The 33rd Annual Tropical Heatwave - May 9th & 10th (Fri & Sat)
Friday May 9 7:00PM
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Tickets are just $40 for both nights of Tropical Heatwave ~ What a bargain!!. You can make reservations only on the station website (There are NO hard tickets/wristbands yet, so please don't stop by expecting a product... Thanks).
Here is the lineup of exciting and eclectic live bands for the two nights of Heatwave, May 9 and 10 (and we are still booking).
The Hold Steady Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2014, The Hold Steady is back after a hiatus, with a new album getting excited early reviews. One of the tightest and hardest working rock bands out there; it’s a 5-person musical onslaught. They are relentless in their craft, offering nearly perfect and dramatic vignettes - selling out shows across the nation, and playing major festivals: Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW, Lollapalooza. .
Joseph Arthur For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he has probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. The prolific artist is known for poetic lyrics set over layered pallets of sounds. Tropical Heatwave will be the first time he has played in Florida. At Heatwave Joseph Arthur's band will include drummer Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and we are told "The third likely member is someone you'll recognize."
Hayes Carll He won Americana Best Song, Best Album awards as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice with his last album KMAG YOYO. Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines, playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE.
Katchafire Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music, and the all-Maori band has become its foremost advocate. From the South Pacific to North America, Europe, Brazil and beyond, Katchafire are New Zealand's premier ambassadors of roots reggae. From once underground popularity status, their recent records score near the top of world and US reggae charts. The eight-piece band with five different vocalists is well-known for trading instruments among themselves during their marathon live shows.
Bright Light Social Hour The sensational discovery of the 2011 Heatwave, the stars of the 2012 Heatwave, Bright Light Social Hour comes back in 2014 with their high energy sound of soul, southern rock and psychedelia. Their relentless touring schedule has built them a reputation as an exciting live bands. In 2013 they played such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest Their second full-length album is expected this year.
Black Taxi The Brooklyn band is one of WMNF's favorite and one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk.
David Mayfield Parade A huge buzz followed their recent show in Ybor City; this happens everywhere they play. Once fans have caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy of David Mayfield, it is likely they’ll come back for more. With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban city scapes, his music is both lighthearted and fun - and dark, creepy, bizarre and outrageous.
The Main Squeeze - A raging funk experience! Their live performances, which fuse soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves, and ripping solos have helped them develop a dedicated and rapidly growing fan base in the Midwest and the East Coast, earning them slots at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Equifunk, Big Pig, and GlowFest, and last year they won an international battle of the bands in Macau, China. But they have not come to Tampa, until now! You will be introduced to this exciting band at Tropical Heatwave.
Moon Hooch blend House, dubstep, drum & bass, and jazz into a unique style: they call it Cave Music.Two saxophones and a drum; you have never heard anything like it! Moon Hooch gained a reputation for inciting “subwayraves” (they were banned from performing at the Bedford Ave stop off the L line in Brooklyn for “starting too many dance parties”), their strange instrumentation and explosive live show. Their frequent presence in New York City subways and parks has brought them notice and fans which has led to appearances as the house band on Australian TV show “Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year." Mike Doughty saw them on a train platform and immediately invited them to tour as his supporting act. They have also held residencies at The Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl.
Roadkill Ghost Choir The indie rock band from DeLand has exploded with their debut EP resulting in national tours, festival and recent appearance on the David Letterman Show.. Brothers Andrew (vocals, guitar), Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard make up half the band while Kiffy Meyers (pedal steel, banjo, guitar), Joey Davoli (keys, trumpet) and Stephen Garza (lead guitar) complete the band’s sound. Their major influences include Wilco, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead and Nirvana, blending Americna and psychedelia into a powerful sound.
Matrimony Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Ashlee Hardee Brown and Jimmy Brown, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based band are accompanied by Hardee Brown’s talented brothers, Jordan and CJ, resulting in an intuitive collaboration that is both immediately affective and utterly their own. “MONTIBELLO DRIVE,” the band’s eagerly anticipated debut rings out with Matrimony’s astonishing communal spirit, their tight harmonies and intuitive musical telepathy born of true love and a shared lifetime.
Sol Caribe Founded by bassist Aramis Gutierrez, Sol Caribe is a dynamic Latin dance band that moves easily between salsa and chachacha to cumbia and merenque. From Gasparilla and Guavaween to Superbowl 25, Sol Caribe has provided the spice around Tampa Bay for many years and will spice the Heatwave with their hot sounds.
Cope Cope is a family full of friends, fans, dancers and music-heads united together by fun loving good times, some serious psychedelic southern-fried funk, rockin’ jazz-reggae and electro-grass music. Cope has been mixing their infectious originals with relentless jams and crafty covers to create hair-raising eargasms for the masses. Gaining notoriety as the "Undisputed Jam Kings of Tampa Bay" Cope has been spreading and reaching outward from the far south with the goal to perform with as many bands and fans in an attempt to reach musical nirvana and promote the fellowship of musicians and music enthusiasts everywhere.
The Hip Abduction mixes reggae, rock, and African traditions to create their own unique sound. With heavy emphasis placed on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni), dub-reggae-inspired bass lines, and funky Afro-beat percussion, their high-energy performances have won them a loyal statewide following. The Hip Abduction has grown from just a few African instrument playing surfers to a full-blown 7-piece reggae powerhouse. Their excellent new CD is getting national airplay.
Kim Lenz Band This fiery-haired former Dallasite returns with a new CD with a snap, crackle, and romp that breathes new life into the familiar tropes of roots revivalism. Follow Me expands on Lenz's previous work with a mix of maturity, depth, and zing, beginning with the fact that her vocals never sounded better. Between sultry, playful phrasing on the faux-Arabian-flavored title track and a barely hinged growl, she displays exceptional stylistic confidence and control. Her well-oiled band's scramble of rockabilly and jump blues gains even more traction by employing elements of classic transistor pop songcraft.
Rosco Bandana A fast-rising seven-piece Americana rock troupe from Gulfport, Mississippi, Rosco Bandana has been quickly gaining fans through notable festival appearances and shows, including Summer Camp, Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival, Telluride, late night at Lollapalooza, and dates with Cage The Elephant, Uncle Cracker and FUN. The band recently performed to an audience of 32,000 at the MLB Atlanta Braves Summer Concert Series at Turner Field.
bree brings to mind the best of the old school rock ladies but with a heaping scoop of blue-eyed soul - and she’s no empty bit of eye-candy. She’s got an amazing set of pipes, rock and roll swagger and songs that bring to mind a smoky dive bar with her front and center with her trademark Flying V and owning the stage. Simultaneously modern and a throwback, her style is unmistakably a tribute to classic rock, but the raw sexuality and self-assuredness are totally 21st century. If you like your singers sassy, sexy, aggressive and talented, look no further.
Wild Adriatic The Sarasota Springs NY rock trio surprised everybody with the strength of their set at WMNF's Little Manatee Jam. They are three friends seeking to carry forth the torch of timeless rock n roll infused with ccintillating guitar solos and soulful vocals and an impressive live show. is a great combination. They have performed at SXSW, CMJ, and many other big festivals; and they have recently been positively been reviewed by USA Today and ROLLING STONE.
Come Back Alice One of the hottest new bands in west central Florida, with a debut album slated for the spring, Come Back Alice is a Southern gypsy funk band. Soulful vocals, melodic guitars, baroque style violin and funky bass & drums make up the heart of CBA's sound. Structured largely from improvisational influences, the band found their unique sound by allowing each member to artistically express their individual style(s). Fans groove to incredible live events where the band promises to never play the same show twice!! With major interest from some of the music industries heavy hitters, these guys and gal from Sarasota are on the way up!
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders Psycho-billy swamp punk country blues. Alex "Crankshaft" Larson and The Gear Grinders have been compared to an unusual list of acts, including Bob Mould, Johnny Cash, The Black Keys, The Band, G Love and the Special Sauce, early Elvis Presley, Tom Waits, The Heavy, Dick Dale, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Strokes. They take music into new territory while managing to somehow sound familiar at the same time. The minimalistic approach to song arrangements allows them to genre borrow and meld individual facets into an equally individual sound.
The Deadfields With unbridled energy, four-part harmonies, and anthemic choruses, The Georgia quartet has become a favorite WMNF live band since their Florida debut at last year's Heatwave. They mix great original songs with surprising covers from Nirvana to Lorde. With comparisons from Reckless Kelly and The Avett Brothers to The Old 97’s, the band attracts fans from teens to seniors.
Loves It Born in Austin, Texas in 2010, Loves It is the duo comprised of songwriters of Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott. The harmony driven pair often switches between guitars, fiddle, and banjo, adding special guests to create a bigger sound, and playing with a veneration for tradition, and a determination to bring a modern voice to their favorite folk, country, gospel and punk sounds. One critic's description: "Makes a racket like a 1930's traveling medicine show that was reared on a diet of Jonathan Richman records."
Izzy and the Catastrophics Stitching together rockabilly, swing, surf, honky-tonk, and bebop, Izzy and the Catastrophics are a profoundly exciting and challenging group of roots rockers, Izzy and his boys are carrying early rock traditions into the 21st century with flair and frenzy. Spiritually bound to professional principles yet prone to avant-garde interludes and playfully vulgar stage banter, the band is rapidly building a subculture from every facet of society. Izzy’s shows are as likely to be filled with excitable counter-culture kids as with sentimental old drunks.
Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as Hell’s Angels meets the Amish. Lucy and Wayne sounds like a full band with their multi-instrumental talents; their home-made instruments make them fun to watch.
New Madrid From Athens, GA comes young four-piece, New Madrid playing a dynamic mixture of underwater-psych-rock that engages the listener in fully textured aural landscapes, both on record and live. Their acclaimed 2012 independent debut, Yardboat , garnered "Album of the Year," and "Artist of the Year" at Athens Flagpole Music Awards. New Madrid just released their second full-legth, Sunswimmer, further exploring depths of psychedelia and textured noise.
Good Graeff Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”) creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke’s dynamic and original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit’s melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.
Austin MillerGuitarist/singer/songwriter Austin Miller comes from Orlando where he developed the laid back and rustic narratives and thoughtful prose embodied in his songs. He has performed around the country from small venues to establishments like The House of Blues in Chicago. His self-released albums have earned a great deal of praise from many music critics.
Dropin Pickup An energetic and fun six-piece folk-rock band that recently won the Tampa Ultimate Band competition. Our talent scout spotted them at a club and reported: "They're amazing. Great energy!! Perfect for Heatwave!"
Afeefa and The Boy Orlando's Afeefa Ayube has crafted an unorthodox signature vocal style that charms like a warm breeze. Her youthfulness and soul, and her drawling singing results in a rich, robust and romantic kind of indie folk. Her band furnishes evocative instrumentation - and although they nod to traditional folk styles, Ayube injects enough soul to draw comparisons to Amy Winehouse.
Displace A space-funk improv band which was fuses acid jazz with funk and dance-disco. The 4-piece sonic storm conjures up an endless acoustic assault and indescribable improvisation making them an exciting new instrumental jam ensemble.
Big Blu House Modern hip hop with an old school sensibility, delivering P.A.-rattling jams that get asses moving, but also put your brain to work, thanks to MC J-Blu’s crafty wordplay. The collective sports a flowing, liquid flavor that only occasionally recalls old-school Native Tongues acts like De La Soul. If you’ve caught them live, you know they’re a powerful force.
Beartoe Beartoe, from Deland, Florida, brings together a sound that has been filtered through the roots and rich history of Florida folk, delta blues and soul. It's bluesy roots rock with slide guitar, impassioned vocals and strong songwriting.
Rocket 88 Always a hit at the Rockabilly Ruckus and Tropical Heatwave, their current lineup is their best ever. We will have a dance contest during Rocket 88's set, with the winning couple getting a Benefit pass for 2.
RedFeather The band began as the solo project of singer-songwriter Mark Etherington (who also drums in instrumental post rock outfit set and setting), and eventually evolved into a band with musician couple Jaqueline Titus (keys, vocals) and Doug Gialluca (bass), and drummer Todd C. Smith. They exhibit some pastoral qualities reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, CSNY and My Morning Jacket, their brand of alt folk rock balancing pretty subdued melodies with reverb and raw intensity, Etherington's ethereal vocal calls complemented by Titus' dulcet-haunting harmonies and keyboard arrangements.
I-Resolution Just recently I-Resolution was voted Orlando Weekly's 2013 Best Reggae Act. Their mix of reggae, dancehall, dub, and hip hop combines with a high energy live show. Front man Ali Rebel writes conscious lyrics and is an energetic stage presence . With heavy dub and roots influence, drummer Alex Petrone and bassist Mark McPherson bring powerful riddims to match the soulful guitar playing of Jake Jones for an exciting new sound in Florida's reggae scene.
People's Temple Reverb-drenched, fuzz-laden music combining blues, R&B and Big Beat for a fresh and invigorating approach to '60s-inspired garage rock. The Lansing, Michigan band has the good-natured snarl and straightforward rock 'n’ roll approach of disgruntled teen bands on classic '60s garage comps... flower-power music recast for a sicker age.
The Applebutter Express One of WMNF's favorite bands, The Applebutter Express was started by husband and wife Kyle Biss (ukelele, vocals) and Shannon Biss (vocals), and the group really took off in 2011when Jack Ray (bass) and Joe Trivette (fiddle) joined and instantly added more energy and musical complexity to what was already an exciting act. Their special blend of ukulele and vocal harmony creates a unique sound that is reminiscent of bluegrass while still capturing elements of folk, rock, and funk.
WAHH! East-West Fusion Group This great ensmeble of world class players will perform an "east meets west" set combining traditions of Indian music with modern elements.
The Mighty Good and Strong Band This outstanding soul band was a show-stopper at WMNF's Stevie Wonder tribute in August. It's a seven-piece band with horns and male and female singers; no fan of classic R&B should miss their Heatwave set.
Acme Jazz Garage Jazz, blues, funk, rock, soul, New Orleans R&B, fusion and jamband styles meet in the music of Acme Jazz Garage. Featuring guitarist Matt Swenson, drummer Tim Diehl, bassist Philip Booth, keyboardist Bryan Lewis and saxophonist Rick Runion, their sets include takes on artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Meters, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Beck, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and Mdeski Martin and Wood, and originals in the same vein.
The Tattered Saints The band's sound can be described as American Rock & Roll. Rock anthems created by over-driven guitars, driving bass, thunderous drums, and a raspy-voiced singer with the stories of regular people. The band’s obvious passion is evident in the high-energy shows they perform.