Dive into the rhythm: Exploring the legacy of Hip-Hop at Tropical Heatwave concert


Are you ready to immerse yourself in the beats and rhythms that have shaped generations? Look no further than the upcoming Tropical Heatwave Concert on May 4th at the historic Cuban Club in Ybor. This year, the event promises to be an unforgettable journey through the evolution of music, with 16 bands across three stages and a special treat: the Hip Hop Lounge.

Join us as we celebrate the monumental success of hip-hop music over the past five decades. WMNF‘s team of talented DJs invites you to delve into the roots and influences behind this cultural phenomenon. From its humble beginnings to its global dominance, explore the intricate tapestry of sounds and stories that define hip-hop.

Step into the cool and relaxed atmosphere of the Hip Hop Lounge, where DJ Spaceship, DJ Silent Rage, DJ Rahim, and DJ LCM await to guide you through a captivating exploration. Engage in lively discussions, passionate debates, and insightful reflections as these seasoned DJs share their experiences and perspectives on the journey through hip-hop music.

Saki and DJ LCM
DJ Spaceship

But the journey doesn’t stop there. In the Hip Hop Lounge, we’ll also uncover the diverse array of genres that have left their mark on the early years of recorded music. From funk to jazz, soul to reggae, witness how these musical influences continue to shape the landscape of hip-hop and beyond.

Whether you’re a die-hard hip-hop enthusiast or simply curious about the cultural forces that have shaped our musical landscape, the Hip Hop Lounge at Tropical Heatwave promises an enriching experience for all. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with the heartbeat of a genre that has transcended boundaries and inspired millions worldwide.

Join us on May 4th at the Cuban Club in Ybor and let the rhythm guide you on a journey through the past, present, and future of hip-hop music.

Get ready to experience an incredible lineup featuring 17 bands across 3 electrifying stages, plus a Hip Hop Lounge. Don’t miss out – secure your tickets now for just $40 and prepare for a night of unforgettable entertainment!



 The Sensational Barnes Brothers (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

Eddie 9V (7:50 pm – 8:50 pm)

Ruthie Foster (9:10 pm – 10:10 pm)

The Record Company (10:30 pm – 11:30 pm)

Say She She (11:45 pm – 12:45 am)


Kristopher James Band (6:15 pm – 7:15 pm)

Selwyn Birchwood (7:35 pm – 8:35 pm)

The Dollyrots (8:55 pm – 9:55 pm)

Sweeping Promises (10:15 pm – 11:15 pm)

Tiger 54 (11:30 pm – 12:15 am)


The Real Clash (6:00 pm – 6:45 pm)

Black Valley Moon (7:00 pm – 7:45 pm)

Divine AF (8:00 pm – 8:45 pm)

Soul Purpose IV (9:00 pm – 9:45 pm)

Northstar (10:00 pm – 10:45 pm)

WAHH World Fusion Band (11 pm – 11:45 pm)


7pm – 11pm “Hip Hop Lounge” 50 years of Hip Hop

Doors open at 5pm, music begins at 5:30pm with the Gulfport Geckos Marching Band, stages start at 6pm… nonstop until 12:45am!!

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