Best Of 2011

BEST REFRESH OF AN OLD FEST: 30th Annual Tropical Heatwave

“Been to one Heatwave, been to ‘em all” was the running inside joke — that is, before the 2011 edition of WMNF’s largest and most well-attended fundraiser of the year. For the 30th annual edition, organizers shrugged off complacency and brought on Brokenmold Entertainment to help with booking talent. The result was a refreshed bill (Bright Light Social Hour, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Carolina Chocolate Drops) that drew a big eclectic crowd to match.