Tampa Bay-area band Miroux, led by St. Petersburg College Music Industry and Recording Arts student Jonathan Hollander, played at the sixth annual Gasparilla Music Festival. The band joined local favorites and national acts at the two-day festival in Tampa on Saturday, March 11.
The six-piece band includes Hollander, the lead singer, guitarists Zack Page and George Leventis, San Siaca on bass, Alex Merrill on keyboards, and drummer Charlie Bianchet.
Hollander, who has previously been featured on SPC’s Arts, Humanities and Design blog, is an accomplished musician who has opened for George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic. With Miroux, they have opened for bands like Young the Giant, and The 1975. Listen to a sampler of their music on Soundcloud.
“The MIRA program was essential in building us up, and helping us get on this stage,” said Hollander.
Rubbing shoulders with the stars
St. Petersburg College student Ben Kennett, a member of the SPC Radio Club, had the opportunity to interview Scott Anderson of Have Gun, Will Travel in the Orange Room backstage at the Gasparilla Music Festival. Have Gun, Will Travel’s music has been featured on shows like Roadtrip Nation, The Good Wife, and Expedition Unknown. Anderson was one of a number of musicians who sat for interviews in the backstage lounge that was created by students and staff. The festival gave students a chance to network and learn from music industry professionals.
Faculty and staff raise money for MIRA
While Miroux was playing the stage, many of their music instructors were across the park serving up the suds for a good cause. St. Petersburg College faculty and staff took up their battle stations in the bustling beer tent at the Gasparilla Music Festival to raise money for MIRA. This has been an annual tradition, raising money to help talented music students in need.
The two day festival spanning two parks brought thousands into contact with the best in local music along with Cage the Elephant and Ryan Adams. With more than 40 bands in genres ranging from gospel to blues to pop, there was something for everyone. Festival favorites included the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Have Gun, Will Travel, and the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. This year’s Gasparilla Music Festival was a great opportunity to celebrate and support Tampa Bay’s music scene, including artists from right here at SPC.
The MIRA Associate in Science degree offers a well-rounded, technology-based education to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers and post-production technologists.