By Kathy Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center’s lively Firehouse Pub has a great line up of events for the month of February. The Firehouse Pub offers top quality entertainment in an intimate setting. During performances, attendees are treated to snacks and drinks.

First up, just in time for Valentine’s Day is Valerie Gillespie as she presents “French, Language of Love & Romance” on Saturday, February 13. The Valerie Gillespie Ensemble is dedicated to the preservation of live jazz.
Valerie’s group performs a mix of instrumental and vocal jazz, and they stay busy doing live performances as well as recording. This concert will be the perfect date night for your Valentine, focusing on French love songs and Jazz from the heart.

On Friday, February 19 guests can enjoy the comedy of Mike Rivera & Sloan. With nearly three decades on stage, Rivera has established himself as a premier comedy attraction and consistent crowd-pleaser with his trademark “teachable moments” keeping the audience laughing night after night.

This is the first time that Sloan headlines at The Firehouse Pub. Writing jokes and making people laugh is his passion. His show is guaranteed to have your side hurting from laughter. His comedy covers a wide range of topics, from personal experiences to what’s happening in the world today.

Come back on Saturday, February 20 to hear Tom “T-Bone” Hamilton Jazz.

Tom “T-Bone” Hamilton is a straight ahead jazz band, well known in the Tampa Bay area as one of the leading jazz/blues bassists.

On Saturday, February 27 you can hear Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet. Waldman has nine cd’s of old time Appalachian-style string band music. Waldman is a former college professor, writer and storyteller.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the shows range from $15 to $28 depending on when you purchase them.

The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. For info and to purchase tickets, call 645-7651 or visit

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