SARASOTA SLIM: News
another 15 seconds! - August 26, 2013
of fame at bay area Channel 10 News program - Studio 10 TV on Monday August 26th at 10 am.
Saturday April 27, 2013 Bikini Blues Bash returns - April 8, 2013
Thanks to Surfboard Dave of Surfboard Records we have some really nice video clips from our first Bikini Blues Bash - check out his site for what happened last year.
Here's the official press release for this year's Bikini Blues Bash on April 27, 2013 - DON'T MISS IT!!!
The only blues festival where your happy feet can dance in the sand is the Bikini Blues Bash in Treasure Island on Saturday, April 27th. Smack dab on Treasure Island’s famous festival-sized beach, the Bikini Blues Bash boasts over 10 hours of hot, smokin’ blues, soul and swing from seven bands. This year, the bash headlines the man with the booming bulldozer voice, Latimore, still kicking it and keeping it soulful. You may or may not know his name, but Latimore has been in showbiz for half a century with a string of chart-topping rhythm and blues hits in the '70’s, most famously "Let's Straighten It Out.”
Now in its second year, the City of Treasure Island presents the Bikini Blues Bash with the help of the Suncoast Blues Society, Saunders & Walker, PA, and dozens of local volunteers. The festival begins at 11:30am with two sets from everybody’s favorite swing and jazz band, the 18-piece Tomkats Jazz Orchestra, who have been packing houses up and down the coast for close to thirty years. Sunset Beacher Charlie Morris and his band, fresh off their winter 2013 European Tour, take the stage at 1:45 with some down-home songs and stories. Steve Arvey, a favorite Chicago blues guitarist with a thing for Florida stone crab, plays at 3pm, followed by the true blues sensation of the year, Ellie Lee & Blues Fury. Of Ellie, says Skipper’s Smokehouse owner Tom White: “You smoked it, girl!” Whatever you do, don’t miss Ellie at 4:15.
Sarasota Slim takes a time-out from producing the bash and brings his raucous blues-slinging band on at 5:45 for a set that always begins onstage and ends up somewhere out in the crowd! As the bash heads toward sunset, Billy Seward and Soulfonic, featuring Betty Padgett, play at 7:15pm. Billy’s show is a mix of blues, soul and horn-driven R&B, and it’s a full-blown musical party.
Just when you think the fever can’t go any higher, Latimore, backed by Seward and the Soulfonics, hits the Bikini Blues Bash stage at 8:30pm. With a string of R&B hits spanning two decades and a showbiz career spanning over five decades, Latimore has a voice with deep feeling for the blues and soul, not to mention some hammer-down finger-tickling keyboard action.
Festival vendors are open all day and evening, along with the food court, from 11:30am to 10pm. You can park directly on the beach, all day, for $10. Parking entrance to the beach is at the festival site at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island, across from Publix. No pets or glass permitted on the beach. Details online at www.mytreasureisland.org or at 727- 547-4575 ext. 237.
Bikini Blues Bash 2!! - February 19, 2013
This years Bikini Blues Bash is beginning to shape up! Starting early in the day Saturday, April 27th to kick things off the Tom Cats Jazz Orchestra will be playing a special selection of Ray Charles tunes. Next up is Charlie Morris for a rematch with the evil PA that tried to destroy the earth last year during his set. Then Steve Arvey will switch gears and bring out old school bay area favorite Nitro to help him with some back porch acoustic blues - I might have to get in on a piece of that with one of my metal geetarz. Then Ellie Lee & Blues Fury will be making their first official festival appearance in the bay area after moving here from Ohio about a year ago - another great new addition to the neighborhood. Yours truly Sarasota Slim & Company will be playing next with both new and old faces at 6 pm. - that's our time slot so don't miss it. Moving on to the folks from out of the area we have Billy Seward & Soulfonic with Betty Pageant doing some great Memphis style blues from his new CD Better Place. Then Billy's Soulfonic band will have the honor of backing up the legendary soul-blues artist simply known as Latimore and with any luck I will try to get up for a couple of tunes too. If you want to help promote this event feel free to download and print this poster by clicking on this poster pic below...
The Beach - April 18, 2012
Beaches are beautiful. I grew up in a town with some of the prettiest beaches in Florida. Now I live in St. Pete and they just happen to have one of the coolest beaches anywhere. How cool is it that Treasure Island has a great big beach and they're always throwing parties with live music on it?! We've played a few of their beach events with names like Sanding Ovations and Rockin' Red Glare and now we're ready for a new one called the Bikini Blues Bash.
Here's a movie clip of us playing at the Sanding Ovations in November of 2010 taken by Surfboard Dave
The new CD is Done! - September 30, 2010
Finally got the the CD done. Next step is some liner notes - song order - pics - title - stuff like that. I did a silly intro for a song that I'm playing slide on and thought it might be fun to video it while we recorded it. There are 4 takes and we picked Take #2 for the song intro.
Da Bucs & da Blues... - April 6, 2009
2 steps from Bobby "Blue" Bland - August 30, 2008
15 seconds of fame... - May 7, 2008
the "Gary Westbrook" party scam - October 24, 2007
Here's the text of the original email:
Subject: Salem Invitation.
Date: September 29, 2007 3:10:24 PM EDT
I have a party in Salem, which I'll love to have you; the party is a send of party of one of my co-worker that will be relocating.
I'll love to have your band to Come and perform on that day, the total numbers of guest that will present at the party was 50 and the party is going to be an indoor event. I'll provide you with staging and lighting .
The date of the party is 11/10.
Let me know if your band is not book on that day.
Here's the party venue,
Salem City Hall
555 Liberty St SE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Let me know the amount you'll ask for to come and perform at the party.
A friend called Greg Adams introduced me to your band.
If you'll be staying overnight around that area, I'll want you to quote the hotel fee with your performance fee.
Let me know what it's going to cost to have you on that day, and include your phone numbers in the next email.
N.B I don't mind to pay more money to get the best band.
OK - after getting several more emails and even a few phone calls (one with a caller ID that pointed to Nigeria --- 23417656838 ) I got the money order and then - you guessed it - he sent this email:
Sorry I have not been contacting you since some days ago, and I am also expecting you to email me as well.
It’s like we’ll not be able to continue with the party, so things happen between the organizers and we have choose not to do the party.
I think I should let you know, the man that will be getting transfer was lost in a car accident in California, and this has brought the most shocking moment to the member and other staffs that’s why we decided not to continue with the party.
What I’ll want you to do is that I’ll like you to deduct $1000 from the money you have with you, and I’ll like to have refund of the rest of the money.
I’ll keep your contact details, and invite you for any future event that we may have, that’s for being sincere.
I’ll like to have the money sent to me, I’m still over here in Spain, and I’ll like to have the money. You’ll be sending the money to me via western union, and here are the details that you’ll be sending the money to,
Name ROBERT WILLIAMS
Address CALLE, MATINEZ 7,30004
Go to any western union outlets around you to send the money, you are going to be asked to pay some money to send the funds, I’ll like you to deduct the transfer fee from my money and have the rest of the money sent.
You’ll be given some 10 digits numbers call M.T.C.N I’ll like you to email me the numbers as soon as you have the money sent.
OK - enough time wasted on this BS. Hope this info being posted here helps prevent others from falling for a fairly simple scam.
We will scatter Mabel's ashes - September 3, 2007
Tim's Barber Shop - June 14, 2007
For years I had long hair and never worried about hair cuts or barber shops. Then a few years ago I went into stealth mode and got a traditional hair cut. Jack's next the El Cap helped keep me clipped 'till Jack finally retired in his 80's after serving St. Pete for at least 50 years. So when Jack closed I went looking for a new hair clipper and stumbled into some strange goings on right down the street from my house. Who woulda thunk so much was happinin' right around the corner?!
(This is a trailer for a reality TV program based on the life and times of Tim and his barber shop in St. Pete-A-Bug FLA - the soundtrack has a familiar ring to it!)
Nappy our beloved dog passes on to dog heaven :( - February 14, 2007
15 Seconds of Fame! - January 16, 2007
A long overdue Slim-Lucky Reunion - January 4, 2007
Way back in 1988 the Sarasota Slim - Lucky Peterson Blues Band was tearin' up the bay area and beyond. Since then Lucky has moved on to become one of my all time favorite musicians and is by far one of the funkiest people on the planet. Come see some great blues at Bourbon Street in New Port Richey on Thursday, January 11th. Special guest James Peterson (Lucky's dad) will be there too.
SlimTube? - December 11, 2006
Winos - I need your help! - October 29, 2006
New recording toy yields results! - September 18, 2006
Mark Olbrich - Blues Eternity - January 17, 2006
http://www.thebluesbass.com/ Paddy Milner played keys with us and really makes each song special. He is by far one of the best piano players I've ever heard and it's a real musical treat to have him on this project with us. Paddy Milner's web site is
http://www.paddymilner.com/ Holding the rhythm section together is the ever popular Sam Kelly - voted British Blues Connection "Drummer of the Year" 5 years running. Sam Kelly's web site is
I only have a few copies of the CD right now (more are on the way) but you can listen to it here...
You can also buy copies here...
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mobe or from Mark direct...
Hard headed Damon - January 3, 2006
Some Slim Santa Jams - December 20, 2005
Here's some holiday tunes by yours truly and some of my musical elf friends. For all the good little boys and girls who might get iPods for Christmas - FREE mp3 downloads!