The 32nd Annual Tropical Heatwave - Saturday only
Monday Mar 11 8:00PM
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The Saturday Tropical Heatwave is ecelctic entertainment all over Ybor City. Tickets for the Saturday only Tropical Heatwave are $30, advance, $40 door. Tickets for a [weekend pass] are $40 advance.
Southern Hospitality - A new roots/blues super-group, Southern Hospitality is comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. With echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, these musician's musicians draw on their rich heritage of Southern soul, blues, and rock music to create a fresh translation of Americana and Southern roots music with a modern sensibility. The band has been generating a huge buzz with their extraordinary live performances. After their very first show together BluesWax said, "Southern Hospitality after a single gig has significant players in the blues world taking notice. Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock 'n' roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis." Their debut release on Blind Pig Records, Easy Livin', promises to be one of the most exciting CDs of 2013.
Stooges Brass Band - The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently is receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans. Since 1996, their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats.Whether they are second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing across the country, the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of city of New Orleans.
Sarah Borges Band - To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in roots rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She's a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake.
Los Hacheros - A salsa band strongly influenced by the old school of Ray Barretto, Conjunto Libre, and Arsenio Rodriguez with a flow and improvisational quality that is very much a part of modern New York. A band of only 5 musicians, Los Hacheros manage to sound like a conjunto of 12 with each musician playing multiple instruments. Los Hacheros draw on son, charanga and salsa to create a sound distinctly their own.
Ryan Montbleau Band - rock- soul - folk. Their last show at Skippers had people with mouths wide open marveling at how tight and musical this band has become. With eight years of history, The Ryan Montbleau Band is hitting on all strides; touring nationally and drawing bigger crowds by word of mouth in every city they visit, earning income by writing, recording and releasing CDs on its own dime and merits. And the band’s sound has grown, matured and continues to explore deep pockets and funky grooves. It’s safe to say, as any of the band members and fans will, that the Ryan Montbleau Band has definitely made it. You want want to miss their set at Heatwave.
Paul Thorn Band - The colorful past of Paul Thorn includes gigs performed at the age of three while traveling with his evangelist preacher father, a career as a professional boxer (he went seven rounds with Roberto Duran on national TV), factory work, and skydiving—not to mention some truly masterful songwriting and a style of muscular blues-rock with lots of gospel overtones that gets in your head and won't let go.The rich musical heritage of Paul's hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, is evident in his tasty mixture of musical moods, and his personal history shapes the witty, sharply observed songs. Paul brings his high-energy, live-wire performance style to the Heatwave for an evening of jaw-dropping stories and great down-home music.
Jason D. Williams From MTV to The White House, Jason D. Williams brings a mad-man’s wild energy and a sparking passion to the stage. His Signature brand of wild and rowdy boogie woogie and rock and roll mixed with raw energy and boundless talent is a sure fire recipe for pleasing an audience. Williams sound skips across multiple genres, incorporating everything from classical to country blues, jazz and rockabilly. But where he really shines is in his live performance, raw energy fueling the tunes as he stomps and bangs and dances behind the keys, and sometimes on the keys. There will be no doubt why fans and critics alike agree that the dynamic piano player from Memphis, TN is a MUST SEE, with musical genius, versatility and on the edge attitude. A broad range of musical style, talented story teller and engaging personality Williams appeals to audiences of all musical tastes and ages, performing venues of less than a hundred to over 80,000!
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison - Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have been married since 1996 and, individually, they have been among the best-known and most successful performers and songwriters on the Austin, Texas, music scene longer than that. She’s had six albums of her own; he’s had eight. But the new “Cheater’s Game is their first full-album collaboration and quickly went to number 1 on the Americana radio chart. Kelly Willis has evolved since the late 1980s from rockabilly to mainstream country and then to alternative country rock. Bruce Robison’s songs have most often been in the Texas singer-songwriter personal-storytelling mode. The combination delivers catchy songs with strong hooks and we are excited to present them at Heatwave.
Suenalo - Funk cruises through the Caribbean picking up Afro sounds from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Reggae meets rock in a head-on collision. Jazz and electro hook up for a sidewalk makeout session. Hip-hop seems to hum from the very pavement, and R&B drifts in on the night wind. Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these, takes them and mashing them together, marrying them—disparate players melded into a somehow harmonious blend. It defies logic that such diverse influences can find balance at the deft hands of one band. And yet they do. It’s the result of a 10-year process of compromise and of growth between some of South Florida’s most talented musicians, who come together and share an ideal: that music should move their audience.
Ana Popovic - Serbian-born Ana Popovic is one of the most lauded blues guitarists playing today. Ana was born in Belgrade and quickly took to the guitar at 15 after uncovering her father’s impressive collection of blues and soul records. She’s turned heads at festivals around the world, shared stages with Buddy Guy, BB King and Taj Mahal, and has been nominated for numerous Blues Music Awards. A passionate student of the blues, her music is equally inspired by Albert King and WAR. She belts from the gut and shreds her Strat...in a pair of high heels. Scheduled for April 16 release, ‘Can You Stand The Heat’, recorded in Memphis, is the follow-up to Ana’s 2011 album, ‘Unconditional,’ which was nominated for two Blues Music Awards and landed in the top 15 of Guitar World's top Blues and Roots Rock Albums
Askultura - The multicultural rumba ska-punk Askultura is a ten-piece band based out of Miami, Florida renowned for wild shows, fancy dance routines, and multi-lingual positive lyrical fronts. The aforementioned genre-tagging is heavily under-toned by severe elements of rumba, tarantella, folk, raunchy distorted reggae, and of course…fury. Since 2007, Italian-American frontman and guitarist Andurio Chisena has been forging Askultura into a lyrical stimulation that is reinforced by a diversely talented band. From Columbia to Oklahoma and accordions and horns to washboards and kazoos, Andrew has cultivated an idyllic punk, reggae, ska, rumba group comprised of what he calls “rockindios”. This robust ten-member ensemble is a synchronized force of dynamistic sound, encompassing a rhythmic blend of mischievousness inspired by unpretentious perceptions that are guaranteed to swing your ass!
The Heligoats The former lead singer of criminally underheralded band Troubled Hubble, Chris Otepka now often performs solo and unplugged as The Heligoats - but for Tropical Heatwave Chris is bringing his band. Otepka is known as an artist who stuffs his songs with many sideways ideas and observations and your attention will be rewarded. Bob Boilen of NPR Music is a big Otepka booster: "He may seem to be courting an image as some sort of wild-eyed, oddball obscurity, especially as he tosses off unsettling lines. But in person, Otepka is as easygoing and unassuming as pop-singing eccentrics get, not to mention a wittily engaging songwriter who's just weird enough to achieve true brilliance." If you give him a chance, it is likely you will be smitten. Don't say we did not warn you.
Krissy Krissy - Brooklyn singer Krissy Krissy is getting attention for her stylings that blend pop,soul and hip hop elements. The Huffington Post said, " Krissy Krissy has a distinct voice that stands out in a crowd, and by crowd, I mean a music industry with a bunch of pretenders and clones" . MTV Buzzworthy has described her music as "... Sultry vocals (we’re feeling some Mary J. Blige soul vibes mixed with some Natasha Bedingfield flair and even a little Mary Mary gospel realness)". Vashtie has described her as "a rising star". Don't miss her!
Uproot Hootenany - Discovered playing a south Florida festival, our talent scouts say Uproot Hootenany has the energy, musicality and high spirits to be a Heatwave band. They are a five piece string band specializing in Celtic, roots, folk, bluegrass, and whiskey fueled fun! Their repertoire is vast and there are surprises in each and every gig. Each member is gifted with an amazing voice and even better skills mastering their instrument. No one walks away from Uproot Hootenany without a smile!
The Whiskey Gentry
Formed in the spring of 2009, The Whiskey Gentry out of Atlanta is one of the hottest young alt-county bands in the southeast. Hitting the stage with an outlaw country attitude their music, while anchored by bluegrass, is more punk than country. Don’t be worried, you can still pull on your boots and tap your toes to all they have to offer. Think Old Crow Medicine Show but with a female vocalist. They were recently chosen by Paste Magazine as the “Best of What’s Next".
Nikki Hill - soul, blues, and rockabilly
The Wholetones - bluegrass-punk
Elastic Bond - bilingual funk, lounge, electronics and hip hop
Heligoats - alt rock
Dirty Bourbon River Show - gypsy circus rock
Del Exilio - Cuban rhythms and Latin percussion with a bluesy, bilingual mix of rock and funk. The Happiness Machine - alt folk-rock
Day Joy - indie dream altrock
Funky Seeds - jam band funk
Passerine - women-led folk group