Gasparilla Music Festival preview: Organizers aiming high in year 3
For two years, the Gasparilla Music Festival has turned skeptics into fanatics who are near-evangelical in praising what has quickly become Tampa’s brightest, boldest and most community-oriented annual concert.
Six thousand fans came to GMF in 2012; that figure swelled to 9,700 in 2013. This year, the festival will expand to two days, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in more than 40 artists, including its biggest headliner yet, the Flaming Lips, as well as well-known artists like Jason Isbell, Trombone Shorty, RJD2, Those Darlins and more. If the weather holds up, there’s a good chance 10,000 fans will pack the park — and after that, who knows?
“We’re not resting on our laurels,” said executive director Ty Rodriguez. “I think we could control our own destiny, and only be limited by our own imagination, if this year goes well.”
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Advance tickets are $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $60 for the weekend. Click here for details.
Click here for our preview of the Gasparilla Music Festival. And after the jump, get set times for the dozens of acts on this year's lineup.
Curtis Hixon Park: The Flaming Lips (9 p.m.), Delta Spirit (7:15), Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn (5:45), Anders Osborne (4), Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill (2:30), Will Quinlan and the Holy Slow Train (1:15), Benjamin Booker (noon), gospel (11 a.m.)
Kiley Garden: RJD2 (7:45), Los Amigos Invisibles (6), J. Roddy Walston and the Business (4:30), Those Darlins (3:15), Dirty Bourbon River Show (1:45), Good Graeff (12:30), Small Fish (11:30 a.m.), kids fest (11)
Amphitheatre: Deluxe (7:15), Alexander and the Grapes (5:30), Atlantic Oceans (4), Matt Woods (2:45), Connor Zwetsch (1:15)
Tibbetts’ Corner: Sons of Hippies (7:15), Sunbears! (5:30), Hymn For Her (4), Zulu Wave (2:45), WAHH World Fusion Band (1:15)
Curtis Hixon Park: Trombone Shorty (5 p.m.), Jason Isbell (3:45), Grupo Fantasma (2:15), Hackensaw Boys (12:45), Amanda Shires (11:30 a.m.)
Kiley Garden: Tea Leaf Green (4:30), Soul Rebels (2:45), Spam Allstars (1:15), Under the Willow (noon), Yoga Rhythm Lounge (10:45 a.m.)
Amphitheatre: Dewars (4), Matt Hires (2:15), 10th Concession (12:45)
Tibbetts’ Corner: Florida Night Heat (4), SWIMM (2:15), Jim Chambers Music Box presents Sunday Secret (12:45), kids’ fest (11 a.m.)