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Can't miss acts for Gasparilla Music Festival

Trombone Shorty

5 p.m. Sunday

He's a familiar face in these parts, having headlined the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and Tropical Heatwave. And you may have caught him backing up Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna at this year's Grammys. But that's no excuse for skipping what'll surely be a compelling performance by swaggering brassman Troy Andrews. Ever heard a big-brass cover of Nirvana's In Bloom? Here's your chance.

Jason Isbell.

3:45 p.m. Sunday

You'll likely hear as much buzz about this Americana singer-songwriter as any artist at this year's fest. That's partly due to the former Drive-By Trucker's heartbreaking, soul-baring 2013 album Southeastern, considered by many his finest work to date. Tip: Get there early, as Isbell will probably make an appearance during wife Amanda Shires' set at 11:30 a.m.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

4:30 p.m. Saturday

On his 2013 album Essential Tremors, shaggy Southern rocker Walston wears his classic-rock influences on his sleeve, particularly Leon Russell and Led Zeppelin. If you think Kings of Leon went way too Hollywood, way too quickly, then Walston is the guy for you.


7:45 p.m. Saturday

Do the ominous strings and icy-cool pulse of the Mad Men theme send shivers up your spine? You have RJD2 to thank. GMF's first big-name DJ, the producer born Ramble John Krohn, lent his instrumental track A Beautiful Mine to AMC's Emmy-winning juggernaut, but several of his other trippy, funky jams have ended up in commercials and TV shows, so you may recognize more of his work than you think.

Those Darlins

3:15 p.m. Saturday

The Ramones and Runaways were clear influences on this Nashville garage-rock quartet's addictive 2011 album Screws Get Loose, but they explored trippier, more psychedelic waters — without losing an ounce of edge — on 2013's Blur the Line.

Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill

2:30 p.m. Saturday

You can't kill Jamaican roots reggae, not even after founding singer-songwriter Joseph Hill's death in 2006. His son Kenyatta carries on the legacy of his father, particularly that of landmark 1977 album Two Sevens Clash, considered an all-time classic of the genre.

… and


locals, too

Benjamin Booker

noon Saturday

Technically, Booker is a semi-recent Tampa emigrant, leaving his adopted hometown for the greener musical pastures of New Orleans. It's paying off, as the blues-rock guitarist recently signed with ATO Records (Trey Anastasio, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket).

Good Graeff

12:30 p.m. Saturday

With a cello and guitar, Sarasota identical twins Brittany and Brooke Graeff play poppy and catchy indie folk rock. Tegan and Sara are an obvious (and decent) comparison, but a better one might be Ra Ra Riot, who headlined GMF 2012.

Zulu Wave

2:45 p.m. Saturday

The tiny Tibbetts' Corner stage may not be able to contain fierce alt-rock quartet Zulu Wave. During St. Petersburg's recent Whigfest, singer-guitarist Michael Barrow shredded so hard he nearly took down the Mandarin Hide's famed chandelier.

Matt Hires

2:15 p.m. Sunday

The Seminole Heights singer's latest album title is a mouthful: This World Won't Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend. But his signature brand of polished pop songwriting remains, from the chugging single Restless Heart to the hands-in-the-air heart-bleeder Forever.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer


Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Advance tickets are $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $60 for the weekend. VIP tickets are $75-$100 per day, $150 for the weekend. Here are a few details to know:

Getting there

Parking is available on the street and in several garages, including the nearby Poe Garage at 800 N Ashley Drive. Bike racks are available. This year, there's a park-and-ride shuttle running from the Heights, 1910 N Ola Ave.; it's $10 and will run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Food and drink

This year, nearly 20 of Tampa's best-known eateries will serve custom creations. For example, the Refinery will offer smoked pork and gator sausage with Southern slaw; the Independent will serve its Indy Grilled Cheese; Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe will serve a chicken and waffle cone and ceviche. Other spots will offer Tampa delicacies like Cuban sandwiches, paella and devil crabs. Festivalgoers will also get a rare sneak preview at cuisine from Ulele, a much-anticipated Tampa Heights restaurant due to open in the spring — their tent will serve florida avocado puree and gulf shrimp and blue crab cocktail. There will also be bars and an expanded craft beer tent and garden.

Other highlights

Children are welcome throughout the day, particularly at a kids fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, there will be a Yoga Rhythm Lounge, a yoga and dance session in Kiley Garden.

What to bring,

what to leave

Permitted items include blankets and tarps, low-backed chairs, small bags and backpacks, sealed 1-liter water bottles, strollers and handheld cameras. Not permitted: pets, coolers, glass containers, umbrellas, large chairs, skateboards and wagons.

More acts to catch


Curtis Hixon Park

The Flaming Lips (9 p.m.), Delta Spirit (7:15), Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn (5:45), Anders Osborne (4), Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill (2:30), Will Quinlan and the Holy Slow Train (1:15), Benjamin Booker (noon), gospel (11 a.m.)

Kiley Garden

RJD2 (7:45), Los Amigos Invisibles (6), J. Roddy Walston and the Business (4:30), Those Darlins (3:15), Dirty Bourbon River Show (1:45), Good Graeff (12:30), Small Fish (11:30 a.m.), kids' fest (11)


Deluxe (7:15), Alexander and the Grapes (5:30), Atlantic Oceans (4), Matt Woods (2:45), Connor Zwetsch (1:15)

Tibbetts' Corner

Sons of Hippies (7:15), Sunbears! (5:30), Hymn For Her (4), Zulu Wave (2:45), WAHH World Fusion Band (1:15)


Curtis Hixon Park

Trombone Shorty (5 p.m.), Jason Isbell (3:45), Grupo Fantasma (2:15), Hackensaw Boys (12:45), Amanda Shires (11:30 a.m.)

Kiley Garden

Tea Leaf Green (4:30), Soul Rebels (2:45), Spam Allstars (1:15), Under the Willow (noon), Yoga Rhythm Lounge (10:45 a.m.)


Dewars (4), Matt Hires (2:15), 10th Concession (12:45)

Tibbetts' Corner

Florida Night Heat (4), SWIMM (2:15), Jim Chambers Music Box presents Sunday Secret (12:45), kids' fest (11 a.m.)

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