October 2, 2012
For Immediate Release
Tom Favata
(813) 248-3712
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce


Guavaween "Music Festival" Acts and Venues Announced


(Tampa, Florida) The Ybor City Chamber of Chamber announced today the bands and music venues for Guavaween 2012. This year's event, to be held on Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM will feature both the annual Costume Contest and a new indoor Music Festival. The theme for the 27th edition of Tampa's nationally-known Halloween celebration is "The Many Shades of Ybor."  


"The music festival will have something for everyone's taste" announced Tom Keating, President & CEO of the Ybor City Chamber. "We will have seven "live music" venues including Centro Ybor and over 20 bands representing national, regional and local talent." The Annual Costume Contest will be held at 9:00 PM at the Centro Ybor Stage.


Participation in the Music Festival requires a universal armband, available in advance for only $20; day of $30. There will be no wet-zoning of Ybor City and hence no fence. Guests are encouraged to visit the Historic District in costume and enjoy Ybor City's wide array of cafes, restaurants, cigar bars and pubs.


"We hope that everyone will come down to the Historic District in costume for Guavaween 2012," said Guavaween Chair, Marc Hamburg. "Our costume contest draws competitors from all over the country with a $1,000 prize for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third."


The eclectic music festival is being produced for the Chamber by Brokenmold Entertainment, LLC. The headliner is The Hold Steady and the line-up includes: Adrian Younge, Rubblebucket, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tortured Soul, Nervous Turkey, Sound Duo and many more quality acts. Live music venues include: The Ritz Ybor, Orpheum, Czar, Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery and Centro Ybor (see below for additional information on entertainment).


To purchase advance discount tickets for only $20 go to and click-on Guavaween.



Featured Bands include:


The Hold Steady delivers gritty bravado that recalls Bruce Sprinsteen or vintage Thin Lizzy. This bold approach has made the group critical darlings and popular enough to sell out clubs nationwide. 


Multi-instumentalist, singer and songwriter Adrian Younge, skillfully composed all the music for the 2009 blaxploitation action spoof, Black Dynamite, played all the instruments, wrote most of the lyrics, and recorded it all to vintage tape for a warm and authentic 70s sound. 


American indie-dance band from Brooklyn, Rubblebucket, chosen by SPIN Magazine as a "Must-hear artist from the 2009 CMJs," merges psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance and left field arrangements. 


At the age of 15, Jessica Lea Mayfield, an American singer-songwriter from Kent, Ohio, recorded her first EP, White Lies, in her brothers' bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, resulting in Mayfield and Auerbach hitting the studio, laying the foundation of her debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. 


Born of the simple yet adventurous belief that modern dance can be performed completely live, Brooklyn's Tortured Soul packs dance floors with their unique live performances, while their recorded oeuvre pushes the genre boundaries of soul, dance and pop. 


Formed in late 2006, Nervous Turkey uses punk to rough up the blues and finishes it off with Tom Waits gruff, to make it a touch disturbing. 


Sounduo is a post-dub, audio/visual, live performance project. Their sound features poly-rhythmic hip hop groves, vintage samples, soulful vocals, ambient soundscapes, live instuments and heavy synth bass passed through a scuzzed-out dub filter and mangled using the latest in glitch technology. Sounduo's performances have an emphasis on live remix's and dub versions of their studio tracks, live drums, plenty of improvisation and synced lighting and visuals.