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After 5 years, Gasparilla Music Festival still spotlighting top Tampa Bay talent

Acme Jazz Garage

Jay Nolan

Acme Jazz Garage



After five years, you'd think organizers of the Gasparilla Music Festival would be out of top-notch local bands. Especially when their goal each year is to make the lineup look totally different from the ones that came before it.

"It's not always the easiest thing," said programming director Phil Benito.

But once again, this year's Gasparilla Music Festival, which returns to Curtis Hixon Park Saturday and Sunday, pulled it off. In addition to national heavyweights like Erykah Badu, Stephen Marley and Lucero, the lineup boasts several local notables who are just now playing their first GMF.

There's Damon Fowler, the nationally signed blues guitarist and festival regular who's in the midst of a string of shows with George Thorogood. There's Gumbi Ortiz, the Latin jazz percussionist who tours with guitarist Al Di Meola. And there are a slew of acts from all genres who have played festivals all over town — the Ries Brothers, Resinated, Poetry 'n Lotion, DieAlps!, Gwan Massive, Acme Jazz Garage (above) — but somehow not GMF.

For more on how the Gasparilla Music Festival books top local talent, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 4:25pm]


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