Musicians/Bands

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel’s “Casting Shadows Tall As Giants” has been one of the most-played albums of the year on WMNF. HGWT’s barroom stomp “Blessing and a Curse” was featured on National Public Radio’s “Second Stage” program. “Their music has a great energy to it with some infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains,” commented NPR host… Read more »

Holey Miss Moley

One of the fastest rising bands in the state, Holey Miss Moley is described as a “a septet dripping in jazz, funk, rock and blues with a touch of reggae and ska thrown in for good measure”, Holey Miss Moley draws from a wealth of influences and repertoire while always maintaining a groove that will… Read more »

Jensen Serf Company

Ben Saylor and Peter Kokkinakos comprise Florida’s surf-garage-grunge duo, Jensen Serf Company.  Plunge beach tunes into a garage mixer, with vibrating guitar melting into a slow-motioned surf that suddenly crashes onto shore with a wild fury.  Jensen Surf Company have become the go-to opener for many of the big alt-rock shows coming to Tampa-St. Pete,… Read more »

La Lucha

La Lucha is a jazz trio that consists of three best friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States, but are living here. Its members are Alejandro Arenas, bass; Mark Feinman, drums; and John O’Leary, piano. Singer Jun Bustamante joins them for Tropical Heatwave. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture… Read more »

Lions After Dark

Lions After Dark have played WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave twice already, a feat for a young band. They strive each show to put on performances of epic proportions with a variety of songs that catch, harmonies that soothe and beats that make you dance.   Big voiced singer Maddie puts your soul on edge with her heart… Read more »

Luxury Mane

In a review of the band’s album “Gold Standard,” Leilani Polk said, “The band toys with new wave, and garage, and psychedelic sounds while maintaining a breezy appeal on their second album, singer- guitarist Billy Summer’s mild droning serenades wheeling amid guitar textures that vary from crunched to fuzzed to reverbed to woozy. -Creative Loafing… Read more »

Mitch Lind & The Lagerheads

Mitch Lind & The Lagerheads formed by Mitch Lind, founder of the Riverhawk and Stringbreak Festivals.  This gang pulls to the left of the bluegrass center. With a bunch of home grown tunes and a splash of traditional, it’s a mixture of fun, real life stories and great instrumentals. Band members Alan Waters (banjo) &… Read more »

Mojo Guru

Rock N’ Roll in it’s purest form is at once rowdy and pointed, with songs that mock the establishment but never fail to poke fun at itself when appropriate. The Mojo Gurus have found that balance in their original music. Members include Kevin Steele – Vocals, Harmonica Doc Lovett – Guitar, Vocals Vinnie Granese –… Read more »

Natalie Claro

In a year, teen has created music career……. Natalie Claro’s musical talents aren’t limited to the guitar. She’s also taught herself how to play the harmonica, ukulele and piano — at age 5. – The Tampa Tribune – Deb Kelley She has only been performing for 1 year but you would never know it because… Read more »

Olivia Romano

At 13 years old, Olivia Romano  picked up her dad’s guitar and shut herself into her room for hours, day after day, and taught herself how to play guitar with no other instruction except by ear. She also wrote her first song “Breathe” this same year. Now at age 17, Olivia hopes to pursue her… Read more »

Passerine

From Sarasota, Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro (resonator slide guitar), the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and… Read more »

Permanent Makeup

Photo by Carrie Waite Permanent Makeup FB Bassist Chris Nadeau (of noise-punk band Blast & the Detergents) and drummer Susan Dickson teamed up with guitarist James Bess (ex-Dumbwaiters, Insect Joy) to form Permanent Makeup in 2010. The band played their first show together without ever having practiced. The venue: a doctor’s office. Mostly improvised; w/… Read more »