If you’re looking for a good introduction to Tampa’s local music scene, Summer Jam 9 is the place.
The genre-mixing, multi-venue festival has been an end of summer tradition in Ybor for nearly a decade now, and it returns Saturday with a broad sampling of bands from around the Bay area and beyond.
The fest has 15 acts spread between Crowbar, New World Brewery and The Social, with something for fans of everything from punk to Americana to retro soul, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Headliner Helado Negro, a Brooklyn-based electronic producer known for blending indie rock, aftrobeat and Latin influences with Spanish and English lyrics, will close out the night with a set at crowbar beginning at 12:30 a.m.
Other notable acts include experimental rockers Zulu Wave, the Motown revival group The Sh-booms and Wolf-Face, the St. Petersburg punk band that plays in full-on, werewolf costumes, a la Michael J. Fox in “Teen Wolf.” Oh and if that’s not enough weird costumes for you, there’s Orlando’s Moonmen From Mars, who perform in skintight metallic bodysuits and neon, blank-faced masks.
Tickets are available online at sj9-eorg.eventbrite.com/ for $15.