
    Overtime Idol Karaoke Contest (9pm-1am)

Sam's Hudson Beach Bar (6325 Clark St, Hudson)
    Rukkus (Dance/Top 40) (8pm-12am)

Sand Bar (4780 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Mojo Dragonfly (Classic Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Seaside Inn (5330 Treadway Dr, PR)
    Marshal Law (Classic/Southern Rock) (8pm-12am)

Slim's Sports Bar & Grill(1436 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Top 40 DJ Night (9pm-1am)

Stilettos Bar & Grill (8351 SR 54, NPR)
    The Jam Band (Dance/Funk) (9pm-1am)

Trio's Lounge at the Quality Inn (5316 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Karaoke with DJ Brooklyn Benny (9pm-1am)

Uncommon Grounds Coffee House (6814 Indiana Ave, NPR)
    Open Mic (8pm-11pm)

Whiskey River Saltywater Grill (5245 Limestone Dr, PR)
    No Slack (Motown/R&B) (8pm-12am)

 

Saturday, August 27th:
All Stars Sports Bar (4331 US Hwy 19, NPR, formerly Bourbon Street)
    Jenna Stone Band (Classic/Modern Rock) (9pm-1am)

BB Magee's Bar & Grill (12400 County Line Rd, Hudson)
    Karaoke by Santa Fe Entertainment (9:30pm-1:30am)

Boulevard Lounge (6214 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Cruzin' for a Bluzin' (Blues/Classic Rock) (9pm-1am)

Brennan's Sports Pub (1144 Alt Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ Radar (Top 40/Dance) (9pm-1am)

Brew City Grill (5711 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Rebound (Classic Rock) (8pm-12am)

Catches Waterfront Grille/Rum River Bar & Grill (7811 Bayview St, PR)
    Satellite Junkies (Acoustic) (7pm-11pm)

Classy Jac's Lounge & Tiki Bar (5015 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Karen "Ms. Dynamite" Kallin (Lounge/Dance) (8:30pm-12:30am)

Cocktails (6229 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Hot Ice (Classic/Dance Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave, NPR)
    Randy Vincent (Acoustic) (1pm-5pm)
    On the Dockside (Dance/Classic Rock/Country) (6pm-10pm)

Cricketers 52 (7306 SR 52, Hudson)
    Blisterine (Classic Rock) (9pm-1am)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Hurricane Hank's Bar & Grill (14333 Crabtrap Ct, Hudson)
    Adrian Ray (Original/Acoustic/Country) (7pm-11pm)

Jilly's Lounge (5313 Main St, NPR)
    Eclipse w/special guest Undercover Betty (Classic/Modern Rock) (9pm-1am)

Karl Reef (6307 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Stormbringer (Classic Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

LNT's Kickstand Saloon (2413 Grand Blvd, Holiday)
    LostNFound (Classic/Modern Rock) (9pm-1am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Don E. Mak (Acoustic) (12pm-4pm)
    Scott & Frank (Acoustic) (5pm-9pm)

Muddbuggz Bar & Grill (13330 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Lawless Intent (Classic/Southern Rock) (9pm-1am)

Orbit 19 Lounge (1542 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Vinyl Lotion with DJ D-Volv (9pm-2am)

Sam's Hudson Beach Bar (6325 Clark St, Hudson)
    Alpha Steel (Reggae/Tropical) (1pm-5pm)
    Scarlet Moon (Classic/Modern/Dance Rock) (8pm-12am)

Sand Bar (4780 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Blisterine (Classic Rock) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Seaside Inn (5330 Treadway Dr, PR)
    Circle Sky (Classic/Alt/British Rock) (8pm-12am)

Skinny's Bar & Grill (13228 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Marshal Law (Classic/SouthernRock) (8pm-12am)

Slim's Sports Bar & Grill (1436 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Top 40 DJ Night (9pm-1am)

Stilettos Bar & Grill (8351 SR 54, NPR)
    The Jam Band (Dance/Funk) (7pm-11pm)

Stormie's Country Legends Saloon (5748 Main St, NPR)
    Karaoke with DJ Hank (9pm-1am)

Whiskey River Saltywater Grill (5245 Limestone Dr, PR)
    Green Flash (Dance/Classic Rock/R&B) (8pm-12am)

 

Sunday, August 28th:
Boulevard Lounge (6214 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Goldy & The Phunkbirds (Blues/Classic Rock) (6pm-10pm)

Catches Waterfront Grille/Rum River Bar & Grill (7811 Bayview St, PR)
    Hugh "Dicky" Dickenson (Reggae) (3pm-7pm)

Crazy Eddie's Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grille (6431 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Billy Stranger (Blues/Jazz) (6pm-9pm)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Jimmy Griswold (Blues) (12pm-4pm)
    Randy Vincent (Acoustic) (5pm-9pm)

Ollie Oyster Marina & Tiki Bar (6438 Clark St, Hudson)
    Adrian Ray (Original/Acoustic/Country) (5pm-8pm)

Sam's Hudson Beach Bar (6325 Clark St, Hudson)
    Mark Anthony (Classic/Modern/Dance Rock) (1pm-5pm)

Seaside Inn (5330 Treadway Dr, PR)
    The Wild Cards w/Chi-Chi (Classic Rock) (4pm-8pm)

Skinny's Bar & Grill (13228 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Danny & Josh Band (Acoustic/Classic Rock) (4pm-8pm)

Slim's Sports Bar & Grill (1436 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Big Show Karaoke (9pm-1am)

Sully's Shack (7751 Grand Blvd, PR)
    Open Acoustic Jam (5pm-9pm)

Whiskey River Saltywater Grill (5245 Limestone Dr, PR)
    Slickside (Classic/Southern Rock) (6pm-10pm)

 

Monday, August 29th:
Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Jilly's Lounge (5313 Main St, NPR)
    Karaoke with Carolyn (9pm-1am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Matthew Joseph (Acoustic) (4:30pm-8:30pm)

Muddbuggz Bar & Grill (13330 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Blues & Company (9:30pm-1:30am)

Orbit 19 Lounge (1542 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Open Mic featuring Stick Martin (9pm-2am)

 

Tuesday, August 30th:
Beer Hut (11909 SR 52, Hudson)
    Bike Night with DJ Patti (9pm-1am)

Brennan's Sports Pub (1144 Alt Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Karaoke (9pm-1am)

Crazy Eddie's Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grille (6431 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Open Mic (7pm-11pm)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Fred George (Acoustic) (4:30pm-8:30pm)

Muddbuggz Bar & Grill (13330 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Danny & Josh Band (Acoustic) (9:30pm-1:30am)

Tankers Brew & BBQ 2 (7803 Grand Blvd, PR)
    Open Jam featuring Dave Cook (9:30pm-1:30am)

Trio's Lounge at the Quality Inn (5316 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Tropical Heat (7pm-11pm)

 

Wednesday, August 31st:
BB Magee's Bar & Grill (12400 County Line Rd, Hudson)
     Open Jam with Bob Hope (9:30pm-1:30am)

Blarney Stone Irish Pub & Eatery (7813 Mitchell Blvd, Ste 101, Trinity)
    Cage O'Hanlon (Acoustic) (7pm-10pm)

Boulevard Lounge (6214 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Open Jam with the Boulevard Boys (8:30pm-12:30am)

Cocktails (6229 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Open Jam featuring John Leavell (9pm-1am)

Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave, NPR)
    Guitar Frank (Acoustic) (6pm-9pm)

Crazy Eddie's Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grille (6431 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Karaoke with Danny K (8pm-12am)

Cricketers 52 (7306 SR 52, Hudson)
    Karaoke (9pm-1am)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Karl Reef (6307 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    DJ China (9:30pm-1:30am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    Jus' Jeff (Acoustic/Piano) (4:30pm-8:30pm)

Muddbuggz Bar & Grill (13330 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Randy Vincent (Acoustic) (7pm-11pm)

Overtime Sports Bar & Grill (7736 SR 52, Hudson)
    Overtime Idol Karaoke Contest (9pm-1am)

Sand Bar (4780 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    DJ Manic Moss (9pm-1am)

Slim's Sports Bar & Grill (1436 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Big Show Karaoke (9pm-1am)

Trio's Lounge at the Quality Inn (5316 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Karaoke with DJ Brooklyn Benny (9pm-1am)

Whiskey River Saltywater Grill (5245 Limestone Dr, PR)
    Open Jam featuring Billy Sandlin (6pm-10pm)

 

Thursday, September 1st:
Bobkatz Bar & Grille (12536 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    George Marshall (Original/Country) (8pm-12am)

Classy Jac's Lounge & Tiki Bar (5015 US Hwy 19, NPR)
    Karen "Ms. Dynamite" Kallin (Lounge/Dance) (8:30pm-12:30am)

Cocktails (6229 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Ladies Night featuring DJ Smooth (9pm-2am)

Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave, NPR)
    On the Dockside (Dance/Classic Rock/Country) (6pm-9pm)

Cricketers 52 (7306 SR 52, Hudson)
    Karaoke with DJ Sarah (9pm-1am)

Jilly's Lounge (5313 Main St, NPR)
    Acoustic Social Night (8pm-2am)

Karl Reef (6307 Grand Blvd, NPR)
    Ladies Night featuring DJ Infamous (9pm-1am)

Hammer Heads Billiard Lounge (1916 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    DJ RN (9pm-1am)

Miss Vicki's on the River (1029 Baillie's Bluff Rd, Holiday)
    TBA (4:30pm-8:30pm)

Mooks N Lukes (6408 Rowan Rd, NPR)
    Karaoke (8pm-12am)

Orbit 19 Lounge (1542 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Retro-Mod Thursday with VDJ Joe Lite (9pm-2am)

Overtime Sports Bar & Grill (7736 SR 52, Hudson)
    Overtime Idol Karaoke Contest (9pm-1am)

Sam's Hudson Beach Bar (6325 Clark St, Hudson)
    Karaoke with DJ Danny K (8pm-11pm)

Seaside Inn (5330 Treadway Dr, PR)
    TBA (7pm-11pm)

Skinny's Bar & Grill (13228 US Hwy 19, Hudson)
    Karaoke by Santa Fe Entertainment (8pm-12am)

Slim's Sports Bar & Grill (1436 US Hwy 19, Holiday)
    Music Video Night with DJ X (9pm-1am)

Smokin' Joe's Cigar Bar (9764 Little Rd, NPR)
    Komedy Karaoke with Pete the Hat (8pm-12am)

Stormie's Country Legends Saloon (5748 Main St, NPR)
    Open Mic (8pm-12am)

Whiskey River Saltywater Grill (5245 Limestone Dr, PR)
    DJ Willie (9pm-1am)

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Zoobiedood August 25, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Honestly, I'd rather you spend the time talking about what is on your mind rather than just a list of local bars and who is playing where. If the bars themselves want to advertise here, they can take out an ad. Fans of these places can usually look up the listing elsewhere if the club actually thinks it is important to list it. But, for me, the actual content of the blogs here are more important than the listings at the end.
Susan Washburn August 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM
I like the listings a lot because it saves me hours of time finding the places' addresses, and calling them up to find out who is playing there when. I still have to look up the bands to see if I will like the music.
Sandra Hisler August 29, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Thank you Tim,you help buisness owner's out so much.

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