The Gasparilla Music Festival with Erykah Badu, Taleb Kweli and More!

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place this weekend, March 12th-13th, at the Tampa Riverwalk.  This year, the festival will increase its footprint with the addition of the beautiful McDill Park. This expansion will add an additional stage, bringing the total to 5 active stages, featuring Soul, Indie Rock, Dance, Bluegrass, Kidsmusic, Jazz , Latin artists and a few that defy categorization!

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Headlining Saturday night is the incomparable Erykah Badu.  Also on stage Saturday are: Hailing from Brooklyn (a 12-piece Afro-beat ensemble), Antibalas and the sparkling power pop of MS MR.  Joining are Memphis’ modern southern rockers  Lucero,  Indiana’s melodic Indie sounds Houndmouth, genre-defying  rapper Taleb Kweli , Porlandia’s kitchen sink esthetic of  Blitzen Trapper, EDM/Rock mashup SAVOY and bringing the spice from N’awlins is Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers.  Like the Cajun spices in a good gumbo, you’ll find these tasty groups sprinkled throughout the festival as well: electronic trio from Toronto theNEWDEAL, Orlandos’ Indie/Folk/Gypsy Rock The Getbye ,Tampa’s DieAlps! and the inspirational Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.

Headlining Sunday is Reggae Royalty, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, sweet pickings with Greensky Bluegrass, Psychedelic country from the Futurebirds, the Soulful Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires and the powerful funk of New Breed Brass Band.  You can find a review of Charlse Bradley’s “Changes” album here on Libro Musica.

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On Saturday, there will be a Latin stage featuring local and international artists:  from Habana – Carlos Varela, from Puerto Rico – Pirulo Y La Tribu,  Tampa’s hottest Salsa band – Sol Caribe and Larry Duran  “the Doctor of Vallenato.”

The festival opens at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Take a look at the Festival Lineup to plan your day.

This will be a family friendly event, each morning The Kidsfest will have family friendly music from artists such as: Andrew & Polly, Silly Sam, Mr. Tommy, DJ Kitty with an Interactive Kids Zone, and Face Painting.

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