Festivals/Events

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tonight in live music: CL Music Issue Release Party, Kiss with Def Leppard, Virgil Donati

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

This Hump Day proves to be a rather eclectic one, as far as live music goes. Check out what's happening tonight...

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Creative Loafing Music Issue Launch Party with Zulu Wave, Funny Bunny, Primitive Campers feat. Rich Whitely & Fil Pate, Mountain Holler x Ophelia CL’s annual Music Issue is right around the corner (it comes out tomorrow!!), and we’re throwing a shindiggy at New World tonight with a specially curated lineup of bands playing in honor of its launch. Included in the lineup: a mash-up of two solo folk-hewn artists, Mountain Holler with Ophelia; a newer roots-jammy outfit driven by the guitar and mandolin of Rich Whiteley and Fil Pate; sweetly psychedelic trio Funny Bunny, featuring co-vocals by husband-and-wife team Aaron Lepley (bass) and Kim Stein Lepley (guitar); and a stripped-back (less a member) but still fiery and bombastic version of Zulu Wave. The first 50 people in the door will get a CL tote bag (what?!?), we'll be hosting a drawing with prizes that include a pair of tickets to Interpol (courtesy of No Clubs) and a $50 Microgroove Gift Certificate

Come out early and enjoy some barbecue. Then get ready to party. For free. Here's the Facebook event invite so you can confirm. 7-11 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City. [More events after the jump...]

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Live Nation bring Julian Casblancas to headline inaugural Coral Skies Festival, nix relationship with Coastline Festival

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Hold Steady, Cage The Elephant, and more set for October 25 festival.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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Live Nation was not playing around when they expressed a desire to put on more festivals in the Tampa Bay area.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Live and Local Spotlight: Dunedin Brewery 18th Anniversary Weekend

Four days of brews and live tunes.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 5:50 AM

The Fritz
  • The Fritz
As if it weren’t enough that we’re enjoying a holiday weekend, Dunedin Brewery is throwing a weekend-long anniversary bash that marks its 18th year of brewing and serving craft beers to the Bay area public.

The brewery marks the occasion as expected: by cracking open some special edition batches, both new (an 18th Anniversary American Pilsner and a white IPA with hibiscus called Moon Reflects on Hibiscus) and aged (like the 2008 Spatz Barleywine), as well as living up to its rep as Dunedin’s live music haven by welcoming back favorite acts to play the stage over the next four days. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reptar, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Millionyoung, and New Madrid lead Summer Jam 10 lineup

Long-running Ybor music festival says goodbye with strongest lineup to date

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

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Staying power is hard to come by in the world of music festivals, and while giants like Clearwater Jazz Holiday and WMNF's Tropical Heatwave have been around for decades, you won't really find smaller, one-day fests that have withstood the test of time.

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.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Strokes and Phoenix stand out at the fourth annual Governors Ball in NYC

The early summer fest is making itself known as a dominant force the Northeast.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Friday's line-up at the Governors Ball in NYC.
  • Friday's line-up at the Governors Ball in NYC.
After missing out on attending Coachella for the first time since George W. Bush was still in the White House, I was determined to find some other out-of-town festival this summer that could bring maximum musical pleasure without breaking my oh-so-fragile checking account.

And that's why I was in New York City last weekend — to attend the fourth annual Governors Ball, a three-day festival that took place on Randall's Island, accessible only by ferry or by walking across the R.F.K. Bridge - the same route that takes you to and from LaGuardia Airport.  

The Friday experience began with Jason Isbell, performing at 1: 30 p.m. on the big Governors Ball stage, for the second time this year. The former Drive By Trucker performed a set of songs that brought the only country flavor to the festival until Neko Case played later in the day, and he was joined by his wife Amanda Shires on the fiddle. Isbell opened up with the very catchy "Super 8 Motel" ("I don't want to die in a Super 8 motel"). Some Tampa locals might have seen him perform on the second-day at the Gasparilla Music Festival earlier this year, in a more introspective set. Here, he was ready with more rock-friendly material for the masses, many of whom only caught pieces of his act, since the day was still young.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Local were-band Wolf-Face celebrates two years with Burgatory Fest & a PBR Burger Bash this Saturday

Two venues, 15 bands, and a bonus of burgers & brews.

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Wolf-Face - KATHERINE DUNN
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  • Wolf-Face
Two years ago, a pack of werewolves stormed the Fubar stage clad in yellow Beavers basketball tanks, knee-high tube socks and Chuck Taylors, headbands circling fur-sprouting muzzled-and-fanged faces, instruments blazing as they growled, barked and howled through raucous punk-rock odes about the life and times of frontman Michael J. Wolf, the aging cantankerous one-time inspiration behind 1985's Teen Wolf.

This Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of that momentous Wolf-Face debut at a venue the foursome now considers their unofficial home turf. It's also the date of Burgatory, Wolf-Face's second annual Memorial Day weekend throwdown, and a salute to National Burger Month, with PBR providing the brews and beef. Wolf-Face headlines the two-venue fest, joined by 14 others, all Florida acts doling out punk and hardcore sounds with a few heavy exceptions (set and setting, Zulu Wave).

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tropical Heatwave, Day 2, Saturday with The Hold Steady, Bright Light Social Hour & more

A look back at the May 10 fest, in words & photos

Posted By , and on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

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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

Bright Light Social Hour - TRACY MAY
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  • Bright Light Social Hour

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

A look back at Tropical Heatwave, Day 1: Friday

Posted By on Sat, May 10, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I was a Tropical Heatwave virgin last year and I made some critical mistakes that I didn't plan to duplicate this year.

So, I mapped out my evening, previewed as many bands as possible, and picked a lineup at the Cuban Club and New World Brewery that I could loosely stick to. I had inside options and outside ones, a fresh shirt to change into in the car ... I was ready.

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Applebutter Express - ANDY WARRENER
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5:57 p.m., Applebutter Express, New World Brewery I elbowed up to the bar and a very friendly bartender offered me some barbecue pork tacos. I love that about New World. I munched on a few as homegrown group Applebutter Express took the stage. What a great way to kick off Heatwave! Appropriately enough, Applebutter opened with "Start a Fire," and by the time they hit their second song, the tiny venue was packed. The quartet delivered, throwing down a 10 p.m. vibe at 6 in the evening, people in their dancing shoes and drinks already in hand. Kyle Biss just destroys it on the ukulele, literally, destroys it — there's a worn down corner where his fingers hit and took a big chunk out of the wood around the soundhole. In fact, it looks like he just might crush the tiny instrument at any moment. Overall, great energy but New World gets hot when it's so packed and I had a long night ahead of me, so I rolled out after four or five songs.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Big Guava Music Festival, Day 3 (Sunday) with Foster the People, Girl Talk & more

With photos

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Click here to check out a review & pics from Day 2, and here to check out a review & pics from Day 1.

Big Guava, Day 3 - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • Big Guava, Day 3
The gloomy wet blanket that had covered Big Guava Music Festival finally cleared on Sunday to reveal the most gorgeous sky possible. Any concerns about sloshing through the mud to the different stages lifted and we were ready for a stellar day of music. Unfortunately, we got a little caught up in the morning sunshine and missed the first few acts of the day, including one I wanted to see, MSMR. But it just wasn’t in the cards. One thing you learn about festivals is to be flexible about which acts you see and not be too disappointed about the ones you don’t. [Text by Deborah, photos by Tracy.]

We breezed out of the heat and right into the Expo Hall to catch the beginning of Earl Sweatshirt's set. Shouting for us to get our hands in the air, he launched into "Kill," the crowd singing right along with him. He was accompanied by Taco Bennett, who, in an attempt to get the energy up, chided us that Tampa was crazy during Tyler, the Creator's show at the Ritz in May. Though it was a little early in the day for so much enthusiasm from the audience, everyone went nuts when Earl urged us to respond to the chorus of "Molasses" ("Hey, I'mma fuck the freckles off'a your face, bitch") before slowing it down a bit for "Chum." While Earl bounced expressively back and forth on the stage, we realized it was time to move on if we were going to catch any other acts in the same time slot. 

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tropical Heatwave: ask the DJs

A few of WMNF's finest share their recommendations and thoughts for this year's Tropical Heatwave.

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Joseph Arthur comes highly recommended among 'MNFers. - DANNY CLINCH
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  • Joseph Arthur comes highly recommended among 'MNFers.

Tough to pick from 60-plus acts over two days? We asked some people in the know: WMNF programmers, who not only told us the acts they’re most looking forward to that aren't The Hold Steady (who perform Saturday night at 10:30 on the Mainstage), but also shared their fondest Heatwave memories.

LEE “FLEE” COURTNEY
(It’s The Music, Mondays 1-4 p.m.)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: Elephant Stone (Fri., 10:20, Mainstage)
Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Joseph Arthur (Sat., Mainstage, 8:50); Moon Hooch (Sat., Cantina, 6:40); Good Graeff (Sat., 7:30, New World)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “So many, but seeing punk/new waver Graham Parker stands out.”
Tampa without WMNF or Heatwave: “We’d be Fort Myers. Nice weather, but boring.”
Last Words: “See you there. I’ll be the one in tattered clothing.”

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