Tampa music polymath John Nowicki and The Holy Terror play new LP at free Shuffle concert

The 'atrocious' gig is outside with plenty of room to spread out.

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Michael M. Sinclair


Expect to hear new msuic when Tampa’s Holy Terror hits the outside stage of Tampa Heights’ Shuffle, with tons of socially-distanced seating.

“We’ll be playing a good portion of stuff from our new album, HT2: L’atrocite du Jour, some older stuff, and a brand new song called ‘Piety’ that plays around with a Latin/gypsy jazz feel,” the band’s mastermind and musical anomaly John Nowicki said in a recent chat with Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

If you are not a Francophile, the album name translates to "today’s atrocity" referring to 2020 as a whole and is described on Holy Terror’s Bandcamp page as “ ...a collection of songs that attempts to portray the experience of watching inner and outer worlds collapse.” So yeah, we can relate.

However, there are a couple of pandemic-induced lineup changes. Keyboard player Troy Cedeno is temporarily sitting out.

“Sean Pomeroy is playing bass, and Owen Meats, who used to play bass, has rejoined as a third guitarist,” Nowicki added, “I’m also switching from acoustic to electric guitar to keep up with everybody, so there will be a small army of electric guitarists onstage.” Scott Lavan Miller, Pete Nuffer, trumpeter Kenny Pullin and cellist Melissa Grady round out the all-star cast.

Consider this description your cheat sheet for the no-cover show.

The Holy Terror. Saturday. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Free. Shuffle, Tampa. shuffletampa.com

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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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