The Gasparilla Festival may not be as large in size and number of days as other festivals but it sure does present an incredible amount of talent in a compact timeframe. The fest happens March 9 in downtown Tampa, Florida’s Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park.
Dawes gets a head start supporting its next album, “Stories Don’t End,” which comes out on April 9, by headlining the FL Legal Group Stage. The Meter Men with Page McConnell plays a headline set at the Curtis Hixon Stage. The group features New Orleans funk icons - original Meters members George Porter, Jr. Leo Nocentelli and Zigaboo Modeliste -- with Phish keyboardist McConnell.
The life-affirming, culture-smashing, Latin, funk, hiphop and rock sounds of Ozomatli will be heard just before Dawes’s evening set. Earlier in the day, the band will be cultivating its next generation of fans when the band plays songs from its acclaimed “Ozokidz” project.
Singer Asdru Sierra is pleased that the album allows the members to perform in front of Ozo fans of all ages. “We can connect with our fans and their children is such a huge and special thing. It's more intimate and full of sincerity. It's a true family show.”
Percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi added that “Ozomatli has always been for the kids. There is a freedom in playing OzoKidz music as we can express ourselves as the kids we all really are.”
The lineup also includes a mix of alternative rock from Dr. Dog and Best Coast, New Orleans gumbo sounds of the Iguanas plus the Felice Brothers, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Corey Harris and Lord Huron.
The festival also highlights local musicians and food from the region’s restaurants.
For more information, visit www.gasparillamusicfestival.com.