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The Hold Steady to headline Guavaween Music Festival in Ybor City




"Ybor City is tres speedy, but they throw such killer parties." Craig Finn has always known this, which is why he frequently sings about Tampa's premiere nightlife district in songs like Killer Parties, Slapped Actress and Most People are DJs.

And it may be why his band, The Hold Steady, is returning once again to headline this year's inaugural Guavaween Music Festival.

The Hold Steady joins acts like Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rubblebucket, Adrian Younge, Tortured Soul and many other local and national acts for this year's Guavaween, which takes place Oct. 27 at venues around Ybor City. As the headliners, the Hold Steady will likely play the Ritz Ybor.

The band has a long history with Ybor City, as singer Finn explained when we talked to him a couple of years ago, the last time the Hold Steady played the Ritz. 

"I saw Ybor City on a map and I heard of it and I really liked the way it was spelled and the way it sounded to say it," he said. "So, on that first record (2004's Almost Killed Me) I put it in a couple songs. But I literally had not been there. I had some friends up in New York who grew up in Tampa and they would go down to Ybor City and see punk rock and hardcore shows in, I think, the 1980s. There used to be a Cuban Club down there where they'd see Black Flag and things like tha... Then what happened was, it kind of took a life of its own. The first time we played at The Masquerade a whole bunch of The Hold Steady fans went to it because they said, 'You got to see The Hold Steady in Ybor City.' And so it's taken on a life of its own and now we've played there a couple times."

Wristbands for the festival are $20 advance, $30 the day of. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 2:23pm]


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