Key West: Restoring Insanity

While Jon Stewart prepares to Restore Sanity in the U.S., down here in Key West (it's a whole 'nother country) we're busy riding the wave of insanity.



Hello fellow writers!

November is National Novel Writing Month! 50,000 words or 175 pages. I admit that, as someone who inhales non-fiction, I've probably only read 2.5 novels in 2010. But I'm determined to make 2011 the year of my novel, and NaNoWriMo is a great way to get started.

So I'll be brain storming away the next few days, developing a recent idea that has made me so curious that I have to write it out to see what happens by writing it down.

Will you join me and the rest of the NaNoWriMo'ers? If you're not into online-only interaction, check out some of Novermber's novel writing events offered by the Hillsborough County Public Library.

Oh, and you don't have to be a writer to participate. You just need the desire and a little dedication. Ready?!


WMNF's Tom Petty Tribute Show

Last night at Skipper's Smokehouse we WMNF volunteers, staff, and listeners came out to celebrate Tom Petty's 60th year of life.
Host Flee "Petty" with Bob the (It's Good to Be) Raffle Ticket King.

Smiling with All Souls programmer Scott Elliott.
Me & Ronny, after I explained the premise of Petty's music video for the song Into the Great Wide Open. Those were the days, when there was more Music and less Television.

Want to be a part of the community? Come on out to Skipper's on Saturday, November 13th for Topical Heatwave: an Evening of Political and Protest Music.


Concert Report 10/19 - 10/24

OCT 19 - Mike + Ruthy of the Mammals at Skippers

Oct 19 - Maggie Council, Judy Tampa, Natty Moss Bond, Lori Karpay, Melissa Fair + more Crowbar 8pm BENEFIT for RAPE & DOMESTIC ABUSE CHARITIES and Silver Meteor's production of Extremities

Oct 21- The Toasters, The Pietasters & Johnny Cakes and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypso @ Crowbar

Oct 21 - Singer/Songwriter night at The Bunker w/Amy Snider, 7:30 p.m.

Oct 22 - Ronny Elliott @ Dave's Aqua Lounge

Oct 22 Buckwheat Zydeco w/Gumbo Boogie Band at Skippers

Oct 22 - Mike Dunn, Joey Ryan, Matt Hires at Orpheum

Oct 22 - Lauris Vidal's CD Release with HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL, Thomas Wynn, Devon Stuart (the takers) @ New World Brewery

Oct 23 - WMNF's Tribute to Tom Petty. 12 hours of Tampa Bay-area musicians covering all kinds of Petty.

Oct 23 - Adam Carroll and Michael O'Connon @ Lunazoot. (The duo will also appear on WMNF's Live Music Showcase on 88.5 from 9 a.m - 10 a.m. on 10/22.)

Oct 23 - Parson Brown Band, Pam & Danny Rubenstein, and Evergreen at Gram's Place. 6:30 p.m.

Oct 24 - Pickford Sundries @ Ella's 4pm

Just Do Me Like That

A public service announcement from Flee (aka BFF of the Tampa Bay music scene):


WHEREAS, WMNF and BAAMO jointly partner to foster responsible adulation of the works of TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS and all related solo and side projects heretofore referred to as TOM PETTY; and

WHEREAS, 2010 will be the first year, to honor TOM PETTY and his incredible rockness: and

WHEREAS, NATIONAL TOM PETTY WEEK will be widely celebrated throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, all the music of TOM PETTY, videos, books, Facebook postings and tweets will be honored and plentiful in their volume; and

WHEREAS, the theme for the 2010 Proclamation is “JUST DO ME LIKE THAT”; and

WHEREAS, WMNF and BAAMO represent the fictional character “The Last DJ” that “plays what he wants to play” Neither bowing to corporate pressure and are supported one listener and concert attendee at a time; and

WHEREAS, both WMNF and BAAMO present a concert in tribute to TOM PETTY on Saturday October 23rd in honor of TOM PETTY WEEK and TOM PETTY’S 60th birthday; and

WHEREAS, 17 bands from the Tampa Bay area gather together to play the music of TOM PETTY. Each band doing their versions of 3 TOM PETTY songs. Representing approximately 50 classic songs over a 6 hour period; and

WHEREAS, the tribute to TOM PETTY named Just Do Me Like That, will commence at 5pm with music of TOM PETTY starting at 6pm sharp and continue to the hour of midnight; and

WHEREAS, the musical tribute to TOM PETTY will take place at Skipper’s Smokehouse on Skipper Rd in Tampa, FL; and

WHEREAS, tickets to the tribute are available in advance at 813-238-8001, and WMNF ticket outlets. Advance price of $12/Door price $15; and

WHEREAS, all proceeds go to WMNF and BAAMO if TOM PETTY fans cannot make the show, donations to keep non-commercial WMNF and non-profit BAAMO alive can be sent to: BAAMO and WMNF Or 813-238-8001 during business hours.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of Tom Pettyness to be affixed on this 15th day of October, in the year two thousand ten.


Music Director-WMNF


(Times and bands subject to change)
6:006:12Baker Bruce Band
6:206:32The Loving Thorns
6:406:52Sandy Atkinson & The True Loves
7:007:12Steve Vaclavik and The Woeful Ones
7:207:32Briar Hill
7:407:52Too Many Subplots
8:008:12The Baker Act
8:208:32MVP Band
8:408:52Experimental Pilot
9:009:12The Punctual Hippies
9:209:32Hat Trick Heroes
10:0010:12Will Quinlan
10:2010:32Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes
10:4010:52Steve Connelly and the Lesser Gods
11:0011:12Alexander & the Grapes
11:2011:40Charming Devils


From Hillsborough to Hardee County

41 to 301.

Green orange grove in Duette, FL.

Silence like this can only be found in space.
Visiting my brother in Hardee Co. He's made some mistakes but is otherwise a pretty good guy.


Concert Report (10.11.10-10.23.10)

Autumn in Florida means breezes that keep the mosquitos away and bragging rights to your Northern friends that you're still wearing flip-flops and shorts. It's pretty much Heaven.

The citrus is almost ripe and the AC will (hopefully) be turned off within a few weeks. It's an excellent time to hear music at your neighborhood pub.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I've been Fall cleaning in two households. Come November I'll be pursuing more author interviews, musings and do-goodery around town. For now, another concert report from
WMNF's Bev. (If you would like to submit an upcoming event to Bev's list, email her at

Oct 11 Two Cow Garage, Burke Brothers (matt & danny of Have Gun Will Travel), Jeremy Rowland at New World Brewery 9pm 21+

Oct 12 Dean Johanasen 7pm @
Kojack's Palmetto, with Pete Gallagher of WMNF's Florida Folk Show

Oct 12 Vampire Weekend Beach House Jannus Live

Oct 13
Fronteir Ruckus at the Orpheum

Oct 13 Flaming Lips Jannus Live

Oct 14 School Of Seven Bells, Sleepy Vikings

Oct 14 Ronny Elliott, John Asumendi and Colleen Hart

October 15, Sandy Atkinson and The True Loves CD Release Party.
Palladium 8pm. $10 in advance $12 door. 727-575-9241

Oct 15
Gifts for Glitter Benefit 8pm The Bricks, Sleepy Vikings, Neglected Superhero, Florida Night Heat and Battlestar

Oct 15 - Eisley w/ Her Name is Victory @ Crowbar

Oct 15 - The Human Condition @
Dunedin Brewery

Oct 16 - Skull and Bone Band at
Ringside Cafe

Oct 23 - WMNF's Tribute to Tom Petty. 12 hours of Tampa Bay-area musicians covering all kinds of Petty. (Wildflowers remains one of my favorite albums of all time.)

Oct 23 - Adam Carroll and Michael O'Connon @ Lunazoot. (The duo will also appear on WMNF's Live Music Showcase on 88.5 from 9 a.m - 10 a.m. on 10/22.)

Oct 22 - Ronny Elliott @ Dave's Aqua Lounge

Oct 23 - Parson Brown Band, Pam & Danny Rubenstein, and Evergreen at Gram's Place. 6:30 p.m.