Friday, February 13, 2009

Lorna Live

I have to believe that the same people who consider sitting in their car and having a bag of hot, salted lard shoved at them through a bulletproof window by a sullen teenager with her boyfriend's name tattooed on her neck to be 'dining out' are the same people who invest themselves so heavily in the 'entertainers' on "American Idol". Otherwise, it's hard for me to understand why people would choose to plant themselves in front of their tv three or four times a week while someone who actually writes their own music and plays an instrument is performing live right around the corner from them.

For instance, at this moment in Ybor City on a Friday night, I'm listening to the critically acclaimed Lorna Bracewell and there aren't 10 people here. Lorna isn't exactly an unknown. Often compared to Ani DeFranco, she is well-established in the Tampa Bay area but I'd never seen her play before. I got here early, thinking I'd be fighting for a seat in the rafters and instead, the place is practically empty. Oh well. I'm not complaining. After all, I'm not the one missing original material plus an extended acoustic medley of "All Along The Watchtower", "When Doves Cry", "SexyBack", "Kryptonite", "Last Dance With Mary Jane" among others performed by a talented singer/songwriter/musician who isn't sponsored by Pop Tarts.

5 comments:

Ruprecht said...

That sounds incredibly envious, Clark.

Enjoy it for all it's worth. Nothing like live music in an intimate setting. Rupe digs it .....

Denis A. Baldwin said...

It's sad that acts like these go unnoticed. A lot of the reason I started my blog is so that I can go out and see acts like Lorna, and inform others of how awesome they are. Do you know when and where she'll be playing next?

Denis A. Baldwin said...

Actually, I found her schedule on her Myspace:

Feb 12 2009 10:30P
FJCCSGA Conference at St. Pete Hilton Saint Petersburg, Florida
Feb 13 2009 12:00P
FJCCSGA Conference at the St. Pete Hilton Saint Petersburg, Florida
Feb 13 2009 4:00P
FJCCSGA Conference at the St. Pete Hilton Saint Petersburg, Florida
Feb 13 2009 7:30P
Tre Amici Tampa, Florida
Feb 18 2009 7:30P
Rosie’s Clam Shack Pinellas Park, Florida
Feb 22 2009 12:00A
Grand Central Peddler’s Fair Saint Petersburg, Florida
Feb 27 2009 8:00P
Pro Star Sound Stage (with My Boyfriends!) Saint Petersburg, Florida
Mar 11 2009 7:30P
Rosie’s Clam Shack Pinellas Park, Florida
Mar 21 2009 8:30P
A Taste for Wine Saint Petersburg, Florida
Mar 24 2009 7:30P
Skipper’s Smokehouse (Girlie Show!) Tampa, Florida

Ruprecht said...

Freakin' Florida .....

She does know there's a California, doesn't she?

Why, it's Clark! said...

We'll mention it to her...