Skatepark of Tampa's Brian Schaefer talks about booking artists like Band of Horses, Big Boi, Dinosaur Jr. and Action Bronson for Tampa Pro
Brian Schaefer is best known for running Skatepark of Tampa, but he may earn a second name as someone bringing down the bands that fans bemoan never (or rarely) visit Florida.
For parties celebrating their Tampa Pro and Am contests, the park has gotten groups like Dinosaur Jr., De La Soul, Superchunk, Band of Horses and Big Boi. And while Lil Wayne, above, has never performed one, he's a fixture at Tampa Pro tournaments as a fan.
Last December, the Skatepark partnered with Converse Rubber Tracks, meaning shows are now free. This year's Pro Party with rappers Action Bronson and Riff Raff, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum, is sold out, but the Skatepark has been giving away tickets.
"The way it usually works, we do a giant wish list of the Skatepark of Tampa's wants and desires, plus with the market," Schaefer said. "We used to work with Nike for most of the other parties and they would throw their names in the hat. Then we kind of see what's available based on timing, cost, trying to get everybody to understand it's not just a show, to stop by the park. We try to work with artists that are willing to be at the park the whole weekend when possible — it very rarely works out like we would like it to. Now it's Converse that has been assisting because they're a sister company of Nike, so they have their wish list as well."
For more with Brian Schaefer, click here for Jimmy Geurts' story.