Tonic, Sister Hazel among first acts announced for music festivals at Williams Park in St. Petersburg
Williams Park is known as a hangout for the homeless in St. Petersburg. It is NOT known as a concert venue -- even though it has hosted a few concerts, such as Hoobastank in 2009 (above).
But a Tampa company wants to change that.
Backline Music Group wants to reinvent Williams Park by staging at least eight daylong music festivals there in 2012, including shows by national headliners like Tonic, Sister Hazel and the actor Gary Sinise. The first is scheduled for March 31. The group is plotting four concerts in the spring and four in the fall, said partner Kevin Lilly. He hopes the spring shows will attract up to 5,000 people, but he's aiming for bigger names in the fall — O.A.R. and Smashing Pumpkins were mentioned as possibilities — that could bring crowds of up to 9,000.
Photo: Scott Keeler, tbt*