Candy Bars lose a bite

Tampa’s Candy Bars are in a tough spot. The indie band's secret weapon, cellist Melissa Castellano, has called it quits. Singer/guitarist Daniel Martinez and drummer/programmer Ryan Hastings will soldier on without her, honoring dates for an upcoming tour of the Northeast that kicks off with a gig next Saturday at New World.

Candy Bars w/King of Spain/Inertia, Sat., July 14, 10 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $5.

 July 21 UPDATE: I have left Candy Bars

First of all, thank you to everyone that came to the shows. It was really the best part to see people enjoying the music that was being played. It was nice of you to come out and sometimes wait forever to see the show start. I really enjoyed meeting so many new people and I enjoyed the experience of playing cello with guitar and drums. I also enjoyed branching off to playing and recording with some of you. Thanks a lot to Venice is Sinking, Morningbell and New Granada for putting on a show for my wedding...that was awesome. It has been very, very memorable.

I have many reasons for leaving Candy Bars. This was not an easy decision and it didn't come quickly. When people are invited to become part of a band, they expect to have a say in how things are handled. In the end, the only say I had was that I was leaving, that I will continue to talk to all of you and that I will continue to enjoy listening to local music as well as play as much as possible.

Thank you again for making the last two years exciting and fun.

~Melissa

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