Here's my review that will appear in the CL that hits newsstands Wednesday.
Summer Jam III runs the gamut.
Photo by Shanna Gillette.
Voxtrot w/The Dark Romantics/Blac Soap/The Sugar Oaks/Aych & E.P/Roppongi's Ace, Crowbar, Ybor City.
D'Visitors w/Red Room Cinema/Black Reign/Mumpsy/Bongo/The Same/Rocwell, New World Brewery, Ybor City.
Can indie rock and gangsta rap coexist? How âbout shoegaze and funk? Those were a couple of the questions posed last Saturday at Summer Jam III. Like the majority of shows associated with the idiosyncratic Aestheticized Presents, the event featured an unconventional lineup that careened from mainstream rock and commercial hip-hop to varying modes of experimental. The eclectic nature of the festival, which featured mostly homegrown talent, went a long way toward showcasing the diversity of the local original music scene.
More than a dozen acts performed at two Ybor City venues â Crowbar and New World Brewery â that are located quite a few blocks apart. The music started around 7 p.m. and the headliners didnât make noise until past 1 on Sunday morning. Attendees had to be intrepid: hoof it to and from clubs; sit through unrelated acts of varying degrees of talent; be at the right place at the right time to catch that favorite band despite the fact no schedules were posted for the general public.
The contrasting pairing of styles could have been jolting had it not been for extended DJ sets in between actual performances. Tampa post-rock quintet Red Room Cinema mesmerized a crowd of attentive, arms-folded hipsters at New World Brewery with intense, effects-laden-yet-sinewy instrumentals, then was followed by the jammy, horn-laced funk of DâVisitors. Over at Crowbar, hardcore 813 rappers Aych (pronounced âHâ) and E.P. â along with help from other members of their Umbrella Corporation â sent shockwaves through the room with their violent gangsta routine, which happened to precede a set of emotive love songs by nationally signed, Lakeland-based indie rock outfit The Dark Romantics â a quintet consisting of two married couples.