Slide guitar god Roosevelt Collier heads to Crowbar, a Tampa venue still waiting on federal grant money

We hope Thursday isn’t the last time we get to see Collie at the Ybor City live music staple.

click to enlarge Roosevelt Collier, who plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 17, 2021. - Ryan McGibbeny c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Ryan McGibbeny c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Roosevelt Collier, who plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on June 17, 2021.

This isn’t the first time lap steel guitar god Roosevelt Collier has played homage to the late great Jimi Hendrix, and we hope this gig at Crowbar—where the funk band the HeadTones opens—is not the last.

Speaking of Crowbar, Rolling Stone says only 31 venues out of 13,619 that have applied for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant have received any funding. That’s one-fifth of 1%, y’all. Though the grant passed at the end of 2020 “ part of the larger Covid relief bill following months of advocacy from the National Independent Venue Association [NIVA]. The rollout of the funding however has been painfully slow.”

Crowbar co-owner Tom DeGeorge is NIVA’s Florida captain and is still waiting for help and sharing his process every step of the way. Good news, money is coming. Bad news, it’s taking forever—as of midday on June 14, 19 Florida applications had been awarded a total $9.3 million in grants.

If you’re a Bay area recipient who’s been officially approved for an SVOG grant, shoot us an email at [email protected]

Roosevelt Collier Trio: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix w/The Headtones. Thursday, June 17, 8 p.m. $20-$24. Crowbar, Ybor City.

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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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