It’s a daunting task for any musician to step onstage with only their instrument.
That’s what Cafe Acoustic Concert Hall’s annual “Pinostock” asks of local guitarists, bassists and drummers every year as it raises money for a local charity.
“To sit and watch them ... These crazy, talented musicians just literally will make your jaw drop,” said Todd Cooper, a host for the guitar and bass portion of the event.
Held during the course of two nights, on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at Cafe Acoustic Concert Hall, 1918 Frederick Ave., the annual showcase has some of the area’s top talent showing off their skills. While admission is free, raffles and donations will benefit the local charity Food 4 Kids.
The showcase has solo musicians performing songs and pieces for judges with an expertise in live performance and skill. Cooper will host the guitar/bass night, while Brian Smith, the drummer for Hemlock and Grindstone Creek, will host the drum-centric concert.
Cooper said as a musician who has played in multiple bands, it’s always a mind-blowing experience to see people come out of the woodwork to perform.
“I just sit there and shake my head. It’s unbelievable what they can pull off and it’s all right here. It’s just guys from right here,” he said.
The event is free and open to the public.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live