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12 minutes | May 4, 2018
10: The Cinco De Mayo Edition
After a two week hiatus the 813area Podcast is back at it again recorded live from the Sourcetoad Studios at the Tampa Bay WaVE in downtown Tampa bringing your pod guide to everything in the 813area and 727area. Your hosts Collin Sherwin and Brock Bjorn bring you everything there is to offer this jam packed opening weekend in the month of May with all of the Cinco de Mayo festivities, Kentucky Derby watch parties, the University of South Florida and University of Tampa commencement ceremonies (congratulations graduates!), Tampa Riverfest Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour and Halftime Music Festival. Got it all? If you don't have plans there are plenty of events to choose for, and we break down all of the options from the ritzy to the rowdy! The Tampa Riverfest is an all-day festival in and of itself with a multitude events downtown including a Scavenger Hunt with a Tampa staycation at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina on the line, featuring adult and kid-friendly versions! Riverfest also brings you events such as TacoFest at Tampa Riverfest, a Wiener Dog Derby, Taste of the Riverwalk and a Free Concert Series! There's also the benefit of watching the second round matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. The guys also talk about various Cinco de Mayo events like the Cinco De Mayo ~ Corona Premier Official Tampa Launch Party! at Franklin Manor, the Tacos and Tequila Party at The RITZ Ybor and the major celebrations happening at both the SoHo MacDinton's and MacDinton's St Pete; including a jalepeno eating contest. For those who enjoy the Triple Crown and horse racing, there are also plenty of events celebrating the Kentuckuy Derby on Saturday including Kentucky Derby Day at Tampa Bay Down, Cinco De Zydeco which is a combined Derby Day and Cinco party and for those dapper folks out there, the 13 Ugly Men Presents The Derby Party. We also look into the future for Mother's Day and where to get your reservations and other fun events on the weekend. Want to be in the know for everything the 813area? Don't forget to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast provider. If you like us, feel free to rate us five stars, leave a positive comment and tell your friends! The more you share the more we can grow, bring on more guests and talk about the things that are happening in the city you love. Also, be sure to sign up for the website to stay in the know on the latest things to do, restaurants, nightlife and much more. As always, it's free!
13 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
9: The Mid-April Edition
Welcome to the 9th Edition of the 813area Podcast featuring Collin Sherwin and Anthony Vito, recorded live from the Tampa Bay WaVE studios on Kennedy in downtown Tampa. We took a brief hiatus after St. Patrick's Day to recover but we are back with your local pod guide to everything Tampa this weekend. We lay out what appears to be an extremely busy May 5th, a.k.a. Cinco de Mayo, in a couple weeks with a multitude of concerts, graduations, parties, events, The Kentucky Derby and more so it's best to start planning now! But enough about the future, we talk about the plethora of events that are happening in our area this weekend such as the Sugar Sand Festival at Clearwater Beach, the Pints and Ping Pong Tournament at 3 Daughters Brewing in the 727area and the Sixth Annual Tampa Bay Kid's Triathlon in the 813area. The guys also talk about the Tampa Bay Lightning first round playoff series starting tonight and continuing on Saturday at Amalie Arena so go out and support the hometown Bolts in their pursuit of Lord Stanley's Cup. In addition to the Lightning, the Tampa Bay Rays host a series with the Philadelphia Phillies Friday through Sunday so there's plenty to do for the local sports fan, too! Be sure to subscribe to the 813area Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast provider and also rate, share and follow! If you have any recommended topics, events, or guests you would like us to talk about let us know in the comments or contact us on the website and stay connected to your local nightlife, restaurants and more by registering to the website; as always, it's free!
30 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
8: St. Patrick's Day And GIFF Chat with Ferdian Jap
Welcome to the 813area Podcast Episode 8 featuring your hosts, Collin Sherwin and Brock Bjorn, recording live from The Sail Pavilion overlooking the river on a beautiful night in downtown Tampa. We bring our updated stories from the past weekend's Gasparilla Music Festival and the continuation of #GasparillaSZN with the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival and everything there will be offered for St. Patrick's Day. Some of the St. Patrick's Day Events are at O'Brien's Irish Pub, MacDinton's, District Tavern, GameTime, and much more! Don't forget to always check this website for more information on all of your favorite St. Patrick's Day events. Collin also invites Ferdian Jap to the 813area Podcast to talk about his work with Big City Events and why he seems like the the busiest man in Tampa. They discuss all of the opportunities in Tampa Bay for major events and festivals including Big City produced events such as GIFF, the Bloody Mary Festival, Margarita Festival and Rum Festival. Ferdian then talks about producing the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival 2018 and the film and documentaries that will be apart of the festival, including Tommy Wiseau of 'The Room' fame making a trip to Tampa with a new project, the different venues that the iconic films will be played, the 160-plus films being shown across six day and why Tampa is one of the top ten largest markets for the film industry. Be sure to subscribe to the 813area Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast provider and also rate us five stars and share to your friends, coworkers and family! If you have any recommended topics, events, or guests to discuss let us know in the comments and stay connected to your local nightlife, restaurants and more by registering to the website; as always, it's free!
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2018
7: Synapse and Innovation Chat With Marc Blumenthal
Welcome to the seventh episode of the 813area Podcast. Your pod guide to the City of Tampa, its events, and the movers and shakers that make the Bay Area one of America's fastest-growing and most dynamic areas. Collin Sherwin brings you an in-depth interview with Marc Blumenthal, Investment Committee Member of Florida Funders and Founding Partner of Synapse Florida from the Florida Funders office in Downtown Tampa. Collin and Marc talk about Florida Funders, and how he personally ended up at the local venture capital/crowdfunding hybrid firm. Marc had multiple entrepreneurial endeavors prior to Florida Funders, and his first business venture was while still a student at the University of South Florida. Marc elaborates that the firm's mission statement to keep innovative businesses and minds in Florida, and the importance of keeping our best and brightest home. He also explains why Tampa is an excellent incubator compared to other markets, and what the city can do to reach the top to support young companies and start-ups. Collin and Marc also discuss the Synapse Innovation Summit Tampa March 28-29 at Amalie Arena, and what to expect from the major innovation and technology conference right in our backyard. Marc explains the goal of Synapse is to get you started on your journey and where in the city to start with over a dozen main-stage speakers and topics ranging from blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and health and wellness tech. The Innovation Summit will also conclude with a mixer including Inside the Box Cafe and a Taste of Tampa celebrating innovation, talent and great food and drinks in our area! Be sure to subscribe to the 813area Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or your favorite podcast provider. Also don't forget to rate us five stars and tell your friends! If you have any recommendations for us to talk about or have a certain guest you want to hear from, let us know in the comments and stay connected by registering at 813area; as always, it's free!
33 minutes | Mar 2, 2018
6: March Opening Weekend & Vinik MBA Program Chat With Bill Sutton
Welcome to the sixth edition of the 813area podcast with your co-hosts Collin Sherwin and Brock Bjorn! The guys bring you all there is to do in an action pack weekend that says sayonara to February and ahoy to March and the Spring Break Season. The guys start off by introducing Tampa Bay Beer Week which kicks off with the Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival and has an entire week long of events filled with beer and fun, the opening of the Florida Strawberry Festival where we find out Brock's favorite band that's performing, the Creative Loafing & Tampa Museum of Art present GASP! and the continuation of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival! With so much to do this weekend including the continuation of #Gasparilla SZN it's definitely a good idea to tune into your local pod guides to everything in your area. The guys also talk about such events coming up like the Synapse Innovation Summit at the end of the month, an event bridging multiple disciplines in business, technology and innovation under one roof (or Arena!) including a special deal only available to those subscribed to 813area; and the Irish 31's Cheers To Pub-Lic Service which honors 20 influential teachers in our area with a $1000 cash prize. Collin also invites Bill Sutton, the Founding Director of the Vinik Sports MBA Program at the University of South Florida. Collin and Bill talk about the importance of the program and the opportunities that students have being involved in such a high impact sports town locally, nationally and around the globe. Collin and Bill also briefly discuss the transit issue in the city and how it affects sporting event attendance. Collin and Brock have expanded on a ton of events in our area so far this year, so if you like what you hear be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast provider. If you subscribe, you will see the most recent upload of the 813area Podcast so it pays to subscribe! Also, be sure to sign up for the website to stay up to date on the things to do, the places to be and where to eat locally!
29 minutes | Feb 23, 2018
5: Spread Your Sunshine & Tampa Bay Transit Chat With Melanie Griffin
Recording live from Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Temple Terrace, co-hosts Collin Sherwin and Brock Bjorn are saying ahoy to National Margarita Day for Episode 5 of the 813area podcast! We happened upon North Tampa, but talk about other great places in South Tampa to get a delicious margarita, such as Bartaco, Green Lemon and the brand new Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar. The guys then talk about the various events happening this weekend like the 71st Annual Fiesta Day, Tampa's Last Saturday Bar Crawl with Party Bus, Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA and the podcast's favorite event Grown Up Night! Also, if you're in South Tampa, thought #GasparillaSZN was over, and want to test your New Year's Resolutions, enter or watch the Gasparilla Distance Classic! There is always something amazing to do in your area! Collin Sherwin also welcomes Melanie Griffin to the 813area podcast to talk about her business, Spread Your Sunshine and the transit issues surrounding the Tampa Bay Area. Tasked with helping women overcome gender-related challenges in the workplace, Spread your Sunshine offers effective mentorship for female professionals to help boost confidence and career advancement through real life experience. They talk about the advancement of the agency and the potential expansion to assist young women at an early age and across the state. Melanie also talks about her work as Policy Committee Chair with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), focusing on transit issues in the Tampa Bay Area and the dreaded I-4 Corridor. If any of these events piqued your interest or you enjoyed listening to Collin and Brock expand on them, be sure to rate the podcast five stars and subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast provider. Have anything you want to add, a guest you want us to interview or topics you want to hear on the podcast? Feel free to let us know in the comments! And to keep up to date on the things to do in your area, be sure to subscribe to the site. It's free!
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