‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’ star Dave Fenley plays St. Pete concert on Saturday

Brian Sutherland and Kristopher James open at Hideaway Cafe.

click to enlarge Dave Fenley, who plays Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 10, 2021. - davefenleylovesyou/Facebook
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Dave Fenley, who plays Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 10, 2021.


Dave Grohl posted a Facebook rant several years ago saying music reality shows basically ruin a generation’s struggles in becoming musicians. Blah, blah, blah. Listen Grohl, not everyone on those competitions just shows up and randomly sings “At Last” and lands a record deal.

Just listen to Dave Fenley, who spent a decade of his adult life playing honkey tonks before getting to the semifinals on “America's Got Talent” and cracking the Top 10 on “The Voice”—shows he only tried for after getting married, which called for him try and reach for Grohl-level income. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter brings his Southern soul sound to this St. Petersburg listening room which should expect originals like “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and Fenley’s take on Don Henley’s “Desperado.”

Dave Fenley w/Brian Sutherland/Kristopher James. Saturday, July 10, 6 p.m. $20. Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg. hideawaycafe.biz

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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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