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Why go to Bonnaroo, when so many Bonnaroo artists are coming to Tampa Bay?




Every year, I threaten to go to Bonnaroo. And every year, for whatever reason -- no time, no energy, no money -- I back out.

So today the lineup was unveilled for Bonnaroo 2011, and sure enough, two artists on my personal bucket list -- Eminem and Arcade Fire -- are among the headliners. Yet once again, I won't be making the drive to Tennessee for Bonnaroo on June 9-12, as I'll be traveling elsewhere.

However, I've learned there's a silver lining for Tampa Bay fans unable to attend Bonnaroo. In the past few years, a handful of Bonnaroo artists always seem to swing through here on their way to or from Manchester, Tenn. It happened in 2009 with Animal Collective and Bon Iver. It happened in 2010 with Against Me! and Tokyo Police Club. This year, it's bound to happen again (come on, Mumford and Sons and Best Coast!).

A cursory glimpse at the 2011 lineup reveals more than a few Bonnaroo artists who already have stops planned in Tampa Bay over the next few months. This list may not be complete, but here are a few names that jumped out to us:

-- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Bluesy rock with a jam-band bent. March 4 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Click here.

-- Wiz KhalifaThe Black and Yellow rapper is part of Wild Splash 2011, with Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson and others, March 12 at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Click here.

-- Pretty Lights: The man born Derek Vincent Smith blends hip hop and electronic music. He appaers March 25 at Crowbar in Ybor City the House of Blues in Orlando. Click here.

-- !!!It's pronounced "chk chk chk," and their electro-funk sound is a whole lotta fun. They'll be at Czar in Ybor City on March 26. Click here.

-- Scissor Sisters (above): The glam-dance collective will open for Lady Gaga, April 16 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Click here.

-- School of Seven Bells: Dreamy indie pop from Brooklyn. They'll open for Interpol April 28 at the Ritz Ybor. Click here.

-- Sleigh Bells: In a press release, this noise-rock duo was actually listed among the headliners for this year's Bonnaroo, which shows you what being the breakout indie-rock act of 2010 will get you. They'll perform April 29 at the State Theatre. Click here.

-- Robyn: The Swedish electro-pop sensation is opening for Katy Perry, June 10 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Click here.

Remember, this was only the first wave of Bonnaroo announcements -- and it's still only February. We're betting a lot more Bonnaroo acts will pass through Tampa Bay this spring and summer. Stay tuned.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:44pm]


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