12:00 - Kick-off with Freedom High School NJROTC Color Guard, Freedom Drum Corps, National Anthem, Tampa Councilman Luis Viera, and Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, sponsor recognition - stage 12:30 - Tampa Bay Rays Street Team hits the walkways, Family Fun area opens 1:00 - New Tampa Players 1:30 - Freedom High School Drum Corps marching the Taste 2:00 - Shaun Hopper, acoustic "fingerstyle" guitar wizard - stage 3:30 – Pilot Bank People’s Choice Award Winners announced 3:50 - 50/50 Drawing, Chance Drawing for $650 Trex bicycle and more Must be present to win!!!!!!!
Taste Headliner Shaun Hopper
Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in stark contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. An unparalleled master of the fret-board. Merging complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind mix of percussive elements, he captivates everyone within earshot.
Shaun has made his mark opening for acts like "The John Jorgenson Quintet" (Elton John), Bobby Yang, Pierre Bensusan, The California Guitar Trio, Muriel Anderson & Tierra Negra, G. Love and Switchfoot. He has toured with Tim Reynolds & TR3 from the Dave Matthews Band and has co-written songs with Tommy Emmanuel. He was recently signed to Steve Vai's Favored Nations/Digital Nations label (Fall 2010) which included the release of his debut CD, "Lower Case Letters". Shaun has held several Guitar Clinics through Sam Ash and has received sponsorships and endorsements from Maton Guitars, Larivee Guitars, Keeley Electronics, TC Electronic, Radial Engineering, Elixir Guitar Strings, L. R. Baggs, Voodoo Lab and Zaolla Instrument Cables.
Taste Emcee Bob Thompson
Thompson Brand Images owner Bob Thompson is a professional emcee and musical entertainer? To date he has infused over 40 large-scale corporate and non-profit events with energy, spontaneity and humor as master of ceremonies, and has entertained, whether as a background musician, or full-on keynote performer at 15 events and counting. Just because your CEO leads your company doesn’t mean he or she has any business setting the tone for your event or meeting! Bob has been in front of crowds with a microphone his entire adult life, starting while in the Air Force, when he’d host his unit’s “Hail & Farewell” events back in the 1980’s. These days he leads Rotary meetings and District Conferences regularly and has a nice resume of large events that he has either presented as a keynote or emcee’d.