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New Pictures! - January 4, 2009

I've added some new pics in my photo album.
I am also playing out twice a week now at open mics.
Beaks Old Florida Restaurant & Chappy's in St.Petersburg Florida.
I've also been lucky enough to have a few of the real professinals play on my songs with me.

Chappy's - December 9, 2008

Chappy's is a new restaurant/bar/beer garden in downtown St.Petersburg,Florida.
There is an oen mic at Chappy's every Thursday from 7-10 pm.
Fun place with O'rleans style food.

Open Mic's! - November 21, 2008

I play at Beak's Old Florida Restaurant on Wednesday nights.
There is a new open mic starting on Dec.4th at Chappy's which is also in St.Petersburg.
Happy Holidays!

Children's Dream Fund Concert! - October 30, 2008

I am a volunteer for the Children's Dream Fund Concert on Dec.13th.
Below is more information about this event.

The Tampa Bay Singer Songwriters

Childrens Dream Fund Concert

"Give a Child It's last wish in life" Make a dream come true!!

Artists include

Ronny Elliott John Kelly Raiford Starke Steve Arvey Richard Mastry,

Scotty Rexroat Kevin Thomas, Jak Kelly

The Treasure Island Drum Circle

Vinoy Basin Waterfront Park at Spa Beach

Downtown St Petersburg

December 13th 3-7:30 pm

This is part of the Illuminated boat parade

Sponsered By Bruce Watters Jewelers, Brighthouse Networks,

The Rotary Club and Fishtales Seafood House

Jamming! - October 19, 2008

Some Sunday afternoons I am able to jam with my friend Dan at his house.
It is always fun and a learning experience.
The past few times I've played the open mic at Beak's Kevin played Bass and Doug played drums,backing me on my original Blues tunes.
It is a real treat for me to play with other musician's.
Thanks guys!

Open Mic's etc. - September 24, 2008

Currently I am playing at Beak's Old Florida Restaurant on Wednesday night's and running the Just Plain Folks showcase the second Sunday of the Month at the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor,Florida.

Successful Benefit! - August 30, 2008

The benefit for Jules was a complete success. The goal was to reach $2000 but due to the good hearts of local musician's and the community over $4000 was raised for Jules and his Family.
As a side note I will be playing an open mic at the Ring Side Cafe in St.Petersburg on this coming Sunday,August 31st at 2pm.

Benefit! - August 22, 2008

Jules Dobrowolski, performing here with son Joe, will be unable to work during chemotherapy.
[Special to the Times]

Local musicians will join forces a week from today to help one of their own.

Jules Dobrowolski, simply known as "Jules," has been an active member of the local entertainment scene for at least eight years.

"He is just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet, and he has a lot of fans throughout the Tampa Bay area that have grown to love him for his incredible songwriting, both romantic and comical," said Leigh Humes, one of the event organizers.

The singer-songwriter was recently diagnosed with cancer. Dobrowolski is to start treatment and will be unable to work entertaining or at his day job, as a mortgage broker.

He regularly performs at the Ka'Tiki on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, the Whistlestop Cafe in Safety Harbor and at other local venues. National artists are reportedly considering recording some of his songs.

An outpouring of artists have volunteered their talents in hopes of raising at least $2,000 to help support his family of five while he undergoes chemotherapy.

Twenty independent musicians will perform a mix of original tunes, oldies, blues and rock 'n' roll in 20-minute sets from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Ringside Cafe.

The minimum $10 door charge, any donations, and proceeds from a raffle and silent auction will go to Jules.


A day of music

When: noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 24

Where: Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.

Why: Benefit for local musician Jules, who is battling cancer.

Entertainers: Barry Moses, Leigh and Steve Humes, Kathy Stafford, Goody, Jak Kelly, Stephanie Carpenter, Mike Worrall, James Hawkins and the Cold Harbor Band, Sheila Kirsten Hughes Band, Mason/Alvarez, Ronny Elliott, Roger Sullins, Tom Scudiero, Donny Simonds, Steve Vaclavik, Tommy McCoy, Jeff Blake, Doc Lovett and the Blues Punks, Barkin' Barney, Key of Life.

Info: To make a donation, call Shelley at (727) 367-3592 or Leigh at (813) 629-8388.

Music Is On Hold! - July 16, 2008

My mother is terminal so my brother and I are taking care of her here at home until she passes away.
Playing out is on hold for now.
I will be back playing out when the dust settles.

Play! - July 5, 2008

On Wed.July 2nd I performed at Beaks open mic night.
One of the owner's,Jamie, takes the time to listen to some of the performers.
Jamie also jams on drums with a few.
A real cool place!

Beak's! - June 26, 2008

I played an open mic at Beaks in downtown St.Petersburg last night.
Great bunch of very professional players.
Very attentative audience as well.
I am going back next week!

Fish Tale's Fun! - June 24, 2008

The open mic at Fish Tale's was a blast.
I got to play 5 songs and meet some old friends and a few new ones.
Going to do it again next week.

Rob Tyre! - June 13, 2008

I listened to Rob Tyre on Tuesday night and was mesmerized/captivated from the first note that Rob played.
Rob is a wolrd class entertainer/musician that needs to be nationally recognized.

Rob also has a my space site!

Fun Week End! - June 6, 2008

I am going to a private party tomorrow where my friends North 2 South will be playing.
Sunday is the Just Plain Folks showcase that I emcee in Safety Harbor at the whistle stop grill.

Just Added! - June 2, 2008

I just added some new pictures and links.
Blondie is a custom quilted maple guitar with a P90 in the neck and a humbucker in the bridge.
With the push/pull knobs I can get just about any sound I want out of her.
I also added a link to the whistle stop grill & Just Plain Folks.

Video! - May 25, 2008

This link is to a video that was taken at the June 18th,2oo8 Just Plain Folks showcase.
Thirty second clips of most of the performer's including yours truly.

New Pictures! - May 23, 2008

There are a few new pictures that I've added from the JPF showcase at the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor, Florida.
Thanks to Steve Vaclavik for the pictures.
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