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Tampa (pronunciation: //) is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. It serves as the county seat for Hillsborough County and is located on the west coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. The population of Tampa in 2010 was 335,709.
The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Safety Harbor culture, most notably the Tocobaga and the Pohoy, who lived along the shores of Tampa Bay. It was briefly explored by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century, but there were no permanent American or European settlements within today's city limits until after the United States had acquired Florida from Spain in 1819.
In 1824, the United States Army established a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, near the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The first civilian residents were pioneers who settled near the fort for protection from the nearby Seminole population. The town grew slowly until the 1880s, when railroad links, the discovery of phosphate, and the arrival of the cigar industry jump-started Tampa's development and helped it to grow into an important city by the early 1900s.
A boardwalk, in the conventional sense, is a wooden walkway for pedestrians and sometimes vehicles, often found along beaches, but they are also common as paths through wetlands, coastal dunes, and other sensitive environments.
Boardwalks along intertidal zones are known as foreshoreways. A boardwalk along a river is often known as a riverwalk and a boardwalk along an oceanfront is often known as an oceanway. Aside from their obvious pedestrian usage, boardwalks have been used to create commercial districts and enable commerce along waterfronts where conventional streets would have been more expensive because of a beach or other waterfront feature. Although boardwalks can be found around the world, they are especially common along the East Coast of the United States in North America.
Many of the original boardwalks in the United States have developed to be so successful as commercial districts and tourist attractions that the simple wooden pathways have been replaced by esplanades made of concrete, brick or other construction, sometimes with a wooden facade on the surface and sometimes not. Indeed in many parts of the U.S. today the term boardwalk often carries more the connotation of a waterfront, pedestrian, entertainment district than the original meaning of a wooden path. One of the earliest such boardwalks was designed in New Jersey and opened June 26, 1870, in Atlantic City.
Swing music, or simply swing, is a form of American music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1935. Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass and drums as the anchor for a lead section of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets, and sometimes stringed instruments such as violin and guitar, medium to fast tempos, and a "lilting" swing time rhythm.The name swing came from the phrase ‘swing feel’ where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music ( unlike classic music). Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945, a period known as the Swing Era.
The styles of jazz that were popular from the late teens through the late 1920s were usually played with rhythms with a two beat feel, and often attempted to reproduce the style of contrapuntal improvisation developed by the first generation of jazz musicians in New Orleans. In the late 1920s, however, larger ensembles using written arrangements became the norm, and a subtle stylistic shift took place in the rhythm, which developed a four beat feel with a smoothly syncopated style of playing the melody, while the rhythm section supported it with a steady four to the bar.
CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL IN SMITHVILLE
The historic village of Smithville will present its annual Children's Festival on Saturday. The day-long event is a free. The Cape May Zoo and the Atlantic City Aquarium will be presenting live animal exhibitions, plus there will be classic fair activities like sack races, face painting, balloon animals, and rides. There will also be yoga, pottery, and special shows for kids as well. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 615 E Moss Mill Road, Absecon. 609-748-8999.
MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ATLANTIC CITY
Nothing says, "I love you, mom" more than taking her to see some smooth R&B in Atlantic City. This show, which takes place on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, will be headlined by the group Maze with Frankie Beverly on vocals. Maze was founded in the early 1970s and scored hits with songs such as "Too Many Games," "Back in Stride," and "Lady of Magic." The show will be co-headlined by Charlie "Uncle Charlie" Wilson, best known for his days in the Gap Band. $50-$150. Saturday, 7 p.m. 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 609-348-7000.
NORMAN REEDUS AT THE MONTCLAIR FILM FEST
Norman Reedus, star of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Ride with Norman Reedus" will take part in the Montclair Film Festival on Saturday. The veteran actor, also known for his role as Murphy MacManus in "The Boondock Saints," will appear at The Wellmont Theater for a special panel on his career starting at 2 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming for AMC and Sundance TV. Tickets Are Currently on Standby. Saturday, 2 p.m. 5 Seymour Street, Montclair. 973-783-9500.
BOARDWALK CAR SHOW IN WILDWOOD
On any given night in the summer in New Jersey, you can find some town with its streets flooded with classic cars -- hoods open and proud owners standing next to them. This Friday-Sunday, classic cars take over one of South Jersey's famed boardwalks for the Wildwoods Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show. You can see imports, muscle cars and vintage rides on display, and then watch them process down the boards each afternoon at 3 p.m. Winners will be announced in a "Winner's Circle" ceremony on Saturday with awards given out on Sunday. Free. Friday, Saturday (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.), Sunday (9 - 11 a.m.). Wildwoods Boardwalk.
ANIME FAN FEST
If you fancy yourself a Pokemon Master or a Super Saiyan, then you need to be at the Anime Fan Fest at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset this weekend. The fest, which runs Friday to Sunday, is sponsored by Bandai Namco will be filled with cosplayers, and anime artists, experts, and voice actors. There will be a free autograph signing area, featuring creatives involved with the 20th anniversary of "Pokemon," "Street Fighter V," and "Fullmetal Alchemist." Bandai Namco will have an interactive booth at the fest where gamers can get sneak peeks of the company's new titles. $30-$65. Friday (2 - 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. 732-469-4000.
MOLLY RINGWALD SINGS IN ASBURY PARK
We all know Molly Ringwald for her seminal roles in '80s teen films like "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink." What many don't know is that Ringwald is actually a singer -- she released a jazz record in 2013 titled "Except Sometimes" and has performed in over 200 concerts in seven different countries. (Looking at Ringwald's family tree this makes sense -- her father is renowned jazz guitarist Bob Ringwald.) Ms. Ringwald will perform two shows of jazz standards at The House of Independents in Asbury Park. And if you're wondering, she does in fact perform a jazz cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the song made famous in "The Breakfast Club." $35. Sunday, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. 572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park. 866-777-8932.05 May 2016