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6th Annual WMNF Americana Fest

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Skipper's Smokehouse [map]


A showcase of Florida’s best young Americana bands.

Advanced sales have ended, on-line & by phone ~ Check an outlet for availability of $12 tickets ~ Doors open at 3pm...Tickets $15

Have Gun, Will Travel - Since the 2008 release of their debut full-length Casting Shadows Tall As Giants, this Sarasota-based band has been gaining momentum regionally as well as nationally. Casting Shadows... landed in the top 5 most-played album of the year on WMNF. The album opener "Blessing and a Curse" was chosen to appear on every episode of the 2009 season of PBS's Roadtrip Nation.

Sunset Bridge - Led by sweetly soulful songstress and acoustic guitarist Gracie Grieshop, this Tampa-based quartet draws on elements of folk, alt country, americana, and jazz.

Greenland is Melting – Greenland is Melting hails from the sweaty, swampy city of Gainesville Florida. Built on a solid foundation of folk music and combined with a shared love of harmonies and a DIY attitude, the trio dishes out their brand of honest, accessible, and singable tunes. Armed with banjos, guitars, and improvised instruments, they thrive on getting crowds going with their high energy.

Alexander & the Grapes – Alexander & the Grapes is a quartet from the Tampa Bay area. Formed in 2007 by brothers Alexander and Philip Charos, their sound has been described as a mix of indie-rock, folk and americana. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010.

Memphis Train Union – This Dunedin-based quartet, led by former Leonard Croon Band frontman, Dave Korman, are the embodiment of southern rock, americana, and blues.

The Sweetkisses – This newly reformed quintet from Orlando is led by Ed Lamoso, a former member of the critically acclaimed rock band Dear Ephesus. Their music can best be described as a high-energy mix of indie-rock, americana, and alternative country.

John Ralston - John Ralston is an americana inspired acoustic/electric guitarist singer and songwriter. John is originally from Lake Worth, FL, and has released two full-length albums, two EPs, and has just released his third solo record, Shadows Of The Summertime.

Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets - Alaskan born singer/songwriter and guitarist, Rebekah Pulley, broke into the Tampa Bay music scene in 2000. She has since garnered numerous songwriting awards for her rootsy blend of soulful, southern, folk-rock. Her latest release, Back to Boogaloo, landed on numerous best of 2008 lists across the country.

Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England – Orlando-based Mike Dunn & TKONE have been called "a perfect representation of what American roots rock sounds like when filtered through a Central Florida haze" (Orlando Weekly). These guys wear their Springsteen, Petty, and Westerberg influences proudly on their sleeves.

Ted Lukas & the Misled – A mainstay of the Tampa area music scene, as well as the creator and organizer of the WMNF Americana Fest, Lukas’s music is a rich Americana blend of roots-rock, electric blues and twang, featuring plenty of big guitar riffs and string-bending solos. His songs evoke the classic, yet contemporary sounds of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Steve Earle.

Black Finger – This Lake Worth four-piece delivers country twang with plenty of guitar-driven, indie-alternative force. With lyrics chock full of sarcastic wit, their high energy live show is comparable to that of Cracker and the Waco Brothers.

Schedule is subject to change:
4:00-4:30 - Sunset Bridge
4:45-5:15 - Greenland is Melting
5:30-6:00 - Alexander & the Grapes
6:15-6:45 - Memphis Train Union
7:00-7:30 - The Sweetkisses
7:45-8:15 - John Ralston
8:30-9:00 - Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets
9:15-9:45 - Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England
10:00-10:30 - Ted Lukas & Misled
10:45-11:15 - Black Finger
11:30-12:00 - Have Gun, Will Travel


$12.00 advance $15.00 at the door

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Skipper's Smokehouse

910 Skipper Road
Tampa , FL 33613 [map]
Phone: (813) 971 - 0666

Directions from North - I-275 to Bearss exit, then left one block to Nebraska. Go right on Nebraska for 1/4 mile to Skipper Road. Turn left and then left into parking lot.

Directions from South or East - I-275 N to Fletcher exit, then right one block to Nebraska. Go left on Nebraska to Skipper Road. Turn right and then left into parking lot.

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