Happy 77th birthday today to Peter Fonda. The producer, writer and actor of Easy Rider filmed in 1968 between Mardi Gras and the assassination of Robert Kennedy. This film was added to the National Film Registry in 1998 deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". It was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay and was the third highest grossing film of 1969. The two lead characters were named after classic western icons as this movie was written in a modern western theme. Wyatt and Billy (Wyatt Earp and Billy the kid). Interestingly the music licensing costs reached $1 million and was more than the entire films budget of cost. Shows music is important and things can be creatively made for low costs and be significant. Here we ride easily into a weekend chalked of events and music. live music FR 8:30-11:30pm Vodkanauts SA 8:30-11:30pm Bath Salt Zombies SU 4-7pm Betty Fox Band god Sunday revue with special guest Damon Fowler
Witchgrass Wednesday and our live weekly bluegrass series continues tonight 7-10pm. Come and enjoy some of our areas greatest bluegrass musicians come together and share their passion and love of music as they join the stage together. Hosts Fil Pate Musics (mandolin) and Rob Williams (bass) lead the group along. Speaking of the bass...... Invented in the 15th century in Europe it was a variation from the viol or violin family. The largest and lowest pitched bowed string instrument and the only one tuned in fourths rather than fifths. The strings are usually tuned to E, A1, D2 and G2. Played by a plucking technique mostly it can be played slap-style or with a bow as well. Traditional bluegrass uses the natural sound produced acoustically by the instrument responsible for keeping a steady beat for the song. Common rhythms in bluegrass bass playing involve (with some exceptions) plucking on beats 1 and 3 in 4 4 time; beats 1 and 2 in 2 4 time, and on the downbeat in 3 4 time (waltz time). Bluegrass bass lines are usually simple, typically staying on the root and fifth of each chord throughout most of a song. There are two main exceptions to this rule. Bluegrass bassists often do a diatonic walkup or walkdown, in which they play every beat of a bar for one or two bars, typically when there is a chord change. In addition, if a bass player is given a solo, they may play a walking bass line with a note on every beat or play a pentatonic scale-influenced bassline. Come enjoy an evening of fun music and great beers on tap including the exclusive wildwood weed IPA brewed for this series by St Petersburg Brewing Company. Taps flow at 4pm when we open.
Be inspired........ An inspired beer collaboration brewed by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Maui Brewing Co named Sobrehumano Palena 'ole (blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning superhuman and without limits). Their breweries are separated by 4391 miles with this collaboration they used a fruit from each state. Michigan cherries and Hawaiian liliko'i while aging it in oak as a sour red ale. This beer is rated a 98 on RateBeer and is on tap here while it lasts. Inspiration from words and transposed in to poems or music is another theme today as we host 2 very special series. The Den Poets Society gathers for their monthly meeting sharing their own works or reading inspirational pieces from others. The gathering is on the balcony in the courtyard from 6-8pm. Then from 8-10pm the continuing George Pennington school of music series highlights music theory and composition. How does a song come about and how is it written. A variety of musicians and scholars will be joining George on stage this evening and performing a wide range of selections. As always our events and music are free to join. Come sit in and listen and be inspired......
In honor of President George Washington's Birthday we have this seasonal release on tap from 21st Amendment Brewery. Nobody expects a saison as a seasonal release in the winter but no one expected Washington to cross the icy Delaware river either.... Sneak Attack is brewed with magnum hops and dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods for an assertive spiciness. Tonight also our community bartender for a community cause has Rob Hoogeveen pouring beers from 5:30-7:30pm to help raise money for the The Edible Peace Patch. Rob is a board member as well as president of Certified Irrigation Designs. The edible peace patch project teaches wellness and healthy eating to children and families through sustainable built gardens utilizing local resources and currently operates six schoolyard gardens in south St Petersburg. During the two hour event 100% of tips as well as proceeds from each item Rob serves is donated to this organization to help them purchase seeds and other supplies to help maintain their great community work. Stop in today and help out a great local organization and enjoy a beer. Running for Brews St Pete meets up at 7pm too and leaves on their 5k waterfront run at 7:15pm.
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