Chillin' Music Fest to bring Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stephen Marley, the Expendables to Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa
Seems like just the other day Rebelution sold out two straight nights at Jannus Live, and we delved into how Jannus and St. Pete as a whole had become a central clearinghouse for all things related to America's modern alt-reggae-rock movement.
Right on schedule, the movement is breaking into the mainstream -- so much so that a brand new roots-pop and reggae-rock festival, Chillin' Music Fest, will take place Sept. 20 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.
Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stephen Marley and the Expendables lead the initial lineup for the first-ever fest, with at least one more big national name to be announced in August. Antiguan reggae act Chillakaya 1, New Orleans' Creole Hunters, Tampa ska-fusion group UNRB and Orlando dub-rock outfit HOR!ZEN will also play, as will DJs Pat Premier and Dave Russell.
In all, look for about a dozen bands to play on two stages in a setting that may resemble the Chillounge concept, which pops up in local parks (including Curtis Hixon) from time to time. Scott Bush, the festival's CEO, said he hopes to have hammocks, air chairs and maybe even an outdoor hookah lounge.
"This is our inaugural run and we'll be bumping to two days next spring," Scott Bush, the festival's CEO, said in an email. "I live in the area, love this park, and want to (bring) the alt/reggae vibe outside, in a festival surrounding, to a place besides Jannus Live."
Early bird tickets are on sale now for $40-$45 ($100 VIP). Click here for all the info on the Chillin' Music Fest.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*