Creative Loafing has not been shy about our appreciation for the hard work that the staff and volunteers at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre are doing. The seaside shed was a must-visit spot in our Summer Guide, and we even took a drive to see Paramore, Soccer Mommy and Foster the People bring their lone Florida stop to Anastasia State Park (FTP did, however, just announce a November show at Miami's House of Creatives festival).
Well, it looks like organizers — who recently reported an additional $1.2 million in revenue above what was expected from events this year — want some of the Tampa Bay area in their lives, too.
The monthlong Sing Out Loud Festival takes place at multiple St. Augustine venues and kicks off this weekend with free shows by more than half a dozen bands including Mountain Goats, David Dondero, Al Riggs and The Weepies. Also included in the Sing Out Loud agenda are Bay area acts Have Gun, Will Travel (playing Sept. 7), Dave Decker and Kristopher James (both playing on Sept. 15). There's also a September 21 showcase at Nobby's which includes Dan Padilla, Navin Ave. and Flat Stanley.
Most every show is free-to-attend save for a September 22 showcase featuring Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Decemberists and Lucero. CL will also be on hand September 20 when we participate in Sing Out Loud's "Perspectives on the Florida Music Scene" panel discussion. More info on Sing Out Loud's many activities is available via singoutloudfestival.com.