The Hold Steady headline Guavaween music festival in Ybor City, Tampa

October 25, 2012 

City of Tampa officials have smartly shifted Ybor City's annual Guavaween bash from a debauched parade to a first-rate music festival dubbed The Many Shades of Ybor.

The Saturday event features The Hold Steady, one of the greatest rock 'n' bands to emerge in the past decade, performing at The Ritz from 10:50 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.

And don't miss Bradenton-based Americana band Have Gun Will Travel, which will be at Crowbar from 9:45 to 11 p.m.

The music festival includes more than 20 bands representing national, regional and local talent in seven venues throughout Ybor.

The costume contest draws competitors from all over the country with a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 for third.

While there is no fence or wet-zone this year, visitors are encouraged to come in costume to enjoy the entertainment Ybor City's wide array of cafes, restaurants, cigar bars and pubs.

Details: 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Ybor City. Admission: Participation in the music festival requires a universal wristband available in advance for $20; $30 the day of the event. Information: 813-241-8838 or

-- Wade Tatangelo

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