Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival adds more national acts, Apple Butter Express

Best Coast at Club Nokia, New Year's Eve Dec. 31, 2011.  Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

The second annual Gasparilla Music Festival, which returns to downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on March 9, is shaping up to be a major event.

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The Meter Men featuring drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter Jr., all of the legendary New Orleans funk group The Meters, with special guest Page McConnell (keyboardist for Phish), have just been added to the roster.

Same goes for Southern California fuzzy-guitar-pop band Best Coast, which thanks their buzz-worthy 2010 release "Crazy For You" have appeared on TV with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien plus the cover of Spin Magazine. The group, led by Bethany Cosentino, will be opening Green Day’s 2013 arena tour.

New Orleans-based The Iguanas, which do a super job of fusing blues, classic R&B, zydeco, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and roots rock are also on the lineup.

As previously reported, Grammy-Award winners Ozomatli will play an evening set along with a special family-friendly set earlier in the day, featuring selections from their hit album "Ozokidz."

Bonnaroo veterans Apple Butter Express, whose singer Shannon Biss graduated from Southeast High in Bradenton, will join other Tampa Bay area favorites Nervous Turkey, The Hip Abduction, and Damion Suomi at this year’s festival.

"This year’s lineup is very diverse and includes something for everyone," said GMF president David Cox said in a statemnt. “We’ve got New Orleans funk, California folk, and Texas soul, along with children’s programing and more.”

General admission tickets for GMF are $25 through March 8. Tickets are available now through the GMF website Tickets are $30 the day of the festival. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

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