Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston Set to Join Legendary Wu-Tang Clan

Just over 25 years ago, Wu-Tang dropped their legendary debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Within a week of its release, Wu-Tang’s first record sold 30,000 copies and was eventually certified platinum. Enter the Wu was hailed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time by fans and critics alike. Since then, members of the Wu-Tang Clan (that’s The Rza, The Gza, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man) have continued to push their artistic boundaries and set the golden standard in rap music. Today, they celebrate a new chapter in their legacy by announcing that local Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will be the latest inductee of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan.


In a joint press release from Wu-Tang and Mayor Poston's office, we are told that Poston met with Wu’s de facto leader RZA by chance when the rapper/producer was vacationing in Bradenton early this year. “A wise man has to always listen to the peers he surrounds around himself.”, says RZA. “That's why you surround yourself with other smart people. Captain Kirk keep Mr. Spock right beside him. That’s why when I met Wanye while vacationing in Bradenton last month that I knew he had to come to the studio spit some rhymes. I ran into Wayne - or as we call him, “MC Conquistador”- when checkin’ out Old Main Street in Downtown. One thing led to another, and he started bustin’ out rhymes on me. I knew right then and there that I had to have him on our upcoming record 941 Chambers. Every member of Wu has brought their own flow and style to each Wu track, and Wayne is no different. He definitely understands what it takes to come correct on the beat. My man’s got bars on bars for days.”

A source close to Mayor Poston says that he is thrilled to join the current members of Wu-Tang in the recording studio and eventually on tour. “Wayne has always had a passion for music. He was a past chairman at Manatee Symphony Guild and Florida West Coast Symphony. He is always involved with live music events here in Bradenton and does a lot to support the arts. Beyond that, he has always been passionate about education in our city - and everyone knows Wu-Tang is for the children.”

Wade Hamilton here at Independent Jones agreed that RZA was making a smart move by recruiting musical talents like Poston from our local community. “RZA produced all of the best Wu albums both as a group and their solo projects. He was commonly accepted as the leader of a group that revolutionized hip hop. Not to mention his work scoring, arranging, acting and directing movies. A man with that sort of foresight would naturally gravitate to here in Bradenton for the next big hip hop star. It’s a pretty wild that it’s the mayor, but hey, crazier things have happened in Florida. This week it’s the mayor joining Wu-Tang, next week it’s a woman marrying an alligator. ”


Mayor Poston has yet to confirm the good news personally, but he has been spotted out and about with the Wu-Tang crew at various award ceremonies and shows. We here at Independent Jones could not be more excited for this new era of music for Mayor Poston, Wu-Tang, and the rest of the Killa Bees. Wu-Tang forever, indeed.

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Girls to the Front: An Interview with Danielle Mohr of HoneyWhat

By Carlee Griffin

All through the month of March, Indie Jones is celebrating National Women’s History Month with our local women in music. In our “Girls to the Front” series, we ask local female musicians about what inspires them to contribute to our live music scene in the Bradenton + SRQ area.

This week, we are spotlighting Danielle Mohr. She has performed all over as a singer-songwriter act and currently fronts the soul/pop/rock bay area band HoneyWhat. Indie Jones spent some time with Danielle after her solo gig at Armature Works in Tampa to talk about her band, her inspirations, and how she gets her work out in. Check out HoneyWhat on May 25th in Sarasota for SRQ Margarita Festival!

IJ: How are you, Miss Danielle? First off thank you so much for interviewing with me. Can you tell me a little about HoneyWhat and how you guys got together?

I’m doing so great! Today was a lot of fun. So, I have a band called HoneyWhat that I am the frontwoman of, and we formed back in August 2017. We’ve played together for a little while now it in different capacities. I've had member switch over the years.

Are you guys working on any music to release soon?

At the beginning of the year, we had a meeting to talk about starting to work towards doing a studio recorded album. We have a pretty good collection of original music, so we are definitely working towards doing that. We did just release a live album in October 2018, so next up is studio!

Who does most of the songwriting?

As far as lyrics go it's me. I have a lot of thoughts. I started playing guitar when I was 13. I’m 24 now, and I think I had my first official music gig when I was 17 or 18? Now, I've been doing music full-time probably for four years. Before I had the band, I was doing solo stuff and writing songs. That's how I came out with my first EP. The reason I got the group together was to accompany me for my first CD release show in August 2017. So, I do the songwriting, and the band will come to me sometimes with instrumental parts or I’ll, like, secretly record them when they're jamming before shows and that’s inspired a couple of songs on the live album. The writing is really becoming more of a group thing, and it's beautiful. That was one of the things I was looking forward to with us getting the band together was having more creative energy and musicians to bounce ideas off of and evolve stuff with.

What other artist or musical acts really inspired your work?

If I ever want to feel inspired, I will listen to the Doors. Right now, I'm actually listening through Led Zeppelin's discography - chronologically. It's getting kind of crazy though cause I've gone past Zepplin’s I-IV, so that's taking a while. Initially, when I started writing songs, I would listen to singer-songwriters like Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, so I'm finding myself trying to gravitate back towards singer-songwriters. I look to artists like Lianne Le Havas and Corinne Bailey Rae. I really like their newest releases they've put out.


What do you think about the Florida music scene general?

I think it's pretty cool. I've been able to go outside of the bay area a little more with the band on a tour of sorts. We have some shows coming up in Jacksonville and Orlando. I’ve lived in Florida all my life. There are so many good music hotspots here in our state. St. Petersburg is so relevant to me because they have such a great music and arts scene. I love it there, and I’ve found a lot of other awesome bands through playing shows there and in other cities in Florida. I'm actually really excited because my band is on the Orange Blossom Jamboree lineup this year in May. OBJ is a Florida exclusive festival but really just showcases Florida bands, so that's really cool to be able to be a part of that.

Tell me about your favorite kinds of venues to play.

It kind of differs, and it’s really on either end of the spectrum. I like the really dirty dive bars, especially for my solo stuff. I also really love playing festivals and showcase events where you can really work with the energy of the crowd and just lay on the entertainment thick. I really try to find something to take away from each venue I play through - whether it's a cover gig or a showcase gig.

What exactly is it that motivates your music?

I've been doing music full-time professionally for like four or five years, so there is some monetary motivation in there at this point. When I first started, and I was living with my mom and dad, I didn’t have a care in the world. I just really liked writing a song and playing it. The first time someone reacted to it is said, “Oh, that was really good!” I really connected with that song and was like “This is cool.” I didn’t expect that because when you write a song that comes from personal experience and you're all tender about it. Seeing someone connect to it made me realize I could relate to even more people through my music. I just feel like watching my music move people to dance, or smile, or cry, or clap, or whatever brings me so much happiness. I love that connection.

You are my final interview for celebrating Women in Music this month. Do you think that being a woman in your industry alters your experience at all?

I think it does. At any gig or show where I am carrying something, I’ve had people physically try to, like, rip speakers out of my hand. They’ll say, “Oh no, you shouldn't be carrying that!” and I'm like,” Excuse me. First of all, I didn't ask for your help or critique. Second of all, this is like my gym membership it, and it's free so don't take that away for me please!” I do this for a living - you don’t need to worry about me being able to do the heavy lifting. On the business side of things, I haven't really run into issues like I've heard some other girls have, thankfully. I keep things professional because I have a task at hand, so I get things done that I need to get done. I feel like what I have to deal with is what any woman in any profession has to deal with - Creeps at the bar, stuff like that.

Do you have any like women based artists that really speak to you?

I was a hermit for a long while I just recently I started to going out into the scene more - especially since I got the band together. I really love people like Ella Jet. I have a whole group of girls that do the same thing I do with the full-time solo gigging like Taylor Reed, Mallory Moyer, the list goes on and on. I love my ladies.

What can your community do to really help your artwork?

They can like me on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or HoneyWhat’s accounts as well. Purchase our music and share our events. Lastly, come out to the shows and give venues a reason to book us again!

Catch Danielle Mohr of HoneyWhat on May 25th at the SRQ Margarita Festival!

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This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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Girls to the Front: An Interview with Tiffany Beyer of Trailer Park Mark and the CrystalDeth Band

By Carlee Griffin

All through the month of March, Indie Jones is celebrating National Women’s History Month with our local women in music. In our “Girls to the Front” series, we ask local female musicians about what inspires them to contribute to our live music scene in the Bradenton + SRQ area.

This week, we are spotlighting Tiffany Beyer. Tiffany plays both the mandolin and piano in the post-punk/alternative country band Trailer Park Mark and The Crystal Deth Band. We here at Indie Jones got a chance to catch up with her after a recent practice.

IJ: I’m here Tiffany Beyer from Trailer Park Mark and the CrystalDeth Band. So, how was practice tonight?

Tiffany: Pretty good. We were missing a member tonight, but that's okay. Practice is kind of at the point where we just run through all of our songs, and we have a couple of new ones we are working on.

For sure, that’s the point of practice.

This whole thing started with me and Mark playing around the campfire in this backyard right here. So he and I play a lot together, and we’ll bring it to the band and go from there.

And what do you play in the band?

I play mandolin and a little piano. At first, I only had one song that I played piano on, but I think moving forward I might play it on a couple of others. I think when we record, Mark wants piano on every song and I’m down with that. That’s my first instrument. I started playing piano in elementary school, and then I got a guitar when I was like 12 or 13. I got my mandolin about 7 years ago but really only started playing consistently a few years ago with my other band, Two Dollar Pistol.

So, why mandolin?

You know I don't know. I played Ukulele in high school, and then I got gifted a mandolin. Once you know a string instrument, you can kind of figure out the others. Actually, the piano being my first instrument taught me music theory a lot. Most things I can pick up and figure out because of that.

Wow, being able to play multiple instruments is a surefire sign of your love for music. What kind of music acts do you think inspired your band?

For me personally, it’s a lot of the bands that play Muddy Roots in Nashville and the Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, M.O. There’s lots of Alt-Country, Outlaw Country, and Folk influence rooted in our music. Even some Indie and acoustic stuff, all the way to punk and metal because we all grew up listening to it and playing it.

What do you think about the Florida music scene currently?

Honestly, it makes me a little sad because when I first got into the Roots scene, I was living with Kate O’Shea who runs Root Cellar Entertainment. I lived with her for a year, and that’s when she was booking at Past Times every weekend [a former local venue]. All those bands used to come to play every weekend, and we were all pals and used to hang out and be friends, and that was such a different time compared to now. It's a struggle to find anything going on especially out here in this area. Sarasota Sky is the only venue even close to doing anything that's kind of relative to what we're trying to do.

Why do you think that is?

It’s just a different environment that doesn’t really cater to any kind of music that's isn’t gonna bring in like a ton of money. It’s not always about what’s good, it’s about what pays.

Which is so funny to me, because I see so many people that are in my orbit that are making music that's considered alternative music and it just seems like there can't be as many people playing it and not a big enough draw for it, too.

Lack of venues is a big factor. There’s also a lack of bands being able to find professional support instead of just making a Facebook event and hoping it works out.

Well, that’s what we at Indie Jones are working at. If you could play your perfect venue, what would that look like?

If we could go back in time and play Past Times in like 2012 that would be my dream show.

Do you have any hobbies or passions outside of your music?

Right now so much of my focus is on music, but I just graduated in December with my Bachelor’s in Journalism. That was a lot of hard work, and I think I just want to chill and take a break. I love writing, photography, videography - all that. I’ve always been an artist, but music is it the one thing that really gets me going right now. It’s so nice to have met my band and I kind of just fell into this group of friends that I cherish. They are into it as much as I am and they take it seriously. It means a lot.

Tell me what it’s like for you to be a woman in music.

Going into it I kind of knew what to expect. I’ve been friends with a lot of musicians my whole life and around a lot of women musicians, so I’ve always heard the stories. When I was in Two Dollar Pistol there were many times at shows that were like that Hardtimes Article, “Man Offers to Introduce Woman to Band She’s Already In.” Like, that’s real life, dude. Another time, we played a radio show in Miami, and the host asked me if me and my bandmate Jimmy were dating, because it stumped him that you could be a girl in the band and not be dating one of the guys in your band, too. He videoed us playing and cut me out of the whole video. That whole experience could have been so cool - and it was really cool still - but after that when we left, I was just thinking, “That was so dumb.” I was upset...I’m a human, I’m doing my thing just like everyone else, why am I being treated any differently? It’s something that exists, and maybe it will get better. Thankfully, the bands I have been in have really supportive men that will stand up for me. They shouldn’t have to, but they will.

Yeah, they are allies.

Yeah, for sure.

Do you see any shift in the tides as far as being a woman in the music scene?

I feel like it’s getting there. We are working on it. There are a lot of people in the scene that are supportive and go out of their way to make sure everything is being done the way it's supposed to be done. Guys that are in a band with women usually keep it in the back of their mind that something could happen, so we all look out for each other.

What other woman musicians really inspire you?

One that stands out for sure is Molly Gene. Her project “Molly Gene - One Whoaman Band” is incredible. She plays guitar and has one of those professionally made foot drums. Her music is really heavy Delta blues, and she’s just such a badass.

What can the community do to support you and your artwork?

Come out to shows! You can’t just put “interested” on Facebook - you have to come out. I know we all have lives and jobs but if this is something you really love, and you want to be a part of, show some support and come out. Even if you have to work the next morning, so do I, and I’ll still be there all night making music. Just show up for a beer and to say hi!

Catch Trailer Park Mark and the Crystal Deth Band April 19th at Bad A Cafe.

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This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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