noon – Joshua Reilly
Every now and then, a song, a voice, a lyric, splits your soul right in two and then proceeds to feed both sides. Raw yet refined, mournful yet optimistic, heartbroken yet inspiring… such is the dichotomy, the paradox, and the musical delivery of Joshua Reilly. Born, raised, and marinated on the cornfield-lined country roads of central Illinois, and then cultivated, ripened, and baked on the beaches and concrete swamps of Florida, Reilly understands hard times, he knows redemption, and this unfiltered honesty pours out through his music. It’s a slice of life served clever and real.
1 pm – Jim Allen
Big Jim Allen, Chicago native now living in St. Pete, grew up playing acoustic folk rock, jazz and classic rock music…from the British Invasion and “hippie rock” to the California singer/songwriter music.
With reviews that refer to him as an “all-around entertainer and personality”, Big Jim enjoys having a good time with his audiences. He’s is best known as a fingerstyle guitarist, versatile ukulele/banjolele player and singer/songwriter…and recently brought back his brass chops on cornet and flugelhorn.
In November, 2013, Big Jim Allen was approved to be a part of the government’s “People to People” cultural exchange program, and took part in a cultural exchange in Cuba.
Currently projects include the Crystal Beach String Band, and duos with various Pinellas county colleagues…from humor and hot picking, to folk rock remakes.