Lots of high-quality day-long festivals on the horizon - from locally-grown affairs to traveling fest tours. Here's a breakdown of three ones noteworthy enough for your fall fest-planning convenience.
The fences will be gone along with the wet-zoning permits and the parade, which means the streets are opened up to traffic and closed to costumed drunkards. The annual Costume Contest will continue as planned ($1,000 prize for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third). And seven venues (The Ritz Ybor, Orpheum, Czar, Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery and Centro Ybor) present live music by more than 20 bands repping national, regional and local talent — and what a lineup of talent it is: uber popular bar-anthemic indie rock darlings The Hold Steady (pictured); multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer of funky badass-blaxploitation psych soul grooves, Adrian Younge; Brooklyn-based indie jamtronic outfit Rubblebucket; and ripe young Americana singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield (whose debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, was produced by Dan Auerbach). Other confirmed performers: Tortured Soul, Nervous Turkey, Sounduo, Have Gun Will Travel, King Tuff, The Intelligence, Old Man Markley, Auto!Automatic!! , Sunbears!, Florida Night Heat, The Same, Vasti, Hank & Cupcakes, Steven A. Clark, Michael Parallax, Kendra Morris, and Fake Problems.
Guavaween 2012 takes place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Armbands are available in advance for $20 ($30 day of show). Click here to purchase advance tickets.
One local act gets the chance to open the festivities as decided in the station's popular Local Band Search. Entries submitted between now and Oct. 19 will be narrowed down to eight finalists featured at 97Xonline.com throughout the competition with band bios, photos, links to music and more. Listeners vote for their favorites at the live play-offs, with two band's performing each night on Sat., Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at Jonny Reno's. The band that earns the most votes wins the NBT 12 spot. Khora took home the honor last year; get more info about how to enter your band here and win it this year.
Next Big Thing occurs Sat., Dec. 1. Gates open at 10 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Tickets are currently $45 in advance (available at all Ticketmaster outlets) or $60 at the gate. Click here for further details.