Wild Shiners perform Americana music June 28 at Limelight Theatre

The Wild Shiners will perform June 28 as part of Music in the Box at Limelight Theatre. Contributed image

The Wild Shiners will perform June 28 as part of Music in the Box at Limelight Theatre. Contributed image

Music in the Box features local musicians the last Sunday of each month

From Limelight Theatre

St. Augustine, FL — Americana music will be performed by Wild Shiners, a quintet based in north and central Florida. The group will play on Sunday, June 28 during Music in the Box at Limelight Theatre.

Local musicians Robbie Dammit and Grant Paxton will open the show at 6 p.m., with the Wild Shiners on stage until 9 p.m.

Band members include Brian Turk (Gainesville) on upright bass, Tom Grant (Gainesville) on banjo and guitar; Andrew Cook (Gainesville) on fiddle, T’ai Welch (St. Augustine) on drums; and Mike Lagassé (St. Augustine) on guitar and mandolin.

“Everybody sings in the band,” Lagassé said. “When playing in St. Augustine, we can most often be found at the Milltop Tavern. We have been playing a lot of festivals lately including Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Music Festival, and Farm to Family Festival.”

Wild Shiners’ self-titled EP has been well-received and garnered radio play on GrowRadio in Gainesville and WFCF Flagler College Radio in St. Augustine. The group performed at the 2014 Gamble Rogers Music Festival.

“The type of music that we play is typically described as Americana,” Lagassé said.

“We like to think of it as roots-rock, but once you have a guy with a banjo and a guy with a fiddle or mandolin on the same stage, bluegrass comparisons come effortlessly. Most of us come from a bluegrass and folk background, but our drummer, T’ai Welch, enforces the rock –n-roll.”

Members of Wild Shiners have honed their craft by playing with or as supporting acts for headliners J.J. Grey and Mofro, Izzy and the Catastrophics, Robert Earl Keen, John Cowan Band, Colin Hay, Beartoe Aguilar, Jimmy Landry, Billy Cardine (Biscuit Burners), and Grant Peeples.

What music inspires members of the band?

Old-time fiddle music, Rhythm & Blues, and bands such as Reptar, Peter Gabriel, Fishbone, and Steely Dan.

“We like to write and arrange songs and have recorded an album of original material with Gatorbone Records,” Lagassé explained.

“When we cover a song by another artist, we really tend to pick a song out of love for the song.”

Most of the band’s set will include original songs, but the audience also may hear tunes by newer songwriters like Jason Isbell, Hayes Carll and Ryan Adams.

“But we have been known to put a Dwight Yoakam song in our set or occasionally a tune from our local songwriting friends (and heroes) like Ty Robinson, Bob Patterson, Gamble Rogers or Lon Williamson,” Lagassé said.

The musicians will perform in the intimate black box space that seats around 90, called the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre. Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available.

Admission is $5 and goes to the musicians. Beer, wine, soda, and snacks are available in the lobby.

For more details, call 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org

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