Every year in the weeks leading up to the official start of summer, WMNF throws a multi-stage music fest in Ybor City and brings a diverse range of acts to fill up the bill. The 29th annual Tropical Heatwave has expanded, and now encompasses two additional venues and more than 40 performers. Here are the ones you dont want to miss.
Ruthie Foster Whether shes delivering her frank poetry in a raw gospel-soul wail or sonorous croon, singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster is laying it down to the blues, her 2009 album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. 6:50-8:10 p.m., El Pasaje Plaza.
Luminescent Orchestrii [pictured right] For fans of the gypsy punk movement (which most famously birthed Gogol Bordello), Luminescent Orchestrii (also from Brooklyn) produces a blend of Eastern European folk music, rock and gypsy jazz, high-spirited singers/string-players Sarah Alden (violin) and Rima Fand (violin, viola) adding dark, earthy drama to the Orchestriis sound. Rounding out the collective is Sxip Shirey on resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonicas and melodica, and Benji Fox-Rosen on mini-double bass. 8:10-9:15 p.m., Cuban Club Ballroom.
Black Blondie Drawing on elements of neo-soul, hip-hop and acid jazz, Minneapolis four-piece Black Blondie which self-released a full-length LP Do You Remember Who You Wanted to Be, in April is fronted by singer Samahra Linton, whose vocals are R&B slinky or throaty against the bands atmospheric, downtempo grooves. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Crowbar.
See more videos, listen to audio, and check out the complete schedule of Heatwave performers after the jump.
Dynasty Lady emcee Dynasty is a petite firecracker who sets her rhymes against modern-day hip-hop production infused with retro soul and R&B. She brings a refreshing feminine bravado to her rhymes, like when she introduces herself in Femcee: My name is Dynasty / I kill them with the finesse / telling me Im the best / not just of the broads / Yeah, they call me femcee / put em in a frenzy / theres nothing feminine about killing an emcee Check out her flow below. 8:55-9:15 p.m., New World Brewery.
Two Man Gentlemen Band Long Islanders Fuller Condon (upright bass) and Andy Bean (banjo, guitar, cornet) are a clever and charismatic Americana/neo-vaudevillian duo who share singing and kazoo playing duties, and bring a jaunty feel to their hot jazz-vintage R&B-Tin Pan Alley sound. The duos pithy, tongue-in-cheeky ditties focus on pre-1940s history and culture, with topics ranging from drugs (Me, I Get High on Reefer, Fancy Beer), history (The Titanic Disaster, Stonewall Jacksons Arm), and culture (Unicycle Blues, They Cant Prohibit Love). Live, both gents perform in dapper throwback attire and lead stomping shout-a-longs that are about as raucous as you can get with acoustic music. Check out Live in New York below, the gentlemen's just-released live album. 9:45-10:45 p.m., Ybor Room.
The Ettes Established in LA by three NYC-native musicians who ultimately landed in Nashville (their current homebase), The Ettes are vocalist/guitarist Lindsay Coco Hames, drummer Maria Poni Silver, bassist Jeremy Jem Cohen, and recent addition, guitarist Johnny Shoulders Cauffiel. The band has earned heaps of praise for 2009s Do You Want Power, a tight third album that builds upon their ferocious, sexy-heavy style of beat-punk garage rock with fuzzbox riffage and grimy basslines growling and biting over heavy-treading rhythms, Cocos pop girlish vocals pouting, prancing or compelling at will. Check out their official video for the song "No Home" below. 10:50-11:50 p.m., Cuban Club Cantina.
BoomBox Singer-guitarist Zion Godchaux is the son of former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux; Zion even performed in the revived edition of his parents Heart of Gold Band (their short-lived project after leaving the Dead in 1980). He actually met co-member DJ/producer Russ Randolph while recording HGBs At The Table in 2004 and the two formed BoomBox shortly after. You can hear the Shakedown Street groove in Zions guitar riffs and Jerry Garcia-esque solos, Randolph incorporating electro rhythms and layers of sonics via sequencers, groove boxes and turntables. The result disco-house jamtronica dusted with hints of psyche rock. Check out three of their tracks below. 11:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Cuban Club Bandshell.
Soulphonics & Ruby Velle We brought the Soulphonics to town for our inaugural Sensory Overload event and they, in turn, brought the house down with their infectious funk, soul and R&B revue ring-led by vintage classy frontwoman Ruby Velle, her
The Pauses Playing one of the late-late shifts is Orlandos promising indie alt pop-tronica threesome The Pauses. Vocalist Tierney Tough provides the electric piano-driven melodies and sings in a honeyed soprano while guitarist Jason Kupfer and drummer Nathan Chase bring momentum and incorporate digi-effects (samples, break-beats, and unidentified laptop-produced sonic embellishments). The Pauses are currently raising funds to record their debut with producer/engineer J. Robbins, and have made it halfway to their $4,500 goal. 12:10-1 a.m., Orpheum.
Complete schedule below; astericks * indicate recommended acts (including those listed above).
PRE-HEAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PANELS
1-4 p.m., CL Space, 1911 13th St. N., #W200., Tampa, $5 (or free with Heatwave wristband).
Music Publishing and Copyright Law, 1 p.m. Learn how to copyright your work as well as the in-and-outs of music publishing and licensing; presented by Kevin Astl, Esq.
Producer/Beat Workshops, 2 p.m. Local DJs and producers demonstrate how they create their beats and offer insight on how they collaborate with MCs/vocalists; featuring DJ Royce (Versatile Entertainment, Acafool), Lazy (WMNF, Red Tide), Spindiana Jones (Tampa Bay Dream Team) and moderator Young Deacon (TampaHipHop.com).
Demo Listening, 3 p.m. A panel that includes myself and radio DJs Flee (of WMNF) and Husky Jon (of 97X) listen to your demos and give our input and critique.
5 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Cuban Club, New World Brewery, Orpheum, El Pasaje Plaza, Ybor Room, and Crowbar, Ybor City, $32 in advance/$40 at the door.
*Christabel and the Jons [pictured right], 5:30-6:30 p.m.
*Alex Meixner, 6:50-7:50 p.m.
*Luminescent Orchestrii, 8:10-9:15 p.m.
Ever So Klever, 9:45-10:50 p.m.
3rd Stone Band, 11 p.m.-12:15 a.m.
Cuban Club Bandshell on the Patio
Tomas Delamnoy & Somos Musica, 5-5:55 p.m.
Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, 6:20-7:35 p.m.
Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s, 8-9:15 p.m.
Tornado Rider, 9:40-10:45 p.m.
*BoomBox, 11:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Cuban Club Cantina
HuDost, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Stone River Boys with Dave Gonzalez, 6:35-7:50 p.m.
*Rachel Goodrich, 8-9:05 p.m.
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, 9:25-10:30 p.m.
*The Ettes, 10:50-11:50 p.m.
Hamell on Trial, 11:55 p.m.-1 a.m.
*Nervous Turkey, 5:25-6:25 p.m.
*Ruthie Foster [pictured left], 6:50-8:10 p.m.
*Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys, 8:30-9:45 p.m.
Jason Ricci & New Blood, 10:20-11:30 p.m.
*The Soulphonics & Ruby Velle, 11:55 p.m.-1 a.m.
*Jim Morey Band, 6-6:45 p.m.
*Chicken Chasers, 7-7:45 p.m.
Black & Tenn, 8-8:45 p.m.
*Dynasty, 8:55-9:15 p.m.
*The Semis, 9:30-10:15 p.m.
*Sons of Hippies, 10:30-11:15 p.m.
Sleepy Vikings, 11:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m.
*The Equines, 12:15-1 a.m.
Grant Peeples, 6-7 p.m.
Kevin So, 7:15-8:15 p.m.
"Poetry Is" Showcase, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
*Two Man Gentlemen Band [pictured right], 9:45-10:45 p.m.
Sista Otis, 11 p.m.-midnight
*The Hip Abduction, 6:50-7:40 p.m.
*Have Gun, Will Travel, 8-9 p.m.
The Movement, 9:20-10:25 p.m.
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, 10:45-11:50 p.m.
*The Pauses, 12:10-1 a.m.
*GreyMarket, 6-6:55 p.m.
*Peter Baldwin Band, 7:15-8:10 p.m.
*Black Blondie, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
*B.C., 9:45-10:15 p.m.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, 10:40-11:35 p.m.
Unkempt, 11:55 p.m.-1:15 a.m.