Will a beach concert with a 'major headliner' bring tourists to Pinellas County?
The tourism agency Visit St. Pete/Clearwater unveiled some of its 2014 marketing campaigns on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, and mixed in with news of ads on orange juice cartons and features on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show was this juicy tidbit tied to the agency's new "Live Amplified" motto:
Next summer, the agency will also help sponsor a beach concert with an unnamed "major headliner."
We here at SoundcheckCorp. have long expressed our admiration for Pensacola Beach's DeLuna Festival and Gulf Shores, Ala.'s Hangout Festival, two excellent music events that make fantastic use of the Gulf Coast's natural beauty.
But big concerts on Tampa Bay's beaches are all too rare. There are only a couple of viable venues, including Shephard's Beach Resort and, occasionally, the Postcard Inn on the Beach. A few years ago, there was a rumor that Counting Crows were going to play a beach benefit show at Fort De Soto, but that never came to pass.
A huge concert on the beach would be an welcome anomaly -- and probably a huge logistical nightmare, too, but we'd be willing to put up with traffic concerns for a major musical event near the Gulf of Mexico. Just look at the photo above -- it's from a radio-sponsored Spin Doctors concert on St. Pete Beach in 1996. Traffic to that show was supposedly terrible, and yeah, it's the Spin Doctors, but still, how cool does that look?
Who's your dream beach concert headliner? Jimmy Buffett? Zac Brown Band? A beach-themed festival with Best Coast, Wavves, Surfer Blood, Black Tide, Beach Day and Hundred Waters?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*