Gasparilla Music Festival 2020 Preview

The festival seasons starts early down in Florida with the Gasparilla Music Festival at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park & Kiley Gardens Park, Saturday & Sunday, March 7th &...

Gasparilla Music Festival 2020 Preview

The festival seasons starts early down in Florida with the Gasparilla Music Festival at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park & Kiley Gardens Park, Saturday & Sunday, March 7th & 8th:



Water Street Tampa Stage

Brandi Carlile, 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile (QRO interview) has emerged alongside a whole new generation of socially minded melodic songstresses (QRO photos), and in 2018 she (QRO spotlight on) put out her latest (QRO photos outdoors), the multiple Grammy-nominated By the Way, I Forgive You, now coming to Gasparilla (QRO photos at a festival), as well as last year teaming up with Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires as The Highwomen (QRO photos at a festival).
Brandi Carlile
Rival Sons, 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

American blues rockers Rival Sons (QRO photos at a festival) are coming off of last year’s Feral Roots. If performing with Alice Cooper and Kid Rock is any clue, Rival Sons bring the bluesy country cooking with a rock edge.
Rival Sons

TBD, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Curtis Harding, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PMQRO photos

TBD, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Someday Honey, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Florida Gospel, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Curtis Harding

Ashley Homestore Stage

De La Soul, 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Since 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul (QRO photos) have masterfully mixed hip-hop with genres from jazz to alternative and remained a critical favorite (QRO photos at a festival).
De La Soul
Big Freedia, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Just as the post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans has been taking a while, so has the post-Katrina (re)discovery of New Orleans music – but one of the biggest & best to come out of the Big Easy is bounce music, mixing hip-hop with local dance and Mardi Gras call-and-response, and one of the biggest & best in bounce is Big Freedia (QRO photos at a festival), with the big asses (QRO photos) that set the world twerking record, starred in their own FUSE series, and more…
Big Freedia

The Nude Party, 4:30 PM – 5:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

The Tony Tyler Trance, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Edan Archer, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Stillhouse Shakers, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

The Nude Party

Replay Guitar Exchange Stage

Demi Nova, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Shevonne & The Force, 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Photo Fire, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Visit Neptune, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Bears & Lions, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Demi Nova

Ferman Amphitheatre

Jordan Patrick & The Midas Touch, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Fre$h P, 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Ashley Smith & The Random Occurrence, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Kerry Courtney, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

School of Rock Tampa, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Riverfront Overlook

Silent Disco, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jordan Patrick

School of Rock




Water Street Tampa Stage

Portugal. The Man, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Gasparilla draws from very farther up north with Alaska/Portland’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival). Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after 2013’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review). They come to Tampa (QRO photos at a festival) touring 2017’s hit Woodstock (QRO review), which has vaunted them in popularity (QRO photos at a 2018 festival) thanks to big, Grammy-winning hit, “Feel It Still”.
Portugal. The Man
The Word, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

The word you’re looking for is: The Word. This sacred steel supergroup includes Robert Randolph (QRO photos at a festival), John Medeski (QRO photos at a festival), and members of the North Mississippi Allstars (QRO photos at a festival).
The Word
Anderson East, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

From Alabama & Nashville, Michael Cameron Anderson, a.k.a. Anderson East (QRO photos at a festival), comes to Gasparilla behind 2018’s sophomore full-length, Encore.
Anderson East
Marco Benevento, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

New York experimental rock & jazz artist Marco Benevento (QRO photos) has found a second home on the jam band circuit.
Marco Benevento

Ashley Homestore Stage

Sales, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Tauk, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

Argonaut & Wasp, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

The Wandering Hearts, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The Wandering Hours, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


Replay Guitar Exchange Stage

Discord Theory, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Synergy In a Cup, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

New Fang, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Josh & The Jamtones, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Discord Theory

Ferman Amphitheatre

Pleasures, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Vetnough, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Charles Irwin, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Mr. Tommy’s Musical Show for Kids, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


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