Tampa’s Heights Unites taps power-pop favorite Five Eight to cap off epic lineup

Brew Bus’ all-day concert features a who’s who of local musicians.

click to enlarge Five Eight, which plays Heights Unites at Brew Bus in Tampa, Florida on February 23, 2019. - Nicole Kibert/elawgrr.com
Nicole Kibert/elawgrr.com
Five Eight, which plays Heights Unites at Brew Bus in Tampa, Florida on February 23, 2019.

Many different folks make Brew Bus’ Heights Unites festival happen, and one of them is Bay area scene staple Keith Ulrey. Last year, someone at Heights Unites did the right thing by handing the loveable, bald-headed, bearded guy who co-founded longrunning Tampa label New Granada the keys to the music portion of the event, and they must’ve entrusted Ulrey again, because an Athens, Georgia export (revered indie-rock and power-pop band Five Eight) is going to headline the neighborhood block party alongside Burke Brothers (featuring members of Bay area Americana favorite Have Gun, Will Travel), while some of the best rock and roll, reggae, folk and indie-pop acts from across the region play support.

We can’t wait to see the looks in the audience when John Nowicki’s freaky folk and madman-country project Tiny Terror takes the stage.

Online dustups surrounding polarizing Tampa City Council candidate Stephen Lytle have surfaced as of late (the president of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association is affiliated with Heights Unites, and CL interviewed him for a story about the festival last year), but the personality conflicts (yeah, we’ll probably vote for Dingfelder) aren’t enough to keep us away from what is ultimately a fantastic community event.

Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival w/Five Eight/The Burke Brothers/The Dollyrots/Johnny Mile and the Kilometers/Hello Joyce/Badda Skat/Fever Beam/Kerry Courtney/Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent/Kristopher James/Cormac Kavanagh/Shawn Kyle/Lassyu/Jack Sprouse/The Tiny Terror/Damion Suomi/Lauris Vidal. Sat. Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Brew Bus, 4101 North Florida Ave., Tampa. eventbrite.com

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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