Adult Boys Thunderband brings talent, variety of tunes to Loosey’s


Adult Boys Thunderband with, from left, Michael Claytor, Devon Stuart and Eric Atria, begins a weekly series of performances at Loosey’s starting Wednesday. (Courtesy of Eric Atria)

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

If you come across someone that reacts with an “ew” when you tell them you’re going to a local show, slap them. Slap them hard. These are people that need a magazine or a record label to tell them what’s good and what’s bad, what’s sexy and what’s lame. These are the same people that would jump off a bridge if Pitchfork told them to do so. These are the same people that would probably tell you they don’t like The Beatles or Star Wars just so they can seem interesting, but they’re not interesting; they have no mind of their own.

Anyway, you needn’t concern yourself with these boring folks. You need to concern yourself with the hardest working LOCAL band in the region: Adult Boys Thunderband. I’m aware of my little love affair with this band, but gee whiz, they are just so darned talented. Devon Stuart, Michael Claytor and Eric Atria have been playing music every week at varying locales for at least the last five years; Stuart and Atria have an even longer resume.

They do it every week like it’s simultaneously their first and last show on earth, with complete and total professionalism and competence. They can change their lyrics on the spot if the opportunity to better connect with the audience presents itself. They have funny songs, witty songs, sad songs, drinking songs, boring songs, high energy songs, pretty much any kind of song you can think of, and they don’t do it with fancy gizmos, smoke and mirrors. They do it with a banjo, bass and guitar. They play every Wednesday for free; previously at Flaco’s and The Bull, respectively, but now they have a new venue to continue the musical legacy, Loosey’s. A fine bar and a fine band, seems like a match made in heaven.

You can catch their first Wednesday performance at Loosey’s this week, starting at 10 p.m. It won’t end until the lights come on along with the last call of Marshal the bartender. Please go there, listen and enjoy yourself, because it’s pretty much guaranteed that by the end of the night, you won’t be saying “ew.”

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If you just can’t wait long to hear some live music, you are in luck, for every night of the week local bands play somewhere in town. For example, tonight, as part of this whole Gator Stompin’ thing, Marley The Messenger with DJ Robzilla performs with Savvy Hooligans, and Funks Incorporated, at High Dive starting at 9 p.m. That ought to get that musical mind of yours reeling.

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Mr. Billy Wallace is driving all the way down from Ohio to play a few handfuls of songs on Friday along with the great and powerful Ricky Kendall, and folk-punks Greenland is Melting, at Loosey’s starting at 9 p.m.

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You might wake up the next morning/afternoon thinking, “Wow, what a fun night, I can’t wait to do it again tonight!” Well, guess what, there’s a show on Friday too, and it involves the previously mentioned Devon Stuart. He’ll be playing some of his own solo tunes along with performances by none other than James Taylor’s talented son, Ben Taylor, and singer/songwriter Hannah Barber at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tampa’s very own Rescuer performs with local post-hardcore quintet Frameworks and Habits, Hand To Mouth and Theravada on Saturday at 1982, starting at 9 p.m.

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Hip-hop is the game in town, and where do you play that game? High Dive, apparently. Locals, BlastFOme, heads up a hip-hop showcase with performances by Pinemount Kings, Steelo I.B., Sarasota’s Twigs, Gregg and Disco, Fleetwood Boss and Johnny B, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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The Weeks, a Southern indie-rock band from Jackson, Miss. perform with locals The Bends and The Up & Up on Sunday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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