On Friday, "Mike Tony" and his piano will serenage anyone lucky enough to get inside Webb's City Cellar at Green Bench Brewing. You may not be familiar with Tony—real name Michael Bostinto—but he's easily one of the best local bandleader Tampa Bay has produced over the last decade (he is also a bartender at Green Bench).
He first came to prominence with mid-aughts' band Très Bien, which America rightfully fell in love with when the outfit made it to the reality TV music competition "America's Next Great American Band," but has most recently turned heads with his Rollingchild project.
The respective bands featured big indie-garage-pop and grown-up, sultry lounge-pop sounds peppered with jazz drum breaks and strings, but there's no telling exactly what Bostinto has up his sleeve for this evening with which is his first live gig since February 2020.
"Bring your friends, bring your mom, but leave the kids at home, this is an adult affair," Bostinto wrote. Meow.
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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