Review: Funshine Music Festival brings Train, Smashing Pumpkins, Phillip Phillips and a ton of midway fun to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa
After scrambling from stage to stage on Friday, dusting powdered sugar from our shirt and tweeting like a maniac, we think we'd have to agree with Sean Daly: Despite an iffy lineup and even iffier gimmick (it's the State Fair but with music!), the inaugural Funshine Music Festival actually turned out to be a good bit of fun.
There is work to be done, to be sure. The stages could be a little closer together, or at least not so hard to find (the back Corona Extra stage, with Youngblood Hawke and Dead Confederate, was extremely lightly attended at the beginning of each set).
But on the whole, you had solid music, tons of excellent food, all the rides you can ride and more. What's not to love? And there were a few truly fun musical moments, too, from Train's Pat Monahan hopping into the crowd during Marry Me to Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan dragging his dad up onstage to Phillip Phillips receiving a standing O for his massive hit Home.
As Sean writes:
We live in a land of endless music festivals, one after another. A cynical pop music critic can get a lil' wary about yet another fest showing up on his work schedule. But Funshine — $30 at the door gets you seven stages of pretty good bill of new and classic acts, better-than-normal rides, all of it ticketless and free-flowing — is a smart, unique idea.
Is there work to be done? Sure. Live Nation organizers should mix up the lineup a bit next year, maybe get some metal, some hiphop, a few women who rock. (No offense to REO Speedwagon and Styx, who are here tonight, but aren't they always here?)...
But still, this a great start.