Say happy birthday to WMNF this weekend

I offered to pitch a story to the big paper on the WMNF-88.5 FM Community Radio birthday bash, but it was turned down. (Maybe someone else is writing it? Sean Daly? Wouldn’t that be cool?!)

So, allow me to get some info to you blog-style.

WMNF birthday parties used to go down at the Coliseum in St. Pete. To me, they always seemed geared to the older listener base, the die-hard bohemians and ex-hippies.

Since the party moved to the Cuban Club it’s been more on par with the station’s annual Tropical Heatwave events, offering a similar — if on a smaller scale — variety and atmosphere.

A band to check out at this year’s shindig is the Explorers Club, whose singer sounds remarkably like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. WMNF has been playing the hell out of this ultra-melodic band from Charleston, S.C.

Some of our best local crowd pleasers take the stage: Tribal Style and Bird Street Players, plus a Go-Gos tribute band called the Go-Go Nads. That oughta be a hoot.

According to 88.5 head honcho Randy Wynne, this birthday bash forecast has been issued: Partly Cloudy, high 90°F, low 76°F; precip 20%; Sunset 7:37pm. “Dancing, birthday cake, great bands discovered – and lots of friends.”

It’s called the WMNF 29th Birthday Bash/Earthdance.

At the Cuban Club on 13th and Republica de Cuba Avenue in Ybor City, Saturday, Sept. 13, Doors 5:30pm .

$23 advance, $28 door. Special teen price: $10 at the door.

The Cuban Club in Ybor City.

The schedule:


5:30-7:00 Drum Circle (bring your drum and join in)

7:00 – 7:05 Prayer for Peace (simultaneous with over 100 sites around the world)

7:05-8:05 Tribal Style – reggae

8:25-9:35 Carolyn Wonderland – Texas blues/rock

9:55-11:05 Suenalo – Latin/funk/hip hop

11:25–1:00am Toubab Krewe – African/rock


7:05 -7:30 Go-Go Nads – all-male tribute to the Go-Gos

7:55 – 9:00 The Explorers Club – Beach Boys sound-alikes

9:25 -10:30 The Dedringers – Texas folk rock

10:55 – 12:00 Wild Sweet Orange – alternative


6;30-7:40 Raiford Starke Band – folk-country-rock

8:00-9:10 Bird Street Players – funk/reggae/R&B

9:30-10:40 Christie Lenee’s Funkgrass Groove – folk-rock/jam band

11:00-12:10 Hybrid Groove – rockin’ blues

Check out myspace/wmnf for more details.


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