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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 12:45 am

   Well, this past weekend was truly one for the books! After all the cool people & great music, I just couldn't wait to write about it.

   First off, on Saturday (October 7th) my band, The Catch played again at Simmon's Bar in Homestead. Dave, Joe, Max & I had a blast, as usual... Plus we were proud to let AJ Gaytan, Scott Melton & Mark Hammond (from The Posse) sit-in with us for awhile. It was an awesome night!

   The best thing about this night was meeting a handful of strangers that had never been to Simmon's Bar or come to see The Catch play either... They all told me the reason they showed up is because they read this column & decided to come check it all out. Now that really warmed my heart, I guess people ARE reading this... Thank you!

   The Catch will be playing a “double” this Friday night (Oct 13th) in Key largo, first at Bayside Grille 6pm to 9pm, then at The Caribbean Club 10:30pm to 2:30am... Also, this Coming Saturday night (Oct 14th), 3RG Miami & Air Radio will be putting on a spectacular concert at The Seminole Theater at 6pm. Don't miss it!!

  Speaking of The Seminole Theater, this past Saturday evening (October 8th), I had the privilege to attend one of the best shows I've seen in quite awhile.

   It was the Hurricane Irma Benefit Concert featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler, sponsored by Lorenzo Ford & The Rotary Club of Homestead, there was also a silent auction & yes, all the proceeds from the concert & fundraiser went to The Rotary Clubs of the Lower Keys & United Way of the Florida Keys where 100% go directly to those who need it.

   The opening act was singer/songwriter Katrina Wolverton, accompanied on guitar by Jon MacLennan. This young lady has a truly angelic voice, great pitch & a terrific personality. She performed an exciting, hour long set of  her original songs including her new single “Hold Me down”, as well as a few covers... Her guitarist, Jon, is an amazing musician  who played some superb guitar while tapping some percussion on the body of his guitar.

I was mesmerized by their show!

    After a brief intermission. Mickey McGuire, the Executive Director of The Seminole Theater came on stage & gave a heartfelt speech about the theater being nearly destroyed 25 years ago by Hurricane Andrew & about the night's benefit, recognizing the sponsors, as well as the many victims of Hurricane Irma with a special “shout out” to all the first responders & volunteers.

   Then, the great John Popper took the stage along with his piano accompanist & fellow Blues traveler, Ben Wilson. Once John started singing & playing that harmonica, I was on the edge of my seat... Although I had seen Blues Traveler in concert before, it had slipped my mind just how truly spellbinding Popper's performances usually are. His charisma & soul comes through in his music & Ben Wilson's piano playing was spot on as always.

   John Popper's set was an eclectic collection of his originals & Blues Traveler songs, including their hit song “Run Around”... Between all the songs, John told comedic stories of his life & touring with the band. He ended the show with an encore in which he brought Katrina back out on stage & they sang an inspiring version of John Lennon's “Imagine”. Afterwards, John did a “Meet & Greet”  & took pictures with some of his fans up on stage... All in all it was a spectacular show &  a great night, all for a wonderful cause!

   Make sure to check out The Seminole Theater's website at & their Facebook page at  to

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