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Tropical Heatwave preview: David Dondero's picks


One of the must-see acts at this year's WMNF Tropical Heatwave, traveling indie troubadour David Dondero has opted for the roads less taken, detouring between hipster fame and coffeehouse obscurity.

When NPR invited the guitarist-storyteller to perform, radio personnel noticed he had spent the night in his car. Dondero’s 2007 album Simple Love shows off the singer’s romantic side with added sentimentality, contempt, humor and lust. Click here to listen to his song South of the South.

Dondero is performing Saturday at 11:40 p.m. at the Orpheum as part of Tropical Heatwave. We asked him which artists he's looking forward to seeing before he takes the stage. Here's what he had to say:

"I’m so excited to see BeauSoleil (7:40 p.m., El Pasaje Plaza)! I’ve been getting deeper into traditional Cajun music, although I’m still at the beginning of my education. So I’m glad to see one of the best in the flesh. I hope I can get close up to really see what they’re doing. If not I’ll dance around by myself in the back.

"I have seen the Dirty Dozen Brass Band several times when I was living in New Orleans but haven’t yet seen Big Sam’s Funky Nation (5:40, El Pasaje Plaza). That’s one I can’t miss ’cause I loved that Dirty Dozen every time I saw them. Made me start smiling from ear to ear no matter what! It’s hard to get a white boy like me to dance, but they did.

"I also wanna check out Trombone Shorty (9:40 p.m., El Pasaje Plaza). I do know what it means to miss New Orleans. Luckily part of New Orleans is coming to Tampa to blow all of our minds."

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:30pm]


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