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The lineup for Tropical Heatwave 25

Check out whose playing, when and where.

Published May 18, 2006

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Chuck Prophet, the longtime WMNF favorite is a singer-guitarist whose music is rooted in blues rock and Americana.
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Cuban Club Ballroom

6:30 p.m., The Lost Bayou Ramblers: Cajun, swing and rock bravado infuse the music of this young, new quintet from Lafayette, La.

8:10 p.m., Papa Grows Funk: New Orleans funk and R&B, a la the Meters, form the sonic foundation for this groovealicious group, a five-piece band led by B3 organist John Gros and guitarist June Yamagishi. The recently released Live at the Leaf was recorded at the band's home base, the Maple Leaf.

10 p.m., the Lee Boys: Gospel, R&B, hip-hop, rock and Americana elements intermingle in the music of this Orlando family band, graduates of the "sacred steel" movement. They gained raves for their Heatwave show in 2003.

11:50 p.m., the Elements: The Cuban Club's headliners, also based in Louisiana, emphasize a mix of roots reggae and dancehall, heavily influenced by the band members' origins in the Caribbean, the British Isles and Latin America.

Cuban Club Bandshell (on the Patio)

6 p.m., Locos Por Juana: The Miami band, whose name is translated, roughly, as "Crazy For Jane," received a Latin Grammy nomination for its 2005 CD, named a "hot pick" by Billboard magazine. Their sound is nothing if not eclectic, with ska, rock, dancehall, salsa, hip-hop and funk in the mix.

7:40 p.m., the Mammals: Favorites at Suwannee Springfest, these four guys and a girl mix vintage bluegrass sounds with attitude and a contemporary songwriting style. Departure, released in February, has the band pushing traditional music to the background.

8:20 p.m., the Saw Doctors: Lots of folks swear by the acoustic-electric energy and urgency of this Irish band, second in popularity to U2 back home. Together for nearly two decades, co-leaders Davy Carton and Leo Moran this year unveiled a new lineup - former Waterboys bassist Anthony Thistlethwaite and former Lucinda Williams drummer Fran Breen - and a new CD, The Cure.

11:10 p.m., Theodis Ealey: The Mississippi-born singer, songwriter and guitarist, once a sideman with Little Milton, Johnny Copeland and Charles Brown, fuses juke-joint blues and soulful R&B. Ealey's volatile blend, sometimes featuring naughty lyrics, attracted international attention with 2004's Stand Up in It CD.

12:30 a.m., Bobby Bare Jr.: The singer with the famous name, slated to play this year's Bonnaroo, has become a favorite of the Americana crowd; he unofficially began his career at 5, when he notched a Grammy nomination for a duet he recorded with his dad. "He laces his songs with enough humor to take a little of the edge off the 'peer into my soul' stuff, and to add some bite to the otherwise innocuous stuff," according to No Depression magazine. Bare's band, Young Criminals Starvation League, recently released a live CD, Nick Nacks & Paddy Whacks, recorded live in Chicago, Seattle and Amsterdam.

Cuban Club Cantina

6 p.m., Hat Trick Heroes: The teenage rockers, formed from the ashes of popular Tampa kiddy band Squirrels Gone Wild, go for a middle-of-the-road modern rock sound, circa the mid 1990s.

7 p.m., Safety: The teenage ska/punk trio, based in Tampa, is a hit at clubs and skate parks around the state. Safety: The Gout is the band's debut disc.

7:45 p.m., Carnivorous Vegans: The band, another ska/punk outfit out of Tampa (is this is a trend?) describes its modus operandi this way: "We play trendy music, and stand around like dummies with tough guy personas."

8:40 p.m., Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams: The award for most annoying and/or most creative name at Heatwave goes to this independent-minded collective from Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. The quartet, whose music was heard on CBS show Joan of Arcadia, sports a mix of music that has variously been described as "Hillbilly-Floyd, folk-pop," "alt-country roots-rock" and "surreal Americana."

10:10 p.m., Ike Reilly Assassination: The rock quintet, named America's greatest bar band by Time Out New York, careens "from gut-bucket blues to white-boy raps," according to the New York Times.

11:40 p.m., Say Hi to Your Mom: Once a do-it-all-yourself project created in the Brooklyn bedroom of singer-songwriter Eric Elbogen, Say Hi is now a trio. Elbogen's sound might remind listeners of Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, or even Morrissey. Or so said an All Music Guide reviewer.

1 a.m., Flat Stanley: The Tampa punk stalwarts, whose musical lineage includes the old Pink Lincolns, grabbed admiring reviews at home and abroad for their pleasantly titled 2003 CD Analbum Cover.

El Pasaje Plaza

6:25 p.m., Nora Jean Bruso: The Mississippi-born blues singer, whose family embraced the sacred (church music) and the profane (they also ran a juke joint) has been compared to the young Koko Taylor. Bruso's latest CD, Going Back to Mississippi, was released in 2004.

8 p.m., Chuck Prophet: The longtime WMNF favorite is a singer-guitarist whose music is rooted in blues rock and Americana. The Los Angeles native, formerly with psychedelic cosmic cowboys Green On Red, was called "an innovative, genre-fusing talent with a wry sense of humor and fearless approach to musical alchemy" by USA Today.

9:50 p.m., the Blasters: The L.A. favorites, organized in the late 1970s and still delivering a scorching mix of roots rock and rockabilly, features founding members Phil Alvin and John Bazz. 4-11-44, released two years ago, is the band's latest CD.

11:40 p.m., Grupo Fantasma: The oversized Austin band - 11 pieces, at last count - mixes together funk, mambo, merengue, cumbia, dancehall, Afrobeat, dub and other styles. The group may well be the dance band to beat at Heatwave: "They'll knock you down with the grooves," according to the Village Voice.

New World Brewery

6:30 p.m., the Reality Band: Hip-hop, R&B, zouk, calypso and roots reggae all pop up in the music of this Tampa quintet.

7:30 p.m., the River Cove Ramblers: Bluegrass textures, ambling rhythms, homey singing and vintage songs characterize the music of this Tampa collective, popular Friday-night attractions at Caprice on Davis Islands.

8:30 p.m., the Candy Bars: The guitar-drums duo, named the Tampa Bay area's best band in 2005 by the Weekly Planet, describes its sound as "pop music, fevered, drowned in reverb, and innocent, remarks with irony, a filmed re-enactment of an overdose."

9:30 p.m., Summerbirds in the Cellar: The Orlando indie rock band creates "beautifully crafted, emotional pop gems, amazing landscapes of sometimes haunting, sometimes soothing sounds," according to Impact Press.

10:30 p.m., Vera Violets: The Tampa five-piece incorporates elements of psychedelia, shoegaze and pop, according to the band's MySpace site.

11:30 p.m., Dear and Glorious Physician: The Gainesville family quartet, featuring two sisters and two brothers, mixes old-school New York art rock with Seattle grunge. The group has developed a loyal following at venues across the Southeast.

12:30 a.m., Home: The former Tampa critical favorite, now based in New York, returns for another set of intense and often dramatic lo-fi rock, etc., music hinged to found sound. Its new Sexteen CD was released May 9. All Music Guide called the band's 1999 XIV disc "a near note-perfect experimental pop album."


6:30 p.m., Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets: The gifted Tampa singer-songwriter leads a quartet in an organic mix of folk, country and rock; her appealing sound was handily captured on 2003's critically acclaimed CD Here in the Real World.

7:45 p.m., Sandy Atkinson and the MoDeans: Atkinson tapped late blues guru Rock Bottom to produce her second CD in 1999. Last year's From There to Here mixes blues and R&B with folk and rock.

9 p.m., the Eames Era: The indie-rock quintet from Baton Rouge, La., mixes its minty-fresh power pop with jangling guitars and catchy melodies.

10:20 p.m., Maggi, Pierce and E.J.: The Philadelphia folk-rock trio recently began editing a documentary on their two-week, gasoline-free walking tour from their home base to D.C. They walked 216 miles in two weeks, carrying guitars on their backs, and played concerts every night.

11:40 p.m., Morningbell: The Gainesville band's psychedelic rock references everyone from the Beatles to the Flaming Lips. Forgetting to Wake Up, its second CD, was released last November.

12:45 a.m., the Glitter Guns: The Tampa rockers define their sound as "Glam Americana, Hot Britannica."

-PHILIP BOOTH, Times correspondent

[Last modified May 18, 2006, 10:13:33]

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