By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 3, 2018
I had a chance to revisit Didges Christ SuperDrum thanks to Bobaflex, and was glad of the opportunity to experince them in a much, much larger venue. Of course, every venue has trade-offs: despite some great vantage points to choose from at Jannus Live, the lighting on the drummer was terrible – sorry Caeseronius, but every angle you were pretty much blocked or unlit!
Still, it was worth it to see them perform in a larger venue and see how well they fit into this group of very eclectic supporting bands! And fit they did, the night was a rollercoaster ride from the macabre dark side with Together in Exile to the outer limits of space and time and neon theatricality with DCSD, back to supernormal-appearing Muphin Chuckrs and ending up with the power rock of Bobaflex! What a ride that night was!
And these bands were all supportive of each other in more ways than one; I saw couples with T-shirts from more than one band who I’d seen at other venues, and members of Yoshi Gish and Friends were there in the audience supporting their friends. The Tampa Bay aea, in case I haven’t mentioned it before, is home to an incredible array of talent, and several open mic nights have resulted in bands being formed and even solo acts being booked by agents making it a regular haunt to snatch new talent.
For this concert, SkyeDancer alternated with an apprentice/protege, although the two never appeared on stage at the same time. Their set was enthusiastically received by the fast-growing crowd, and the Muphin Chuckrs were set up perfectly!
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.