Brokenmold's Sean O'Brien talks Antiwarpt, Gasparilla Music Festival, Tropical Heatwave and more

The organizers of the Antiwarpt festival are, from left, S. Bradley Askew, Phil Benito, Sean O’Brien, Manny Kool and Anna Serena. O’Brien and Benito are the forces behind Brokenmold Entertainment.

Cherie Diez

The organizers of the Antiwarpt festival are, from left, S. Bradley Askew, Phil Benito, Sean O’Brien, Manny Kool and Anna Serena. O’Brien and Benito are the forces behind Brokenmold Entertainment.

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If you've been to a local music festival lately, chances are good that concert promoter Sean O'Brien had a hand in it.

O'Brien, 36, started Brokenmold Entertainment with Phil Benito about six years ago. Last month, they put on the Gasparilla Music Festival, drawing more than 9,000 fans. They also book Tampa's Tropical Heatwave and St. Petersburg's Antiwarpt Music Festival. (That's O'Brien at center in the photo above, with the rest of the Antiwarpt team.)

"That's been another thing where we see the whole music community come together," O'Brien said of Antiwarpt. "Everybody's out there, there's a bunch of bands enjoying other bands' sets. There was a little article in Vice where they mentioned us as one of the great things about the Florida music scene, which is pretty awesome. It's been gratifying to see all these things grow from this little thing."

For more of Sean O'Brien's perspective on the local music scene, click here for Jimmy Geurts' interview.



[Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:31am]

    

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