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🔊 “Alexa, crank up the volume”
A crowd gathers at a concert in St. Pete. The outdoor show is at dusk, with the sun casting a yellow-orange sunset glow into blue skies with a few wispy clouds around. An apartment complex is in the background, and the crowd in the foreground is facing right toward a stage with musicians performing.
Did we just make the playlist of the summer?|Photo by City of St. Petersburg
It’s time to put some TBAY tunes on. Here are a few tracks we put together in an homage to the Tampa Bay area.

“Florida!!!” by Taylor Swift
You can’t escape her. In Swift’s recent release, she sings, “Barricaded in the bathroom with a bottle of wine. Well, me and my ghosts, we had a hell of a time.” That sounds a lot like a night in one of Ybor City’s haunted bars.

“St. Pete Florida Blues” by Ray Charles
The legendary performer gets bluesy about a lost St. Pete love. Sounds like a snow bird in May. Fun fact: Charles played at St. Pete’s Manhattan Casino several times in the 1950s.

A black and white photo of Ray Charles playing the piano and singing. His iconic sunglasses are on and he's wearing a patterned suit which singing into a microphone.

Ray Charles seemingly fell in love with and in St. Pete.

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
“When I wake up in the mornin’ love, and the sunlight hurts my eyes.” We’re blessed with lovely days in TBAY, including a world record 768 straight days of sunshine in St. Pete.

“Lightning Bolt” by Jake Bugg
Double entendre alert. When the English singer-songwriter sings, “I walk right into the path of a lightning bolt,” he may be singing about an encounter with a Bolts fan. Or maybe he got unlucky during a summer round of golf.

“Wellerman” by Nathan Evans
Evans’ viral cover of a 1970s folk song revived the sea shanty genre in certain circles — and even put them in night clubs. Whether it’s Gasparilla or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the local relevance of a musical genre associated with pirates needs no further explanation.

The flotilla at Gasparilla. There are hundreds of boats behind the pirate ship, all riding toward the City of Tampa during the annual event. There is smoke emerging from the pirate ship.

Petition for more Tampa Bay-themed sea shanties.

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Photo by Kiera Andrews

“Paradise” by Coldplay
Friendly reminder: We live where other people vacation. If you’re saving these tracks for your commute, remember to notice the palm trees that line the highway, and the pelican gliding alongside you above calm Bay waters. If you’re like Bill Withers, and the sun hurts your eyes, imagine cold gray skies. No need to dream of a “para-para-paradise” here.


Would you look at that? We put these tracks into a Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.
 
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We want your suggestions: Did we forget any Tampa Bay-themed tunes?

 
 
Events
 
Monday, June 3
  • Bonsai & Brews | Monday, June 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | $75 | Sip locally made beverages while learning the art of caring for a bonsai tree.
  • Tombolo’s Horror Book Club Reads “ANTISOCIETIES” | Monday, June 3 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free with registration | Meet virtually to discuss Michael Cisco’s collection of ten ghoulish isolation-centered stories — 18+ only.
Tuesday, June 4
  • Luis Miguel Tour 2024 | Tuesday, June 4 | 7 p.m. | Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa | $80+ | The storied performer and three-time Grammy-winner lights up the Cigar City stage with decades of songs.
Wednesday, June 5
  • Travel Photography Workshop | Wednesday, June 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 1630 E. 7th Ave., Tampa | $82+ | Bring your camera down to learn more about capturing picture-perfect shots on your travels at this presentation-style workshop.
  • Tampa International Fringe Festival | Wednesday, June 5-Sunday, June 16 | Times vary | Locations vary | $0-$18 | It’s the first night of the 12-day event featuring indie performing arts across four Ybor venues.
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Meet Feeding Tampa Bay (and the new Causeway Center)
gif of five photos depicting the grand opening event of Feeding Tampa Bay's Causeway Center
The massive new facility includes a market, restaurant, training centers, resources, volunteer spaces, and 90,000+ sq ft of warehouse space to store four times as much food than the old warehouse.|Photos provided by Feeding Tampa Bay
Hey, TBAY: We’re excited to introduce you to Feeding Tampa Bay — the runner-up winner of our recent Publix Giveback Giveaway. Get to know this local nonprofit and learn about the important work they do for the community.

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There’s one thing we all have in common: food.

Feeding Tampa Bay embraces this similarity to do the good work of tackling food insecurity in our community, which can affect anyone in an unexpected circumstance: our neighbors, coworkers, the elderly, or classmates.

In exciting development news, the nonprofit will now be able to expand their services throughout West Central Florida thanks to a brand new facility.

🏗️ Newly opened facility

One of the largest food banks in the nation, Feeding Tampa Bay celebrated its new-location Grand Opening last Thursday, May 23 and is actively relocating to a 215,000-sqft, state-of-the-art facility at 3624 Causeway Blvd.

The expansive new headquarters and distribution building, known as The Causeway Center, is more than twice the size of the organization’s former 80,000-sqft warehouse, and features multi-use resource, training + volunteer spaces, including:
  • The Community Place
  • Culinary Center
  • Logistics Center
  • The Learning Zone and Causeway Hall
  • FRESHforce Program
  • Volunteer Square
Curious what each space features? Keep reading to get the deets (and to learn how you can help).
 
News Notes
 
Trending
  • A local seventh-grader is a national champion. Bruhat Soma won the Scripps National Spelling Bee this past Thursday, taking home the trophy and over $50,000 in cash and prizes. The Turner/Bartels K-8 School student won the event in Maryland after a nailbiting tiebreaker finish. (WTSP)
Announced
  • We’re counting down to kick-off. Tampa Bay Sun FC — our area’s first professional women’s soccer team — has released the full schedule for their inaugural USL Super League season. There’s only 76 days until the home opener vs. Dallas Trinity FC at downtown Tampa’s Riverfront Stadium.
Open
  • There’s a new spot to get a sweat on in St. Pete. BODYROK is now offering its Pilates-inspired classes at 871 Central Ave., after opening the location last week. That’s where Sunshine City locals can endure “Buns and Guns” workouts on innovating reformer machines.
Concert
  • A country music legend is saying goodbye to TBAY soon. Alan Jackson will play his last show in our area next April at Amalie Arena. Jackson’s decades-long career saw him inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 7.
Try This
  • A popular St. Pete hangout has been nominated for best dog bar in the US. The Dog Bar (2300 Central Ave.) is in the USA Today contest running, lauded for its dozens of beers, food truck options, and off-leash settings. Cast your vote. (I Love the Burg)
Seasonal
  • Hurricane season has officially returned, and runs through the end of November. Instead of scrambling for bottles of water, flashlights, and cans of Chef Boyardee’s finest, get ready sooner rather than later with our hurricane guide.
Sports
  • How did the Rays fare on the road in Baltimore? Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Rays with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
     
     
    Food and Drink
     
    🍻 Pull up a bar stool
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    A new face is coming to the Grand Central District.|Rendering via Stridis
    Owners just released new renderings of the latest spot to catch a game and grab a bite in the Burg. Noble Tavern will open in St. Pete’s Grand Central District, possibly by the end of 2024, on the ground floor of Tru by Hilton. It’s owned by the same people as Noble Crust — a local Italian fave with three TBAY locations.

    Owners said the concept will blend “the spirit of an old world tavern into a modern design,” with the investment totaling $1.5 million. The spot at 1650 Central Ave. will create 50-60 jobs, but has not yet announced menu items. When we know, you’ll know.

    It could be a timely move, as the tavern will be located near the upcoming Historic Gas Plant District, and the proposed new Rays ballpark. ICYMI: The ballpark also has new renderings.
     
    The Buy
     
    Summer slides for Father’s Day. The OOFOS slides are easy to slip on and engineered to reduce stress on feet, joints, and back, so they’re perfect for Dad. Bonus: Grab a pair for yourself.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
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    Aposiopesis. That’s one of the words Bruhat spelled on his way to spelling bee glory. Defined as “a figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately—"
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