Plan B Block Party returns to Ybor City with more than 40 bands

The third annual fest takes over six stages with a genre-spanning lineup on Saturday

Now in its third year of taking over multiple venues in Ybor City, Plan B Block Party returns this Saturday to regale us with performances by more than 40 acts representing a rather broad stylistic palette with a primarily Florida-centric focus.
Whether you plan to kick up your dancing shoes at a single spot or hop between stages for a shimmy here and a sway there, you doubtless have some givens – the music you intend to groove to no matter where the night may take you. Maybe it’s the retro-futuristic funk and bass-bumped hip-hop of RJD2, the tribal-percussive hubby-and-wife explosion that is Hank & Cupcakes, the fiery stomping folk rock moseys of Have Gun, Will Travel, the Jersey-soaked elder statesman pop-punk of Parasites, the dreamy New Wave-swept pop of Saskatchewan, or wall-of-sound post-rock washes of Set and Setting.

Whatever your givens, we suggest check out one or two of the eight highlights below – performers that are new to us, still feel new, or have thus far gone unsung and warrant some extra shine. —Leilani Polk

MeteorEYES The Sarasota outfit has been around a while and played these parts for the past several years, but in sporadic spurts and they only seem to improve each time. MeteorEYES produce pulsing, bouncing and slinking synth rock dosed in psychedelic hues and light worldly flourishes. Frontwoman Shannon Fortner hits a rich, robust vocal that soars over electro-zipping synthesizers and bright chords of guitar melody with an Afro-island-surf feel in songs like “Pelicans” – the lead single off 2014 Neon Waters EP – while “Chinese Adventure” is a faster-paced dance-inducer with guitar passages of vague Far East persuasion and appealing tempo-changing breakdowns. Live, they bring lights, fog and dynamism. 6:40-7:10 p.m., Tequila’s. —LP

The Winter Sounds Though The Winter Sounds is repped by our own New Granada Records, we haven’t seen the Nashville-by-way-of-Atlanta area rock band around the these parts in nearly three years. That doesn’t mean that primary songwriting force Patrick Keenan hasn’t been busy; in addition to relentless touring with core member, drummer/percussionist Joe Reilly, Keenan has been working on a follow-up to 2012 album Runner, which was produced by Scott Solter (St. Vincent, Okkervil River), and most recently issued a new digital single, “Meteor,” that finds his style of writing anthemic, poignant, New Wave-tinged dance rock fully intact. 8-8:40 p.m., New World Brewery. —LP

Wrenn If she got the chance, Erin Notarthomas might put a big ass dent in Top 40 radio. Her latest single, as Wrenn, “Summer Girls,” is just as ethereal, but more believable, than Lana Del Rey’s version of the great American swoon-pop dream. Songs like “The Day Atlas Dropped the Ball” and “Almond Eyes” showcase a playful side made for the dance floor. Slow burner “Laundromat” is sugary-sweet ode to affection and blows the whole “but is she diverse?” argument out of the water. RJD2 is a huge draw, but Wrenn may be the real reason to be at Plan-B. 9:15-10 p.m., Cigar City Cider & Mead (Outdoor Stage). —Ray Roa

COEDS The Plan B lineup shows no lack of feminine talent and this Savannah, Ga. quartet features another strong leading lady at the helm, Anna Chandler. Her hearty-piping belts and howls burn just as fierily and demand as much attention as the COEDS’ mix of 1970s-vibing punk-riffy power-pop, hard rock and doo wop, odes like “Tagalong” possessing the sort of pop-catchy hooks that’ll get your head bobbing and feet moving along. 10-10:40 p.m., New World Brewery. —LP

Chief Scout There’s a lot you could write about Trey Rosenkampff that he wouldn’t say himself, and while we’ll stop just short of calling him a bona fide prodigy, the fact that he totally skipped college to make rock n’ roll makes us marvel at the sage-like humility he gives off in interviews. He admits that trying to make a living as a musician is tough, but if the born-in-the-garage but made-for-the-mainstage sound he’s cultivated on a new EP, See, is any proof, the young man probably has many well-fed days ahead of him. 10:10-10:55 p.m., Crowbar. —RR

Me Chinese Me Chinese have not only mastered the band-name trolling game, but also the art of music genrefication. They’re self-proclaimed “paidwave” sound architects, and 2014 cassette having shows the outfit’s subsect of lo-fi rock n’ roll also wearing tenets of doo-wop and weird acid-washed beach baby AM magic. You can let the angry race-baiters be mad about the moniker, but there’s a lot more to this group than that. 10:30-11 p.m., The Market on 7th. —RR

PLEASURES We’ve been gushing over PLEASURES for the past few months now (they even got a Best of the Bay award this year), but Katherine Kelly’s latest, and maybe greatest project is a total trip, and worthy of another plug. The former Sons of Hippies principal sounds like she’s swimming near the surface of a fishbowl on “Everything Forever,” the lead-off track on the debut outing from her new band. Things just get weirder from there. Her PLEASURES bandmates are synthesizer freaks who operate amps and instruments as if demented surgeons on a quest to create some kind of new sonic Frankenstein. It’s all tied together in a ready-for-orbit package that was clearly delivered by some kind of psychedelic, mushroom-taking postman. 11:15-11:55 p.m., Tequila’s. —RR

Plastic Pinks The past several months have seen the rise of Plastic Pinks on either side of Tampa Bay, both as a headlining act and warm-up for Thee Oh Sees among others, likely because the Miami quintet is not only righteous but has area ties via Sonic Graffiti former Dane Giordano, whose pounding bass can now be heard in their salt-stained psych-dipped garage-punk (new Sunnyside Rabbits cassette was released via Burger Records in June), while his muscular howling vocals bring added force to the gang-style choruses. 12:15-1 a.m., Tequila’s. —LP

Plan B Block Party takes place Sat., Sept. 26, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Cigar City Cider & Mead, Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery and Tequila’s, Ybor City; tickets are $20 in advance/$25 dos. Full schedule below.

Plan B Block Party Schedule

RJD2, 12:30-1:45 a.m.
Hank & Cupcakes, 11:10 p.m.-12:10 a.m.
Chief Scout, 10:10-10:55 p.m.
Set and Setting, 9:05-9:50 p.m.
Saskatchewan, 8-8:45 p.m.
Florida Night Heat, 6:55-7:40 p.m.
Parasites, 5:50-6:35 p.m.
RedFeather, 5-5:30 p.m.

Cigar City Cider & Mead (Outdoor Stage)
Have Gun, Will Travel, 10:20-11:30 p.m.
Wrenn, 9:15-10 p.m.
Ketchy Shuby, 8:10-8:55 p.m.
Sh-Booms, 7:05-7:50 p.m.
Samurai Shotgun, 6-6:45 p.m.
Wax Wings, 5-5:45 p.m.

Cigar City Cider & Mead (Indoor Stage)
Kristopher James, 9-9:40 p.m.
Steve Miller, 8:20-8:45 p.m.
Ella Jet, 7:30-8:10 p.m.
Stefan Davis, 7-7:20 p.m.
Shae Krispinsky, 6:15-6:55 p.m.
Rodney Smith, 5:40-6:10 p.m.
JB Ball, 5:20-5:40 p.m.
Matt Fernandez, 5-5:20 p.m.

The Plastic Pinks, 12:15-1 a.m.
PLEASURES, 11:15-11:55 p.m.
HotBox, 10:20-10:55 p.m.
Empire Cinema, 9:15-10 p.m.
Jitters, 8:25-8:55 p.m.
Old Vices, 7:30-8:05 p.m.
MeteorEyes, 6:40-7:10 p.m.
The Rosewoods, 5:40-6:20 p.m.

The Market on 7th
The Woolly Bushmen, Midnight-12:45 a.m.
Michael Parallax, 11:20-11:50 p.m.
Me Chinese, 10:30-11 p.m.
Veiny Hands, 9:40-10:10 p.m.
Lauris Vidal, 8:40-9:30 p.m.
Someday River, 7:50-8:20 p.m.
Poster, 7-7:30 p.m.
Big Brother, 6:15-6:40 p.m.
Swampuss, 5:25-5:55 p.m.

New World Brewery
Brother Cephus, Midnight-12:40 a.m.
DieAlps!, 11-11:40 p.m.
COEDS, 10-10:40 p.m.
MrENC, 9-9:40 p.m.
The Winter Sounds, 8-8:40 p.m.
Gullwing, 7-7:40 p.m.
Living Decent, 6-6:40 p.m.
a kind of joy, 5-5:40 p.m.


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