Tropical Heatwave preview: Mark Warren's picks
Mark Warren is a busy musician and supporter of the Tampa Bay music scene, having played in several bands and helping Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse keep on top of showcasing local talent.
His super-fun surf dance-rock band Vodkanauts perform the Friday Extra Concert Series at Lowry Park on Friday, and post-Heatwave, the band‚Äôs appearing at a slew of WMNF tribute shows: Woodstock (Aug. 15), Yellow Submarine/Abbey Road (Sept. 26) and The Wall (Nov. 28).
The Vodkanauts play at 11:30 p.m. in the Cuban Club Ballroom as part of Tropical Heatwave. We asked Warren which artists he's looking forward to seeing before he takes the stage. Here's what he had to say:
"Having the day job that I do at Skipper‚Äôs, I‚Äôll get to see most of the acts at Heatwave sooner or later when they come back through town ‚Äî though having them all concentrated in time and space sure is convenient!
"As it happens, by good/bad luck, the Vodkanauts are playing smack dab between two I‚Äôm very much looking forward to seeing, Blair Carman (8:40 p.m., Cuban Club Ballroom) and James Intveld (11:30 p.m., Cuban Club Ballroom). Carman is described as a mix of Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, and the evidence on YouTube certainly backs up the claim. In a perfect world, Intveld would be a million-selling Top Ten country artist. He doesn‚Äôt sound like current country, but rather, current country music should sound like James Intveld, with pedal steel and Telecasters out front, loud and proud.
"We recommend all Heatwave attendees start their Heatwave experience off with a proper aloha frame of mind and catch the set from our similarly retro-minded homies Stolen Idols (6:30 p.m., the Orpheum) ‚Äî they‚Äôre just fantastic and really do the Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman exotica trip with spot-on perfection. Hopefully somebody at the Orpheum knows how to make a Mai Tai."
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo by Dave Alderman