The Tallahassee music community lost a bass player ace and a good guy this month.
Electric bassist Breck Long, 65, died on March 24. A visitation to Long will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Bevis Funeral Home, 200 John Knox Road.
“My favorite drummer is Keith Moon and Breck was the closest I’ve ever played to John Entwistle,” drummer Mick Buchanan said this week. “Breck-o has performed in many groups in Tallahassee since the 1970s, but was best known for founding the legendary T-town band called Wrack of Spam.”
Buchanan and Long performed together in The Young Neils. In light of full disclosure, I have a soft spot for Young Neils because the older musicians gave my guitarist nephew, Hub Chason, now 18, his first paid concert in 2012 as part of the Winter Festival. . The incredibly likeable Long couldn’t have been nicer to the aspiring preteen guitarist and gave him plenty of helpful advice during rehearsals.
Long grew up in Albany, Georgia, but lived in Tallahassee for over 35 years. During this time, Long performed in bands such as The Swingin ‘Harpoon Band, Blue Phoenix, RoadHouse, The Common Taters and many more. If there was a jam session at Too Oyster Bar and Grill in Ouzts, there’s a good chance Long is probably somewhere nearby.
While rock and blues were Long’s first loves, he was also an avid golfer, a Florida Gators fan, and adored dachshunds. What’s not to love with a guy who loves dachshunds? What a lie.
In honor of Long, go out and listen to live music. Here is the weekly guided tour of some shows to discover:
Let’s hear it for Hubbard
Florida State Horn Player and Music Teacher Scotty Barnhart, who is also the director of the Count Basie Orchestra, honors one of his mentors, the late trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, during a performance at 7 p.m. Friday at B Sharp’s Jazz Cafe, 648 W Brevard St. There is $ 20 at the door or $ 10 for students. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit www.b-sharps.com.
Hubbard, who died in 2008, would have turned 80 on April 8, so the show is also a birthday celebration. Barnhart will be joined by drummer Leon Anderson, bassist Mikailo Kasha and pianist Bill Peterson.
“We’ll be covering many of his best tracks, including some funky ’70s,” Barnhart said.
Hey this place is a zoo
Get off the floor and dance to energetic washboard-based rhythms as well as some swamp waltzes with JB’s ZydecoZoo at 9 p.m. Friday at the Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. Tickets are $ 15 in advance and $ 20 at the door. Visit www.bradfordvilleblues.com.
Up to Gatorbone
The Gatorbone group is hosting a CD release party for her new album, “Blue Moon,” at 8 pm Friday at The Junction @ Monroe, 2011 S. Monroe St. There is a $ 10 cover charge at the door. Visit www.junctionatmonroe.com.
Saxophone times four
The saxophone quartet Project merger conducts a guest artist recital Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Dohnanyi Recital Hall, in the Housewright Building of the Florida State College of Music. It’s free and open to the public.
In the dark
Fans of Nick Cave, The Black Heart Procession or The Drones won’t want to miss the Canadian band Stamp Stamp when he spins his dark, brooding magic at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Club Downunder in the Florida State Student Union. Timbre Timbre is on the road to promote their new album, “Sincerely, Future Pollution”, which will be released on April 7th. Tickets are $ 12 for the general public and free for FSU students at the door. You must be 18 or over to participate.
See Orange in Midtown
Who knows what the Georgia-based band The constant orange will come out of its musical bag – a funk riff, a little band jam groove, an impassive cover of Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I Will Survive” – when it kicks off at 9:30 pm Saturday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. There is no cover charge, but you must be 21 or over to participate.
The monkey meets the dog
Two of Tallahassee’s hottest bands with animals in the names, Sage monkey and The dog Apollo, share the stage starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilbury, 513 W. Gaines St. There may or may not be a cover charge, so bring cash just in case.
The return of the pianist
The pounding of Savannah’s piano Victor wainwright and his band The Train mingle with these pieces for a show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. Advance tickets are $ 30 and it’s $ 35 on the day of the show. Visit www.bradfordvilleblues. com.
Harp at Easter
Help digest the Easter holiday when Miami Kontra Duo, featuring a saxophone and a very large harp, performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at B Sharp’s Jazz Cafe, 648 W Brevard St. The Kontra Duo was first formed at Florida State College of Music in 2010. There has $ 20 blanket at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. A reception is also planned. Visit www.b-sharps.com.
The hunt is on
There is something slightly haunting and otherworldly about the sound of Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers. Maybe it’s the violin, maybe it’s the drifting harmonies. Find out when the band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. Tickets are $ 15 in advance and $ 20 on the day of the show. You must be 21 or over to participate. Visit www.fifthandthomas.com.
And in other musical notes
The very versatile group Brown goose, who can play any style of music and loves hanging out at George “Atomic Dog” Clinton’s studio in Tallahassee, is having a party at 9:30 pm Friday at Fifth & Thomas in Midtown. Atlanta rock band Greco is also showing. There is no cover charge, but you must be 21 or over to enter. … Free wheel took a tour around Lake Ella with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Legion Hall, 229 Lake Ella Drive. Coverage is $ 8 per person or $ 15 per couple. … Songwriters Pat Puckett and Brett Richter Take an acoustic twist at a Campfire Series show at 9 p.m. Friday at Indianhead Factory, 1020 E. Indianhead Drive. There is a $ 5 cover charge at the door. … The Red Hills Group is on the porch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Island Wings, 1370 Market St. There is no blanket. … Get your groove on Olivia Newton John hits, Bread and more sweet rockers when Naugahyde Park presents its “77 Dance Party Couples-Skate” at 8 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Hall on the shores of Lake Ella. It’s $ 8 to get in and it’s a party for all ages. … To listen The David Detweiler trio play some songs from the great Sonny Rollins starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Black Dog on the Square, 567 Industrial Drive in Railroad Square Art Park. It’s $ 5 at the door. … check out some smooth guitar licks when The Rachel Hillman Group struts at 8 p.m. on Saturdays at the Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. There is a $ 5 cover charge. … Who can resist a live string quartet playing Beethoven in a Tiki bar? Pass when the Classic revolution gang presents their “String Spectacular” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Road in Midtown. There is no cover but you must be 21 or over to enter. … Just a warning: The rather attractive and fabulous group Larkin Poe is intended for a concert at FSU’s Club Downunder on April 8. Watch the LP live and thank me later. Stay tuned for more.