INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM 2018. CHECK BACK IN DECEMBER FOR UPDATES.

 

VIP AREA - Enjoy music from the Sauce Boss!

 Take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that old tweed Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you have a recipe for a very good time. It’s a Soul Shouting Picnic of Rock and Roll Brotherhood. There’s a lot of audience participation. Everybody is encouraged to sing, to dance, and to come and put the stir on the Gumbo. Since 1990, the Sauce Boss has been making gumbo during his musical performances all over the US, in Canada, and in Europe. The shows transform the audience into participants in community. Serving gumbo to the audience has become a message of sharing. Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton has served way over 200,000 people for free, while smoking the slide guitar. At the end of each show, everyone gets a bowl.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE*

12:15 The Eagle Contest Winning Band

CONGRATS TO JAM JONES ON WINNING THE CONTEST!

Jam Jones is a fun diverse group as deep as you wanna go. From energetic funk & rock ventures that will kick you into high gear, to heart twisting and touching Love songs. This band has no limits from style or genre they will bend your mind and lift your soul. Lead on stage by American Idol finalist Curtis Gray’s soulful vocals and keyboards, punctuated by the drumming of Luis Antonio Alicea from The Al Dimeola band, expanded by the riff laden expertise of Mark Vittoe’s Guitar, glued together with Adam Landry’s Bass, along the cherry on top of Lew Levine’s trumpet and Eddie Guion’s saxophone. It’s sure to be a great time 

 

 

1:30pm - The Black Honkeys

Voted "Best Local Band in the Tampa Bay Area" 3 years running, in Creative Loafings "Best of the Bay" Reader's Choice Awards, the Honkeys have also won "Best R&B/Soul/Funk" catergory as well.

The Black Honkeys have toured both regionally and nationally and traveled and performed as entertainment ambassadors for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, performing around the US and in Iceland.

Performing together since 2001, The Black Honkeys are, (Brother) Phil Esposito, Lead Vocals; Nicole Simone, Lead and Backup vocals; Wil Harris, Bass; Steven Tanner, Drums; Greg Czinke, Guitar and Backup Vocals; John Dash Dixon, Keyboard; Terry Clark, Trumpet; Scott Myers, Trombone; Billy Summer, Guitar.

3pm - Contests on the Main Stage!

 

4pm - Greg Billings Band featuring members from the 80's band Stranger!

The Greg Billings Band is a continuation of a phenomenon that began when popular 80’s Florida band Romeo signed to Epic Records and released its first album after a name change to “Stranger”.  Stranger continued to win huge crowds around the southeast with an electrifying stage show and a roster of fun and hook-laden original songs.

Greg Billings and Tom King were original members of Stranger and were there through it all. Greg’s vocal range and ability were equally matched by his magnetic personality and his ability to make everyone in the audience feel like a friend.   Always impeccably dressed, Tom King thumped a solid and thunderous foundation of bass guitar and grooved cohesively with guitarist Ronnie Garvin and drummer John Price, augmented for 10 years by keyboardist Randy Holt who brought additional vocals, blues harp, and strong songwriting chops.  Ronnie and John have sadly since passed away, leaving Greg and Tom as the remaining original members of the band.

 
TASTING THEATER SCHEDULE COMING SOON*
 
1pm - Tasting Theater Seminar: Jameson  In 1780, John Jameson established a way of making Irish whiskey that we’ve been proudly sticking to ever since. As you can imagine, producing a blended Irish whiskey that has been enjoyed for over two centuries, takes a lot. But don’t worry, we’ve distilled over 200 years of courage, craft and a collective appreciation for taste, into one short account. So here’s the secret behind our signature smoothness – our process and our people.
 
 
2pm - Tasting Theater Seminar: Inoculum Ale Works - An introduction to sour beers and mixed fermentation. 
 
 
3pm - Tasting Theater Seminar: Old Forester Whiskey from Brown-Forman Today we will be trying the newest expressions from one of the oldest bourbon distilleries in the country. Old Forester was the first bourbon to be put in a bottle and has held the reputation of the “Bartenders Bourbon” for many years. Old Forester is the only whiskey to be continually produced before, during and after prohibition due to their reputation of producing the most quality product. During this seminar we will delve into the unique history that makes Old Forester such a special brand and sample their most recent additions to the portfolio including the Whiskey Row Series and the Statesman. 
 
 
 
 

*subject to change.