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Indie Night, a showcase for local bands, debuts at The Floridian Social this June

Indie Night, a showcase for local bands, debuts at The Floridian Social this June

a group of people enjoying a concert inside an intimate music venue
Photo via The Floridian Social Club (Facebook)

St. Pete will host its first-ever St. Pete Indie Night on June 1 featuring local bands Rohna, Miroux, Pilot Jonezz, and Mustard Service. The upcoming show is set to be their largest to date in Tampa Bay as Indie Night moves from Crowbar in Ybor to The Floridian Social (687 Central Ave).

“St. Pete has such a grand music scene and having just a small part in the indie rock scene there means a lot to me. I can see Indie Night connecting people, being a place of community, and a place for attendees and local bands to have fun. It makes me really happy,” said creator of Indie Night, Andres Hernandez. 

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Indie Night readies for its first-ever St. Pete event

At 26 years old, Hernandez embarked on a mission in 2021 to bolster Florida’s local indie music scenes through his Indie Nights events. These initiatives aimed to provide a platform for local bands to reach new audiences following the widespread closure of venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

a black and white photo of ab and performing live on a small stage at a sold out venue
Mustard Service performs in Miami. Photo by Hannah Howells (@hhowphotos) hannahhowells.com

Celebrating the Florida music scene

The burgeoning success of the Indie Nights series saw a surge in demand for its sixth installment in Tampa Bay. In response, Hernandez opted to relocate the event to a significantly larger venue, doubling the capacity of the previous Crowbar venue. Headlining the event was Mustard Service, a Miami-based band renowned for their sizable following, boasting an impressive 260,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

“This is the first time we’re getting a big headliner like Mustard Service for Indie Night, so this show is going to be a very unique experience. Mustard Service kind of does their own thing. They categorize themselves as zest-pop but have an indie-surf rock, jazzy vibe going on,” said Hernandez.

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Along with booking new bands like Mustard Service, Hernandez tries to bring back bands that have played previous Indie Nights, while creating space for upcoming bands to open up the show. His current band, Rohna has a loyal following who frequently attend Indie Nights around Florida.

A splashy debut at Floridian Social

“Our opening band, Pilot Jonezz, has done a lot of awesome stuff in the local scene and built up their own community, so I thought they would be a perfect addition. Miroux opened one of the Tampa Indie Nights last year and blew everyone away. I wanted to bring them back and give them a bigger opportunity to play,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez anticipates a large crowd of old and new attendees at St. Pete Indie Night and hopes to sell out the venue. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. They can be purchased at online.

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