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Photos: Tropical Heatwave rocks into the night on Day 2 in Ybor City

The Fleshtones performed at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave festival on May 2, 2015.

Brian Mahar

The Fleshtones performed at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave festival on May 2, 2015.

Thousands of fans turned out for Day 2 of WMNF-88.5's Tropical Heatwave festival on Saturday, with artists like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Fleshtones and more filling the Cuban Club and other venues all night long. Brian Mahar was there snapping photos; click the headline of this post for a slideshow.

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Photos: Tropical Heatwave kicks off eclectic party at the Clubn Club in Ybor City

The MarchFourth Marching Band performed at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave festival on May 1, 2015.

Brian Mahar

The MarchFourth Marching Band performed at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave festival on May 1, 2015.

One of Tampa Bay's most beloved annual music festivals returned on Friday, as WMNF-88.5's Tropical Heatwave took over a series of stages in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. National acts like MarchFourth Marching Band and Palo! performed alongside popular locals like Alexander and the Grapes, Jensen Serf Company and Sonic Graffiti. Brian Mahar was there all night snapping photos; click the headline of this post.

Tropical Heatwave continues Saturday at venues all over Ybor City. Tickets are $35 at the door. Click here for details.

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The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction' at 50: The Clearwater legend behind a legendary song

Fifty years ago this week, on May 6, 1965, the Rolling Stones surfed into Clearwater on a tsunami of hype, fresh off an appearance on Ed Sullivan and ready to take over the world. That also happens to be the night they sired one of the greatest rock songs ever written.

Depending on the legend you believe, it was at Clearwater's old Fort Harrison Hotel, that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Richards supposedly composed that one-of-a-kind riff while half asleep in his sixth-floor bed, and Jagger banged out those eyebrow-arching lyrics in 10 minutes by the pool. It's the Rolling Stones' signature song and one of the most enduring rock singles ever recorded.

But did it really go down the way we've always thought? Well, the truth is fuzzier than the distortion on Keef's mighty Gibson Les Paul.

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Travis Pastrana talks Nitro Circus Live, world-first stunts and more

Nitro Circus Live

Travis Pastrana feels like an old man compared to the up-and-comers revolutionizing the action sports landscape in 2015.

"When I was growing up, we didn't know we could flip," said the action sports icon. "The kids — I call them kids now — the 18-, 19-, 20-years-olds coming up are so air-aware that they're taking that skill and absolutely crushing the older guys. I'm not even close to the best on motorcycles anymore."

After a long, accomplished and bone-breaking career in action sports, Pastrana now helps other extreme athletes re-imagine what's possible on a bike through Nitro Circus Live, his arena-filling stunt spectacular that kicks off a North American tour at Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 5 (click here for details).

Pastrana now helps other extreme athletes re-imagine what's possible on a bike. He's already witnessed several world-first stunts during the tour's first global dates of 2015; this week, Australian freestyle motocross rider Josh Sheehan completed the world's first triple backflip on a motorbike at Pastrana's Maryland complex.

For more of our interview with Travis Pastrana, click here.

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This week in Tampa: Tropical Heatwave, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

One of the longest-running festivals in Tampa Bay returns this weekend: Tropical Heatwave, with a jam-packed lineup that includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, MarchFourth Marching Band, David Mayfield Parade, the Fleshtones and many more. Other acts coming to town this week include ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Boston, Flogging Molly, KRS-One, Eli Young Band, Joan Armatrading, Thompson Square, Gloriana, The Relationship, 95 South, 69 Boyz and Brillz. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...Full Story

Review: Sammy Hagar and the Circle roar into Clearwater, sell out Ruth Eckerd Hall

Sammy Hagar reaches for a fan's drink during his concert on April 29, 2015 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Jay Cridlin

Sammy Hagar reaches for a fan's drink during his concert on April 29, 2015 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Underestimate the appeal of the Van Hagar era at your own risk.

While David Lee Roth was Van Halen’s first (and, many would argue, only) true frontman, Sammy Hagar belted out plenty of the group’s biggest hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s, enriching and lengthening his own prolific life in rock ‘n’ roll. And if you don’t think that’s a huge part of why a rowdy and sold-out crowd of nearly 2,200 packed Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday for Hagar’s first local concert in years, maybe you just haven’t been drinking enough Cabo Wabo tequila.

Hagar and his latest supergroup The Circle – which includes ex-Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass, longtime collaborator Vic Johnson on guitar and Led Zeppelin legacy-bearer Jason Bonham on drums – had the hard-partying crowd on its feet from start to finish, with the shaggy singer howling, strutting, grinning and leaping into the air all night with oozy, schmoozy glee. If he isn’t the CEO of Rock, he’s at least its chief lobbyist, selling each song with the same fervor he sells his own Red Rocker image. Full Story

Ticket Window: Tim McGraw, Fifth Harmony, Shinedown and more

Topping this week's edition of Ticket Window is a brand-new show that hard rock fans will be all over: Shinedown with Nothing More on July 9 at the Mahaffey Theater.

Other concerts and events with tickets going on sale this week: Beerfest (June 20, Tampa Theatre), Shinedown (July 9, Mahaffey Theater), Delta Rae (July 11, Capitol Theatre), Motion City Soundtrack (July 16, State Theatre), Shreya Ghoshal (July 25, USF Sun Dome), Nate Najar (July 29, Palladium), Fifth Harmony (July 30, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Rocky Votolato (July 30, Local 662), Emerson Hart (Aug. 8, Hideaway Cafe), Sinbad (Aug. 8, Capitol Theatre), the Get Up Kids (Aug. 10, Orpheum), Tim McGraw (Aug. 22, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), Vic DiBitetto (Sept. 11, Palladium), Kevin Nealon (Oct. 17, Palladium) and Lewis Black (Nov. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall).

Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.

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UPDATE: Earl Sweatshirt's concert at the Orpheum postponed

Well, this wouldn't be the first time Earl Sweatshirt has found himself enveloped in mystery and controversy.

The critically acclaimed rapper was scheduled to perform at Tampa's Orpheum on Thursday night alongside Vince Staples and Remy Banks. But on Wednesday afternoon, the Orpheum posted a photo to Instagram reading: "Fans, we regret to announce that due to a medical isssue Earl Sweatshirt has been forced to reschedule a number of his upcoming tour dates. Including Tampa 4/30/2015 ... If you purchased a ticket from Dope Ent., the Orpheum, or Ticketfly.com, your tickets will be honored for his rescheudled show. Rescheduled date is TBA."

Promoters Dope Ent., however, conferred with the show's organizers, and late Wednesday afternoon, spokeswoman Jade Ajose told tbt*: "As of right now, the show is still on." That doesn't necessarily mean Sweatshirt is or is not suffering from a medical issue, and things could certainly change in the next 24 hours. But for the time being, the show appears to still be a go. …

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WMNF general manager Craig Kopp talks about the station's future, Tropical Heatwave and more

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When he arrived at WMNF-88.5 FM, Craig Kopp hugged the music library.

"I was so pleased to see rock and roll posters over the urinal," said WMNF's new general manager, who until February was the host of NPR's All Things Considered on WUSF-89.7 FM. "You don't know what that meant to me. It's in the walls of this place. I just want to make sure those walls stay standing."

A big way they stay standing is through ticket sales at Tropical Heatwave, which returns Friday and Saturday in Ybor City with dozens of eclectic acts, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, MarchFourth Marching Band, the Fleshtones and more. (Click here for details on the show.)

"It needs to make some dough," Kopp said of Tropical Heatwave. "Headliner acts at festivals now make a lot of money. It’s hard for us to nail down some big acts, but I like what it is. Trust me, these are acts that you are going to want to see. Some of these acts are going to break, and they’re gonna break big. Part of our deal is to give voice to the voiceless, and these are acts that probably will never be a headliner act, but so worth listening to, and so worth being exposed to, and we oughta be doing that. That’s part of our mission." …

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Rock Brothers Brewing opening brewery, music venue in Ybor City

A rendering for Rock Brothers Brewing, coming this fall to 1901 N 15th St. in Ybor City.

Courtesy of Rock Brothers Brewing

A rendering for Rock Brothers Brewing, coming this fall to 1901 N 15th St. in Ybor City.

Rock Brothers Brewing, a St. Petersburg company that specializes in giving bands like 311 and Hootie and the Blowfish their own brand-name craft beers, is getting a brick-and-mortar brewhouse.

The St. Petersburg company has unveiled plans for an ambitious brewery and tasting room at 1901 15th St. in Ybor City, slated to open late this fall. The building — historically a hardware store owned by the family of former Mayor Dick Greco, and until recently the home of the LGBT specialty store MC Film Fest — will include an upstairs live music venue, The Attic, described as a “listening room” for intimate concerts.

“We found the absolute gem of a building, and couldn’t pass on it,” said Kevin Lilly, co-founder of Rock Brothers. “I’ve been telling people, imagine a VH1 Storytellers venue -- that’s the kind of vibe we’ll have at every show.”

Rock Brothers is no stranger to the local live music scene. Partners Kevin Lilly and Tony Casoria co-own Attic Records in St. Petersburg, and organize the annual WhigFest festival in and arround Jannus Live. …

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Photos: Paramore pack rabid fans into Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Paramore performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on April 28, 2015.

Brian Mahar

Paramore performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on April 28, 2015.

For their third Tampa Bay concert in a little more than a year, Paramore played their stateliest local venue to date, Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. It's fitting, as the band just won their first Grammy for Ain't It Fun. It's been a trying few years for Hayley Williams and company, and this tour of intimate theaters was a way to say goodbye and thanks to their loyal, passionate fans as they embark on the next phase of their career. Many packed Ruth Eckerd Hall for Tuesday's gig, including Brian Mahar, who shares some photos here. Click the headline of this post to review a gallery of shots from the show.

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SoundBytes: Fifth Harmony, LunchMoney Lewis, Get Up Kids, Chronixx and more

-- Squee! Fifth Harmony are returning to Tampa Bay for their first non-theme park headlining show, and the girls are bringing a who's who of tween-pop ladies with them: Debby Ryan and the Never Ending, Natalie La Rose and Bea Miller. The show is July 30 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, and tickets are $33.25-$53.25. Click here.

-- Ubiquitous hitmaker Flo Rida will headline this year's 93.3-FLZ Memorial Day Live concert on May 23 at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach -- but he might not be the hottest name on the bill. That honor could go to LunchMoney Lewis, the singer-rapper whose debut single Bills is threatening to make a run for Song of the Summer. Click here for details on the show.

-- Reggae artist Chronixx is coming to Jannus Live with Zink Fence Redemption on June 17. Tickets are $25-$40. Click here.

-- Two new shows coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater: Delta Rae ($25-$30, click here) and Sinbad on Aug. 8 ($35-$132, click here).

-- Emo favorites the Get Up Kids are coming to Tampa's Orpheum on Aug. 10 alongside Braid and the Weaks. Tickets are $17-$20. Click here. …

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Big Guava Festival schedule, set times released: When to see Hozier, Run the Jewels, Ryan Adams and more

Conflicts, conflicts, conflicts. They arise every time a big-time music festival unveils its schedule and set times, but that doesn't make them any easier to swallow.

Tampa's Big Guava Music Festival, May 8-9 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and Florida State Fairgrounds, just unveiled its 2015 schedule and set times, and while most of them don't totally overlap, you'll still have some tough choices to make.

Ryan Adams or Passion Pit? Hozier, above, or James Blake? Run the Jewels, Death From Above 1979 or Cold War Kids? Clearly, we've all got our homework cut out for us.

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Photos: Walk the Moon dance into the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

Walk the Moon performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 26, 2015.

Brian Mahar

Walk the Moon performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 26, 2015.

After years of playing festivals (Big Guava, 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball) and opening for other acts (Fitz and the Tantrums, Grouplove), Ohio pop-rockers Walk the Moon finally graced Tampa Bay with a headlining show on Sunday, performing for a long-sold-out crowd at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. They brought with them a slew of energetic hits both old (Tightrope, Anna Sun) and new (their Top 10 smash Shut Up and Dance). Brian Mahar was there snapping photos; click the headline of this post for a slideshow.

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Zac Brown Band coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

They're playing The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. Their new album Jeykll + Hyde comes out on Tuesday. And this November, the Zac Brown Band is coming back to Tampa.

The Georgia country-rockers have announced a return engagement at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Nov. 13. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to the band's website, they'll go on sale to the public May 15. Click here for details.

Jekyll + Hyde promises to be a genre-pushing affair, which should come as no surprise to anyone who saw them perform with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell on Saturday Night Live. The album also features an appearance from Sara Bareilles and a cover of a Jason Isbell song. Then again, Zac and company have long been rockers at heart, with covers of songs like Nirvana's All Apologies in their arsenal. Whether this November show is more country or more rock, it's bound to be a fun show. Zac Brown band concerts always are.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

 

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