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Jobsite is finishing our eighth season by once again hitting record numbers. While final figures are being tabulated, we anticipate that 2006-07 attendance to our mainstage rose by 1,000 tickets and our annual box office gross rose by over $25,000. The annual numbers could have been much higher, but due to an unfortunate set of circumstances that forced us to cancel Hurlyburly mid-run, Jobsite finds themselves in a critical position moving into their new fiscal year.
Producing Artistic Director David Jenkins said, “It was just bad timing. We paid ahead on royalties for future shows because of the good year we’d had and our desire to lock down our next season. No one can foresee a show shutting down like that, so now we need to raise a significant amount of money in a short period of time to safeguard our immediate survival and make up what we lost.”
The Jobsite Rocks events have become Jobsite’s signature combination of a season wrap party and fundraiser, uniting Tampa’s theater, music and art scenes with a younger crowd all in New World’s lush beer garden setting. “This isn’t some stuffy champagne-sipping black-tie fundraiser,” adds Jenkins. “This is a rock-out party for a great cause.”
This year’s event kicks off at 8 pm with the inaugural Jobby Awards, a half-serious and half tongue-in-cheek set of awards voted on by the Jobsite board, patrons and their ensemble. The Jobby ceremony is followed by a set by DJ Scott Imrich and live music by Jobsite Rocks stalwarts The Vodkanauts (who have played all of the previous Jobsite Rocks events) and the up and coming Tampa group Poetry N’ Lotion.
Jobsite invites everyone to come by, even if for just an hour. This is our one big fundraiser a year, and we need a lot of help. We’d also really like to see our patrons, artists and sponsors out socially so that we can say hello, shake hands and thank them for all they do for us during the year.
New World Brewery
New World Brewery is tucked away in a sleepy corner of Ybor City and features dozens of import and microbrew beer on draft, and dozens more in the bottle, all in a lush beer garden setting. New World Brewery is located at 1313 8th Ave. E and is a 21+ establishment.
Raffle Prizes & Silent Auction
Another core part of any Jobsite Rocks event is the raffle, where we offer a wild assortment of prizes donated by all manner of Bay area business. The raffle includes:
- Tinatapas gift certificate
- 4 AMC Movie passes
- 4 Gorilla Theater tix for Rag and Bone
- Antonio’s Day Spa at Sand Key Resort gift certificate
- Golf for 4 at Tampa Palms, including cart
- 2 Stageworks Season Passes
- Bottle of Tequila – Patron Anejo
- Thai Corner gift certificate
- 4 luncheons at Tampa Club
- Brunch for 2 at the Don Cesar
- 2 Gorilla Theater season passes
- Booze/Casino Cruise for 10
- Gift basket from Elmer’s
- Maestro’s at TBPAC Gift Certificate
- Starbucks gift basket
- 2 Jobsite Season tix + shirt
- Seminole Hard Rock Casino gift certificate
- 3 Gift baskets from The Hub
- Tampa Theater Gift Basket
This year Jobsite will also be introducing a silent auction of art donated by local artists. The silent auction features paintings by Charlie Doan that were used on the set of Hurlyburly, art by Spencer Meyers used as part of a gallery installation in the Shimberg Playhouse and a photograph from Portland Playwright Steve Patterson.
Raffles will go on hourly and raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $10.
About the Music
Imagine a twilight world of sonic make believe where Dean Martin and Neil Diamond share equal billing with Danny Gatton and Hank Marvin, where reverb-drenched surf freakouts segue into a small jazzy combo playing a Vegas nightspot frequented by The In Crowd and where roadhouse-rockin’ twangfests coexist with tranquil atmospheric meditations. It is in this musical parallel universe that surf/lounge/rock ‘n’ roll combo The Vodkanauts work their magic, simultaneously paying respectful tribute to musical masters while creating a soundtrack to a mid-to-late 20th century America that never quite was … but should have been. They have shared bills with national acts the likes of Dick Dale, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Mermen.
The Vodkanauts’ continuing mission expands the band’s repertoire to include rhythm ‘n’ blues, jazz and other roots-informed genres while still encompassing the surf classics, lounge numbers and original compositions that cemented the band’s reputation as one of Tampa Bay’s most engaging live acts.
Poetry N’ Lotion
Julie Garisto of TBT said of Poetry N’ Lotion that “You wouldn’t normally associate the words fusion or free-form with old-fashioned or rustic, but that’s the charm of Poetry N’ Lotion, whose songs can include anything from rock to jazz to metal and yet sound like something you’d crank from a Victrola.” The quartet consists of an electric mandolin, upright bass, guitar and drums and they’ve been known to rock originals alongside covers as diverse as the theme songs from The Munsters or M*A*S*H to Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
DJ Scott Imrich
DJ Scott Imrich is not only a dope spinner of tunes with roots in the Tampa scene that run deeper than the trench of lies at a Karl Rove press conference, but DJ Imrich is also a man of mystery! In fact, he’s so mysterious, that we can only release information about him in little bits. So watch this space, and we’ll reveal more… as soon as we get his bio.
Can't Make It?
If you can’t make the event, you can still help us out in this critical time. The easiest way to donate is online. If you’d prefer to not use the secure online method, please download and print the .pdf of our donation form. Please mail it along with your check, payable to The Jobsite Theater to:
The Jobsite Theater
P.O. Box 7975
Tampa, FL 33673-7975
All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Jobsite will also offer receipts to anyone requesting them for their records at the event.