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Tropical Heatwave preview: Ted Lukas's picks


Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley’s Reluctant Prophets, singer-guitarist Ted Lukas would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay’s Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one.

With his new band the Misled, he specializes in a smooth and potent concoction of rock, blues, country and power pop. Click here to listen to his track Hearts Like Mine.

Lukas and the Misled play at 9 p.m. at New World Brewery as part of Tropical Heatwave. We asked Lukas which artists he's looking forward to seeing before and after he takes the stage. Here's what he had to say:

"Well, I am fortunate because my band is playing right after Roppongi’s Ace (8 p.m., New World Brewery), which means that I will get to see at least some of their set. I’ve seen them play a couple of times before and they just keep getting better and better.

"Chuck Prophet (10:05 p.m., Cuban Club Bandshell on the Patio) floors me because he is one of the few songwriters out there who can successfully combine so many different musical styles and influences into his recordings. Who else can make a hip-hop beat work with a ’60s Farfisa organ and a children’s choir? Chuck is an energetic performer who always connects with his audience, and he plays the hell out of that Telecaster, too. (Click here to listen to Prophet's Freckle Song.)

"Michael Burks (8:10 p.m., Cuban Club Bandshell on the Patio) plays Chicago-style blues on a Gibson Flying V guitar, just like Albert King. Now, ya gotta love that. I’m there.

"If we get down there early enough, I’ll definitely head on down to the Cantina to see the Mojo Gurus (5:10 p.m., Cuban Club Cantina) play. Doc Lovett is a great friend of mine and he’s also one of my favorite local guitar players." (Click here to listen to the Mojo Gurus' Party Doll.)

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo by Tracy May.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:00pm]


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