Why is Funk Fest moving from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 2013?
Funk Fest seemed snakebitten from the start in St. Petersburg, with a litany of snafus in its first few years, including too-few restrooms, too-hot weather and performers who arrived much too late (ahem, Erykah Badu, ahem).
So in the end, it's really not that surprising that the soul, funk and R&B festival will seek a fresh start this spring in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park on May 3 and 4.
"The numbers that we were getting and the cost of (Vinoy) park, it just didn't make sense," said Funk Fest organizer Leo Bennett.
In its new home, Funk Fest will feature Jagged Edge, Doug E. Fresh and Keyshia Cole on May 3 and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, the SOS Band, Salt-N-Pepa and Anthony Hamilton on May 4. Tickets range from $40 to $90 for a single day and from $65 to $140 for both days. Organizers expect about 5,000 people per day