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Friday, February 5, 2016

Gasparilla Music Festival adds Lucero, The New Deal, Stephen Marley to the 2016 lineup

Some fine new additions have been made to the March music fest.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 12:41 PM

The New Deal
  • The New Deal

A few weeks back, organizers of Gasparilla Music Festival revealed the first round of performers for the fifth annual downtown music festival, with R&B grooving, jazz-hawking and hip hop bumpin' songstress Erykah Badu leading the pack with back-up from Greensky Bluegrass, MS MR, Charles Bradley, Talib Kweli, Antibalas, Blitzen Trapper, Kermit Ruffins and Houndmouth among others. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sunshine City Songwriters Festival launches in St. Petersburg with Kinky Friedman, Patty Griffin and others

The inaugural fest hits multiple downtown area venues Feb. 9-14.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Kinky Friedman
  • Kinky Friedman

Jeff Schorr has hosted singer-songwriters and acoustic artists of all varieties in his Craftsman House Gallery since opening the art space and café nearly 11 years ago in the heart of St. Pete’s Grand Central District. A mere 50 people can squeeze into the quaint Arts and Crafts-style bungalow once Schorr & co. remove the contents from its two main showrooms to make way for the staging area and seats to accommodate guests.

The size of these concerts is part of the appeal, however, each an intimate experience where the atmosphere of collective musical appreciation and camaraderie is further spurred by the warm and cozy living-room vibe. For songwriters, it’s a chance to play for active listeners and make meaningful connections with fans; for concertgoers, it’s an opportunity to get up close and personal with favored artists and enjoy every note, lyric and story they deliver, minus distractions.

The Sunshine City Songwriters Festival seemed like a natural progression. “We just wanted to try something different to spread that vibe throughout the whole community and involve the other venues in town, some of them still small, but larger compared to Craftsman House,” Schorr explained. Artists whose emphasis is on lyrics, wordsmithery and narratives fit better in smaller venues, anyway. “The songwriting and the words and the storytelling lends itself to that environment. Also the stories between the songs are usually really interesting, and lots of times entertaining and comical.”

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Obituary presents the inaugural Florida Metal Festival this Saturday

Tampa's death metal vets play The Cuban Club with 10 other acts that include Deicide and Madball.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Obituary hosts and plays the inaugural FMF. - ESTER SEGARRA
  • Ester Segarra
  • Obituary hosts and plays the inaugural FMF.

Brothers John and Donald Tardy are no strangers to large metal festivals. This year, the leader and drummer of Obituary put their more than three decades of experience into producing one of their own that’s geared at fans of old school metal: the inaugural Florida Metal Festival.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Erykah Badu, Greensky Bluegrass + more confirmed to perform at Gasparilla Music Festival 2016

An exciting lineup awaits at the fifth annual downtown Tampa music fest.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Erykah Badu leads the 2016 GMF lineup.
  • Erykah Badu leads the 2016 GMF lineup.

Dates for the fifth annual Gasparilla Music Festival were confirmed months ago (March 12-13), and early bird pre-sale tickets officially sold out this week, likely because GMF has already proven itself a viable, noteworthy music fest showcasing the best and brightest of our local culinary landscape amid bringing in fine musical acts — Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Dr. Dog, Los Amigos Invisibles, Benjamin Booker, Trombone Shorty, Ra Ra Riot, Jason Isbell, Page McConnell and the Meter Men, and The Flaming Lips, among others.

But the music-driven event situated in the heart of downtown Tampa is only now revealing the first round of artists that are set to appear on the spread of stages in Kiley Gardens and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park — and it was well worth the wait.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bonnaroo's 15th anniversary lineup to be announced on Conan Jan. 19

America's biggest camping-and-music fest will reveal its lineup on national TV next Tuesday.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM

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Arguably America's second most recognizable music festival with a whimsical made-up-sounding name, Tennessee's Bonnaroo is celebrating its 15th year in 2016 on June 9-12. In the last decade-and-a-half, the fest has grown from its fairly heavily jam-influenced roots to define the modern high-profile multi-day shindig, boasting a wildly varied slate of performers and pissing off legions of people by inspiring a nationwide circuit of festivals to serve as an alternative to, you know, the standard town-to-town touring.

So who's gonna be hitting the stage for this milestone? We don't know. Nobody does! (Our money is definitely on LCD Soundsystem, Kanye and some iteration of Guns N' Roses, though.) But that portion of the world that tunes in to Conan on TBS next Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be among the first among those who can't eke out some leaks this week to know the story. That's right — in an unprecedented attempt at music festival/basic-cable-non-music-focused-channel synergy, the B-roo (sorry) lineup will be announced via a late-night talk show helmed by a comedically gifted former Simpsons writer.

While the press release didn't give us any hints whatsoever regarding the festival's musical lineup, it did shed some light on what else is new this year: Toilets! Yup, toilets. As in, Great Stage Park, where the fest is held, will have its own permanent water line for the first time ever, facilitating a ton of permanent toilets, shower stalls and filling stations. So stop making smelly hippy jokes, OK? It's been 15 years. (And Kanye's played, like, twice now.)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The inaugural Florida International Toy Piano Festival blurs the line between work and whimsy

The three-day fest features forums, showcases and concert events.

Posted By and on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Florida International Toy Piano Festival co-founder (and player in her own right), Elizabeth A. Baker. - VIKKI MANN
  • Vikki Mann
  • Florida International Toy Piano Festival co-founder (and player in her own right), Elizabeth A. Baker.

In their heart of hearts, all musical instruments are inherently playthings. They have the potential to stimulate childlike wonderment within their adult users, and they allow the senses of actual children to run wild alongside timbre, tempos and tones basically pulled out of thin air.

Toy pianos are extra special.

By definition they are, in fact, playthings, scaled down to miniature from their upright and grand cousins. Four octaves is a luxury in toy piano land (full-scale models hit seven octaves), you have to kneel or sit cross-legged to play them, and the sounds they emit have more of a humble, hollow quality rather than that concert hall-filling bellow you might hear from a big Steinway. Still, there’s something enchanting in the way that a toy piano twinkles when its keys are struck. And despite its size, the toy piano’s influence on the history of composition looms large across every genre of music.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sharon Jones, St. Paul & The Broken Bones to play free fest in Clearwater this February

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival has upped its game

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:51 PM

CHELSEA KORNSE VIA FACEBOOK.COM/ST.PAULANDTHEBROKENBONES
  • Chelsea Kornse via facebook.com/St.PaulandTheBrokenBones

It’s a bummer to see bands like St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Sharon Jones (plus her Dap-Kings) pass over the Sunshine State. That won’t be happening this year.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Basement Sessions lands at MF Arts Ybor

A four-year-old music series and a new multi-use arts venue bring intriguing sights and sounds to Ybor this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Contemporary one-man-band Rogerthomas is among the performers at Basement Sessions VII. - BRIAN MAHAR
  • Brian Mahar
  • Contemporary one-man-band Rogerthomas is among the performers at Basement Sessions VII.

Between the influx of public murals, mixed-used spaces, multi-media art events and concert bills bursting from the typical single-genre box to encompass a diversity of sounds, the creative community has been striving to re-make Tampa’s cultural face. This Saturday, all those elements come together when the next installment of Basement Sessions — a finely curated evening of poetry, soul, glitch, turntablism, hip-hop and original art — hits MF (Mixed Field) Arts Ybor.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival lineup catches fire with the addition of Robert Plant, Ween, others

More than 80 bands converge on South Florida in March and the lineup additions continue to impress

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 12:52 PM

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I don't know about y'all, but my interest in Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival — an inaugural festie held on a camp site near Florida’s Lake Okeechobee in March and smelling suspiciously like the now-defunct Langerado — was already piqued after its initial lineup announcement featured such personal faves as Compton rap talent Kendrick Lamar, experimental hip-hop collab Big Grams (featuring Big Boi and Phantogram), soulful heartthrob Miguel, indie psych makers Youth Lagoon, and several quality electro music makers (Bonobo, Shpongle, Lotus, Four Tet), not to mention big name talent like Skrillex and Mumford and Sons, among many others.

The second wave of confirmed artists included Bassnectar, The Avett Brothers, Odesza, White Denim and Dungen, upping the ante of quality ever further. But the talent revealed in a press release today has cemented my desire to actually make the trip down south to attend the three-day affair. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Photo review: A look back at the third annual Don't Stop St. Petersburg festival

A look back in photos at the Sat., Nov. 28 music fest.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Seems like a good time was had all around at the third annual edition of Don't Stop St. Pete. We're taking a quick look back in photos at the music fest that took place this past Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, and brought crowds of locals folks to see more than 40 mostly Florida-area bands on four stages scattered around 21st Street North in the Grand Central District of St. Pete.
Permanent Makeup raging the Sly Bar stage at Don't Stop St. Pete. - BRIAN MAHAR
  • Brian Mahar
  • Permanent Makeup raging the Sly Bar stage at Don't Stop St. Pete.

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