Local community-funded radio station WMNF brings a mass of local, national and regional talent to Ybor City every year for a multi-venue genre-crossing music fest, Tropical Heatwave. We're counting down the weeks leading up to the 31st annual event — set to occur on Saturday, May 12, and encompassing 13 stages and more than 60 performers — by featuring our top 10 favorite acts, the ones you can count on to bring the fire to this year's Heatwave.
We've featured seven acts so far – click here to check out which ones – and the eighth one up is roots-folk-soul outfit Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets.
The Cocoa Beach-based five-piece is led by the strong soaring tenor and acoustic guitar strumming of Suomi (pronounced 'Sue-me'). Fleshing out their big and lush sound with four-part vocal harmonies and instrumental backing is the high-powered Minor Prophets – brothers Gavin and Ian Little (on bass and drums/percs, respectively), lead guitarist Zac Sullivan, and instrument juggler David Fountain, who plays banjo, mandolin, lapsteel and trumpet.