Fil Pate

Your Local Mandolinist. Guitarist. Music Enthusiast

Friends of Fil

Friends of Fil Organ Trio | Performing Artist | Leo Suarez & Casey Otto
We have recently formed an Organ Trio complete with left hand Bass on the Keys! We have an Organ, Drumset and Electric guitar exploring instrumental originals along with jazz and fusion standards!  We recorded a great full length album of our Original tunes and you are able to purchase and hear that over at the Music page and in your favorite online music store!  

Friends of Fil Jazz Trio- John Shea-John Zwolski

I'm honored to be playing music with these talented gentlemen! We explore instrumental jazz standards our own way with Electric Guitar, Drums and Upright Bass.


I perform my original instrumental music and a wide variety of world music using my loopstation, Acoustic Guitar and mandolin.  I am always discovering new things with this project and I'm able to play lots of music I don't get to put together with a full band!

Shane Meade & the Sound

Shane and Fil Acoustic Duo

Shane Meade-Rob Masten-Chris Newsom-Bo McMillion-Casey Otto-Sean Shuffler-   Joe Cosas

I have been performing with Shane Meade since 2005 and we are going strong with duo, trio, acoustic band and full band performances throughout the southeast from Florida to West Virginia and beyond!  We have a vast collection of original songs and have 2 albums released on Itunes!  We play soul-infused Southern folk rock with wonderful vocals and soaring explorations by the very talented members of the Sound!  From the intimate shows to the big festivals, we always bring a big warm feeling!

Bobby Lee Rodgers and Fil Duo

Bobby Lee and I have become great friends as I  have gotten to know him since 2007. I have been studying jazz with him and have been honored to play with several bands and projects Bobby has been involved with.  Currently we are having a ton of fun playing Acoustic duo style with Mandolin, Guitars plus electric banjo and vocals!  We have all sorts of original music between us the inspiration is flowing!

Rich Whiteley Band

Rich and Fil Acoustic Duo

Rich Whiteley-Dan Degregory-Anne Van Atta-TJ Glowacki


We have been performing since around 2010 playing Acoustic duos, trios and with a great rotating cast of full band members!  We play lots of Rich's original tunes plus classics from JGB, the Band, Dylan, the Dead and all makes of Americana music!

We have Bass, Drums, Guitars, Mandolin and Keys with harmony Vocals for most shows and invite lots of friends from the area to join and help us out with their instruments!


Rich has several cd's available at

Bo McMillion and Fil Pate Duo

Bo Mc$ is a supertalented musician from West Virginia who normally performs solo as "The Bo Show" using a looper, his voice and a wide variety of sounds from his Line 6 Variax modeling guitar!  We have a great time playing our originals and choice covers done our way!    Bo also plays bass with Shane Meade & the Sound and is a founding member of the WV based dance fusion band "Neotronic"!!

Check out the Bo Show at


Dennis and Kenny Stadelman-Bobby Lee Rodgers-Tom Damon

We had to get together and make Lemonade after sitting in and performing in each other's bands for years!    We have Bass, Drums, Guitars, Cigar Box Guitars, Banjos and Mandolin plus Brotherly Harmony Vocals!  It feels really good!

Friends of Fil Fusion Quartet- Casey Otto-Aaron Buckingham-Andrew Warren
We play highly dance-able Festival Fusion bringing life to our original instrumental music!  My tunes are a unique blend of many styles and genres!   We also love jazz and fusion standards arranged for the groove!  

Oak Hay 

Jerrod Simpson-Justin Davis

We are an acoustic trio with Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar and Upright Bass plus Harmony Vocals playing our own original music with newgrass and Dawg tunes sprinkled in with a few covers!

Jason Kenney and Fil Acoustic Duo

Jason and I met at Suwannee Springfest 2009 and have been making music ever since!  Jason is a prolific songwriter and a talented player!  We play all over the place in the Tampa Bay area when we can arrange a weekend of shows, and we also perform up around Jason's neck of the woods in Georgia!  He has an amazing new album out and is working on several more releases!  

Boxcar Hollow

Matt Weis and Fil Duo

Matt and I hit it off as soon as we played together in 2014!  Mixing it up with all sorts of Acoustic folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, reggae and jamband music!  We play Acoustic Guitars and Mandolin and both of us have our own loopstation to use throughout the duo show!

Boxcar Hollow is a fun quartet with mandolin, guitar, bass and drums!  Occasionally we get a great fiddle player or a pedal steel to join in!  Always a good time at festivals or local venues!

Mark Schimick and Fil Pate Acoustic Duo

Mark is the amazing mandolinist and vocalist who accompanied Larry Keel for many years.  I heard him shortly after 2001 when I was first exposed to Larry Keel and the Experience!  I saw Mark so many times tearin' the place up and finally I got to meet them all at a great Stringbreak Festival in 2008!  We played for hours that weekend and got down on mandolins in general!  He has been down to the Tampa area several times to play weekends around the bay and we have really gotten ourselves into some fun situations!  


Check out info about Mark and his current project with Josh Daniel and Greg Howell 



 onstage as a "Sit-In"



Grandpa's Cough Medicine

Brett Bass-Jon Murphy-Mike Coker


Gypsy Wind

Kristen Oliphant-Rob Williams-Mike Godwin-Mark Tessi

I play very frequently with this great Acoustic swing and bluegrass band, with a great twist:  We have a flute!  Playing great GW originals along with jazz, Dawg and bluegrass standards on Upright Bass, Guitar, Mandolin and Flute.  There's always a banjo lurking around as well!  I usually join when their mandolin player is travelin' or performing with his other project. 

Check out Gypsy Wind at


Applebutter Express

Kyle and Shannon Biss-Zach Rogers-Joe Trivette


Larry Keel and Natural Bridge

Larry and Jenny Keel-Mark Schimick-Will Lee-Jason Flournoy


Mosier Brothers Band with David Blackmon

Rev. Jeff Mosier-Johnny Mosier-David Blackmon-Chris Dale


Come Back Alice

Tony Tyler-Dani Jaye-Yral Morris-John Werner


Danny Knicely

Danny Knicely-Aimee Curl


Urban Gypsies of Florida

Barney and Leta up front with Mark Tessi on mandolin and Lou Buffo on drums!  WHat a tribal sound and a fun time!  High energy performances at colleges, open markets and venues all over the bay area!


Brock Butler

Brock came through the St. Pete area a couple of times and we performed acoustic music with his loops!  So much fun!


Projects Throughout History


 Pickford Sundries

Tug Winthrop-Fred Donovan-Tony Caruso-Brian Lane-Jeff and Jana Jones-David and Mike Beaumont


Gove Scrivenor and Fil Duo


 Rose Connelly

Tony Caruso-John Nowicki-Tom Murray


The SmokeHouse Rats

Rich Whiteley-Funky D-Mike Rumore-Mike Edwards


Orchid Thieves

Neil Leonard-Pat Beach-Perry Giancola-Joe Bencomo-Andrew Warren


Bishop Wayne Band

Bishop Wayne-Oscar Watson III-Andrew Warren



Mark Schimick-Fil-Funky Darryl Quesenbury-Justin Davis


Analog Robot

Raymond Bennett-Daniel Navarro-Albert Warren


Harry Stuart and Fil Duo


 Mike Tozier


Jillian Stein and Fil Duo


Funky Pandas

Kelso-Mike Rosenweig


Chocolate Test

 Short Bus

 Mike Jones and Fil Duo


The Spring Street String Stretchers

Ian Moore-Hal Herzog


The Frogtown Four

Will Kimble-Mike Jones-Will-Dan


Moonshine Still

Scott Baston-David Shore-Will Robinson-Raymond Petren-Bill (on percussion), Tripp (on Keys)