BEST HEATWAVE PERFORMANCE

Soul Rebels

WMNF devoted an entire stage to Louisiana acts this year at its annual Tropical Heatwave bash, and hundreds of enthusiasts remained camped there all night. Cajun-pop fiddle sensation Amanda Shaw and slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth both turned in commendable, crowd-pleasing sets. But the stage closer, Soul Rebels, had people hooting, hollering and literally bouncing up and down. The Rebels’ NOLA fusion of second-line brass, jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop kept the revelry going strong way past midnight. The eight-piece enjoyed the most enthusiastic response of the night thanks to their finely honed, genre-hopping party music — and the Mardi Gras beads they tossed in between songs didn’t hurt either. For pictures from the show, see the May 19 post at tampacalling.com

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