Antiwarpt Festival and Hot Dog Show 5: Two big local summer concerts prep lineups
One of the most successful local concerts of 2010 was the Antiwarpt Festival in St. Petersburg, a multi-venue spectacle featuring tons of local indie-minded bands performing on the same night as the actual Vans Warped Festival, just a few blocks down the road in Vinoy Park. The event was so popular it won a Best of the Bay Award from Creative Loafing, for Best New Music Fest.
So local music fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of Antiwarpt 2011 -- and it's once again looking like a doozy. This year, promoters Brokenmold and No Clubs are they're blowing Antiwarpt out of the water, with some 60 bands at 8 venues in St. Petersburg and even one in Orlando.
Starting at 2 p.m. July 30 (one day before the actual Warped Festival in St. Pete), you can see bands at the State Theatre, the Local 662, Fubar, the Emerald Lounge, Star Booty, the Sake Bomb, Cafe Bohemia and the Globe Coffee Lounge. A couple of national bands lead the lineup -- New York's London Souls and The Bright Light Social Hour, above, who recently made a splash at Tropical Heatwave 2011.
But really, it's the local bands who are the stars of the show. Among the most popular Tampa Bay and Orlando bands on the bill: Have Gun Will Travel, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Sons of Hippies, Car Bomb Driver, the Semis, the Beauvilles, the Pauses, Poetry n' Lotion, Alexander and the Grapes and the formerly broken-up, soon-to-be-reunited, Nervous Turkey. And if that's not enough, organizers will also throw a pair of kickoff parties -- one at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Complex with Sleepy Vikings, Greenland is Melting, Living Arches and John Gold; and one at Will's Pub in Orlando with a lineup that's still in the works. Click here for all the grand details -- more will be trickling in as the date nears.
Meanwhile, over in Tampa, an Independence Day Weekend tradition continues with the fifth annual Hot Dog Show, featuring another solid local lineup: Palantine, Brahm Bones, Ironwood, 10th Concession and the Liquid Jesus DJ crew. Ticket prices are still being set, but it'll get started at 8 p.m. July 2 at Crowbar. It's always a fun time -- click here and here for some photos of Hot Dog Shows past.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*