Lauris Vidal and Pandapaws part of solid local music lineup in Ybor City this weekend

Katara and Wave Theory join them at Crowbar on Saturday.

click to enlarge Lauris Vidal, pictured here playing Lowry Park Bandshell for Tampa Tribune's Friday Extra Concert Series in Tampa, Florida on May 13, 2011. - Nicole Kiber/
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Lauris Vidal, pictured here playing Lowry Park Bandshell for Tampa Tribune's Friday Extra Concert Series in Tampa, Florida on May 13, 2011.

What kind of training does it take to win a hot dog eating competition? Tyler Coy, who won Hot Dog Party 15 on July 3 by eating 11 wieners (and buns) in 8 minutes, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that, “I did an eight minute hot dog sprint every day for the week of the competition and just increased by one dog each day.” But Coy isn’t just a winner at eating contests.

He’s a talented musician, formerly in the pop-rock band New Fang, who now plays solo under the name Pandapaws. The project recently released an emotional new video for single “Opposites Attract” directed by local filmmaker Michael Sinclair, who also is producing a documentary about the Hot Dog Party. In the video, a guitar sits in for a soon to be ex-partner while Coy sings his heart out showing “the painful, but necessary struggle of leaving a toxic relationship.” The intense lyrics and visuals are a perfect juxtaposition to the catchy indie-pop that shows Coy’s major vocal range.

Coy opens for Lauris Vidal this weekend, and it’s fitting to see the two together on this bill because on the night of Hot Dog Party 15, Vidal—Florida’s favorite one-man band—was one of the most rambunctious partygoers. Expect Vidal to be extra joyful at this one where he’ll probably link up with Wave Theory leader Mike Mass for a song while also enjoying the harp-laden jazz from Katara.

Lauris Vidal w/Katara/Wave Theory feat. Ned Pope & Perception/Pandapaws. Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m. $12-$15. Crowbar, Ybor City. INFO

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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