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Tampa Bay Blues Festival postponed due to coronavirus

“We did everything within our power to save the event,” organizers said.
Aaron Neville headlines the 2016 Tampa Bay Blues Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on March 8, 2016.
Aaron Neville headlines the 2016 Tampa Bay Blues Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on March 8, 2016.

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First came Reggae Rise Up. Now a second major music festival has canceled this year’s event in Vinoy Park: The Tampa Bay Blues Festival.

The venerable festival, which this year would have brought headliners Aaron Neville and JJ Grey and Mofro, has been pushed back from April 3-5 due to concerns over COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

“We did everything within our power to save the event, but the coronavirus and health concerns in Florida have mandated this result,” organizers said in a statement. “We are very saddened by this development, but these circumstances are beyond our control. Our city manages the use of Vinoy Park, and has removed the venue as an option for us.”

Tickets, including VIP packages, will be honored for the new dates when they are announced. Refunds will be available for those purchased through Etix or other outlets, and the festival will provide more details when they’re available.

Organizers did say they believe the festival will return on April 9-11, 2021.

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