Deep Carnivale 2010 – September 11-12, 2010 – Mark your calendars now!

Deep Carnivale 2009

10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2009
The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus Tampa Florida
Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activites, food and non-alcoholic beverages
Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders
Free and open to the public
More Information
Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

Ronny Elliott

Ronny Elliott
Ronny Elliott at Skipper's Smokehouse

Ronny Elliott is a singer, song writer, recording artist and general gadfly. Known for his intellectual, high-falutin' lyrics, he probably can even explain what a gadfly is. In his own words: "Ronny Elliott is a good eater. He is grumpy but harmless. He plays guitar sorta and writes songs that he sometimes sings if he can remember the words. He sings songs even when he doesn't remember the words. He thinks his hair is still brown."

You can learn more about Ronny Elliott at his Myspace page.

"Jesus Christ" at Woody Guthre Festival


Jalopypaint cover

"Jalopypaint" is Ronny Elliott's ninth solo album in as many years. In his review of the CD, Creative Loafing's Wade Tatangelo said "Jalopypaint shows that Elliott's gift for engaging the listener with smartly crafted stories, lectures and romantic pleas has not diminished. Whether recalling his favorite pinup or bashing McCarthyism, he manages to entertain in a most gratifying way."

"Tampa's Ronny Elliott triumphantly marches ahead with another enthralling collection of bizarre anecdotes and raw confessionals. The [62-year-old]'s deep voice sounds superbly convincing as he talks and sings his way through songs that clobber the listener with a refreshing dose of lived-in authenticity. As on past recordings, Elliott judiciously accompanies himself on mostly guitar and mandolin, with support from a cast of Tampa Bay's finest offering spot-on rhythm work, fiddle, harmonica, sax and clarinet."


Intelligence Respected

Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."

A Different Sort of Ybor Celebration

Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."

"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."

"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments.

"The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."

Comments From Our Fans

"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again. I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.