Bay Area Beat: A mag for the *LOCAL* scene

Bay Area Beat's first issue hits the streets this Friday (April 3) and features local legends Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott and Blind Buddy Moody. To celebrate the launch, these three artists will be performing a concert at Pro Star Recording Studio. Admission is $6 and the doors open at 7pm.

If you'd like to submit a story suggestion or idea to Bay Area Beat, you can do so here. Don't be shy about shamelessly promoting your band, venue or upcoming show. According to Goldman, that's what this mag is here for: "Bay Area Beat belongs to all of us. Who better knows the scene than the folks that are in it?"

Growing up in and around the Tampa Bay music scene I would hear occasional murmurings about a time in the not-so-distant past when a handfull of local rags championed Tampa Bay's local music community.  As I listened to such tales, my teenage imagination would conjure up images of chain smoking, black denim clad musicians hanging out on street corners reading these magazines as stegosauruses grazed behind them and terradactlys circled above their shaggy heads. In other words, music magazines devoted solely to covering the Tampa Bay music scene seemed outmoded and preposterous. Fortunately not everyone in Tampa Bay is as myopic and shortsighted as I tend to be...

Tampa Bay music scene stalwarts Jeannette Goldman (owner of Pro Star Recording Studio), Ken Thomas (webmaster of and Thomas Garcia (local producer, songwriter and promoter) have banded together to publish Bay Area Beat: a magazine for the local scene and the local scene only.  

Here's how their press release describes the mag's mission: "Bay Area Beat is all about promoting LOCAL artists and musicians. Period. No priority coverage for national acts." Here's how Goldman rather emphatically put it to me during a recent phone interview, "We don't care who is playing at the St. Pete Times Forum! We're trying to support the musicians in the area that are working and making a living with their music."

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