Gearing up for Gasparilla Music Festival

February 25, 2015 / Volume XXXVII / Issue 2

Gasparilla Music Festival is part of Tampa Bay’s Mardi Gras celebration, which includes the Gasparilla Children’s Parade and “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, and Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival. This year, from March 7-8, Tampa gears up for one of its most exciting Gasparilla Music Festivals yet, as the electrifying Modest Mouse takes the stage as the headlining band.

The indie-rock band Modest Mouse is known for selling out shows and captivating their audiences with outstanding performances. This year should anticipate a crowd of 10,000 people.

This year’s music festival will not only highlight Modest Mouse, but also acts such as The Abyssinians, Dale Earndhart Jr. Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Trampled by Turtles, The Budos Band, Dumpstaphunk, Hiss Golden Messenger, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Hot 8 Brass Band, Margo & the Pricetags and Packway Handle Band.

In addition, many native Florida bands representing genres in gospel, country rock and alternative rock will attend the festival. Perhaps not as well known as the headlining acts, community support helps these bands grow and succeed. They include The Hip Abduction, Miggs, Selwyn Birchwood, Suenalo, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Red Feather, Amber Lynn Nicol, UNRB and Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.

Tickets are now available on with prices ranging from $30 for general Sunday admission up to $150 for VIP two-day admission. More acts will be announced as March 7 nears.

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