Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Don't Stop St. Pete and Plan-B Block Party: Which is best music fest?

For the last three years, the Antiwarpt Festival has brought local music fans together for a giant night of music and good spirits in downtown St. Pete. But when Antiwarpt dissolved this year amid legal squabbles over its name and future, its organizers broke what would have been Antiwarpt No. 4 into two competing festivals — and on Saturday, they'll split the local scene in two. • St. Petersburg will host Don't Stop St. Pete, an arts and music festival on Central Avenue's 600 block with about 60 bands, a fashion show, food, vendors and more. Ybor City will host the Plan-B Block Party, featuring more than 50 bands on seven stages. • This poses a difficult, awkward choice for local music fans: Which festival and artists should you support? To help you decide, here's a breakdown of both events. Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Who's in charge

Don't Stop St. Pete

Antiwarpt co-founder Anna Serena of the Don't Stop Collective, an events coordinating and artists' development company, founded the festival. Principal partners include local label Attic Records, which organized the Whigfest festival in February; the small business collective Keep St. Petersburg Local; and the city of St. Petersburg, which will block off part of Central for the day.

Plan-B Block Party

Antiwarpt co-founders Phil Benito and Sean O'Brien of Brokenmold Entertainment are running the show, with support from local promoters Aestheticized Presents, THX MGMT, Soulshine Music and the blog NineBullets.net. Tampa label New Granada Records will showcase nine of its artists throughout the day at New World Brewery.

THE SETTING

Don't Stop St. Pete:

There will be two free outdoor stages on the 600 Block, with live music starting at 5 p.m. You can also see live music all day, starting at 1 p.m., at the State Theatre, the Local 662 and Fubar in the 600 block; and the Emerald, Sake Bomb, the Bends and Everything Dolce nearby.

Plan-B Block Party:

Shows will take place starting at around 4 p.m. at clubs around Ybor City: Crowbar, New World Brewery, Market on 7th, The Dirty Shame, Ybor City Social Club and two stages, indoor and outdoor, at the Roosevelt 2.0.

The music

Don't Stop St. Pete:

National headliners include indie alt-country group Murder By Death, rapper-producer Amerigo Gazaway and Brooklyn rockers Black Taxi. There are more than 60 local and Florida bands, including Tides of Man, Sons of Hippies, Polyenso, Jensen Serf Company, Mountain Holler, Goodnight Neverland, Variance and Stolen Idols.

Plan-B Block Party:

The lineup features more than 50 familiar local acts, including Nervous Turkey, Wolf-Face, Alexander and the Grapes, Feral Babies, Zillionaire and Empire Cinema. A highlight is the first show in more than a year by popular indie rockers Sleepy Vikings. Look for more acts from around Florida, including Orlando's buzzed-about Saskatchewan and Woolly Bushmen and Jacksonville's Sunbears; as well as Brooklyn punk outfit the So So Glos, who performed this spring on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Food and drinks

Don't Stop St. Pete:

Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing is a presenting sponsor, and there will be a beer tent on the 600 Block. In addition, six of the indoor venues will each carry an exclusive SweetWater beer. There will also be food tents, plus nearby restaurants like Acropolis and La V.

Plan-B Block Party:

None tied to the festival, though Ybor City, of course, is packed with bars and restaurants.

The details

Don't Stop St. Pete:

The outdoor stages and festival are free and all-ages. Music starts at 1 p.m. Wristbands for all indoor venues are $12 advance, $15 at the gate (individual shows are $5-$8). A few venues are 21 and up. For details and a full schedule, see dontstopstpete.com.

Plan-B Block Party:

Doors open around 3:30 or 4 p.m. Saturday at various venues. Tickets are $10 advance, $14 at the gate (individual shows will be $10). For details, see facebook.com/brokenmold.

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