From the folks at Skipper’s Smokehouse posting on Facebook Effective today and for the unforeseeable future, Skipper’s Smokehouse is CLOSED. We will continue to post updates to social media as a reopen date becomes available. Why are we closing? This morning, the Skipper’s Smokehouse ownership and management have been notifiedContinue Reading

The Sarasota Post interview with Blues Winner Mike Zito


Blues guitarist/vocalist Mike Zito recently won the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year at the BMA’s! He is a solo artist as well as a co-founder of the Royal Southern Brotherhood band. He is no stranger to the Tampa Bay Area! He has played Skipper’s Smokehouse and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival! He is acquainted with the Sarasota/Bradenton area, having played many times at Ace’s Live Music Venue in Bradenton and TONIGHT he will play at The Blue Rooster in Sarasota! Don’t miss out on a great show!

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Allman and Goldflies Band Making Second Chances Happen


Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa recently hosted the Allman Goldflies Band.  An Allman relative and a former Allman Brother’s bass player, I was curious to see what this was all about.   Singer/songwriter  Gary Allman is an Allman cousin.  His father was a cousin of Gregg’s father.  He met Gregg a few times over the years but did not know him well.  Gary has been doing music in some form or another since he was a teenager with a band called “Tumbling Dice” and was a guitar tech for the late Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band.

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Watkins Glen Anniversary Jams Celebrated with Berry Oakley, Kettle of Fish and Ship of Fools


In 1973, in Watkins Glen NY, there was a rock festival which drew over 600,000 and was once in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest audience at a rock concert.  No, it wasn’t Woodstock! It was the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen.  There were only three bands that played; The Grateful Dead, The Band and The Allman Brothers.  Produced by the late great Bill Graham, there were 150,000 tickets sold at $10.00 each and the other 450,000 showed up for free!

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