Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Change of Address Stirs Up Memories

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Change of Address Stirs Up Memories

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I've lived in Sarasota for 3 1/3 years, and I just moved for the 10th time ... It's only my ninth address though, as my current Siesta Village dwelling was actually my second place of residence after moving down from Indiana to write for Creative Loafing Sarasota.

Perusing this week's live music offerings for the first time in my new/old digs, I reflect on what has transpired since I last lived here. As I play "Six Degrees of Separation" and reverse "Where Are They Now?" with a pair of upcoming shows, a snapshot of the scene's recent evolution emerges through a prism of personal experiences.

I recall the first time I felt the awesome power of a press pass, indulging in the open top shelf with fellow CL staffers Cooper Levey- Baker and Veronica Pastore at the 2009 Sarasota Film Fest Opening. Looking around the Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens back then, it was hard to imagine SFF ever taking an interest in local bands, let alone hosting an event at an old-timey beer hall like Cock & Bull.

Fast forward three years, and local artists have become more unified and visible. Developments like Noise Ordinance, Sarasota Music Scene and The Closet have vastly expanded the scene's influence. These days, the SFF/SMS/C&B partnership behind Saturday's "Midnight at the Nickelodeon" event seems like a no-brainer. But don't forget, it's only been a few short years since downtown developed a scene actually worth noticing. The current crop of young indie bands were still forming two years ago.

Fittingly, some of those very artists will now be playing in the first SFF event in the Festival's 14-year history geared specifically toward local music. I find personal ironies in the details, tracking back to my days at CL. For instance, the first live concert I ever attended locally was Villanova Junction, going on a recommendation from my then-editor Cooper. Conversely, the first album I ever reviewed for CL was The Equines debut, and front woman Erin Murphy will also be performing via duo Bard and Mustache. …

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