- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A community radio station is suspending its long-running Tropical Heatwave music festival, an eclectic event that for 35 years has brought hundreds of bands and thousands of music fans to Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/2bZsHvM) reports that WMNF says an overcrowded music festival industry has priced the radio station out of the game.

Since founding in the early 1980s, Tropical Heatwave has brought such varied acts as Bo Diddley, Sun Ra, Alejandro Escovedo and the Hold Steady to Tampa’s historic Ybor City, in the process becoming one of Tampa Bay’s signature music events.

But once it no longer became the only game in town, Heatwave’s fortunes sank - or at least fluctuated wildly. The Gasparilla Music Festival and this year’s Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival were also competition.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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