A Non-Hurricane Party

Kelly Paradis of Largo drops some cash into a boot used to collect money at a fundraising food concession run by the St. Pete Beach Fire Department at Saturday’s concert as her son, firefighter Jason Wing, looks on. “We have been busy,” Wing said. “We were a little concerned at first [because of the weather] but it turned out to be a good showing.”

Kelly Paradis of Largo drops some cash into a boot used to collect money at a fundraising food concession run by the St. Pete Beach Fire Department at Saturday’s concert as her son, firefighter Jason Wing, looks on. “We have been busy,” Wing said. “We were a little concerned at first [because of the weather] but it turned out to be a good showing.”

St. Pete Beach residents and visitors partied down with the The Souliz Band of Tampa the night of Saturday, October 7, amid breezes and cloudy skies left behind by Hurricane Matthew. The band, which had the dance floor full of wriggling, stomping dancers, was called in at the last minute after the original band was unable to come due to hurricane-related problems. Band leader Tony Fullwood said members had to scramble to make it to St. Pete Beach for the 7 p.m. show but really enjoyed the gig.

“This is a nice atmosphere,” he said of St. Pete Beach. “We really like it.”

The concert was the first in the city’s October Concert in the Park Series at Horan Park. Coming this Saturday, October 14: Impulse.

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The Souliz Band singer Velma Glover, aka Spice, dances with an enthusiastic young audience member.

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