BANDS OF #THW16 8


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Bands for the 35th year of Tropical Heatwave makes it one of the longest-running festivals in the country. This year, Tropical Heatwave moves into the heart of Ybor City with ten stages along 5 blocks.

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Over the years, Tropical Heatwave has become an annual rite of spring for fans of eclectic music, with excitement, mystery, and legend contained in memories of the annual extravaganzas for longtime Heatwave devotees. And every year there are first-timers who discover that Heatwave is one of one of the most fun weekends and best musical experiences they have ever had. The festival is often described as a manifestation and celebration of the sense of community that WMNF has created.

The main criteria used for booking bands/artists for Tropical Heatwave has always been musical excellence, strong visual appeal, fun, and high energy. Each year, attendees look forward to not just a series of great performances but also expect a fun and collective way to discover new artists who may have been playing in this area for the first time. Tropical Heatwave is also a showcase for great local and regional talent. WMNF deliberately handpicks great bands that are ready to compete for audiences with the nationally known acts.

With multiple stages, Heatwave ensures that each person creates their own unique experience. Some people hang out at one or two stages where they know some of their favorite bands are playing. Others try to challenge themselves to keep moving and see as many bands as possible. Some just go with the flow. It’s like creating your own personalized festival. Many bands have been chosen by their ability to do exciting live sets.

Reserve wristbands in advance on the web. Here are this years bands, click on band names to view bios, show info and more, we discovered some cool videos….

Ra Ra Riot

Indie rock from Syracuse NY
Venue: Tropical Breeze Stage
Showtime: 11:45pm - 1:05am
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The Bright Light Social Hour

Psychedelic rock from Austin
Venue: Tropical Breeze Stage
Showtime: 8:35pm - 9:50pm
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Chuck Prophet and Mission Express

Amer-Indie/White Trash Soul from San Francisco
Venue: Tropical Breeze Stage
Showtime: 10:10pm - 11:25pm
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James McMurtry

Texas singer-songwriter from Austin
Venue: Tropical Breeze Stage
Showtime: 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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Dropin Pickup

Rock from Tampa
Venue: Italian Club Dance Stage
Showtime: 7:40pm - 8:40pm
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The Peterson Brothers

Teenage blues from Bastrop, Texas
Venue: Italian Club Dance Stage
Showtime: 11:45pm - 12:55am
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Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band

Funk and soul and hip hop from Orlando
Venue: The Ritz Ybor
Showtime: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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The Mantras

Mind blowing progressive rock from Greensboro, North Carolina
Venue: The Ritz Ybor
Showtime: 9:55pm - 11:10pm
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Dash Rip Rock

High octane roots rock from New Orleans
Venue: Crowbar
Showtime: 12:20am - 1:30am
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Acme Jazz Garage

Jazz/funk fusion from Tampa
Venue: Tequila's
Showtime: 10:20pm - 11:20pm
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The War and Treaty

Folk/soul from Baltimore, MD
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Jct 27

Uke fusion from Tampa
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 6:00pm - 6:45pm
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Florida Folk Night

Folk music from Florida
Venue: First Chance, Last Chance Bar
Showtime: 7:00pm - 11:55pm
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Tropical Heatwave Poetry Slam

Poetry from Tampa Bay
Venue: Joffrey Coffee Ybor
Showtime: 8:30pm - 11:00pm
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Francesca (teen showcase)

Singer-songwriter from St. Petersburg
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 6:45pm - 7:25pm
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Nikki Hill

Powerhouse R&B: The Southern Fireball from North Carolina
Venue: The Ritz Ybor
Showtime: 11:30pm - 12:45pm
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Wreckless Eric

Post-punk singer-songwriter from England
Venue: Crowbar
Showtime: 11:00pm - 12:00am
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The Get Right Band

Funk/reggae/rock from Asheville, NC
Venue: Tequila's
Showtime: 7:40pm - 8:40pm
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CelloJoe

Cellist/beatboxer from San Francisco
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 12:20am - 1:20am
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FayRoy

Psych and surf rock from Indian Rocks Beach
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 7:00pm - 7:45pm
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AB+ (teen showcase)

Folk/pop from St. Petersburg
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 6:00pm - 6:40pm
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Mingo Fishtrap

Soul funk and roots rock from Austin
Venue: The Ritz Ybor
Showtime: 8:20pm - 9:35pm
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Stokeswood

Alternative/pop from Atlanta
Venue: Crowbar
Showtime: 9:40pm - 10:40pm
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Big Shoals

Rocking alt-country from Gainesville
Venue: Tequila's
Showtime: 6:20pm - 7:20pm
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Caravan of Thieves

Gypsy folk swing from Connecticutt
Venue: Italian Club Dance Stage
Showtime: 9:00pm - 10:05pm
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Matt Woods

Gritty folk/altcountry from Knoxville
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
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Pretty Voices

Garage pop from St. Petersburg
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 8:00pm - 8:45pm
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Olivia Romano (teen showcase)

Singer-songwriter from Indian Rocks Beach
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 7:30pm - 8:10pm
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Kansas Bible Company

Surf/progressive/psychedelic from Goshen, Indiana
Venue: Tropical Breeze Stage
Showtime: 5:20pm - 6:35pm
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Barely Pink plays Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

Bowie lovers from Tampa Bay
Venue: Crowbar
Showtime: 8:20pm - 9:20pm
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Wrenn

Retro-pop from Athens, GA
Venue: Tequila's
Showtime: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
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Vanessa Collier

Blues/soul/jazz from Clarksville, MD
Venue: Italian Club Dance Stage
Showtime: 6:20pm - 7:20pm
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The Suitcase Junket

Throat singer/slide guitarist from Vermont
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 5:40pm - 6:40pm
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Sarah Morey (teen showcase)

Singer-songwriter from Tampa
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 8:15pm - 9:00pm
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Max Norton and His All Star Friends: Rebekah Pulley, Will Quinlan and Ronny Elliott

Americana/roots from Tampa
Venue: Crowbar
Showtime: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Flat Land

Etheral funk fusion from Gainesville
Venue: Tequila's
Showtime: 11:40pm - 12:40pm
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Rocket 88

Rockabilly from Orlando
Venue: Italian Club Dance Stage
Showtime: 10:25pm - 11:25pm
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The Hummingbirds

Alt-country from Tampa/Detroit
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 9:40pm - 10:40pm
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Grant Peeples

Ruthless singer-songwriter from Sopchoppy, FL
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 9:05pm - 10:05pm
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Caleb Caudle

Alt-country/Americana from Winston-Salem, NC
Venue: Italian Club Cantina
Showtime: 11:00pm - 12:00am
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Hope Darling

Alternative/rock/indie from Tampa Bay
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 10:00pm - 10:45pm
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Pleasures

Dark psych/synthwave from Sarasota
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 11:00pm - 11:45pm
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King of Denmark

Rock from Tampa
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 12:00am - 12:45am
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Dean Johanesen

Singer-songwriter and circus swing from Lakewood Ranch, FL
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 10:10pm - 11:10pm
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Geri X

Alt-folk from St. Petersburg
Venue: Cigar City Cider & Mead
Showtime: 11:30pm - 12:30am
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The Badda Skat Band

Roots reggae, dance hall and dub from St. Petersburg
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 9:00pm - 9:45pm
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Four Star Riot (doing tribute to Prince)

Alt/rock/soul from Clearwater
Venue: New World Brewery
Showtime: 5:20pm - 5:40pm
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UNRB

Ska/fusion from St. Petersburg
Venue: The Ritz Ybor
Showtime: 5:40pm - 6:40pm
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