CLEARWATER - Once again the Tampa Bay music scene and community is coming together to show their support, and to help out one of their own.... Steve Sturgis.
To many in the scene, Steve Sturgis needs no introduction. Steve has been a musician for nearly 30 years of his life, playing bass in bands since he was 17 years old while living in his home state of Alabama. By the age of 20, Steve was in a popular, local metal band in Alabama called Orchid. From 1993 to 1995, Steve played in a band called Blue Monday which was very successful around the University of Alabama area. Shortly after his tenure in Blue Monday, Steve would go on a nearly 10 year hiatus from music in order to try his luck in the “corporate world.” Like most musicians though, Steve eventually would return to music.
Steve returned to music full-time in 2008 following his relocation to the Tampa Bay area in July of 2007. The first local band Steve played in was Retrovein along with Chuck Powell (Retribution), Tim Knisely (Wikkid), and the late Mark Brewer.
In 2008 Steve, along with Chuck & Mark of Retrovein, formed Retribution. Steve performed with Retribution until late 2010, following his departure from the band.
In July of 2011 Steve won the Award for "Sexiest Bass Player in Tampa Bay" at the 2011 KAM-BABS Sexiest Musician's of Tampa Bay Awards Show, held in Tampa. Steve won the award by receiving the most fan votes after a month-long competition. Later that same year, Steve formed Monster along with drummer Jeff Drum Hammer. Unfortunately though, Steve came down sick with Asthma and COPD which forced him to quit the short-lived band.
In January of 2012, Steve started filling in on bass for Jaded after the band lost their bass player. Once again, Things were looking promising for Steve... until one particular performance in Valrico.
“ [I] Filled in with Jaded from beginning of January until March 15th of 2012 when the nerve problems in my arm started.” - Steve Sturgis.
While performing at a show with Jaded on March 15th at Raccoon’s Bar in Valrico, Steve was hit with a sharp pain in his right wrist during the 2nd song of the band's third set. The pain was so intense that Steve could do little more then simply strum the notes on his bass guitar for the remainder of the show. Following the Valrico show and a visit to his doctor, Steve was told that the pain was caused by a pinched nerve in his right elbow. The pinched nerve would eventually go on to make it impossible for Steve to play bass without being in excruciating pain. Due to this, Steve reluctantly announced his retirement from music shortly after the diagnoses, nearly a year ago.
Doctors have told Steve that surgery could repair his pinched nerve, and that he could once again return to music and playing bass as little as 6 weeks after having surgery. Like most full-time musicians though, Steve has extremely poor insurance, and would need to come up with $4,000.00 before the surgery can be performed.
On Sunday, August 25th, a benefit concert for Steve Sturgis will take place at Quaker Steak and Lube in Clearwater from 12:30pm - 7:00pm. Organized by Rich Nation of Jaded and the Brittany Nation Foundation Against Drunk Driving, the benefit concert will raise money to help pay for Steve’s surgery.
The event will feature live performances from local bands such as Jaded, Chrome, Sidewinder, Wise Guys, Smoke & Run, Nobody’s Darlings, and the Martha Quinn Band. The event will be emceed by Keith Wilkins (St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene Column & KAM-BABS Promotions) and Dina Mead (KAM-BABS Promotions & Bay Area Band Source).
The event will also have a a 50/50 drawing, raffles/auctions, gift baskets, and much more. Some of the items that will be raffled or auctioned off at the event include:
- Framed Drum head & photo signed by the members of Candlebox
- Photo & pics signed by members of Jackyl
- Photo signed by members of Everclear
- Framed photo of Kiss
- 3 - $50.00 off coupons Skindoctors Tattoos in Madeira Beach
- 3 - $5.00 off coupons from Skindoctors Tattoos in Madeira Beach
- 5 - $59.00 gift certificates for a front end alignment at Aurora Tires in New Port Richey
- Guest passes to Planet Beach Contempo Spa in Largo
- 2 white Scorpion half helmets
In addition, Quaker Steak & Lube will be donating 15% of their food sales at the event to benefit Steve Sturgis as well.
Special, limited edition T-Shirts commemorating the event will also be available for purchase at the day of the event. The shirts will include a list of all the bands that performed at the event, a short list of acknowledgments, the date, time and location of the event, and a photo of Steve Sturgis as well.
Quaker Steak & Lube is Located just off of US-19 at 10400 49th St. North in Clearwater.
For those who can’t attend the event but would like to make a donation, donations can be made accepted at: http://www.gofundme.com/3jtrdo.
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