More Shrimp?

Jumbo Shrimp Inc. at Sunfest 2015
Jumbo Shrimp (four members)
Members of Jumbo Shrimp Inc. at Sunfest 2015. (l-r) Dylan Thomas (guitar), Ben Rothschild (guitar/vocals), John Cardillo III (drums), Angel Leiser (bass)

There are a few reasons to be talking about Jumbo Shrimp Inc. this Thanksgiving weekend. First, discussing shrimp is very timely, given that¬† it was seafood on the menu of the original Thanksgiving dinner, not turkey. But more importantly, Jumbo Shrimp Inc. is hosting a party this weekend on Saturday, November 28th for its second release this year. Yes, a scant six months after the release of Nostalgia Calls, this School-Of-Rock band is ready with another album, entitled Thoughts. This weekend’s show is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the School of Rock’s South Palm Beach Campus (7433 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth, FL 33463).

Austin Klewan of Jumbo Shrimp Inc. on keyboard
Austin Klewan on keyboard

The other reason to be doing a Jumbo Shrimp post at this time is in keeping with the Thanksgiving theme of abundance. When I had my press pass for this year’s Sunfest, most bands would only allow you to photograph for 2-3 songs anyway, but that was not the case for these young rockers, so I was able to shoot over two rolls of film on them. Yeah, that’s right, I said “film”; the picture below is proof of that and more:

Jagged-Edge Shrimp


Yes, not only do I still shoot on film, one of the SLRs I use is completely manual, and the picture above is the result of a less-than-accurate film advance. But I felt the unintended appearance looked cool, so I used it anyway…

At any rate, some more of my bonus Sunfest pictures appear below, and if you’re in the South Florida area, stop by the album release party on the 28th. Enjoy the abundance…





Eats and Beats on Mainstreet


The latest music happening brought to you by Belle Forino, everybody’s favourite event organizer, is “Eat to The Beat on MainStreet“, to be held on Saturday November 21st, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Mainstreet at Midtown outdoor area in Palm Beach Gardens.

The press release for this event promises “ thirteen food trucks, three bands and five hours of dancing, eating, drinking and fun”, so let’s get into the details of the bands. Of the three musical acts slated to perform, the one best known to local music fans is probably Miami’s Spam All-Stars. This nine-piece hip-hop/Latin/ funk/electronica band counts many musicians within its fanbase, so you know they don’t suck. The Spam All-Stars have also performed at West Palm’s premier music event, Sunfest.

The other Miami act on the bill is Magic City Hippies (formerly the Robbie Hunter Band). This group’s sound is best described as acoustic guitar music mixed with Latin and hip-hop grooves.

The band Flow Tribe hails from New Orleans, and lately The Big Easy has been noted for producing jazz/soul acts with jam-band sensibilities (think Galactic and Trombone Shorty). So expect a lot of bluesy-soulful music you can jam out to.

So to recap, Eat to The Beat promises three very danceable bands, a plethora of food options, and did we mention it’s free? Get your hungry, hip-shaking butt up to Palm Beach Gardens for a good time this Saturday afternoon…