A Night With 311 and The Dirty Heads

By on August 7, 2019
Nick Hexum from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

Arguably the hottest tour of the summer stopped in Tampa Saturday night. Co-headliners 311 And Dirty Heads made a stop at the Mid-Florida Credit Amphitheater on a hot and humid Saturday night. This juggernaut of a tour guaranteed a fun night of reggae and rock for everyone. 

Bikini Trill, a surf-pop trio from Los Angeles, California started the show. 

Roach from Bikini Trill. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

Though the band formed in 2017, they took to the stage as if they’ve been doing it for years. 

Tony Stern from Bikini Trill. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

Even though it was early in the night, there was a sizable crowd in the pit singing along to the melodic vocals of ‘Sticky Trees’ and ‘Need Me’.

LJ From Bikini Trill (Photo – Steven Muncie)
LJ From Bikini Trill (Photo – Steven Muncie)

Up next was DREAMERS, a pop rock group from Manhattan.

Nick Wold from DREAMERS (Photo – Steven Muncie)
Marc Nelson and Nick Wold from DREAMERS (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

After DREAMERS closed with their latest release ‘Die Happy’, there was a short break. At this point the Amphitheater was packed with energy and buzz. Dirty Heads took to the stage and were met with an enormous cheer. They instantly set the vibe that only Dirty Heads can, filling the Tampa State Fairgrounds with their unique sound of hip-hop, rock, and reggae. 

Dustin Bushnell from Dirty Heads. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

The crowd was hyped, with not a single person sitting. The energized crowd nearly drowned out the vocals of ‘Lift Me Up’ And ‘Dance All Night’. 

Jared “Dirty J” Watson from Dirty Heads. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

There was a brief break from the music to announce that this was the biggest show of the tour so far. 

Dustin Bushnell from Dirty Heads. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

311 was up next, the energy was at an all-time high. They kicked off the set with a trio of fast paced hits, ‘Homebrew’, ‘All Mixed Up’, And ‘Beautiful Disaster’. The pit was at capacity and bouncing to the beat of each song.

Next up was a new song from the band’s 13th album “Voyagers” ‘What The?!’.

Nick Hexum from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

The rest of the 70 minute, 16 song set was a mix of classic hits and songs from the new album. Guaranteeing that everyone in the audience would go home happy. 

Tim Mahoney and Doug “SA” Martinez from 311 (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

After 3 decades of touring and making music, it was clear that the 5 piece band made up of Nick Hexum, Doug “SA” Martinez, Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, Tim Mahoney, and Chad Sexton are still passionate about performing and strive to put on the best show possible. 

Doug “SA” Martinez from 311 (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)
Tim Mahoney and Nick Hexum from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

As the show was coming close to an end, not a single person had left. The set to this point covered almost every hit song in the 311 catalog, but there was one still missing. There was near silence for about a minute as the crowd waited anxiously. Then the guitar riffs for ‘Amber’ started, which easily got the loudest cheer of the night. 

Nick Hexum from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)

At the end of the set, Nick thanked the crowd and informed everyone that over 13,000 people were in attendance. Which to this point is the biggest turnout so far for this tour. 

Nick Hexum from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)
Chad Sexton from 311. (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)
Aaron “P-Nut” Wills from 311 (Photo – STEVEN MUNCIE)
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