In Concert at SHAMc on Friday, Dec. 18
The Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center (SHAMc) will host a special concert by The Curry’s Band on Friday, Dec. 18., Doors will open at 6:30, and the show will begin a 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at SHAMC.org or by calling 727-725-4018, priced at $20 per person (plus a $2 service fee). If any tickets are still available on the night of the concert, they will be priced at $25 at the door. The group is back to Destination Tampa Bay™ by popular demand.
Audience members listening to The Curry’s Band are asked to bring their own chairs for the concert, which will have limited seating to comply with the latest COVID-19 safety rules. Tip jar links: Paypal: [email protected] Venmo: @Galen-Curry. The center’s Bar and restrooms will be open during all performances, and the SHAMc ARTery will be open for shopping as well.
The Curry’s Band has been staking its claim within the Americana music scene since 2013, when vocalist/guitarist Tommy Curry quit his teaching job and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, to join the harmony-based folk-rock outfit that was newly formed by brother Jimmy Curry (vocals, guitar) and cousin Galen Curry (vocals, bass). The band cut its teeth playing at oyster bars and listening rooms in the Florida Panhandle. They write and perform their own original music.
The Curry’s Band has since written and released three full-length albums. First was their studio debut Follow (2014) that was called “eye-opening, but warmly familiar” by Earmilk, and whose title track was called “one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard” by Todd Moe of NCPR. The second album is titled West of Here (2016), praised for its “tight-as-a-rubber-band” harmonies and “infectious” songwriting by Pop Matters.
Their third album, This Side of the Glass (2019), may be the Curry’s Band’s best ever. The band’s three-part family harmonies provide the organic, lived-in feel of roots music, but the album aspires to a greater variety of form and orchestration than earlier releases. For this one, the Curry’s Band has teamed up with producer/guitarist Sam Whedon and engineer Stewart Myers to map it out for new terrain. The songs defy any neat categorization: the country nostalgia of “Gulf Coast Home” complements the folk-pop sensibility of “Pin You Down,” while the guitars and gang vocals of “Soon Enough” pay unmistakable homage to Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”
Lyrically, This Side of the Glass explores questions of perspective, an apt consideration for a band featuring three songwriters. Each Curry offers his take on the time-worn threads of life and love, contributing to the album’s tapestry of introspection and social commentary. Likewise, each in turn ruminates on the paradox faced by every performing songwriter: how to balance one’s roles as both the author of stories and the object of storytelling. This Side of the Glass is an insightful and satisfying new chapter from a band with many more stories to tell.
About Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAM-c)
Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAM-c) is located at 706 2nd Street North in Safety Harbor. Safety Harbor Art and Music Center is a 501(c) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote knowledge of and education in the fine arts, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Among its other current projects is a special setting available for Holiday photos. The Center is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All donations are tax deductible and greatly contribute to the arts in our community.
Content written by Jackie McCallum for Destination Tampa Bay™. Photos courtesy of SHAMC and The Curry’s Band and are subject to copyright and for editorial purposes only.