'American Idol' comes to Lakewood Ranch

A contestant on the show will shoot scenes at MacAllisters

mclear@bradenton.comSeptember 6, 2013 

Here one of my recent songs I wrote called "The Same" I hope you like it! Thanks for everyone who watched and liked the video. (SongGuard) Copyright YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SamWoolfM... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samwoolfsmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/samwoolfmusic Website: http://samwoolfmusic.com/index.html SUBSCRIBE !!! I can't sleep theres a whole around us that's now getting deep and I can't stay up if your not with me it all goes on I won't cave I remember all the times when you said things change and now I wonder if you feel the same It all goes wrong I still hear your voice. is it me thats falling now Cause if I gave you all I've got would you notice were the same and if I had just one more shot I would simply make the change cause you are slowly taking me but you don't realize or see me take your time follow me and see through my eyes there must be something to help change your mind it might be long Is it right? This place I'm in. Not my kind of Life and maybe one day we'll both find the light it might be long I still hear your voice. is it me thats falling now Cause if I gave you all I've got would you notice were the same and if I had just one more shot I would simply make the change cause you are slowly taking me but you don't realize or see me Cause if I gave you all I've got would you notice were the same and if I had just one more shot I would simply make the change cause you are slowly taking me but you don't realize or see me

SAM WOOLF

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Maybe two months ago, a neighborhood kid named Sam Woolf showed up at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern. He said he was a musician and asked if he could perform there.

"We had never had live music before but we thought, why no give it a try?" says Karen Ronney, who owns MacAllisters with her husband Malcolm. "He didn't want to be paid. He said he just wanted the exposure. He played out on the patio just for tips."

The crowd at MacAllisters loved Woolf's performance so much that the Ronneys kept inviting him back. He became the regular entertainment at MacAllisters. But then he said he was going on vacation. They never heard from him again.

Then on Thursday, someone from "American Idol" called. There's a contestant on the show this season, this 17-year-old named Sam Woolf. The people from the show wanted to tape some scenes in his hometown. They asked if they could send some people down and

shoot in MacAllisters.

"I'm a huge 'American Idol' fan," Karen Ronney said. "I didn't have to take too long to think about it."

So this afternoon, people from "American Idol" will fly into town, and they'll meet Woolf at MacAllisters. Ronney's not sure exactly what time Woolf will perform, but the "Idol" people asked her to set aside two hours, from 2 until 4 p.m. They'll start shooting whenever they get their equipment set up. Ronney asked the "Idol" people, and it's fine for the public to show up and cheer Woolf on. There's no cover charge.

She hasn't seen Woolf since he last walked off her patio carrying his guitar and his tip jar. She sent him a quick email Wednesday to make sure the "Idol" thing was legit, but she hasn't spoken to him. He couldn't be reached by the Herald for comment Thursday, either.

She figures he must have made it through at least the preliminary round or two on "American Idol" if the show is going to the expense of sending a camera crew here.

She isn't especially surprised that Woolf has found a national stage.

"You listen to him, and he sounds like he's famous already," she said. "I'm happy for him and if we can help in any small way, we're glad to do it."

You can listen to Woolf sing at www.samwoolfmusic.com.

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.

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