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Gasparilla Music Festival: a great breath of relief

In March 2020, the Gasparilla Music Festival provided what turned out to be a perfect final adventure before COVID overtook the world, requiring us to isolate, separate and stay safe, although the 7 and 8 March, we could not have imagined what was going on. the corner. For many on the West Coast of Florida, the Tampa Festival was indeed that latest adventure, and it was a big one.

The GMF had no chance of scheduling this year’s event in March, but the postponement from October 1-3 looks perfect. Copper Brewery present Gasparilla Music Festival 2021, and the programming, organized by Phil benito and his team, is once again just awesome. Let’s dive in.


The programming of the first night is anchored by Sofi tukker, with the powerful support of Young MC, Mod Sun, Baby Jake, Cade, DJ Casper, and Camp the park. What, moreover, you cannot do; it is an urban festival, held at Curtis Hixon Park, with four perfectly configured stages in a relatively small space.

Sofii tukker


Nas and Sylvan Esso take charge on Saturday, with a wide range of artists and music throughout the day. You should start with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band by NOLA. Local gentlemen do good Hip abduction are there, with Row Jomah and Oxford noland. Then start stacking them: Matt & Kim, Parquet Courts, 99 Neighbors, Glove, The Wildmans, Artikal Sound System, Perception with Katara, Badcameo, Pusha Preme, Speak Easy, The Drain Outs, Noan Partly, and Gospel choir.

Sylvan Esso at Governors Ball captured by Lelia Cotton


It’s been some time since Gouv’t Mule performed in Tampa, featuring show business’s hardest working guitarist, Warren Haynes. It’s a perfect day for Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, and The motet haven’t brought their hot Colorado funk for a long minute. Throw over it all The Bright Light Social Hour and Cedric Burnside, and you have a full head-on party! Also, Mondo Cozmo, Vella, Bears & Lions (bring the children), Mike Mass & Wave Theory, Leon Majcen, Someday River, and Ivy Alex. Two more: Visit Neptune, which impressed in 2019, and the always impressive and sensual Ella Jet.

Gov’t Mule – photo courtesy of David Lee / Gypsyshooter

Lots of fresh air and the ability to get away safely. Come celebrate Tampa at Gasparilla Music Festival From October 1 to 3.

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