Gasparilla is a party you do not want to miss. Following the weekend that features a huge pirate ship storm the harbor of Tampa Bay as a throwback to the cities buccaneer history, another party gets underway with the downtown streets set ablaze. The Gasparilla Music Fest is a two day festival scheduled for March 11 and 12 with headliners Ryan Adams, and Cage the Elephant. The festival has a penchant for showcasing more local talent from all over Florida.
Ryan Adams got his start in the band Whiskeytown, but it wasn’t until he went solo that the world saw that he was such a prolific songwriter. He has released 18 records with his 19th coming out later this February, 2017. Adams has jumped genres from country, to rock, to his metal project Orion, but always seems to find comfort in his brand of Americana.
Moon Taxi is a hard band to pin down. The Nashville TN indie outfit can rock as hard as they groove. With a progressive bend, the band has released five records with their last album 2015’s Daybreaker.
Have Gun, Will Travel
Hailing from just south of Tampa in Bradenton, FL, Have Gun, Will Travel mixes folk, rock, and country influences. The band has been featured in Chevy TV commercials, and the TV shows; The Good Wife, Expedition Unknown, and Roadtrip Nation.
Miroux has garnered some underground buzz in the past couple years as accomplished young musicians with an original sound. The band from across the bay in St Petersburg has opened for Young the Giant , and the 1975 and offer a large and infectious sound.
The New Mastersounds
Leeds, England veterans The New Mastersounds have ten records to their name and have been playing together since 1999. In the 16 years since forming, the band has collaborated with Corinne Bailey Rae, James Taylor, and Lou Donaldson. Their music straddles a thin line between jazz, fusion and funk.