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50+ performers to appear at Gasparilla Music Festival

Bill DeYoung



At 7:15 p.m. Sunday: Lake Street Dive. All photos provided.

More than 50 bands and musical artists are scheduled to perform as part of the 2024 Gasparilla Music Festival this weekend at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa.

It’s a new, larger venue for the 12-year-old, four-stages celebration of indie music, known nationally for its multi-genre blend of national and local acts. The non-profit Gasparilla Music Foundation, founded in 2011, provides refurbished musical instruments for local schoolchildren through its Recycled Tunes program, among its many charitable acts.

As always, the three days (Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18) will offer up a cross-section of pop, dance, electronic and hip hop performers.

Saturday’s lineup, in fact, includes performances from hip hop trailblazers Goodie Mob and Digable Planets, in tribute to the music’s 50th anniversary (in 2023).

Although organizers don’t advise bringing children to the festival (citing the combination of alcohol and the occasional salty stage language), there’s a Kids Fest Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., with free admission for those age 12 and under. Sponsored by Muma Children’s Hospital at TGH, it will include a set from DJ Kitty, an instrument petting zoo, tie-dye shirtmaking and other family-friendly activities.

Other amenities include food from local restaurants, a “Silent Disco” Friday and Saturday night, and “an eclectic mix of artisans, fashionistas and craft cocktails” in Roberts City Village.

Spotify’s official GMF ’24 playlist is here, and all tickets (plus additional info) can be found here.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Hip hop pioneers Digable Planets

Friday, Feb. 16

4:45-10 p.m.

In order of appearance: DJ Sandman, Entertainment Revue, Golden Era, Shelby Bond, Judyanne Jackson, Surf Mesa, Alien Bonds, Aych and Friends, Big Gigantic, Adrian Bissett, Pusha Preme, Side Trackd, Louis the Child (Playground Set)

Saturday, Feb. 17

1:30-10 p.m.

In order of appearance: Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, Ashley Smith & the Random Occurrence, Divine AF, Kaylee Marie, The Rumble, The Collection, Fil Pate, Pet Lizard, Beach Weather, Rebirth Brass Band, Jenn Marsh, Whataboutmama, Trevor Hall, Digable Planets, Doug South, Madwoman, Coin, Goodie Mob, Raspberry Pie, Young the Giant

Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: Yonder Mountain String Band.

Sunday, Feb. 18

1:15-8 p.m.

In order of appearance: Tampa Metro Youth Orchestra, Dawson Hollow, Shelby Sol, Zeta the Babe, Steeln Peaches, Minim, Kelsey Hickman, Nick Ewing Duo, Roosevelt Collier’s Allstar Jam, Eddie Roberts & the Lucky Strokes, Vision Crystal, Yonder Mountain String Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Alleycat Kay, Displace, Lake Street Dive



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