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Top Ten Reasons to Boogie on Down to Tropical Heatwave!

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Top Ten Reasons to Boogie on Down to Tropical Heatwave!

By Amy Beeman

As anyone who listens to WMNF knows, Tropical Heatwave is just around the corner, on May 9th and 10th. In its 33rd year, the annual festival in Ybor City is hands-down the best community music event of the year. If you’re still on the fence, here is a list of some of the reasons why you should hustle-yer-butt over to Tropical Heatwave.

  1. The Line-up. Sixty bands in two nights. What?! Yep, it’s true. Where else are you going to find a cornucopia of high-calibre bands all playing for your enjoyment? And you don’t even have to leave town. Sure, the idea of trying to see so many bands may make your head swim, in a warm, happy kid-at-Christmas kind of way, but oh the possibilities. Which leads to the next reason...

  2. Choose Your Own Adventure. No two people need have the same Heatwave experience, except for those who are traversing the delights of musical entertainment together. Pick the bands you know you like, go check out the ones you’ve never heard of, do your research, check the schedule and set your course, or just see where the wind blows you. It makes no matter. It is impossible not to hear great music, wherever you go. Even if some genres of music are not your usual bag, each band was chosen because they’re hella talented. Prepare to be awed.

  3. Find New Bands to Love. Is anything better than not knowing what to expect from a band and having your mind blown? How about when you can’t take your eyes off a band because they’re just so fun to watch, or you can’t be still because the music is so infectious? Yeah, you’re going to enjoy the bands you already know you like, but the feeling of discovering a new love is like nothing else.

  4. The Value. Seriously, you can hardly go to a show for less than $40 anymore ($50 at the gate), especially after taxes and fees. Plus, this is a chance to see as many bands as you can in two nights. Some of the bands are local gems, and others are from far away places and bringing their incredible talents right to you!

  5. Contributing to the Best Lil’ Radio Station in The Nation! From the perspective of this listener and community member, WMNF is such a beloved and important part of the Tampa Bay Area. They do so much for us; host great events, introduce us to new music, play old favorites we don’t hear on commercial radio, enlighten us with vital news and create a forum for discussion about important topics. If you can’t always contribute, here is your chance. It’s a win-win.

  6. Co-mingle With the Other Cool Kids. Tropical Heatwave brings out the music lovers of the area. It’s delightful to be surrounded by people who are just out to appreciate the talents and hard work of so many bands and musicians. We are all there to have a great time and shake our money makers, enjoy life and leave the regular stresses of the day at home. It’s a lovely vibe. The festival creates a wonderful sense of community whether we’re meeting new people or running into old friends.

  7. People Watching and Fun with Fashion. There is something liberating about going to music festivals. It’s the perfect opportunity to pull out those beloved random articles of clothing that just don’t work in the day to day, i.e. let your freak flags fly. Heatwave is no Burning Man, but there’s everything from Khaki shorts and t-shirts to Skinny Jeans and crop tops, Beards and tattoos-a-plenty, Birkenstocks, boots, pompadours, hippie skirts, probably something leather, mustaches, flip-flops and the odd mom- jean. Not to mention checking out what the bands are wearing. Many-a-musician make for some sweet eye candy, and they are pretty good about being on the cusp of cool fashion. Overall, it’s always a mishmash of interesting people.

  8. The Venues. This year’s bands will be spread out to a couple of different spots than in years past. While the beloved New World Brewery and Cuban Club and its three stages will host again this year, additionally bands will play at Crowbar, The Orpheum, Carmine’s Courtyard and The Market on 7th. Yay for bar-hopping! Plus there is a nice mix of indoor and outdoor settings. And on Saturday, for extra fun, we can ride on a jolley-trolley, which will be looping the several block expanse of the festival for only $2 per ride or $5 for limitless rides. Think night breezes and probable drunken revelry, big-city-late-night-public-transport style. Good fun!

  9. Two Words. Food Trucks. Sure, Ybor City has lots of great restaurants, but who has time for a sit down dining experience when there are so many bands to check out. Luckily, the good folks at WMNF thought of that and invited a nice mix of quality food truck options to keep your bellies full and energy up. Whether you feel like Thai, burgers, sandwiches, Latin food, or caribbean fare, you can grab a quick and delicious bite. Of course, there are also plenty of places to get big ol’ slices of yummy, greasy pizza in Ybor.

  10. It’s good for you. Need there be any explanation for this one? Music feeds the soul. It brings people together. It’s fun, and therefore alleviates stress, so you live longer. Maybe that’s a stretch, but even if you don’t live longer because of Tropical Heatwave, at least you’ll have improved your life by having yourself a mighty fine time. It’s the right thing to do. Make it happen people.

Read on for ticket outlets, prices, and other ins, outs and what-have-you’s, compiled by Miss Julie:

Heatwave Wristband Info for 2014

ADVANCED PRICES = $30 Fri/$35 Sat/$40 Weekend (Both Nights) Gate Prices = $35 Friday/$40 Saturday/$50 Weekend

To order by phone, call 813-238-8001 during business hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm or wmnf.org/events

1) WMNF Lobby shall be open from 10am – 1:30pm this SATURDAY, 5/3/14 to sell Heatwave wristbands. We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash or check... Advanced purchases may also be picked up at this time, to save will-call line.

2) Advanced web & lobby Friday & Weekend sales END ON Friday 5/9/14 at 12 noon. There will be no further Saturday sales after 2pm on Friday, 5/9/14...

3) There will be NO LOBBY or ON-LINE sales on Saturday, 5/10, which is THE 2nd DAY of the show!! Buy early on-line, call us or go to a ticket outlet...

4) Outlets will sell advanced price wristbands ALL DAY Friday & Saturday, or until they run out... They ONLY HAVE WEEKEND WRISTBANDS for $40... Please call ahead! Ticket outlets are at http://www.wmnf.org/ticket_outlets (& on the back of this)

5) There will be PLENTY of Heatwave wristbands at the gate for Friday & Saturday! The GATE prices = Friday $35 ~ Saturday $40 ~ Both nights $50 (Fri only) ~ Kids 11 & under are free...

6) The box office and will-call tables shall open Friday at 5pm & Saturday at 3pm at THE CUBAN CLUB and are located on the Palm Ave side of the Cuban Club ~ NORTH SIDE OF THE CUBAN CLUB, on Palm Ave between 13th & 14th Streets.

7) DOORS OPEN AT 6pm on Friday & 4pm on Saturday!!!

8) Wristband HOLDERS may bring their wristbands to the gate & get help putting them on! Volunteers will be at the Cuban Club gate, ready to assist.

9) NO Youth or Late Night wristbands this year... However, we can do GROUP RATES for sales with a minimum of # 10 or more (10% discount on large orders).

Ticket Outlets for TROPICAL HEATWAVE 2014

Please check with individual outlets for ticket availability... They only have the WEEKEND $40 wristbands!!

Pets Unlimited ~ 727-442-2197 1888 Drew Street, Clearwater FL 33765 Clearwater's oldest pet store, open M-F, 9am - 8pm & Sat, 9am - 5pm ~ Closed Sundays

WSLR 96.7FM ~ 941-894-6469 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota FL 34236 Low Power Community Radio ROCKS Sarasota!! Tune to 96.5FM if you are driving through. CALL FIRST, but they DID GET HEATWAVE Weekend wristbands ($40 gets you in Fri & Sat, May 9th & 10th, 2014)  Daddy Kool Records ~ 727-822-5665 666 Central Ave, St Petersburg FL They are open 7 days a week; please call for hours ~ They have Heatwave wristbands for May 9th & 10th, 2014 ($40 includes both days of music) This outlet adds $2 per wristband for admin

Bananas Music ~ 727-321-6814 2887 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg FL 33713 HOURS: Mon to Friday 11am -7pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Disc Exchange ~ 727-343-5845 6712 Central Ave, St. Petersburg FL 33707 Open Mon - Fri, 11am - 7:30pm & Sat, 11am - 6pm ~ Closed Sundays

Inkwood Books ~ 813-253-2638 216 South Armenia, Tampa FL 33609 Open Mon - Thurs, 10am - 7pm ~ Fri, 10am - 9pm & Sat, 10am - 6pm ~ Closed Sundays

MicroGroove Records ~ 813-667-7089 4906 N Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33603 Hours: Mon - Sat = 11:00 am ~ 8:00 pm & Sun: Noon ~ 5:00 pm Cross Streets: Near the intersection of N Florida Ave and W South Ave Neighborhoods: Old Seminole Heights You can get Tropical Heatwave Weekend wristbands for $40 (includes entry on Fri & Sat nights, May 9th & 10th, 2014)

Mojo Books & Music ~ 813-971-9717 2540 E Fowler Ave, Tampa FL 33612 Store Hours: Mon - Sat, 9am-10pm & Sun, 11am-7pm ~ Please bring cash for tickets... (CALL FIRST, but they have HEATWAVE Weekend wristbands @ only $40 for both Fri & Sat, May 9th & 10th, 2014)

The Hub ~ 813-229-1553 719 N Franklin St, Tampa FL 33602 They keep the longest business hours of all of our outlets! See ya' at the HUB...

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