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WMNF 31st Birthday Bash

Saturday Sep 18 11:00PM Add to Calendar
The Ritz Ybor [map]


Tickets will be available at the door for $27 or $10 YOUTH, ages 12-20 DOOR SALES ONLY, not at outlets! ~ under 12 y.o. = free

WMNF celebrates 31 years of great community radio in Tampa Bay with a fabulous party featuring eight eclectic bands on two stages! Free birthday cake! Room to dance (with chairs available if you need to rest). Re-entry available if you want to explore Ybor City during part of the evening or go out for a smoke- this is a smoke free event!) Special $10 ticket for under 21 available only at WMNF or at the door. The schedule:

7:05–8:05 Johnny Cakes and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso(punk ska)
8:30-9:40 Suenalo(Latin/funk)
10:05 –11:35 Paul Thorn Band(soulful roots rock)
12:00-1am The Hip Abduction (rock/world/reggae)
Royal Room
7:00–7:45 Peace Mole and the Psychedelic Multi-Colored Litmus Test(folk-rock)
8:05-9:05 Cadillac Bombers(rockabilly)
9:35–10:35 Jim Morey Band(retro jazz)
11:00-12:00 Sleepy Vikings(indy rock)
Rivoli Room
Chef Michael's Let Them Eat Cake Birthday cake, outreach, band merchandise, cash bar, and tables and chairs.

Paul Thorn

Paul Thorn <p><strong>Mainstage 10:05 - 11:35pm</strong> - A favorite WMNF live artist for a decade, Paul headlines the WMNF Birthday Bash for the second straight year. Paul Thorn's highly anticipated new release has come out to rave reviews and spent three weeks as #1 on the Americana radio chart.</p> <p>Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity, and character - as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar - the boxing career, the years working in a chair factory, his discovery playing in a pizza parlor. On his new album "Pimps and Preachers" Thorn reveals another layer of his fascinating history, addressing that subject of his daddy the preacher and his uncle the pimp.</p> <p>Thorn's amazing life story provides the material for his songs and artistry. If you follow it back through his songs, at some point near the beginning, the mysteries gather like a mist, obscuring the picture and leaving unanswered the question of how he acquired his ability to find brilliance buried in shadows, darkness in daylight, poetry in the mundane, and truth in the brutal beauties of life.</p>


Suenalo <p><strong>Mainstage 8:30-9:40</strong> - "The energy Suénalo creates is so alluring, everyone wants to leap onstage and play with them -- and not just in the musical sense. The band's performances make listeners want to run up there and dodge the trombone's slide, trip over conch shells, fly over an amp, bonk off a conga and keep going full-tilt until someone slices his foot open on a guitar pedal and has to get stitches." - City Link</p> <p>"...dancing, twisting, shouting -- press toward the 9-piece band and a barrage of music that's simultaneously Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, R&amp;B, Latin, funk, and unmistakably Miami."</p>

Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso

Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso <p><strong>Mainstage 7:05 - 8:05</strong> One the best reviewed bands at Tropical Heatwave, they play “gutter calypso,” a combination of “calypso, punk rock, ska, reggae, rock steady, tropical, and more. The stage overflows with musicians that included a four horn section, guitars, bass, regular drums, and steel drum...and the Jellyfish Dancers. Yes — this band has dancers.</p>

The Hip Abduction

The Hip Abduction <p><strong>Mainstage 12:00-1am</strong> The Hip Abduction is another band that was a big hit at Tropical Heatwave with a high energy live performance. The Hip Abduction mixes reggae/rock with Zimbabwean, Malian, and Caribbean influences while keeping compositions distinctly western at heart to create what some refer to as World Pop. A little Paul Simon, Afro-pop, 70's roots reggae, and Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi have all played a role in shaping their sound.</p> <p>"Members of this tight and energetic Florida based band have laid stakes all over the world and bring to the party international traditions, rhythms and instruments"- St. Pete Times</p>

Cadillac Bombers

Cadillac Bombers <p><strong>Rose Room 8:05-9:05pm</strong> Rockabilly music in it's purest form whilst leaning backwards but looking forwards. Growling Gretsch guitar and a purring wildcat woman leading the charge. A slapping stand-up bass and a drummer that stirs the soul. Oh yeah! These cats deliver like a V-8 Ford on Hi-Test baby!</p> <p>The Cadillac Bombers have exploded on the Tampa Bay music scene like an H-bomb and given these hot Floridian days and nights a refreshing blast of high energy, rock-a-billy and roots-infused entertainment that packs the dance floors! They are probably the only rockabilly band in the world with a washboard and a banjo (played expertly by WMNF "Energy Bar" programmer Scallywag).</p> <p>All ages dig this early rock sound and energy; bring your dancing shoes!</p>

Jim Morey Band

Jim Morey Band <p><strong>Rose Room 9:35-10:35pm</strong> Trumpeter/warm drawling vocalist Jim Morey leads a quartet featuring bassist Ann Van Atta, guitar player Eddie Rossicky, and drummer Billy Carr. The band offers a fresh take on old jazz using swing and muddy river Creole as their foundation, incorporating elements of gypsy, ragtime and stumbling roots rock, and then spicing things up with electronics, humorous textures (kazoo, washboard, bike horn, slide whistle).</p>

Sleepy Vikings

Sleepy Vikings <p><strong>Rose Room 11:00-12:00pm</strong> They are five girls and one boy who play indie rock that has been dubbed "southern shoegaze." Paste Magazine has claimed their shows are filled with "song after song of rich southern shoe-gazey goodness." Orlando Weekly says that their music is a "swooning squall…" and that they are "one of the most talented and distinctive groups in Florida." Sleepy Vikings has already played shows with bands Deer Tick, Mission of Burma, Dead Confederate, Vivian Girls, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. They were named as one of the four best artists (out of 650, including Iggy Pop?!?!)at NXNE by Paste Magazine. Future shows include dates with School of Seven Bells and a trip to CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and they are currently booking shows across the southeast. They are currently mixing our first full-length record that is slated for release in early 2011. To end with an equation, Pavement + Sonic Youth + hick towns + beer + summer sadness = Sleepy Vikings.</p>

Peace Mole and the Psychedelic Multi-Colored Litmus Test

Peace Mole and the Psychedelic Multi-Colored Litmus Test <p><strong>Rose Room 7:00-7:45pm</strong>This young band has emerged to make many new fans with a unique sound of psychedelic folk rock. All three members write songs and play a variety of instruments. Discover a talented, attractive new band on the Tampa Bay music scene.</p>


$22.00 advance $27.00 at the door

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The Ritz Ybor

1503 7th Ave
Ybor City, Tampa , FL [map]
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Is there more info ?. Are we going to stay standing up since 7 pm?. Are there chairs and tables ?.8 bands ? plying until what time . Are we going to enyoy paul thorn only for 45 minutes?

I hate missing this (again).

I want to go to the birthday bash so badly I can taste it!! But I gotta work, I will be out west slogging along in my Peterbilt hauling Freight!! Why cannot it be this weekend when I am home in FL. GAAAAAHHHH! Have fun you troglidytes.

the Ritz?

I will really miss the outdoor atmosphere of the Cuban Club this year! The Ritz is a "no re-entry" venue, and one of the rooms is always filled with smoke. I agree with Lotero above, we need more info. The line-up looks really great! I am just wary of the venue.

Where's Rocket88/Knockdown Drag Out?

Haven't seen them in awhile, wish they were here again this year, they should be on the mainstage.

Minimum age?

Is there a minimum age requirement? Interested in bring my 13-year-old. I've never been, so not sure if it's light enough for a young teen?

Start the party off with a dose of the Cakes

Johnny Cakes and The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypso! The only band to play twice on the same day at Tropical Heatwave. The only band to play Heatwave 3 times in 2 years. Come see why at 7:05 on the Main Stage....

Yes to re-entry and NO Smoking

To clarify the BDBash will allow re-entry for adults and No Smoking anywhere inside (we requested) and we will have chairs in main stage as well as some scattered tables/chairs in Royal & Rivolli room, You are in for a treat, so come on out and sing/dance the night away.

Is there a Senior Citizen discount?

Is there a senior citizen discount? Most of us are on a fixed income you know?


I agree with katdaddy. i need an oxygen mask for that smoke room. i may have to miss the bands that play in that room. i cant stand that much smoke. i <3 suenalo!!! my boyfriend loves paul thorn! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


oh cool i just read that it is non smoking YEAH! THANK YOU!

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