Showcase: Disturbing the Peace Fest

Published July 13, 2007

Beginning in 1992, event coordinator Tom Nestor, also known as Tommy John, blended music, art, film, fashion and activism into a day's worth of entertainment to benefit a social cause.

His event, Disturbing the Peace Fest, brought donations to WMNF-FM 88.5 programming and animal rights collective Food Not Bombs.

But it has been more than four years since Nestor, 37, put together the last festival in 2003.

Earlier this year, he learned that police slashed tents at the now infamous St. Petersburg Tent City. He decided it was time to get the gears moving again.

"The first four festivals we had were pretty much parties where the bands split the money," said Nestor, who lives in St. Petersburg. "I finally figured out that I should be less concerned about my ego and more about helping others."

Nestor said most of the profits from Disturbing the Peace Fest 10, which will be held Saturday, will be split between the Tent City Homeless Outreach and the Central Avenue Music Project, a compilation CD of various St. Petersburg artists.

Festivalgoers can also donate canned goods, which go to Bay Area Food Banks and will be divided among area counties.

This year's lineup for the festival has four stages, featuring Suburban Tragedy, Car Bomb Driver and Clench Fist, as well as numerous other bands handpicked by Nestor and NoFoes Entertainment.

Also, New York City designer Indashio will have a fashion show, and artwork will be presented by Chris Parks from Blackout Creations.

Festivities take place 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 Republic de Cuba Ave., Tampa. $15 advance, $20 day of show. Call (727) 551-0005 or visit www.myspace.com/disturbingthepeacefest.