Let’s get ready to rumble®…in the south. On Saturday, February 13, Mark Miremont and the Red Star Rock Bar hosted “The Rumble’s Annual Kustom Kulture Art Show” event that rocked the Tampa Bay area. On the day’s docket was a lowbrow art show, vintage car show, burlesque, and of course rockabilly music. Attend one of these events and get ready to be transported to the past with 50’s style dress, hot rods, and hairdo’s. The lineup of bands included: The Double D Combo, The Hot Rod Hornets, Jeff Vitolo & the Quarter Mile Rebels, and Skinny D & the Hot Rod Truckers. The bands were fantastic, each one hitting the nail on the head when it comes to good ol’ classic rock and roll that had the heads bobbing and the feet moving.
Rumble in the South with Jeff Vitolo & the Quarter Mile Rebels
Jeff Vitolo & the Quarter Mile Rebels: Jeff Vitolo-Guitar/Vocals; Kenneth Donahue-Bass; and Mike Murphy-Drums.
Jeff Vitolo is a music vet, a part of the Tampa Bay music scene since the 80’s. With roots in hard rock, his progression through rock and roll has led him to his current rockabilly state. His voice and guitar playing epitomizes what it is good old fashioned rock and roll. Performing for the first time with the group was bassist Kenneth Donahue. His stage presence resembled wrestler King Kong Bundy, wearing overalls and covered in tattoos, but instead of crashing into the ropes he laid down an assault on the strings of his stand-up bass. Connecting the musical dots was drummer Mike Murphy banging out those high octane beats and keeping that rapid tempo in line. The band played their own original music as well as some cover songs. They belted out Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” but with a bit more rock and roll bite. My favorite moment of the evening was when they covered the Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right”. I shouldn’t have been surprised since the original has heavy guitar riffs in it, but Jeff & the Rebels gave it that old school sound that left me grinning.
Jeff Vitolo & the Quarter Mile Rebels on Youtube
Come back over the next few days as we add more Rumble in the South to our Libro Musica.
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Rumble in the South with Skinny D & the Hot Rod Truckers