The '90s rockers have just been announced as the headliners of the city of Tampa's Riverfront Rock festival, the main event of the two-day grand opening of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, across the Hillsborough River from Curtis Hixon Park and the Straz Center.
Third Eye Blind will headline Day 1 of the festivities on May 12, performing on the main stage alongside the Distinguished Men of Brass, Jah Movement, Three Sheets to the Wind, C-Rena and more. Day 2 on May 13 will feature performances from the Florida Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band and more.
The music is but one component of the park's grand opening weekend. It's also the setting for this year's fifth annual Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown, along with sports and fitness events, family activities and fireworks both nights. The 25-acre park features a playground, dog park, splash pad and rowing facilities.
But let's be honest: Plenty of people will just be there for Third Eye Blind. Their concert last summer at Clearwater's Coachman Park, part of a 20th-anniversary celebration of their breakthrough debut album, drew nearly 5,500 people.
"If you show up and you are eligible to feel things, to let yourself really feel things, to be taken into it, then you're going to have that kind of exalted, up-and-out-of-yourself kind of feeling that having this encounter with music in groups creates," singer Stephan Jenkins told the Times last summer. "It's a collective experience, people feeling something together. And what that does, what's so amazing about it, is that it makes them realize they're not alone. It makes them feel that in some deep way. I think that is marvelous, and I love making that happen."
— Jay Cridlin