Suenalo mashes together Latin, funk, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and R&B: It’s the result of a 10-year process of compromise and of growth between some of South Florida’s most talented musicians, who come together and share an ideal: that music should move their audience. Suenalo’s roster is stacked with nine fulltime brilliant musicians who have not only made their immovable imprint on Miami’s local music scene, but well beyond.Back to Top
Uproot Hootenany is a five piece string band specializing in Celtic, roots, folk, bluegrass, and whiskey fueled fun! Our Heatwave talent scouts tell us they have the energy, musicality and high spirits to be a Heatwave band. Each member is gifted with an amazing voice and even better skills mastering their instrument. Get to Heatwave early; no one walks away from Uproot Hootenany without a smile.Back to Top
Native folk and blues rocker Keith Secola is an award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following and festivals for many years.. In 2011, Keith was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. His Heatwave set will include a spectaclaur native hoop dancer in full costume.Back to Top
Longtime favorite WMNF live artist/singer and storyteller; in solo mode his homespun charm and self-deprecating humor are on full display. Goofy, funny, earnest and endearing, at first you wonder if he is for real. But the authenticity of Paul Thorn's persona is remarkable. His amazing background as a boxer-turned factory worker- turned singer-songwriter discovered singing in a pizza bar background makes his music even more compelling. He has completely lived the blue collar life he writes and sings about with such a skewed and hilarious stamp.Back to Top
The Selwyn Birchwood Band took top honors at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. This win placed them 1st out of over 240 bands from around the world. In addition, Selwyn won the Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist" in the competition finals. When you see him at Heatwave you will understand how he won these prestigious competitions: he really knows how to work and win a crowd.Back to Top
For over a decade, Jess Klein’s gutsy “tell it like it is” folk pop has been embraced by music lovers. Graced with one of the most enviable voices in popular music – equally at ease with a sultry whisper or a rock’n’roll wail, Klein has released eight critically acclaimed albums and toured the globe. Recently she moved to Austin, Texas, the music hotbed where her creativity is newly recharged. MOJO Magazine writes “Jess Klein has one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” And No Depression‘s Lee Zimmerman calls Klein’s latest release Behind A Veil “An excellent album – a career-maker in fact.”Back to Top
Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana. Carmela Pedicini and Tanya Radtke are both established Tampa area singer/songwriters who have each been leading successful bands in recent years, both developing a substantial following. Together, their harmonies are magical.Back to Top
Anybody who saw this band at WMNF's Rockin' The Ranch Festival knows they should not be missed! One of South Louisiana’s most exciting and original new bands, The Mercy Brothers blend the spiritual fervor of an old-time tent revival with the rambunctious feel of a rural roadhouse — combining the best elements of celestial and honky-tonk heaven. This unique holy hubbub hybrid, and a reputation for electrifying live shows that inspire impassioned sing-alongs, has won the band a growing following. You won't want to miss them on the first night of Tropical Heatwave.Back to Top
Utterly charming ukes and vocals from this boy-girl led folky-funky group, now fortified with fiddle and upright bass, very popular with the jamband crowd, featuring stick-in-your-head originals and really clever reinterpretations of covers. The picture here is from their triumphant set at last year's Bonnaroo Festival.Back to Top
Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.
28-year old songwriter and band leader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the five other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries.
The Dirty Bourbon River Show deftly melds sounds that range from hard-edged blues to whimsical piano driven ballads to New Orleans brass into a result that is truly a blast of new energy into the musical landscape. Dirty Bourbon grabs hold of audiences, fascinated by their eccentricity and dexterity coupled with their ability to harken back to by-gone eras in music.
“A circus-like barrage of sound serving as entrance music for a magical mystery tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys,” – Rory Callais, Offbeat
“Genetically theatrical… appetite-whetting… a snow-globe carnival segueing seamlessly from kazoo- and clarinet-blown circus shenanigans to smooth-croon lounge, and finely fingered folk ballads to banjo hoedowns, jazzy sax solos and staccato piano jams” – Noah Bonaparte-Pais, Gambit Weekly
“Riotous… racuous… swashbuckling sea chanteys, paranoid polkas, and carnival jazz, often in the same song… now that’s my kind of party!” – Aaron Lafont, Groovescapes
Brooklyn singer Krissy Krissy is getting attention for her stylings that blend pop,soul and hip hop elements. The Huffington Post said, " Krissy Krissy has a distinct voice that stands out in a crowd, and by crowd, I mean a music industry with a bunch of pretenders and clones" . MTV Buzzworthy has described her music as "... Sultry vocals (we’re feeling some Mary J. Blige soul vibes mixed with some Natasha Bedingfield flair and even a little Mary Mary gospel realness)". Vashtie has described her as "a rising star". Don't miss her!Back to Top
The former lead singer of criminally underheralded band Troubled Hubble, Chris Otepka now often performs solo and unplugged as The Heligoats - but for Tropical Heatwave Chris is bringing his band. Otepka is known as an artist who stuffs his songs with many sideways ideas and observations and your attention will be rewarded. Otepka is as easygoing and unassuming as pop-singing eccentrics get, not to mention a wittily engaging songwriter who's just weird enough to achieve true brilliance.Back to Top
Nikki Hill draws on vintage female rhythm and blues influences such as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown, as well as some of her favorite male singers Otis Redding and Solomon Burke, without being stuck or pigeonholed strictly as a ‘retro’ artist. Her tough vocal style fits with contemporary sensibilities yet evokes all the great blues shouters of previous decades. With the success of similar artists such as Amy Winehouse or Imelda May, Hill is poised to blaze her own trail in their wake.
“The fast-rising, hard-charging, 20-something, North Carolina born-and-bred singer Nikki Hill has more than earned her evocative “Southern Fireball” moniker.” - LA Weekly
If you like girl groups and garage rock, Beach Day is the band for you. Beachy and fun, this band is sort of like a Ronettes meets Black Lips mash up. This wellspring goes back about 50 years, and lots of young acts are reviving it now, but this band's interpretation is so natural and incandescent that they make it feel completely fresh again.
"They are like the band that sonically beats-up the resident surf rock bands. Cut from the same cloth as Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, Raveonettes, Black Lips and all the others I feature here on a normally basis, Beach Day have a slick and steady 60s garage rock sounds with those girl group vocals you crave." ~ Music Snobbery
A young, talented indie folk-pop band, The Happiness Machine is led by singing sisters Kathleen and Shaundra McGuire and guitarist Nick Arnal (all formerly of The Sun Society), and they are joined by drummer Evan Eubanks and organist Jackson Davis. If you like dreamy vintage indie pop mixed with world beats and tight homespun harmonies, you will love The Happiness Machine.Back to Top
Benjamin Booker, raised in Tampa, moved to New Orleans in April 2012 and has managed to establish himself as one of the most exciting new artists in that musical city. His music is by turns funny, soulful, spiritual, and nostalgic. Booker says that someone once described his music as “gospel punk”, He is teamed up with top Tampa drummer Max Norton for a Heatwave set you want want to miss.Back to Top
The New Orleans based group has its roots in upbeat indie pop and rock, with influences of steel drums and Caribbean music, heavy funk bass lines, and the occasional electro-synth sample. They are most frequently compared to Lily Allen, or an unexpected blend of No Doubt colliding with Regina Spektor, and artists and bands like Santigold, The Talking Heads, and Toots & The Maytals have influences in the band’s sound.Back to Top
Cope, the "Undisputed Jam Kings of Tampa Bay" for years, is primed and ready for their first Heatwave. Their sophisticated, fun mix includes rock passages blending seamlessly with reggae and roots rock; soaring vocal harmonies; and adroitly changed tempos and temperament.
Probably more than any other band, Cope is the band whom listeners ask about, "Why have they never played Heatwave?" Now it is finally happening!
Paste Magazine was dead-on when they called The Whiskey Gentry a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum.”
Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry is a group of some of the finest pickers and musicians the Southeast has to offer. A recent finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest, Staley’s natural gifts with words and her powerful lead vocal abilities complement the band’s edgy interpretation of an otherwise traditional sound. All of this, coupled with a commanding and high-energy live performance, sets the bar for the way today’s country music ought to sound honest, tight, daring, and void of pretension.
Nervous Turkey's signature "Greased Roll 'n Soul" sound, with influences ranging from Howlin’ Wolf and Screamin Jay Hawkins, to Tom Waits and Capt. Beefheart, pulls together the low-end groove of funk/gospel, the beat and soul of blues, and raucous energy of Rock ‘n Roll to create a sound and stage show that guarantees an ass shakin' good time! Playing soul, rock 'n roll, gospel, funk, Americana, folk, and even some carnival noises and featuring the raucous vocals and fierce harp playing of Ernie Locke, this trio delivers a one of a kind stage show!Back to Top
An exciting newgrass band fresh on the scene from South Florida, Bungled and Botched has emerged with new flavor and passion and update for traditional country and bluegrass. Their original songs are hip and funny and energetic and they play some cool covers like Mumford and Sons and the Byrds.Back to Top
The best rockabilly band in Florida always gets the dancers swinging in the Ballroom; it’s a Heatwave tradition! Over the years, Rocket 88′s high octane, wild and eccentric performances on stage have become notorious.Back to Top
(pronounced "Gary) The Gerry Williams Band is one tight funk band. Gerry Williams is a talented vocalist, pianist, percussionist and vibraphonist. On stage, he blows away the crowd with his vibraphone and timbalino solos, while bringing the audience to life with his gospel rooted vocals and talent on the keys. With influences such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Al Green, Johnny Guitar Watson and Prince, the music is blended with funky melodies and high energy rhythm and horn arrangements.This band is a crowd pleaser that knows how to connect with their audience.Back to Top
Their last show at Skippers had people with mouths wide open marveling at how tight and musical this band has become, and and filling the dance floor with grooves that make you move. With eight years of history, The Ryan Montbleau Band is hitting on all strides; touring nationally and drawing bigger crowds by word of mouth in every city they visit, earning income by writing, recording and releasing CDs on its own dime and merits. And the band’s sound has grown, matured and continues to explore deep pockets and funky corners. It’s safe to say, as any of the band members and fans will, that the Ryan Montbleau Band has definitely arrived. You will not want to miss their set at Heatwave.Back to Top
The married musical couple are among the best-known and most successful performers and songwriters on the Austin, Texas, music scene, each with substantial success under their own names. The new “Cheater’s Game" is their first full-album collaboration and quickly went to number 1 (and stayed there for over two months) on the Americana radio chart. The combination of their talents delivers catchy songs with strong hooks.Back to Top
Serbian-born Ana Popovic is one of the most lauded blues guitarists playing today. She’s turned heads at festivals around the world and has been nominated for numerous Blues Music Awards. A passionate student of the blues, her music is equally inspired by Albert King and WAR. She belts from the gut and shreds her Strat in a pair of high heels.
“Ana Popovic can play the sh*t out of the blues. Hot. Cool. Killer chops... the total package.” – Guitar World
Scheduled for April 16 release, ‘Can You Stand The Heat’, recorded in Memphis, is the follow-up to Ana’s 2011 album, ‘Unconditional,’ which was nominated for two Blues Music Awards and landed in the top 15 of Guitar World's top Blues and Roots Rock Albums.
Zulu Wave is a band getting much acclaim for their intense performances, soundscape textures and creative song writing. They are Tampa based but getting attention nationally; last year they played a major free concert in Times Square. They are named as one of Tampa Bay's Ten Ultimate Bands of 2013 by TBT>Back to Top
Gulfport Swamp Opera specializes in the lively “French” music of the Cajun and Creole people of southwest Louisiana, from bitter-sweet waltzes, to swingy Creole blues, to bouncy Cajun two-steps, but also plays other "Americana" genres that will want to make you dance.Back to Top
The Wholetones, a Naples quartet, play music some call ‘folkcore,’ where they play traditional-based songs on acoustic instruments with hardcore volume and energy. . Their straightforward roots-newgrassy aesthetic launches into jazz-soaked territories or they let loose in Native American-tribal rocking passages ala Mike Patton’s Tomahawk; or they crush in technical arrangements with plenty of fast and furious string thrashing, picking and fret-flying shreds. They are one of the most amazing bands to see at Heatwave.Back to Top
Rebekah Pulley's new CD Tra La La has been the most played album on WMNF in 2013. Her honey-voiced singing and excellent songwriting is buoyed by creative arrangements and playing with her highly talented band.Back to Top
Sarasota Slim's kicks off the Cantina stage with blues, funk, boogie, slide guitar and heaps of warm Southern charm. Gene Hardage, who grew up in Sarasota, is as authentic and talented as they come, having worked/ toured with Lucky Peterson in the late late eighties (they played a Heatwave together then) and earning his "Sarasota Slim" nickname from the late Rock Bottom.Back to Top
"Mountain Holler" is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Mark Etherington, based out of St. Petersburg. Along with playing drums in instrumental band Set and Setting (who are playing Heatwave in the Crowbar later) and fronting the psychedelic-folk/groove outfit RedFeather, 'Mountain Holler' emerged in the spring of 2011 when Etherington started playing shows solo with material he had been writing and building since 2006. His melodic guitar playing, haunting singing style, and magnetic stage presence make him a spellbinding performer.Back to Top
The colorful past of Paul Thorn includes gigs performed at the age of three while traveling with his evangelist preacher father, a career as a professional boxer (he went seven rounds with Roberto Duran on national TV), factory work, and skydiving—not to mention some truly masterful songwriting and a style of muscular blues-rock with lots of gospel overtones that gets in your head and won't let go.The rich musical heritage of Paul's hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, is evident in his tasty mixture of musical moods, and his personal history shapes the witty, sharply observed songs. Paul brings his high-energy, live-wire performance style to the Heatwave for an evening of jaw-dropping stories and great down-home music.Back to Top
Jason D. Williams brings a mad-man’s wild energy and a sparking passion to the stage. His signature brand of wild and rowdy boogie woogie and rock and roll mixed with raw energy and boundless talent is a sure fire recipe for pleasing an audience. Where he really shines is in his live performance, raw energy fueling the tunes as he stomps and bangs and dances behind the keys, and sometimes on the keys.Back to Top
The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently is receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans. Their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats.Whether they are second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing around the world (in 2012 they played in Pakistan), the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of city of New Orleans.Back to Top
The Funky Seeds infuse their infectious music with swaying reggae grooves, hip-shaking funk, organ-driven blues rock, and sax-drenched Latin jazz, their sound marked by the gruff and gritty vocal stylings of Steve Scarcliff and the expert keywork of Funky D. In the tradition of Dead/Phish jam bands, Funky Seeds plays "Plant driven Funk"!! They know how to keep the party going and always get the Booties Shakin'!Back to Top
Their sound is a churning a mix of dark-tinged late'70s/early '80s-styled post-punk and churning, dissonant avant rock. Their formula bridges the old with the new, is lyrically poignant and instrumentally intricate, and is loads of fun. Their sound, a churning a mix of dark-tinged late'70s/early '80s-styled post-punk and churning,
"I'm not aware of many other artists who're doing anything quite like the Tampa, Florida-based trio's resuscitation of seminal Punk's most vital components." - Punk Globe
"Their arty, roiling post-punk veers on the dissonant, gale-swept precipice where noise kites like Sonic Youth fly." - Orlando Weekly
FOR FANS OF: Minutemen, Wire, Fugazi, Sonic Youth
Ray Bonneville is a hard driving, blues influenced, song and groove man who often writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful with a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica phrasing, smoky vocal style and pulsing foot percussion. . His solo performance rivets audiences and fills a concert with all the sound layering and drama of a full band.Back to Top
Wolf-Face is quartet of wily lupines in their late 20s who perform deafening rock at a breakneck speed. Their music is highly topical. The topic: the 1985 Michael J. Fox comedy Teen Wolf. Wolf-Face dresses to the nines in full-on Teen Wolf regalia: Beavers basketball jerseys, sweatbands and prosthetic wolf face (with fuzz and snout, obviously). A slide show is included, and a howlingly good time is guaranteed.Back to Top
Paste Magazine named Day Joy as one of Ten Florida Bands You Should Know:
"Truly elegant and heartbreaking lyricisms yank DAY JOY from beneath the ho-hum alt-country umbrella out into heartily-crafted folk sunlight. Low-mixed percussion compliment the emotive crooning, making for a cathartic post-break-up listen, despite Disney World traffic."
Day Joy's music began from friendship and humble beginnings writing on the porch late at night in dreamy Orlando FL. It moved into the living room where it has developed into the lush and layered recordings you hear now with the help of some modest recording equipment and a little bit of liquor. Their debut album, "Go to Sleep, Mess", was just released on Small Plate Records.
The Atlanta-based band has been sharing their whiskey and sweat drenched tunes with audiences around the Southeast for the past couple of years, but their recent successes have taken them far beyond the Mason-Dixon. Last year New West Records released their new record, Pool Party, to reviews and critical acclaim hastily drawing comparisons to Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket. Throw in the right amounts of Southern charm, nostalgia, and bare-boned sincerity and a commitment to great live shows and you have the essence of Ponderosa's appeal.Back to Top
Andre Jones (a.k.a. Black Viking God), Jensen Kistler (a.k.a. Pocketchomper) and Chris Wood (a.k.a. DJ Mes) of Florida Night Heat play a stoner-grimy Southern rock sound with loose and measured instrumentals that incorporate electro, funk, psychedelic and Ennio Morricone-style spaghetti western flavor.Back to Top
With raucous guitar riffs, velvety vocals and hook-laden melodies, Charlotte, NC's Simplified has been hailed as one of music’s most interesting and, ironically, most complex bands on the circuit today. Fusing elements of reggae, funk, roots rock and calypso, the rollicking quartet has not only stunned critics with its intricate songwriting and versatile stage show but also managed to create a sound all its own … a sound that appears to be stimulating the masses.Back to Top
(formerly Le Blorr) Spawned from the sass of divas past and the acid trips of rock n' roll ghosts. the duo of Chris Hess and Adam Winn combine booty shakin' psychedelic rock n' roll with a sense of grit and beauty that captures the hearts of their listeners.Back to Top
Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles - he’s all of that, but wiser now while wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar.
Cody was hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002. Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s most recent and second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his, strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.
To watch Sarah Borges strut onstage is to participate in roots rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She's a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and happy audience in her wake.Back to Top
A salsa band strongly influenced by the old school of Ray Barretto, Conjunto Libre, and Arsenio Rodriguez with a flow and improvisational quality that is very much a part of modern New York. A band of only 5 musicians, Los Hacheros manage to sound like a conjunto of 12 with each musician playing multiple instruments. Los Hacheros draw on son, charanga and salsa to create a sound distinctly their own.Back to Top
Set and Setting, named by Paste Magazine as one of 10 Florida Bands You Should Listen To Now, :fire up gorgeous, epic instrumentals. Their thunderous post-rock includes drone and psych tendencies, a double punch of drums, and guitars, and arrangements extended into epic odysseys.Back to Top
What is Downtown Miami? What is city soul? The answers arrive on the carpet, in the form of KETCHY SHUBY, the agents of a musical revolution and the purveyors of Miami soul.Back to Top
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE said:
The 3-year-old fusion sextet Delexilio imbues Cuban rhythms and Latin percussion with a bluesy, bilingual mix of rock and funk.
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) said: Although their name means "from exile" in Spanish, four-piece band DelExilio have created a musical home for themselves within their unique hybrid of American rock and lithe Cuban soul. The band is the brainchild of singer-guitarist David Sandoval, a New Yorker of Cuban descent, whose vigorous acoustic guitar playing is both the band’s main engine and the bridge joining its disparate styles. Atop that foundation, expect spidery lines on the Cuban tres (guitar) winding through bongos and bass patterns, claves giving way to backbeats, and a general funk “a lo Cubano” that ultimately does justice to all of its influences.
Foot stompin', hand clappin', knee slappin', ruckus rowsin' roots rock! The Deadfields' are coming from Georgia with an energy and sound that stirs up a feeling similar to that of the Old 97's, or the Avett Brothers.
"To truly appreciate how engaging and infectious The Deadfields' music is, you really must see them live. They have already written more than an album's worth of new songs, and hopefully will move more closely to capturing the energy and joy of their live shows." - Sloane Spencer. No Depression
Elastic Bond, an unsigned six-piece band, brings an urban edge with a tropical Miami twist to Tropical Heatwave. With a name that gives reference to an atomic physics concept, they are able to find common ground and stick together despite a myriad of influences, all while redefining existing boundaries.
Pleasantly surprising velvety vocals combined with unexpectedly awesome and evocative bilingual rap is reminiscent of Lauren Hill meets the Roots meets Yerba Buena. On some songs, blaring trumpets transport you to a sultry street in Brooklyn rather than the sun kissed beaches of Miami. Other tracks bring you right back to town with Latin rhythms, drums and flavor. You never know where you will end up with these guys, but you are guaranteed to like it.
The multicultural ska-punk Askultura is a ten-piece band based out of Miami, renowned for wild shows, fancy dance routines, and multi-lingual positive lyrical fronts. With accordions, horns, washboards and kazoos, this robust ensemble is a synchronized force of dynamic sound, encompassing rumba, tarantella, folk, and raunchy distorted reggae..Back to Top
Austria-born Cornelia Calcaterra combines her classical training, experience with electric guitar, and love for indie rock to produce full scale waltz-rock anthems that are fine tuned with added texture, vocal harmonies, and the occasional guitar solo by her husband Frank Calcaterra. Ariel Cortes contributes on the keys, adapting his techniques to fit their unique style, while Doug Nelson and Ashlee Harmory come in on bass and percussion (respectively) to round out the sound and supply tasty rhythms. The band is set to release its first official EP this summer.Back to Top
Although this St. Petersburg-based four piece may not necessarily live up to its name, the band delivers a raucous set of garage and power pop originals reminiscent of late 70's / early 80's acts such as New York Dolls, Lou Reed, early DEVO, and Talking Heads.Back to Top
The Gita was a pop/rock band (1998 - 2003) in Tampa who won more than 10 Best of the Bay Awards for their wild conglomeration of funk, folk and rock and an emphasis on fun, high energy and booty shaking arrangements. The original band members have come together ten years later for a few reunion shows. You can see what all the fun was about at their Heatwave set.Back to Top
Infinite Skillz is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the hip hop scene. Infinite Skillz is a R.E.A.L. emcee who brings a "message to the party and some fun to the thinkers." He combines lyrical wordplay, storytelling, and vocal clarity to consistently create music you can support confidently. His talents helped him earn song placements with ESPN, Under Armour, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Infinite was named by the readers of the Tampa Bay area Creative Loafing’ magazine as the 2012 Best local Hip Hop act just a year after winning the critic’s pick.Back to Top
Awkward Age is the continuation of an effort of a thought of a time when playing 90's influenced pop punk was a good thing. It's three guys who miss Samiam, the Ramones, Superchunk, and Jawbox, even though two of those bands still exist. Last fall, Awkward Age won a CL Best of the Bay award for their self-titled 7", and a full length is currently in the works.Back to Top
CATS IN THE BASEMENT is your everyday library-turned-dancehall of a band delivering infectious pop music. Schizophrenic love songs marry subversive lyrics to group-hug performance art starring a cast of irrational artifacts and anachronistic characters.
“There were stuffed animals strewn across New World Brewery’s wooden patio, and it was certainly the festival’s looniest daytime performance in recent memory.” - Suburban Apologist
For well over a decade Will Quinlan has been a beloved local singer-songwriter-bandleader. His great songs are sung in a voice that can be both moving and mezmerizing as he spills out his highly-personal yet ambiguous songs encompassing love, redemption, despair and alienation. When Quinlan and the band are on, the effect can be spellbinding; at Heatwave he will backed by an all-star band: Max Norton, Shawn Kyle and Scott Anderson.Back to Top
This new super-group is causing a sensation in the blues and roots music worlds. Three virtuoso roots artists, Damon Fowler on lap steel, JP Soars on guitar, and Victor Wainwright on keyboards, came together to form Southern Hospitality. They quickly inked a deal with Blind Pig Records, got Tab Benoit to produce - and the CD is out to reviews saying there has not been southern roots music this good since The Allman Brothers and Little Feat.Back to Top
A world class Jamaican reggae band famous around the world for their outstanding live show is coming to Heatwave! Global Battle Of The Bands winner Dubtonic Kru brings to Heatwave unique, high-power reggae-rock-funk that enthralls audiences. Imagine heavy baselines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics. Now imagine roots reggae, dub and rock… Put them all together and you get a new breed of Jamaican music called DubTonic Kru.
Duntonic Kru has won many awards including BEST NEW BAND IN THE WORLD" 2010 - 2011 at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malyasia and Jamaica Star’s "People's Choice Award" for "Band of the Year".
Lightnin' Malcolm has been playing with the North Missipppi Allstars this spring; the NMA's like to play with Malcolm because they know he is the real deal in deep blues. He is also doing some solo shows which will bring him to the Cuban Club Theater for Tropical Heatwave.
Lightnin' Malcolm has come to exemplify the modern day Deep Blues Guitar groove. Its a sound which traces back to the origins of blues, when a single guitarist rocked the house all night long. When these ancient droning patterns consisting of bass, rhythm, and lead syncopated together are plugged into modern sound systems and teamed up with driving drum beats, Malcolm's guitar becomes larger than life, bringin state of the art primal Mississippi Juke Joint Blues to the modern stage.
The Roosevelt 2.0 will feature local flo-etry: jam bands, Sacred Sounds poetry troupe, musical improvisation and more, from 3pm until 1am, welcoming Tropical Heatwave goers. Stop in for a visit and if you need to get off your feet.
***SCHEDULE*** Joel Jadus 3-4:30 pm - Kundalini Yoga & Chanting
Noah Broe 4:35-5:15 pm - Hippie Hoppy Reggae
Be Constant 5:30-6 pm - Psychedelic Jam Julia Set 6:15- 6:45 pm - Post Metal Jazz Rock
Post Dinner Conversation Improv 6:45-7:05 pm - Improv Comedy
Sun Signs 7:05-7:50 pm - Introspective post-folk grunge rock
Cigar City Comedy 7:50-8:10 pm- Hillarious Stand up
The Hero Chinchillas 8:10- 8:55 pm - Bodunkaliscious reggae fueled party
Freelow 9:10-9:50 pm - Conscious catchy reggae
Applebutter Express 10:05-11:15 pm - Ukelele Folk Funk
Pedro El Poeta 11:30-midnight - Conscious Hip Hop
Matthew Bistok and Fall on Purpose 12-1 am - Multi-Genre Fopadelic Jam
Live art, body painting and firespinning all day and into the night.
FREE with Tropical Heatwave wristband,