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School of rock: Free shows Friday for Tampa college students

Published Apr. 11, 2014

Two universities in Tampa are giving back to their students and music fans with some great (and cheap) shows this weekend. The lineup for Bullstock, USF's party in the SunDome parking lot includes Boston born pop-rap duo Karmin, whose hit single Brokenhearted is pounding in living rooms and car stereos across the world. The rest of the bands — emo-punk disco lovers Panic! At The Disco, brooding indie rock outfit The Neighbourhood and Tampa's own New Cathedral — are all worth seeing, and the show's price tag (free for anyone smart enough to navigate themselves to the Sun Dome's parking lot) make this 6 p.m. Friday show a no-brainer.

Also on Friday, University of Tampa's Party In The Park will take over a nice portion of the Hillsborough River's west bank for a more private, but equally pop-tastic and pretty much free shindig of their own. Husband-and-wife party starters Matt and Kim will headline the show in Plant Park, but non-students hoping to dance and sweat to hits like Let's Go, Daylight and Cameras will need an assist from someone who actually takes classes there. Each registered UT student is entitled to one free ticket plus the purchase of one guest ticket for just $10. Guests must enter with their student host, so make sure you're attending with someone you know in real life and not buying tickets through some secondhand ticketing web site. Get more details at It's at 9 p.m. Friday in Plant Park at the University Of Tampa, 201 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa.