You can hear live music in Pensacola on any given night of the week: reggae, metal, country, electronica, a slew of Jimmy Buffett cover bands—and regardless of the genre, it isn’t hard to find music, or at least something resembling it. This Saturday, an acoustic showcase can be added to the list of music found about the town.
“I’m tired of acoustic acts getting stuck with opening slots,” said showcase organizer, Beav Kenoyer. “I figured the solo artists deserve the spotlight for once.”
Most acoustic performances around town are limited to open mic nights or house shows. The All Day Acoustic Showcase at The Handlebar is giving the acoustic niche a time to shine.
“There should be a decent response, because we’ve been getting some press,” Kenoyer added.
The show will start around 4 p.m. and continue through the night until after 2 a.m. At least 14 acts will play—perhaps more. The schedule lists 14, but there has been talk of special guests joining other performers, or squeezing into the original lineup.
Some of the artists included in the lineup are Hollowman & Badwater, Leftmore, Taylor & Ric, Stijl Calhoun, and Greg Bond.
Several acts on the bill normally play with a band, or with several other amplified instruments. Watching them tone down the sound to an acoustic level should make for an interesting and intimate performance.
“We’ve done some songs for an acoustic environment before,” Rick Hohn said.
Hohn will be playing with Taylor Stoll. Both Hohn and Stoll normally play in Hello Crescendo, which incorporates guitar, drums, keyboard, and bass.
“We’ve also written acoustic stuff for Hello Crescendo that we keep for our own catalog,” Hohn explained.
Other artists’ performances are so close to acoustic, the change might go unnoticed.
“We’re porch pickers, so we’re going to do exactly what we’d do sitting out on the front porch,” said Betsy Badwater, of Hollowman & Badwater. “Maybe I might be stomping on a suitcase or something.”
Hollowman and Badwater make up a two-person rockabilly/blues hybrid band. Sometimes, even a little bluegrass gets thrown in there.
“We do always try to incorporate an acoustic part or two into our set,” Hollowman said. “We have a varying range in the way that we play.”
Both Hollowman and Badwater cite a large influence in the traditional Appalachian mountain songs.
“I’m talking about songs like “Pretty Polly”: old folk songs about doubt and torture and hard times,” Badwater continued.
Hollowman & Badwater are playing the second to last time slot of the night and will be preceded by plenty of amazing acts.
“I’m excited to see Stijl Calhoun,” Badwater said. “He has such an amazing, timeless voice.”
Badwater may also be bringing a special guest to the stage for her set. You can check the official schedule online.
The Acoustic Showcase offers a much-needed day to the Pensacola music scene and could turn out to be the first of many.
“If this show goes well, I definitely want to have more,” Kenoyer said. “I think the idea has a lot of promise.”
OFFICIAL SHOWCASE LINEUP
&ryan 4-4:20 p.m.
To Say A Sentence Fragment 4:30-4:55 p.m.
James Names 5:10-5:35 p.m.
Jacob Price 5:45-6:10 p.m.
Kel Booker 6:20-6:50 p.m.
Lancaster 7:05-7:35 p.m.
Stijl Calhoun 7:50-8:20 p.m.
Jean Carlos Gonzales 8:35-9:05 p.m.
Greg Bond 9:20-9:45 p.m.
Corbit 10-10:40 p.m.
Richard Gun 10:55-11:35 p.m.
Taylor & Ric 11:50 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Hollowman & Badwater 12:45-1:30 a.m.
Leftmore 1:45-2:30 a.m.
ALL DAY ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE
WHEN: 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9
WHERE: The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St.