When John Baccoli joined the three years ago, he didn’t realize that he and the band he played in would later be performing in the community’s annual July 4 celebration.
But, as a member of Shout, a local 50s and 60s band, that’s exactly what he will be doing at 7 p.m. on July 4. The band will be playing on the ’s first fairway prior to the fireworks show.
Baccoli joined the band three years ago, around the same time he joined the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce. He said he is looking forward to being a part of Temple Terrace’s July 4 tradition.
“The celebration is going to be great,” he said. “I am very excited to be playing with the band in an event like this. It gives me a chance to stay active with the Temple Terrace Chamber, and allows me to support what I think is the biggest event that the city of Temple Terrace puts on during the year.”
Shout is a four-piece dance band, and according to Baccoli, it has been around for 15 years. The band features Baccoli on bass and vocals, Alan Hoak on saxophone and vocals, Al Girard on drums, and Charlie Boice on guitar and vocals.
According to Baccoli, the band was named after the The Isley Brothers’ 1959 hit “Shout.”
“It reflects the type of music we specialize in, which really appeals to a wide variety of ages,” he said. “Most of the songs from the 50s and 60s era have such a positive message; it’s just fun music to play.”
The band will play a two-hour set complete with popular hits from the 50s and 60s, including: The Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” and “I Saw Her Standing There;” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary;” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” among others.
According to Boice, five-year member and senior guitar player in the band, Shout has played fireworks shows before, just not in Temple Terrace.
“Our band loves playing Fourth of July events,” he said. “Everybody is there to have a good time, and we have a lot of fun performing for that kind of crowd.”
Shout performs at other events throughout the Tampa Bay area, and the upcoming concert will help promote the band, as the annual event draws a large audience.
“Performing during the city’s Independence Day celebration will be a such great opportunity for our band,” he said. “For us to be able to participate in such a big event will help our band get a lot more exposure.”
For more information or to book Shout for an upcoming event, visit the band's Web site or call 727-596-5660.
Check back for more Independence Day-themed stories on Temple Terrace Patch as we count down the days to July 4!