Tropical Heatwave: ask the DJs

A few of WMNF's finest share their recommendations and thoughts for this year's Tropical Heatwave.

Posted by Ray Roa on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Joseph Arthur comes highly recommended among 'MNFers. - DANNY CLINCH
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  • Joseph Arthur comes highly recommended among 'MNFers.

Tough to pick from 60-plus acts over two days? We asked some people in the know: WMNF programmers, who not only told us the acts they’re most looking forward to that aren't The Hold Steady (who perform Saturday night at 10:30 on the Mainstage), but also shared their fondest Heatwave memories.

LEE “FLEE” COURTNEY
(It’s The Music, Mondays 1-4 p.m.)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: Elephant Stone (Fri., 10:20, Mainstage)
Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Joseph Arthur (Sat., Mainstage, 8:50); Moon Hooch (Sat., Cantina, 6:40); Good Graeff (Sat., 7:30, New World)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “So many, but seeing punk/new waver Graham Parker stands out.”
Tampa without WMNF or Heatwave: “We’d be Fort Myers. Nice weather, but boring.”
Last Words: “See you there. I’ll be the one in tattered clothing.”


MICHAEL BAGLEY
(Bodyrock, Wednesdays, 1-3 a.m.)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: bree (Sat., 9:40, Cantina)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “Sebadoh, Further, Against Me!, Tampa hip-hop legends Red Tide, and the year they had poetry at Crowbar.”

NANCY CEE
(It’s The Music, Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: Joseph Arthur
Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Katchafire (Fri., midnight, Mainstage); Matrimony (Sat., 10, Crowbar); People’s Temple (Fri., 7:40, New World)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “Andrew Bird and His Bowl of Fire in the Cuban Club ballroom.”
Tampa without WMNF or Heatwave: “88.5 FM is nothing without community support and there is no community in commercial radio anymore.”
Elephant Stone is another highly recommended act.
  • Elephant Stone is another highly recommended act.

SCOTT IMRICH

(Saturday Asylum, Saturdays, 4-6 p.m.)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: Elephant Stone. (“I’ve been a fan of frontman Rishi Dhir since the High Dials days.”)
Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Hayes Carll (Fri., 8:40, Mainstage); DieAlps! (Sat., 7:20, Market on 7th); Y Los Dos Pistoles (Sat., 10:55, Market on 7th); Lauris Vidal (Fri., 9, New World)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “Eating at Ybor Pizza & Subs with former WMNF DJ Jenny Juristo and Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein and Eric Gaffney.”
Tampa without WMNF or Heatwave: “I always told myself that as long as I lived in Tampa, I’d be involved with the station. I cannot imagine Tampa without WMNF, and I can’t imagine WMNF without Heatwave.”

AMY SNIDER
(It’s The Music, Thursdays, 1-4 p.m)
Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: The John Clark Band (Sat., 4:15, New World); Joseph Arthur (“I have wanted to see that man since the second I heard his voice.”)
Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Black Taxi (Sat., 11:45, Orpheum); Bright Light Social Hour (Sat., 7:10, Mainstage)
Fondest Heatwave Memory: “Seeing The Gourds and Michelle Shocked at the height of my fandom.”
Last Words: “It’s dirt cheap for a festival, and the proceeds benefit WMNF.” 

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Posted by Tim Dominic Dill-Peterson on 05/08/2014 at 12:15 PM

SCOTT ELLIOTT

(ALL SOULS/IT'S THE MUSIC! Wednesdays 1-4 PM)

Most Anticipated Act Not Called The Hold Steady: Katchafire - Representing great music from New Zealand!! (Fri., 12 AM, Mainstage)

Other Can’t-Miss Bands: Joseph Arthur - Will finally be able to match the personality to the haunting melodies (Sat., Mainstage, 8:50); Moon Hooch - Get ready to par-tay!!!! (Sat., Can tina, 6:40); Black Taxi - They never disappoint!!! (Sat. Orpheum 11:45 PM); Cope - Need I say more? (Sat. Carmine's Courtyard 9:40)

Fondest Heatwave Memory: Trombone Shorty body surfing over a mostly middle-aged, excited crowd, making his audience feel young!! Amazing!!

Tampa without WMNF or Heatwave: "Where I USED to live!!!"

Last Words: Get in a good disco nap, because you are going to be non-stop partying!!

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