Surfer Blood, Pinback lead Whigfest lineup in downtown St. Petersburg
Last year's inaugural WhigFest Music and Arts Festival came and went in St. Petersburg without much fanfare. About 20 bands from around the state converged on Jannus Live and other nearby venues for a day of Florida-centric music and culture, but the event didn't attract as much attention as Antiwarpt or the Gasparilla Music Festival.
This year, however, WhigFest is making a play for your attention. The second annual event will take place over two days, Feb. 15 and 16, and be headlined by two sizeable names in indie rock, Surfer Blood and Pinback, alongside Greenhouse Lounge, Gringo Star and Stokeswood. A slew of the most popular bands in Tampa Bay and Central Florida -- including Cope, the Applebutter Express, Alexander and the Grapes, the Legendary JCs, Sons of Hippies, Zulu Wave, Lauris Vidal, Tides of Man and Will Quinlan -- bring the lineup to more than 40 acts.
Organized by local label Attic Records (a partner in October's Don't Stop St. Pete festival and co-run by Kevin Lilly, whose Rock Brothers Brewing is responsible for Have Gun, Will Travel's Orange Blossom Ale and JJ Grey's Nare Sugar Brown Ale), WhigFest will take place Feb. 15-16 at Jannus Live, with side stages at MacDinton's, Mandarin Hide and Ringside Cafe. There will also be an art show and market with works from Bask, Pale Horse, Vitale Brothers and other notable local artists.
Advance tickets are $35 ($60 for VIP) through Feb. 14, $45 ($80 for VIP) at the gate. Click here for all the details on Whigfest.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*