| Wednesday, November 16, 2011
8AM to 5PM - THE POUND UP
The "pound-up" is the part of the sand sculpting contest where the sculptors attempt to kill themselves by shoveling several tons of sand at breakneck speed into stategically placed wood or plastic frames. This exhilarating task alternates with the equally inspiring task of filling and hoisting a steady flow of five gallon water buckets at about forty-two pounds each, into the forms and mixing it evenly with sand. The forms, which are similar to concrete forms, are assembled the night before a contest begins, and work is allowed "off-the-clock" and not part of the actual competition itself.
7PM - MEET THE MASTERS
After the all-day pound-up, the sculptors relax (a little). You can hang with the sculptors, the locals and the suit-and-tie crowd who put Sanding Ovations together at a reception at the nice-but-casual-enough-for-flip-flops Crystal Sands Ballroom at the Bilmar Beach Resort. $5 gets you unlimited beer sampling and plenty of free snacks from Sloppy Joe's, 7pm to 9pm. Beer sampling from Great Bay Distributors. Tickets available for $5 per person in advance at the Recreation Department at Treasure Island City Hall or at the door.
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| Thursday, November 17, 2011
|8AM to 5:30PM - DAY ONE SCULPTING
All 10 sculptors begin work on their sculptures. They are allowed a one-hour lunch break.
NOON to 5:30PM - FOOD COURT AND VENDORS OPEN
Grab a pork slider, some ice cream for the kids or some fresh seafood on a stick from dozens of restaurants in the Sanding Ovations Food Court, or stroll the arts and crafts mart along Treasure Island's beach trail. Sunset at 5:37pm.
| Friday, November 18, 2011
5AM to 7PM - WQYK 99.5 LIVE BROADCAST
Tampa Bay's Country Station brings its morning show Cledus & Dave to Treasure Island and broadcasts live from their custom "sand studio" on the beach 5am to 10am. Hank Dale takes over until 3pm, followed by afternoon driver Steve Austin,
8AM to 5:30PM - DAY TWO SCULPTING
All 10 sculptors continue work on their sculptures. They are allowed a one-hour lunch break.
NOON to 10PM - FOOD COURT AND VENDORS OPEN
Things really get cookin' today! The food court vendors roll out their top dishes as the crowds build throughout the afternoon. Fresh seafood, ripe fruits and edge-of-the-solar-system-cold drinks are the day's top tastes. Sunset at 5:37pm.
6:30PM SUNZA BEACHES
Fans of this great little musical outfit shout out the titles of their favorite "Sunza Songs" like "Blue Sky" and "Corner Store" and sing along in their outdoor voices. Great lyrics that stick with you and instantly memorable hooks are the hallmarks of singer/guitarist Scott Jogwick's songs. A regular favorite at Pinellas County's hipper watering holes, Sunza Beaches' sunny outlook matches the uptempo fun the band delivers onstage.
7:15PM KENT PEARSON'S ROADHOUSE ROCKERS
The Roadhouse Rockers are a tight-knit vocal and instrumental group comprised of Kent Pearson, Pug Baker and Jeff Cinotti. Playing Classic Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul/R&B, and even a dash of Country – all rolled together creating a high-energy, rockin’ musical experience that gets the audience moving and leaves them wanting more. Their music is spontaneous, alive, often unpredictable, and executed with the kind of precision that only comes with years of professional experience.
8:30PM DANNY GOKEY
From his days of long hours as a truck driver to his third place finish on Season Eight of American Idol, Danny Gokey has soaked up more life experience than most people twice his age. During his tenure on American Idol, Gokey impressed the judges with his versatility as he performed hits by The Temptations, Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson and Rascal Flatts, among others. As he continued to rise through the ranks of Idol hopefuls, it became increasingly clear that Gokey was blessed with a voice that could sing any style of music and turn any song into a compelling moment. So why did he choose a career as a country artist? “I felt like I could be myself,” he says matter-of-factly, and admits he got some career advice from someone he respected. “Randy Travis was a mentor for American Idol, and he asked me, ‘Have you thought about country? You really need to, because people would love you and the amount of soul that you could bring to country. You bring a uniqueness to it.’”
| Saturday, November 19, 2011
8AM to 3PM - DAY THREE SCULPTING
All 10 sculptors continue work on their sculptures. They are allowed a one-hour lunch break.
10AM to 10PM - FOOD COURT AND VENDORS OPEN
Get a good spot on the beach and settle in for a complete day of food, drink, entertainment and, of course, the awarding of the 2011 Sanding Ovations Masters Cup. Up front, by the stage, you can spread your blanket or lawn chairs. Further back there's room for your shade tent, if you like, and plenty of party space on Treasure Island's 800-foot wide beach. Sunset at 5:37pm.
2PM EXPERIMENTAL PILOT
This acoustic rock band featuring brothers Robert and Stephen Vessenmeyer mixes rootsy, rugged harmonies with classic rock inspired songwriting to create their own brand of down home "rednech soul ". The music, steeped in Americana, is a cross between Wilco’s rootsy folk rock sparkled with some British T. Rex blues. Think Tom Petty meets Big Star and you have the perfect Experimental Pilot song.
3PM HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL
Since the release of their debut full-length Casting Shadows Tall As Giants, Have Gun, Will Travel has been gaining momentum regionally as well as nationally. The album opener "Blessing and a Curse" was just recently licensed to Chevrolet for use in a national TV and radio campaign. Have Gun, Will Travel have also released their first ever music video. The song "Salad Days" is featured on their most recent full-length release, Postcards from the Friendly City, which has just been ranked No. 3 on WMNF 88.5's Most Played Albums of 2010. Their new record Mergers & Acquisitions will be released November 1st through Suburban Home Records.
3PM to 4PM SCULPTOR JUDGING
3PM to 6PM PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING
4:45PM THE MOJO GURUS
True North Recording Artists The Mojo Gurus are being called the best new honky-tonk, rock band in the country. The group's music has been described as straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with a southern flavor, hard-core honky-tonk, rhythm and blues - all played with the energy and swagger of a Saturday night tent revival meeting. They recently filmed a video for their new song "I Can't Stand To Hear That Song Again." There is not a rock band left standing that has the street credibility and magnetism that The Mojo Gurus possess. The band is currently working on their new CD Who Asked Ya? which will be released early next year.
6PM AWARDS PRESENTATION & CEREMONY
7PM THE ROCKET MAN SHOW
starring RUS ANDERSON as ELTON JOHN
There's nothing not to like about a full-on tribute delivered straight from the heart of a talented, musical fan of a particular superstar.The Rocket Man Band is the USA's #1 full-time Elton John Tribute and sets the standard for world-class entertainment. Rus Anderson's show is an exact re-enactment of an early 1980's Elton John concert, featuring gorgeous, exact replica costumes, 100% live instruments, faster tempos, 4 part harmonies, a laser and LED light show and an 8 foot red Yamaha piano! It is an intense, sincere and magical musical journey. The Rocket Man Band gives an exciting performance time after time, throwing around cool jams such as "The Bitch Is Back" and "Pinball Wizard", before sending audiences exploding into space with extended instrumental versions of "Rocket Man", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Levon". Mr. Anderson will be burning down the mission, in song, at Sanding Ovations.
| Sunday, November 20, 2011
10AM to 6PM - FOOD COURT AND VENDORS OPEN
It's the day after the awards have been handed out, a day to kick back, grab a pork slider, some ice cream for the kids or some fresh seafood on a stick from dozens of restaurants in the Sanding Ovations Food Court, or stroll the arts and crafts mart along Treasure Island's beach trail. Sunset at 5:37pm.
10AM JAZZ BEACH BRUNCH with VOICES OF JAZZ
Cooler, drier November mornings are perfect for a Sunday brunch on the beach. Add a live jazz band and you’ve got the Jazz Beach Brunch Buffet, presented by the City of Treasure Island and Sloppy Joe’s. Enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat brunch on the beach, in full view of the surf, sand and the big blue Gulf of Mexico skies. The cool, smooth sounds of the 22-piece jazz band “Voices of Jazz” and Treasure Island’s very own celebrity sand sculptors Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson accompany your Sunday morning brunch. On the beach brunch menu is tropical fruit salad, Eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, waffles, pancakes, fruit crepes, bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs, with coffee and orange juice, all for just $19.95 per person. Kids under 10 eat for just $9.95. Use your MasterCard or VISA to charge Jazz Brunch tickets at 727-547-4575 ext. 237.
NOON FLORIDA FOLK with WMNF's PETE GALLAGHER
Mellow out under the soft noon-day sun for an early afternoon of Florida's finest pickers, players, vocalists and instrumentalists, in a genre quite unlike any - Florida Folk Music. Stories from the wilderness, the concrete suburbs and from the shores of the Sunshine State abound in original songs from artists heard every week on Pete Gallagher's Florida Folk Show on 88.5 WMNF, Saturday mornings at 9am. This year, Pete features the Appalachia-infused cosmic Americana of Jubal's Kin, Jim Mason and performs with Pat Barmore as Dog Peter Pat.
2:30PM SARASOTA SLIM
Sarasota Slim is a true Florida cracker - born in the panhandle and raised in Sarasota - and yes, he's slim. He's been at this music stuff longer than he'd like to admit, but luckily this makes him somewhat legendary in certain circles. Help him nurture this myth by gettin' yo' bad self down with Slim's blues, boogie, slide guitar and heaps of warm Southern charm. "If only I could do what the rest of my contemporaries do," jokes Slim, "and that is to brag about some horrible brush with death and jail, three kinds of drug addictions and all kinds of bad things that blues people are supposed to have ... I'd be really popular."
4:30PM CHARLIE MORRIS BAND
Charlie Morris is a blues artist from the Tampa Bay area, but he seems to spend most of his time on the road these days. Topical subject matter with plenty of references to gambling, drinking and womanizing, burning guitar and keyboard riffs and a popping rhythm section all make up the ingredients for his fantastic blues show. Perhaps it is the maturity that comes with playing as a traveling blues artist for so many years, or maybe it is the combination of great songs and a really tight band, but whatever it is, Charlie really delivers the goods. He continues to showcase his guitar playing prowess as well as his ability to write and sing some very clever lyrics. From the slide-driven "Got Greedy," about our relentless thirst for oil to the zany "That's What She Said" that is sure to bring a smile, Charlie Morris is a world-class showman.
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