(Tampa, Jan. 15, 2014) ― The Gasparilla Music Festival is getting funky. Organizers have announced a second round of acts that will infuse the two-day festival with a dose of New Orleans horns, Latin funk, and roots reggae and southern rock.
New Orleans torch-bearer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has been added to the lineup for the 2014 Gasparilla Music Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014 in downtown Tampa.
Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue are joined by Baltimore-via Tennessee rock outfit J. Roddy Walston and The Business. Described as “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis” or, even better, a “rock and roll tornado” by the Washington Post, the band is known as much for their raucous, high-energy shows as they are for their southern rock riffs.
Also heading to GMF in March are legendary roots reggae pioneers Culture, who, over the course of more than 30 years, remain one of the preeminent standard bearers of conscious reggae.
Two other New Orleans acts, Soul Rebels and the Dirty Bourbon River Show, have also been added, while San Francisco’s jam-rockers Tea Leaf Green, Knoxville, Tennessee country stomper Matt Woods, Austin’s Groupo Fantasma and Miami’s Spam Allstars round out the increasingly eclectic two-day music festival.
The GMF line up already features an impressive mix of national acts including The Flaming Lips, Jason Isbell, Delta Spirit, RJD2, Los Amigos Invisibles, Anders Osborne, The Hackensaw Boys and more.
The addition of New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty, whose new album, Say That To Say This peaked at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Chart, brings a strong New Orleans vibe to GMF. A regular on HBO’s Treme’, and described as the future of New Orleans brass band music, Trombone Shorty closed out this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, replacing The Neville Brothers as the traditional closing act.
Tampa Bay area-based Sons of Hippies, Good Graeff and Zulu Wave join the line-up, too, adding to an array of local acts that already includes Alexander and the Grapes and Benjamin Booker.
A two-day festival pass is $60 for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $150. Single-day tickets will be available soon, depending on availability.
Tickets are available via gasparillamusicfestival.com, Ticketfly.com, and at select local ticket outlets. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.
Now in its third year, the Gasparilla Music Festival, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, has become one of Tampa’s signature events and the most popular music festival in the bay area, earning Creative Loafing’s Readers’ Choice award for “Best Music Festival” for the second consecutive year, along with the Critics’ Pick for “Best Repeat Performance.”
Visit www.gasparillamusicfestival.com for festival updates and details, including the complete lineup, food and beverage offerings, and sponsorship opportunities.
The Gasparilla Music Festival presented by SYKES is sponsored by FL Legal Group, the Tampa Bay Times, Trombley-Haynes, Clinical Research, Soulshine, Carte Blanche Wines, Sweetwater Brewing Company, The Dohring Group, Dex Imaging, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Dickel Whiskey, JHS Capitol, Auto-Owners Insurance, Hub International, CCF&N Insurance, Amalie Oil, Tower Radiology, North Star, Barnes Trial Group, Jeeves Law Group, Gulf Shore Bank, Franklin Street, Courtney Roberts, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, Hill Ward Henderson, Roundhouse Creative, Baker Barrios, Cassidy-Turley, US Tent, Jeff Ralph – State Farm, Lykes Foundation,The Patio, Tucker Hall, Ferman Motor Car Company, Creative Contractors, Tampa Yankees, Xavier Jackman, L.H. Marshal, Hallucination Media, and Acidflyers.