Countdown to Tropical Heatwave 2012: Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets

CL spotlights our top 10 favorite Heatwave acts leading up to the WMNF fest (w/audio & video).

Suomi and the Prophets have toured with The Builders & The Butchers and Murder By Death, and their super high-spirited live performances have earned them a fast-growing base of fans. Critics are on board, too, won over by the high-quality Go, and Sell All of Your Things, the band?s most recent full-length issued via LA indie label Hopeless Records last year.

Listen to "Holy Ghost" off the 2011 album below.

Check out the music video for the track "Mustard Seed" below.

And finally, video from a 2010 SXSW performance of "Camel" with Andy Zipf.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE DETAILS: Sat., May 12, 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Centennial Park, Collage Ybor, Crowbar, New World Brewery, CL Space, The Bricks, Orpheum, The Cuban Club, The Ritz, The Roosevelt 2.0, El Pasaje Plaza, Ybor City, $30 adults advance/$40 at the door ($12 youths ages 12-20, available by phone or in-person only). Click here to buy online or call 813-238-8001. Stay tuned for further picks from CL along with our own page featuring details about the fest, its performers, stages and schedule...

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.

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