Summer Jam is an exception, and on August 30 the Ybor-centric celebration of the end of summer is finally calling it quits with its 10th — and perhaps strongest — lineup yet.
Two CL writers — Julie Garisto and Andy Warrender — and photographer Tracy May hit the ground at the 33rd Annual Tropical Heatwave this weekend. Here's a look back at their adventures... Click here to read Andy's Friday summary.
I landed in Ybor pretty early, before 6:30 p.m., and got it in my head to take the Streetcar to Curtis Hixon Park where the Mac&Cheese Festival was going on. I guess it was a success because when I arrived, they’d stopped selling tasting wristbands because apparently the vendors were running out of Mac&Cheese. What? The place was too packed and the lines excruciatingly long anyway. By the time I made it back into Ybor, so far behind schedule that I missed Roscoe Bandana, much to my disappointment. —Andy Warrener
8:01 p.m., Bright Light Social Hour, Cuban Club Main Stage Finally make it back to the main stage, where BLSH was rocking out with a sound you might not expect from a gang of long-haired, bearded, hippie-looking dudes. Some wicked wailing guitar solos and maybe the biggest crowd I've seen yet at Heatwave packed thick around the stage to enjoy them, everyone bouncing to the beat. Saturday was a much busier day than Friday, twice as packed, twice as festive, and Bright Light’s strong Tampa following were out in full force, Awesome, cymbal-crashing finish with some back-and-forth with the crowd. I didn't catch this whole show but it wouldn't surprise me if you hear a lot of people say this was their favorite show of the weekend. —AW