- Chuck Prophet, The BottleRockets, Bela's Bartok
February 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:50 pm
Three fantastic bands in an eclectic evening
Chuck Prophet and Mission Express, The BottleRockets, and Bella’s Bartok,
$20 Adv and $25 at the door.
Chuck Prophet, a longtime WMNF favorite, has shaped his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster. He played six Tropical Heatwaves plus a bunch of other WMNF including our upcoming Cruise which departs the Port of Tampa the day after this big show at Skippers. He never fails to deliver a fantastic set.
The BottleRockets are a combustible combination of the Replacements and Buck Owens. 24 years after their critically acclaimed debut album (and a terrific 1995 Tropical Heatwave set) they still sound fresh. Songwriter Brian Henneman deftly combines a quick-witted penchant for wordplay with a troubadour’s plain speaking, letting his hooks and the band’s thick guitars do the talking when words just aren’t enough. He’s a songwriter who can speak for the regular guy who punches a time clock with greater honesty and understanding than practically anyone who professes to be The Voice Of The People. The band, and their sound and their message, goes beyond a time or a place or a fad. The Bottle Rockets are true folk music, albeit it with beards, biker wallets and a lot more muscle.