2011 Antiwarpt Festival: The biggest local music event ever in Tampa Bay?
In case you missed it, click here to check out our guide to Saturday's massive Antiwarpt Festival, featuring some 70 artists performing at eight venues around towntown St. Petersburg -- nine if you count a kickoff party the night before.
After the jump, we give you the rundown on what to expect at Antiwarpt's eight venues come Saturday -- including headliner the London Souls, above.
State Theatre: The weekend’s biggest venue gets the weekend’s biggest bands. New York mod rockers the London Souls are a ’60s-style garage band with a huge Beatles influence (think Taxman, Get Back and Don’t Let Me Down). The Bright Light Social Hour were recently named the best band in Austin, Texas, and played this year’s Tropical Heatwave. Rollicking Bradenton country-folk group Have Gun, Will Travel are one of the most consistently popular bands in the area. And after a lengthy hiatus, Tampa blues-rock powerhouse Nervous Turkey reunite for their first gig in months. 687 Central Ave.
The Local 662: Experimental Georgia band Reptar is the headliner, but two of Tampa Bay’s catchiest indie rock groups, the Beauvilles and the Semis, will bring plenty of fans. 662 Central Ave.
The Emerald: Some of the area’s most interesting bands perform at this tiny bar, including psychedelic trio Sons of Hippies, riot grrls Doll Parts and inventive jazz-jammers Poetry 'n’ Lotion. 550 Central Ave.
Fubar: This place is often a punk venue, and longtime scene heroes the Tim Version, Guiltmaker and Car Bomb Driver are among the headliners. But two Tropical Heatwave veterans, singer-songwriter Lauris Vidal and indie rockers The Pauses, are not to be missed. 658 Central Ave.
Star Booty: An off-the-wall venue deserves an off-the-wall lineup. Brent Rademaker, formerly of Beachwood Sparks, fronts Cosmic Gospel Hour, who play sparkly folk and power pop. Don’t miss Orlando jazz singer Kaleigh Baker. 681 Central Ave.
Sake Bomb: DJs and hip-hop get top billing here, as DJ SideDraft, funkmasters the Crate Brothers and rapper Infinite Skillz take the mic. 548 Central Ave.
Cafe Bohemia: Eclectic, electronic and eccentric are the buzzwords fueling Cafe Bohemia’s lineup. Sarasota’s MeteorEYES and St. Petersburg’s Transcendent Other play experimental pop music that’s trippy, yet danceable. 937 Central Ave.
The Globe Coffee Lounge: Fittingly, this cozy coffee shop will host an acoustic showcase featuring two of Tampa Bay’s top singer-songwriters, Rebekah Pulley and Will Quinlan. 532 First Ave N.
St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (Friday night): Tampa indie rock group Sleepy Vikings have been winning kudos around the blogosphere for their shoegazey new album They Will Find You Here. They headline this free kickoff party, along with Greenland Is Melting, The Living Arches and John Gold, at 7 p.m. Friday.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*