Bonnaroo lineup: Dwight Yoakam, Weird Al Yankovic, A$ap Rocky, Daniel Tosh among artists coming to Tampa Bay
Why is Bonnaroo such a big deal to Tampa Bay music fans? Two reasons:
1. It’s one of the biggest and most interesting rock festivals in America, and it’s within a day’s diving distance of Tampa Bay.
2. Most of the artists on the Bonnaroo bill tend to build tours of the Southeast around their appearance at the festival, which means plenty of artists come to Tampa Bay on their way to or from Manchester, Tenn. In the past few years, Bon Iver, Animal Collective, Robyn, Puscifer, Two Door Cinema Club and City and Colour are among the acts who’ve stopped through Tampa in early-to-mid June, thanks to a gig at Bonnaroo. This year's headliners, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, have no local shows yet, but we can hope, can't we?
So with this year’s Bonnaroo lineup unveiled today, let’s see which acts also have shows planned in Tampa Bay. We certainly expect more to be announced in the coming weeks — especially as we get closer to June 13-16, the dates of this year’s festival.
— Country star Dwight Yoakam will play the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 4. Click here.
— Indie folk outfit Lord Huron, who are also playing Coachella, will be part of the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 9 in Tampa. So will Zigaboo Modelist of the Meter Men, who are playing GMF with Phish’s Page McConnell; Modeliste will join Jim James, John Oates and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for this year’s Bonnaroo Superjam. Click here.
— Speaking of John Oates: Hall and Oates will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 6. Click here.
— Rising pop-rock outfit Twenty One Pilots will be at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on March 23. Click here.
— Weird Al Yankovic, who hosted Bonnaroo’s lineup announcement video, will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 13. Click here.
— Trombone Shorty will headline the final night of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on April 14. Click here.
— Rapper A$ap Rocky will open for Rihanna on April 20 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Click here.
— Comic Daniel Tosh will be at the Straz Center on June 27. Click here.