Creative Loafing's Sensory Overload bash at the Cuban Club in Ybor City Saturday turned into a wild night that found more 2,000 party people getting down to bands like Latin funk ensemble Locos Por Juana, which I interviewed, and NYC indie glam rock quintet Apes & Androids (pictured left, photo by James Ostrand).
Shortly before midnight, Locos Por Juana stepped out onto the Cantina stage and quickly had asses shaking with their contemporary, horn-laced take on traditional Colombian and reggae music. Then Apes & Androids blew things out on the Courtyard with a futuristic rock pageant replete with guitar heroics, synth spazz-outs, costumes, falsetto vocals, confetti canons and laser lights. More than a dozen acts performed throughout the evening, which also included art installations, performing arts by local theater companies like Jobsite and a rum tasting that had me in the perfect mindset for Apes & Androids' irony-drenched rock spectacle. Here are some more pics from the evening:
Apes & Androids bringing the Velvet Goldmine vibe at Cuban Club Courtyard. By James Ostrand.
Locos Por Juana singer Itagui performing Saturday at Cuban Club Cantina. By James Ostrand.
The crowd braces itself for Apes & Androids. By Gabe Loewenenberg.
Me and my parents, Robert and Rebecca Tatangelo, getting down at Sensory Overload. By James Ostrand.