NEW PORT RICHEY - While on the Florida leg of their North American tour, National recording artists, Wayland, made two stops in the Tampa Bay area last week. The band first performed to a packed house at Screwie Louie's Historic Porpoise Pub in Seminole on Sunday, January 26th for the first “Screwie Louie’s Original Scene” concert series, presented by KAM-BABS Promotions. Following their free show at the Porpoise Pub, Wayland headed up to New Port Richey on Thursday, January 30th for a ticketed performance at Bourbon Street, presented by Jtaylor Entertainment.
Unfortunately Wayland’s show at Bourbon Street did not go as smooth as their Porpoise Pub show which took place four days earlier. The show, which was scheduled to begin at either 7:00pm or 8:00pm, depending on which advertisement you went by, was to feature three opening acts including Sisemore, Gary Schutt and Yoshi Gish.
According to concert goers who attended Thursday’s show, Bourbon Street’s sound system failed prior to the start of the show, prohibiting the event from starting on time. Instead of making an unfortunate situation even worse, both Yoshi Gish and Wayland decided the show must go on, and both agreed to perform acoustical sets due to the failed sound system.
The show finally started at 9:30pm, which was 1½ - 2½ hours late, depending on which original start-time was correct. Due to the late start however, Sisemore and Gary Schutt’s performances were unfortunately cut from the show.
Though many of the concert goers were upset and disappointed by the extremely late start, shortened show, canceled acts and failed sound system, many others praised Wayland and Yoshi Gish for their “show must go on” attitude, and were highly impressed with the acoustical performances by both acts.
"We definitely squeezed water out of a rock last night. Couldn't have done it without everyone there. What an amazing crowd! What incredible support." - Mitch Arnold, Wayland
The St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene Column contacted Bourbon Street management to request an official statement regarding Thursday’s issues at the show, as well as to ask if the venue would be issuing any partial or full ticket refunds for any upset concert goers who may request it. Bourbon Street management has yet to respond back to our request, nor has management issued any official statement at press time.
The St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene column would like to congratulate Wayland, as well as Yoshi Gish, for their positive, "show must go on" attitude, and for turning an unfortunately bad situation into a positive.
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