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By GINA VIVINETTO

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 13, 2001


A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

Ty Herndon makes slick neo-traditional country, but don't go thinking he's not as wild as those outlaw boys: Herndon was busted for felony drug possession and indecent exposure in 1995. Surely hunky Herndon's lady fans would quibble about how "indecent" that exposure was.

Herndon appears at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 855-1464 or (813) 287-8844.

-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

Happy Birthday, WMNF

Community radio is, for some, the only place to find favorite artists, musical acts not trendy or cute enough to win over the mainstream.

It's kind of like high school: sometimes you have to hang out with the less popular kids to find the really interesting people.

So, while WMNF 88.5 isn't on everyone's dial, and the station likely will never find a spot on the Homecoming Court, it has, for 22 years, pleased local music lovers with its eclectic offerings.

Celebrate the station's birthday with a typically genre-bending bill including The Prodigals from New York (shown above), the Irish rock band that got everyone at this year's Tropical Heatwave a hooting and hollering for more punky, accordion-tinged Celtic fare. San Francisco's Rico Bell and the Snakehandlers will also play. That band features Mr. Bell, the British painter and member of the famed post-punk band the Mekons. Sarasota's own Jennifer and the Venturas opens the show. Expect merriment.

The WMNF 22nd Birthday Bash gets cooking at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 892-5202 or (727) 898-2100.

-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

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