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Spring Break music festivals just around the corner

Bill DeYoung



Reggae Rise-up, considered an "Elite Event," annually overtakes Vinoy Park in March. Photo: City of St. Petersburg.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa headlines Reggae Rise-Up March 16-19. Publicity photo.

Tickets went on sale Friday for this year’s Gasparilla Music Fest, despite the fact that no performers have been announced. The event happens April 29 and 30 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa.

Since Spring Break is officially upon us, there are several outdoor music fests planned for next weekend, and the bands and artists are impressive – even though these sort of events are just as much about being outdoors, enjoying the weather and enjoying the company of other people – lots of other people – in a party atmosphere.

Reggae Rise-up is the annual four-day vibe-fest in St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park, March 16-19. It’s put on by a Utah production company, in four different American cities, and it’s been grooving in Vinoy Park for almost a decade.

Last year, Festival co-founder Bryan Borreson told the Catalyst that the St. Petersburg event is always the best-attended: “There’s a certain kind of magic that happens down here. Which is the water, mixed with the grass and sand … and the city backdrop. And the whole community is behind us when we show up. And we’re here quite a bit, so it’s a second home, so to speak.”

Headline acts for 2023 are rapper Wiz Khalifa, Rebelution, Dirty Heads and Damian Marley. View the schedule and find tickets here.

Wiz Khalifa, meanwhile, will share top billing with Snoop Dogg Aug. 12 at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Marcus Mumford, who’ll perform at the Innings Festival March 19, onstage at the Tempe, Arizona Innings Festival in February. Facebook photo.

Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, the Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford and quite a few others are set to play the Innings Festival March 18 and 19 on the grounds of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The music (on three stages) is just one element of the event – it’s also a celebration of Spring Training Baseball. From the Marquee Sports Network, Ryan Dempster will be there for an episode of his baseball talk show Off the Mound – many Major League Baseball greats, past and present, are to attend.

View the schedule and find tickets here.

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