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WMNF Birthday Bash, Part 2: Ana Popovic Band w/Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs/Betty Fox Band The festivities celebrating WMNF’s 34 years conclude on Sunday with a blues-charged bill headed up by Serbian electric slide guitarist and soulfully singing songstress Ana Popovic, who uprooted from her longtime Amsterdam home last year and re-located to Memphis, recorded with local musicians to capture the “old school funky, bluesy Memphis groove,” and issued her ninth full-length, Can You Stand the Heat, in April. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
NOW Ensemble A quintet of performers/composers who aim to create 21st century-sounding chamber music, their experiments in the classical realm built on flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass and piano. This free concert premieres a fresh chamber work, Chimera, by UT faculty composer Bradford Blackburn. (Sykes Chapel at UT, Tampa)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Ashville’s Booty Band delivers grooving funk rock marked by soulful brawny masculine vocals and sweeter feminine coos and howls, big fatty elastic basslines, some waka-waka guitar, a firm pounding backbeat, gooey keyboard layering and healthy doses of trombone blast; sophomore record Doin’ It Hard was recorded at City of Progress Studios in Miami with DJ leSpam. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
BBQ Acoustic Series w/Good Graeff The folk pop purveying Good Graeff twins — songbirds Brooke (lead vocals, guitar) and Brittany (cello, ukulele, backing coos) — started out busking in the street as wide-eyed 16-year-olds before eventually embarking on separate paths, only to reunite thousands of miles away, in Vietnam, and pick up where they left off. The response was encouraging enough that the sisters returned to their Sarasota-Orlando area homebase, recorded the bright speckled six-song Better Half EP, and now hit New World’s mid-week food, brews and tunes series before launching a short tour that stops in Nashville, Cincinnati (at the Midpoint Music Festival), and Indianapolis, among other places. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Thomas Gold Not to be confused with the astrophysicist who came up with steady state theory, this Thomas Gold is a beat exporting producer, DJ and re-mixer who brings the unz direct from Berlin, Germany, and works primarily within progressive, electro and tech house realms. His current “Remember The Light” fall tour concept is spurred by his forthcoming Axtone Records single, “Remember,” and the crucial role that the lights play in setting the mood for your dance music experience. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)
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