When the inaugural Funshine Music Festival kicks off at the Florida State Fairgrounds Friday, the giddy melange of rock, midway rides and a bargain $25 admission price will have a lot of things going for it. A spin on the Himalaya with a real live Cheap Trick soundtrack? Sold.
And yet that seemingly win-win recipe is no guarantee the Tampa throwdown will be a success. Success hinges not just on the talent: Train, the Smashing Pumpkins, Phillip Phillips, Ted Nugent, Gary Allan, the Wallflowers.
Will Funshine be able to merge all of its intriguing parts to feel like more than just, well, the Florida State Fair with a lot more music? Will there be something special about it, some swirling magic about the whole weekend? We'll see.
And if you're not sure when to rock and when to ride? Click here for Sean Daly's day-by-day preview of the Funshine Music Festival.