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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
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Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

Steve Vaclavik

Steve Vaclavik
Steve Vaclavik

Steve was once compared to an old comfortable sofa. It ain't much to look at, but there's just something, well, comfortable about it.

The comfortable thing about Steve is the song. It's all about the song. His strength is his writing. He'll readily admit he doesn't sing or play that well, but his singing and playing kind of works for what he's doing. It's three chords and his truth.

Like most creative types, he sees things a little differently than the 'normal' folks. Some of the things he sees, he can relate through song. He doesn't really write them, they come to him, and he relates them.

His sound can be a bit 'country flavored' but not heavy-handed, more along the lines of Americana. As a songwriter, he's proud to have had the opportunity to perform twice in the late 90's at Nashville's famed Bluebird Café at their Sunday Writers' Night.

His songs, "Wet Dog (Someone To Care)" and "I've Lost All Faith" were named Tastes of the Day by in 2007. Both songs were on CD samplers released by that website. "Run Mary", from the CD "Long Grass and the Tall Trees" was named a Taste of the Day by the website in April 2008.

"I've Lost All Faith" has also been included on Neil Young's "Living With War Today Song Page" since August 2007 and reached as high as number 7 on the list.

From Steve Vaclavick's page on


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 Street—Deep 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.